Home Office Set Up on a Budget
You don’t need to spend a fortune on a home office. While electronics and specialty equipment costs might eat into your budget, the overall cost of setting a home office doesn’t have to be through the roof. Here are three things you can do to cut down on costs:
- Don’t worry if you don’t have a whole room you can dedicate to an office. The cheapest way to deal with space is to choose a corner of the kitchen or living room and use it as an office. Don’t think about buying a whole new set of furniture but instead use what you already have. Any small table can be used as a desk and in pinch a regular kitchen chair (rather than a desk chair) will do as well.
- Build your office slowly. Add bookcases, desktop accessories and even equipment as you go. For a start, you’re unlikely to need anything except a place to sit and write and maybe a computer and a phone. In the meantime, search garage sales, thrift shops and flea markets so you can get the items you need at a discount.
- Think of alternative uses for things. A small kitchen table might be cheaper than a desk, and is basically the same. If you can’t afford bookshelves, look into kitchen shelves or even shower caddies to see if they can double as bookshelves. A small flower pot will cost you pennies –A lot cheaper than a penholder and both are likely to look pretty much the same.