How to set up an amazing home office on a budget?
A lot of us are realizing the numerous benefits of working from home. However, being productive in such a non-traditional working environment requires setting up an office space that ensures efficiency. Obviously, setting up the home office won’t be without challenges. Below, we explore how to set up an amazing home office on a budget. While the major consideration is setting up a functional working space, beauty and aesthetics should not be ignored. Read on and discover how to transform your home working environment to an amazing office space on a budget.
Invest in energy efficient devices
It is important to spend the least amount of money on power bills. To achieve this, you must invest in energy efficient devices. Buy computers, bulbs, phone chargers and electrical outlets that save energy. Moreover, you should always remember to unplug chargers and turn off lights when they are not in use. Furthermore, to cut on lighting costs, choose a working space that allows enough natural light during the day. Remember also that good lighting influence how you feel and directly affect your productivity.
Getting home office equipment
First and foremost identify and list down the most basic equipment you will need in your home office. These are items that must be present before work begins such as a desk, a phone, a computer and other essential devices and stationery. How you plan to use the space will influence the essential equipment. It is advisable to use what you already have; desks and lamps can be found in your house. When buying office furniture, go for affordable yet comfortable pieces.
Creative storage tips
Often, space is limited in a home office and proper utilization is necessary. Good organization promotes professionalism and increases productivity. It is therefore important to plan a space with adequate room for storage, supplies and working. Be creative with your space requirements. For instance, you can store files in another room or invest in a desk with file cabinets at the base. Also ensure the files or supplies you use frequently are easily accessible. Get an intuitive filing cabinet to store your files and folders. Shelves can also be a cost effective storage option for documents that are not sensitive. Besides, your computer is a great storage area. But you must be organized to avoid being messy.
Save money when buying
When you spend money to purchase anything for your home office, look to spend the least amount possible. Things like artwork should not cost a lot of money. In fact, you can create some by yourself. Similarly, it is advisable to avoid big chain stores when buying your supplies. You should consider more affordable options such as Amazon, Craigslist and Walmart. As well, take advantage of sales offers and promotions to purchase equipment and other office stuff cheaply. In particular, watch out for August deals, September clearance, and Black Friday offers. But as already stated earlier, only buy what you need since you will not need everything at once.
Become a D.I.Y. expert
While setting your home office and subsequently thereafter, you will save money if you can do some chores without external help. Instead of hiring electricians, furniture assemblers and painters, become a do it yourself expert. Other than reducing your operation costs, you will also gain valuable skills in the process. You can also request a family member or a close friend to help along.
With these tips, you can create an awesome work from home space on a budget. With an amazing office space, you will be more productive. Working from a comfortable environment also helps you reap all the benefits of working from home.
This is a guest article by Lynn Genah.