Balancing the Budget: Outsourcing Business ServicesBalancing the Budget: Outsourcing Business Services

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Balancing the Budget: Outsourcing Business Services

My company is now over a decade old and I still outsource several key functions. It isn't that I can't afford to keep them in house. It is just that outsourcing is the most financially responsible decision I can make. I outsource all sorts of support services. One company manages my IT needs. Another partner takes care of the payroll and remitting taxes. I even have a cleaning service that comes in at night, does the windows, and in general keeps everything spotless. If you think outsourcing might benefit your business, let's talk. I'll tell you what I outsource and why. From there, you can decide if my strategy would also work for you.

Places In Your Office To Set Up A Tabletop Water Cooler

If you're shopping for a water cooler for your place of work, you'll want to consider what type you want to use. While a water cooler that stands on the floor is common in many work environments, another option to consider is a tabletop water cooler. This device has the same functionality as a floor-standing model, but it's small enough to sit on a table or another elevated surface. It can be a good choice if your office is a little short on space and you don't want to clutter your available floor space with a cooler. Here are three places in your office that you can set up a tabletop water cooler.

Boardroom End Table

It's common for people to drink water during board meetings, and having your water cooler in the boardroom means that people won't be entering and exiting excessively. If you've opted for a tabletop water cooler, you won't likely want to place this device on the boardroom table, though. Instead, think about setting it up on an end table in this room. For example, if you have an end table near the door on which you place handouts for meetings, it can make sense to have the tabletop water cooler in this location.

Waiting Area

If your office has a waiting area in which clients sit for a few minutes until someone can arrive to meet with them, this can be another good location for a tabletop water cooler. Many of your guests might not bring something to drink with them, so having a source of water — and a sleeve of paper cups — in the waiting area can be handy. This can be a better scenario than having a client have to walk through the entire office to reach the water coolers. You can position the tabletop cooler on an end table next to the couch or row of chairs.


Of course, it also makes sense to have a source of water in your office's lunchroom. Lunchrooms can vary in size and layout, but these spaces can sometimes be cramped. Instead of adding more clutter by introducing a floor-standing model, consider a tabletop cooler. If there's space on the counter next to the microwave or toaster oven, for example, this can be a good location for the cooler. The lunchroom is likely a popular spot to visit at lunch and at various other times throughout the day, so having water available is advantageous.