Copiers are necessary for businesses large and small, but for many small businesses with limited budgets it can be hard to find the right one. Thankfully, finding the right copy machine can be easy if you keep a few things in mind.
- Don’t buy what you won’t use.
A super fancy copier with incredible resolution and amazing features might sound good, but often the amount of money one costs isn’t worth it for small businesses. Know what features you need, and how much you have to spend. Hole-punching, stapling, covers, and other copying abilities can be expensive add-ons to the original price of the copier. Because of this, it’s important that you don’t buy features that you won’t end up using. And if your business doesn’t rely on great images, don’t worry that much about the resolution. Finally, you have to know whether or not you’ll be using this new copier very often. For less than 1500 copies a month, you won’t need anything bigger than a personal copier.
- How fast do you want it to run?
If you’re in a hurry at the office in the morning, you definitely don’t want a copy machine with an extensive warm-up time tripping you up. For most businesses the warm-up time isn’t a problem, but the speed of the printer can affect your workday. The speed of a copier tells you how many pages it can print per minute. High-resolution copiers may take longer, and sometimes that resolution isn’t worth the wait. Again, it depends on the business.
- Choose a reliable brand to purchase from.
When you get your new copier, you’ll want to buy it from a brand with a good reputation for their machines. Canon has received many great reviews for the quality of their copiers, but usually the incredible quality end up making them the most expensive. Brother, on the other hand, does not have an amazing reputation for quality, but for smaller businesses their less expensive, practical copiers are the way to go. Make sure you research the reputation of the brand you’re considering getting one from, and your purchase should go smoothly.