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Top Ways to Make the Most of a Costco Business Membership

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Membership Has Its Privileges

Small business owners know they need to keep an eye on expenses and cut costs wherever possible — joining Costco can help. The warehouse club has two levels of membership devoted to the purchase of goods for business or resale. The cheapest membership is $60 and includes one household membership for personal use. The executive business membership costs $120 and offers the same perks, plus a 2 percent annual reward on most Costco purchases. Here's where these memberships can pay off for small-business owners. (Not already a Costco member? You can apply here.)


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Paper Goods

This category includes items such as toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, and tissues for the break room, restroom, or employees' desks. The price of 48 boxes of Kleenex 125-count two-ply tissues is lower on Costco than on Amazon. Plus, Costco members have the option of shopping at the local warehouse, where prices may be lower and there's no shipping. 

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Office Supplies

Printer paper, ink, pens, staples, sticky notes — you name it, Costco has it. Most offices go through a lot of printer paper, so it's a good item to buy in bulk. At Costco, a box of 5,000 sheets of store-brand copy paper in letter size is $52. Office Depot's brand paper in the same quantity, size, weight, and brightness is similar, but there's no annual reward or membership perks.


Related: The Top Home-Organizing Essentials From Costco

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Break-Room Provisions

Bottled water, coffee, teas, snack bags of chips, cookies, and other food and beverage items for an employee break room — Costco is king of supplying these items in bulk. Take, for instance, Starbucks French Roast K-Cups. They're $45 for 72 at Costco. The same thing is $57 at Walmart

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Same-Day Delivery

Costco Business Centers offer same-day delivery on a number of bulk items that may be necessary for your business, such as drinks, snacks, and supplies.

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Check Printing

Costco members can turn to the warehouse club for ordering checks, and save themselves a trip to the bank as well as some money. Executive business members receive an extra 20 percent off of these services.

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Budget Truck Rental

Moving spaces or hauling supplies? Costco members save 25 percent off of services such as rentals, boxes and moving supplies, as well as on roadside assistance.

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Office Equipment

Items such as cash registers, time clocks, label makers, shredders, calculators, and more are available from Costco at prices that may be cheaper than the competition.

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Office Furniture

Business owners who need desks, shelving, cubicle systems, and other office furnishings will find that Costco has lots to offer, such as this commercial grade metal cart for $80 that works for anything from a commercial kitchen to office storage.

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Payment Processing Services

Costco offers payment-processing services. The club claims their rates are on the low side, starting at 1.10% plus 12 cents for qualified in-person swipe or chip transactions. There are no batch, reporting, or additional authorization fees, and there are four pricing options.


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Business Printing

Print anything from business cards to brochures and banners for your company. A stack of full-color business cards with double-sided printing starts at $22.

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