As anyone who runs a small business can tell you, taking an economical approach to your spending habits is absolutely essential to it’s success. While it would be great if we could all pay less taxes for our business, sometimes a little frugality in the home office can go a long way.
Planning an office on a shoestring budget doesn’t always require the ingenuity of an architect or the vision of an interior decorator. The best part is that the comfort and quality of your office won’t have to be sacrificed in the name of penny-pinching.
BACK TO BASICS
The first thing you should be doing is creating a plan. Have a list ready with all of your needs and wants listed separately. Your needs are all the essentials you need to run your office from home: your computer, desk, chair and printer. Your wants are everything else. Assuming you already have any or all of the essentials, you’re already off to a great start.
From this list, decide what can be done cheaply or better yet, for nothing at all. Are you a good handyman? Try building some shelves or drawers for storing extra items. Are you an artist? Put your talent to work and make your own office decor. If manual labor isn’t your thing and you decide to purchase these furnishings, be sure to browse for the best deals online and compare stores in your area.
Many places will offer free delivery and trouble-free return policies and will even do all the assembling for you. Also be sure to check your local flea market or thrift shop for some interesting finds on the cheap.
MASTER YOUR SPACE
There are many ways to not only save on expenses but increase the sense of roominess by being practical with your use of space. Position your desk near a window with good natural lighting in order to save on electricity. Instead of cluttering your office with an oversized whiteboard, consider picking up some chalkboard paint and creating a work board directly on a portion of your wall space.
If you will be meeting clients in your home, consider allocating a portion of your budget to painting the room to reflect your professional image. Darker colors create a more intimate setting but will make the room feel significantly smaller.
Opt for lighter colors if you want to create a more spacious feeling to the room. You should always be avoiding clutter to the best of your ability. Taking a minimalist approach is often best for productivity in the office. If you’re not going to do anything with that extra coffee table you want so badly, consider holding off on it until a later date to see how your office flows without it.
With these tips you should be on the right track to building your dream office at home without the dreaded feeling of having gone outside of your budget. There’s no need to overindulge to feel at home in your office. Sometimes you just need to bring it back to the fundamentals and become the master of your own space.