13 ‘old-fashioned’ stationery items small business owners can’t live without

We might be running lean, tech-led small businesses from our energy-efficient home offices, but when it comes to our favourite office items, it's the old-fashioned stationery items we can't live without.


  1. A diary
  2. Stenographers pad
  3. A pen
  4. A sharp pencil
  5. Liquid paper
  6. A giant calculator
  7. Sticky notes
  8. Spiral-bound diary
  9. An eraser
  10. A fountain pen
  11. An A5 notepad
  12. Elastic bands
  13.  0.7mm lead mechanical pencil

Lucy Kippist

is an experienced Australian editor with experience in writing, podcasting radio and television, with previous senior editorial roles at News Corp news.com.au, Kidspot and Kinderling Kids Radio. In her current role as editor of Flying Solo, Australia's #1 website for solo business owners she is pursuing her passion for women in the small business space. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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