Best Home Office Filing Cabinets

Let’s face it we all deal with large volumes of paperwork and files on a daily basis. These could be bills, contracts, receipts, title deeds and more. As these documents are important, we need to make sure that they are kept safe and organized to protect from loss, theft or damage. As such finding a good office storage unit for your important documents and supplies is worth considering. This is where filing cabinets become essential.

Filling and storing all our important documents and office supplies helps bring order to our home office. To keep your home office space well-organized a file cabinet comes in handy to safely store your important documents. Besides safely storing items they help you to quickly get whatever item you need thanks to the efficient filing system they provide. Having a good organizational system can really make a big difference as it helps to keep documents and files out of harm’s way and helps to itemize your workplace in an easy-to-understand manner so that you know where to look.

There is a good selection of filing cabinets with many different styles, materials, and prices. If you are looking to bring some order to your home office or streamline and organize your paperwork, below are some of the best filing cabinets to consider:

Best home office filing cabinets Top Pick: DEVAISE 3-Drawer Wood File Cabinet Runner Up: Lorell File Cabinet Best Value: Itaar Wood File Cabinet

 

DEVAISE 3-Drawer Wood File Cabinet

Top Pick: DEVAISE’s three drawer wood file cabinet comes with open storage spaces, file drawers and storage cabinet. It is designed to help your home office machines, papers, files and other supplies stay organized.

This filling cabinet has two top small drawers, large bottom drawer, and large desktop to hold your printer and scanner. At 32 x 16 x 26 inches it only weighs just 56.3 pounds, and it is easy to move around thanks to its 360° swivel casters. Two of its front casters have brakes to prevent tipping over. With gray oak and black colors this filling cabinet is easy to assemble with the tools and instruction included with the unit.

DEVAISE 3-Drawer Wood File Cabinet, Mobile Lateral Filing Cabinet, Printer Stand with Open Storage Shelves for Home Office, Gray Oak

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Lorell File Cabinet

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Runner Up: Lorell’s file cabinet is made with stainless steel and baked enamel finish. It features two locking file drawers with smooth-glide suspension to store documents with the lock, securing both drawers.

The design also includes 18” deep drawers, optional caster kit, chrome pull handles and is a filing solution for a small or home office. The dimensions are 18 x 14.3 x 24.5 inches, and it weighs just 23 pounds.

It includes four casters that allow you to move the pedestal where you need it and the it also comes with tools and instruction for assembly.

Lorell File Cabinet, Black

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Itaar Wood File Cabinet

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Best Value: Itaar’s wooden file cabinet offers you all the filling solutions you need for a home office. It features 2 top small drawers along with a bottom drawer that keeps hanging letter, A4 size files organized and extends fully for easy access.

The open filing cabinet storage spaces keep office machines, paper, files, and suppliers organized. And the top space is wide enough for a printer, office supplies and telephones. It comes with four wheels at the bottom for easy mobility supporting a 39.4 x 15.7 x 26 inches unit weighing 61.9 pounds and capable of supporting up to 100 pounds of load.

Itaar 39 inches Wood File cabinets 3 Drawer, Printer Stand with Open Storage Shelves for Home Office, Mobile Lateral Filing Cabinet on Wheels, Living Room, Cherry-red

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Scranton & Co File Cabinet

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Scranton & Co file cabinet offers a four-drawer filing cabinet made from heavy-duty steel. This filling cabinet’s drawers are fitted with a ball-bearing mechanism for smooth opening and closing. The handles and label holders are made from durable aluminum and have follower blocks which allow for altering the dimensions of each drawer. It has a core-removable locking mechanism that allows the drawers to be keyed similarly. This unit comes in at 22 x 15 x 52 inches and weighs in at 64 pounds. You can get it in black or putty finishes.

Scranton & Co 4 Drawer 22″ Deep Letter File Cabinet in Black, Fully Assembled

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Hirsh’s Vertical File Cabinet

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Hirsh’s three drawer vertical file cabinet comes with an eggshell white finish. The high-side file drawers can accommodate letter-size hanging file folders with smooth glide suspension. And the pencil drawer provides storage for your office supplies. The locking mechanism secures the top two drawers.

