An entire office fit-out for $1100?

An entire office fit-out for $1100?
We’ve got auditors in the office this week going through all our accounts. Now having auditors in isn’t really the sort of thing that sparks images of fun times, but I did enjoy one particular moment.
That was when they wandered over to my desk to let me know there were some missing invoices for our office furniture. When I asked what they meant, they motioned around the fully kitted out office and said they could only find invoices for $1100, so were wondering where the rest were.
The enjoyable part was being able to tell them they had everything! To be exact:
26 desks, only one year old, bought from a corporate upgrading their CBD office: $500
Boardroom table with 10 chairs, plus meeting room table and two coffee tables, bought from an office neighbour moving out: $100
15 office chairs, bought from a physiotherapy practice closing down (so nice and ergonomically friendly!): $100
Fridge, bought from a notice in the office lift: $100
Miscellaneous items like stationery cabinet and coat racks, bought on eBay: $150
Sofa, bought on eBay from an English backpacker going home: $150 (though not our best effort, as the photo was a serious misrepresentation and we’ve since ditched the sofa)
Various other items from team members’ garages: free
So all up – $1100! And they say it is costly to set up a business!
It’s fair to say that I haven’t enjoyed all of the auditor’s questions, but I did enjoy that one.
Rohan Gamble is the Founder and Managing Director of independent finance comparison website Mozo.com.au – helping Australians compare loans, credit cards, savings and other banking products.

We’ve got auditors in the office this week going through all our accounts. Now having auditors in isn’t really the sort of thing that sparks images of fun times, but I did enjoy one particular moment.

That was when they wandered over to my desk to let me know there were some missing invoices for our office furniture. When I asked what they meant, they motioned around the fully kitted out office and said they could only find invoices for $1100, so were wondering where the rest were.

The enjoyable part was being able to tell them they had everything! To be exact:

26 desks, only one year old, bought from a corporate upgrading their CBD office: $500

Boardroom table with 10 chairs, plus meeting room table and two coffee tables, bought from an office neighbour moving out: $100

15 office chairs, bought from a physiotherapy practice closing down (so nice and ergonomically friendly!): $100

Fridge, bought from a notice in the office lift: $100

Miscellaneous items like stationery cabinet and coat racks, bought on eBay: $150

Sofa, bought on eBay from an English backpacker going home: $150 (though not our best effort, as the photo was a serious misrepresentation and we’ve since ditched the sofa)

Various other items from team members’ garages: free

So all up – $1100!

It’s fair to say that I haven’t enjoyed all of the auditor’s questions, but I did enjoy that one.

Rohan Gamble is the Founder and Managing Director of independent finance comparison website Mozo.com.au – helping Australians compare loans, credit cards, savings and other banking products.

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