How to Save Money on a Home Office
Working from home can save you big bucks on office space and transportation costs, but it can also cost you money. Whether you are just building a home office or remodeling an existing one, these tips will help you save money.
Protect Against Vampire Electronics
Your biggest expenditure is probably electricity, and even when your computer and TV are off, they can still drain electricity. You can lower your kilowatt usage by getting a smart surge protector that stops feeding electricity to devices that are turned off.
Buying used furniture can also help you save a lot of money. Check out thrift stores and Craigslist to get good deals on furniture. For furniture with upholstery, you may want to find out if the previous owner was a smoker or had pets or you can buy with the intention of reupholstering them.
Ditch the Landline
Landlines are expensive and there are alternatives, such as VOIP providers like Skype or Magic Jack. If you receive faxes often, you can look into companies like eFax or myFax that charge nominal fees. These days, people can get by without a fax machine so you may consider not replacing it.
Cut Down on Printing
There are a few ways to spend less on printers. If you need to print a lot, you should get a laser jet printer instead of a desk jet because they are more efficient. If you don’t need to print often, your old desk jet will do the job. You can also buy generic ink, refill ink cartridges at Walgreens and change fonts to cut down on ink consumption. Follow these 8 tips to prolong the life of your printer.
Look into Community Offices
Coworking office space is becoming more popular due to a rise in telecommuting and freelancing. To find coworking space in your area, visit the Coworking Wiki.
Use Free Software
Freeware is abundant for all operating systems and you should be taking advantage to save the most money. An Adobe suite costs thousands of dollars, but you can get free versions of their software. Gimp is a good alternative to Photoshop and Open Office or Google Docs can both replace Microsoft Office.