Coming in at 18 x 14.25 x 27.3 inches it weighs 24.5 pounds making this filling cabinet small enough to be tucked under most work surfaces. It requires the handles to be assembled and the hardware is included.

Hirsh Industries 18″ Deep 3 Drawer Steel File Cabinet in White

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Flash Furniture Modern Filing Cabinet

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Flash Furniture three drawer ergonomic filing cabinet comes with a locking mechanism to safely store your valuable documents. This mobile filling cabinet has low set casters that can be placed under most workstations thanks to its 21 x 16 x 24-inch dimension and 52-pound weight.

The interior has a removable pencil tray, file conversion bar for vertical filing of longer documents and even holds letters, F4 files and more. And in order to avoid tipping, the interlocking drawers opens one drawer at a time.

Flash Furniture Modern 3-Drawer Mobile Locking Filing Cabinet with Anti-Tilt Mechanism & Letter/Legal Drawer, White with Red Faceplate

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Dprodo 3 Drawers Mobile File Cabinet

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Dprodo offers a three-drawer filling solution with a lock mechanism for security along with an anti-tilt system to help avoid mishaps. The top two drawers are standard drawers with inner compartments for smart storage of supplies and documents. Coming in at 27 x 23 x 19 inches the steel metal construction with a powder-coat finish weighs 50 pounds.

This filling cabinet has a 360° swivel caster including two lockable casters that allows you to maneuver it around your home office. And you can get them in several different colors to compliment your décor.

Dprodo 3 Drawers Mobile File Cabinet with Lock, Metal Filing Cabinet for Legal & Letter Size, Locking File Cabinet for Home & Office Full-Extension Drawers Printer Stand, Orange

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What to Look for When Buying a Home Office Filing Cabinet

Filling cabinets can perform a number of functions that make life easier for your home office. They help reduce clutter and bring some organization to your home office and benefit from a clean and organized workplace.

Easy to Assemble: Some filling cabinets come with a plethora of components that include panels, screws, sliding parts and mores. The ideal filling cabinet is one that comes ready to assemble and does not require you to dedicate a whole day towards assembling it. Height: Filing Cabinets come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, and additional compartments. They come in as lateral, vertical, or mobile designs. You should consider one that addresses the particular needs of  your needs. Do you need a robust storage solution that can accommodate your office equipment, office supplies and your documents? Or just a three-drawer filling cabinet to store smaller items, stationery, and documents? You can use the different sizes of the drawers to keep various types of papers, documents and supplies or store items according to the importance of the documents. Material: you can get filling cabinets with steel, aluminum, plastic, and wood with each having its own pros and cons. Metal filing cabinets offer cheap solutions to file storage needs and are sturdy and durable. Filling cabinets made with wood is another durable choice as they offer a traditional look and raise the aesthetics of your home office. Locking and Security: A good filing cabinets will allow for some level of privacy and security. A metal or wood structure with a locking mechanism will deliver on both. Some filling cabinet have a variety of fire-proof and locking options that can serve as a safe depository for your most important documents.

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The Real Reason Why Startups Fail Now

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One of the eternal questions in entrepreneurship is why do so many startups still fail. Is it a bad idea, poor execution or are many just not cut out to be their own boss?

On The Small Business Radio Show this week, Tom Eisenmann, a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School discusses the real reasons in his new book, “Why Startups Fail”. He has interviewed over 470 entrepreneurs and has case studies including an ice cream maker, a concierge dog-walking service, and a sophisticated social robot.

Interview with Tom Eisenmann

Tom believes that too many experts focus on examples of success rather than failure. He explains that we can learn more from the many companies that have failed rather than mocking them. Tom says that knowing what these patterns are can save startups in the future.

