Home offices are taking over today’s workforce. This trend has been increasing in small-scale business owners, entrepreneurs, and even other companies are also adjusting already from the corporate office to the “work from home” culture. Offices are becoming a thing of the past where colleagues are having all their communication via instant messages and bosses are using Skype and even other forms of social media to assign and entrust tasks. Plenty of people are enjoying working from their homes and physical workspaces are becoming less popular and practical. It can be pretty amazing to work from home—freedom from waking up late, escape heavy traffic, not having to wear your corporate clothes, as well as financial benefits on the side of the company.
However, if you currently have a home office, I am sure that there can be distractions and impracticality due to lack of facilities. That’s why it’s very crucial that we get to understand how important it is to have a home office that encourages productivity. In this case, we have put it in a way where you can create an efficient home office using cheap ways if you’re on a budget.
Think of the space and how you want it to be
It can be costly to renovate and an entire room or construct a separate office space. Bear in mind first that the most important thing is to choose a space that will motivate you for your productivity. Do you know that you can transform your basement into a home office, or if you have a spare room that you don’t really use, you can also consider that.
Here are some of the essential factors that you can consider when choosing a space:
- Is the space quiet enough for you to concentrate? You may want a lesser foot traffic and the room should not be used regularly by others.
- It’s advisable that the room has a door for privacy if you have little kids running around the house. This will help filter the noise also.
- If you work involves personal interaction with your visitors and clients, it is suggested that your home office should be near the entrance.
Create a list of the things you need
Think of all the things that your home office really needs, be critical on this, but don’t forget to incorporate some of your preferences. Create a list of what you want and need, so you can avoid splurging on things that you don’t really need. Then re-evaluate your preferences only to get what fits your budget. Take good note that having a space that will motivate you to work is not being about too comfortable, but to allow you to be efficient and productive. Consider these tips:
- First priority is to determine what your “must haves” are such as a working chair, desk, telephone, computer, or fax machine, lamp, and more.
- Consider also what you would like to have in your office. These are the things that you might not necessarily need but would love to have them.
- Be open to reduce some things from your references so that it won’t go over your budget. So get ready to eliminate!
Don’t be afraid to do some D.I.Y
Instead of recruiting painters, furniture assemblers, home builders, or designers, you can do everything yourself. There are so many resources online from experts that you can easily follow and use. However, when it comes to more professional jobs like electrical skills, make sure to get some help from licensed professional workers. But for painting, decorating, or assembling your furniture, then you can do it yourself for sure based on your preferences. This will also be a fun way to learn a new set of skills and save your wallet.
Look for chain office stores and buy supplies in bulk
For more affordable options and not going too big, you can run into Walmart or The Dollar Store for essentials such as pens, papers, filing cabinets, bulletin boards, markers, and staplers. You might want to consider purchasing items in bulk as this will save you a lot in money. Take note of the supplies that you need on a recurring basis. Purchases in bulk have discounts for its wholesale price and it’s more practical since you won’t end up buying every time you run out.
Work on what you already have
To save tons of money, you can look around your house for supplies and facilities that you already have compared to purchasing new items. Maybe you have desks and lamps from your attics or spare rooms or search in your closets for buried staplers and notebooks from your school days. The important thing here is just to not the break the bank, as long as you have a workable material, then that will do.
Save energy if you can
Try investing in technology and gadgets that save energy such as electrical outlets, phone chargers, and small computers. Always turn off lights and unplug gadgets or appliances if you are not using them. You are not only cutting costs on your electricity bills but you are also helping the environment.
Thrift stores and flea markets for furniture
If your home office lacks some furniture or if you don’t really have, you can hit the thrift store near your place and look for items that you want to place in your room. You can play and explore with affordable antique pieces that can add so much sophistication to your home office.
Know well your budget and limits
Determine how much budget you want to invest in your home office. This will help you in case you need to make any adjustments to your expenses. This is to avoid borrowing money or going beyond your budgets. It is better to stick to what you can only do for your home office.
After knowing how much budget you have, go back and review the list you made and estimate the prices. You can always change your expenses but not your budget. Ask yourself how much you are willing to spend for a home office, the necessary facilities, and equipment you need, items on your list that you can remove to stick to your budget.
On the note
Working from home is truly comforting but it’s important that you construct it efficiently for productivity without breaking the bank. Just follow these tips and you can guarantee a comfortable home office without overthinking about your budget.
Ivandrea Ollero is a content writer who researches and writes custom content about home improvements, travel, finance, law, fashion, health, and beauty. She graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016. Ivandrea provides helpful tips and hacks on various topics for her readers. If she’s not in the mood to write, you can find her eating ice cream while listening to rap music.