Working from home can be a great way to save money. There is no more commute, less temptation to eat out, and you can stop stocking your closet with a professional wardrobe. But, working from a home office still means spending money. So, how can you keep home office expenses down?
While this doesn’t mean saving money up front, it will save you money in the long run. Before you make any purchase, check to see if it can be used as a tax deduction. If it can, go for it, but be sure to save your receipts in case you are audited in the future.
This covers everything from furniture to your less vital electronics. Go thrift shopping for the furniture items you need and check resale sites for things like printers and scanners. However, when it comes to your computer, it is best that you buy new or refurbished with a warranty.
Do you really need a printer or scanner? That will depend on the work you do. With so much being digital now, there is a good chance you don’t. And even things like headsets and microphones are quickly becoming obsolete for most work as the built-in options improve.
The dollar store is a haven of cheap office supplies and organizational items. There is no reason to buy these from your local super store or office supply store. Not only are they cheap, but they are often high quality and cute to boot.
If you want your home office to have great atmosphere, decorating it will be key. However, be as thrifty as possible. Dollar stores and thrift stores are once again great, but making things yourself is excellent too. Look online for inspiration.
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