Tom points out six key patterns of failure:

Bad Bedfellows. Startup success is thought to rest largely on the founder’s talents, experience and general instincts. But the wrong team, investors, or partners can sink a venture very quickly. Tom says that startups need “human Swiss army knives” with people that can perform many different functions. False Starts. In following the typical advice to “fail fast” and to “launch before you’re ready,” founders risk wasting time and capital on the wrong solutions early on. Tom believes that you have to do up front research and test with customers and stop just “pitching your product”. Alternately, perfectionists want to keep “polishing the product” and never want to “expose it to customers”. False Promises. Success with early adopters can be misleading and give founders unwarranted confidence to expand. Early adopters are just that and may not represent the needs of a broader mainstream market of customers. Speed Traps. Despite the pressure to “get big fast,” hypergrowth can spell disaster for even the most promising ventures. Not every business has the leadership, money, market or infrastructure to expand rapidly. Help Wanted. Rapidly scaling startups need lots of capital and talent, but they can make mistakes that leave them suddenly in short supply of both. Cascading Miracles. Silicon Valley tells entrepreneurs to dream big. But the bigger the vision, the more things that can go wrong fast. In fact, Tom says that the huge entrepreneurial success stories like Facebook and Tesla had to have a million things go right to succeed.

Coming back from failure according to Tom takes three steps:

Recovery: Find new distractions and rebuild neglected relationships in your life. Reflecting: Understand what happened a few months later and what can be learned. Rebound: Learn what was your role and what will you do differently next time.

Tom also talks about the 100 Harvard Business School case studies he has authored.

Listen to the entire interview on The Small Business Radio Show.

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Pressure to Increase on Senate to Pass the PRO Act

PRO Act Update

Back in March, the US House of Representatives passed what’s known as the PRO Act.

While the legislation is gaining notoriety over its content on unions and employees’ right to organize, it also aims to completely change the job marketplace for freelancers and independent contractors.

However, the PRO Act faces a major hurdle, or two, in the US Senate. You can expect to hear more about the PRO Act in the coming days or weeks now.

Last week, Amazon workers voted against unionizing. Now, it appears pro-union lobbyists will be upping the pressure on Democrats in the Senate to get the PRO Act to President Joe Biden for his signature.

The only way that may happen is if the Senate votes to end the filibuster. And right now, that doesn’t seem likely.

Regardless, if you’re an independent contractor, freelancer, or small business owner with employees, you’ll want to closely follow this bill as it’s debated in the coming weeks. It could have major implications for all.

The PRO Act’s Effect on Small Business, Independent Contractors and Freelancers

Let’s look at what’s in the bill and what’s been said about it so far, mostly in debate among the US House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives passed the PRO (or Protecting the Right to Organize) Act March 9 by a 225-206 vote.

On March 11 the PRO Act (HR842) was received in the Senate and referred to the committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). HR842 will be debated in committee before being presented to the Senate for vote.

The PRO Act and Independent Contractors

HR842, as it’s written now, adopts California’s ABC test for independent contractors. Here’s the text for the ABC test:

“An individual performing any service shall be considered an employee (except as provided in the previous sentence) and not an independent contractor, unless—

(A) The individual is free from control and direction in connection with the performance of the service, both under the contract for the performance of service and in fact; (B) The service is performed outside the usual course of the business of the employer; and (C) The individual is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, profession, or business of the same nature as that involved in the service performed.

In other words, the PRO Act would change the 1099 classification of independent contractors. Many people currently working as freelancers or subcontractors are presently doing work or service “outside the usual course of business of the employer.”

US Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, said that the ABC standard would eliminate contract-based work.

“It would be disastrous for independent contractors,” Stefanik said. “The majority of independent contractors prefer that status, and (the PRO Act) would take that choice away from millions of workers.”

Stefanik has introduced legislation called the Modern Workers Empowerment Act, which she called a bill to “protect their right and choice to be independent contractors.”

The PRO Act and Union Dues

Existing laws in 27 states prevent companies from requiring its employees to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. These laws are called “right-to-work” laws.

Those who back labor unions say “right-to-work laws crush unions. The PRO Act language states that employees can be required to pay union dues “notwithstanding any State or Territorial law.” Employees who decline to pay can be fired. Right-to-work laws would be made null.

The PRO Act and Union Organizing

Under the PRO Act, employers could not hold mandatory meetings to speak against creating a union or share facts about what union organization could mean.

The PRO Act also tightens the timeline for negotiating a collective bargaining agreement. It requires the employer and union to begin bargaining within 10 days of a written request, and if no agreement is reached within 90 days, either party can request a federal mediator.

Employers would be required to provide all names and contact information of employees to the union. Employers would not be permitted to replace workers who participate in a strike.

National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) fines

The PRO Act creates a fine structure for the NLRB to impose civil penalties. Penalties would up up to $50,000 for labor violations or up to $100,000 for repeated violations.

The National Federation of Independent Business’s Response to the PRO Act

According to the NFIB, 70% of its members oppose repealing state “Right to Work” laws. Nearly 100% of NFIB members believe small businesses should be able to hire independent contractors to perform tasks essential to their business.

The NFIB also opposes the PRO Act language which requires employers to provide the personal contact information for all their employees to union organizers without the consent of the employee.

“This is a bill with labor policy proposals that have not only been dismissed in the courts, but have been rejected by Congress for decades,” said Kevin Kuhlman, NFIB’s Senior Director of Federal Government Relations. “If passed, the PRO Act of 2019 will put employees’ private information at risk, expose small businesses to unrelated secondary boycotts, impose labor union dues on employees regardless of whether they are a member of the union, and dramatically change decades of employment law.”

“Small business optimism is at historic levels, and owners are increasing hiring, wages, and investment,” he added. “This damaging bill that would stifle such tremendous gains.”

President Biden Strongly Supports the PRO Act

The President clearly supports the PRO Act as part of his pro-union agenda. In a recent statement, he said, “The PRO Act defends workers’ right to strike—a fundamental economic right—and to engage in boycotts and other acts of solidarity with workers at other companies without penalty.

“It clarifies that employers may not force employees to waive their rights to join together in collective or class action litigation. The bill also closes loopholes in Federal labor law by barring employers from misclassifying workers as independent contractors and preventing workers from being denied remedies due to their immigration status.

“It establishes an expansive joint employer standard, allowing workers to collectively bargain with all the companies that control the terms and conditions of their employment. The bill allows unions to collect fair-share fees to cover the cost of collective bargaining and administering a union contract for all workers who are protected by the contract’s terms. H.R. 842 restores workers’ access to fair union elections, and ensures the results are respected.”

What’s Next?

Though it now seems unlikely that the Senate will vote to end the filibuster, an impediment to getting the PRO Act through the chamber, it certainly doesn’t sound the death knell for the bill.

Parts of the PRO Act could get through to Biden for his signature and if that happens, it could lead to big changes with your business.

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What Type of Business Benefits From a C Corp? Watch this Webinar

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Do you know what legal structure makes the most sense for you if you are about to start a business? If you don’t know, it is essential you find out because it is one of the most important decisions you will make. A webinar titled “What Business Structure is Right for You?” is going to answer some key questions and guide you so you can make the best decision when you are ready to start. So what type of business can benefit from a C Corp or an LLC or even a Sole Proprietorship.

In collaboration with Anita Campbell, Founder and CEO of Small Business Trends LLC, Nellie Akalp, the CEO of CorpNet.com will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each legal structure.

The will be discussing:

The tax savings features of different entities. The C Corporation and which types of businesses benefit from this entity. The many benefits of incorporating a business or forming an LLC. Why the Sole Proprietorship of Partnership offers no liability protection for business owners. Why a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is so popular among business owners. The advantages and disadvantages of the S Corporation vs the LLC and what is best for which types of businesses.

Starting a business has many different steps, but the legal structure is one people find most confusing. And clarifying that confusion is absolutely essential if you want to start your business the right way.

Click the red button and register to attend this free webinar on Jan 17, 2021, at 2 p.m. (EDT).

 

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