How To Create A Home Office On A Shoestring Budget

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If you’re one of the many people that have decided to become their own boss and start their own small business, then you are probably looking into creating your own home office. There is only so much space that you can take up in your dining and living rooms with all of your business papers and such before your family decides that enough is enough, so you might want to get your thinking cap on, and quick. However, just because you want a home office, it doesn’t mean that you can necessarily afford one. Luckily, there are countless ways in which you can keep costs down when making a home office for your startup. Here are a few of the best ones: 

Shop Around 

This is the most obvious way to save cash, but it takes the most effort. Instead of heading to a furniture store and just picking out the first office chair or desk you see, visit a few stores and look at a few different pieces of furniture. Take pictures and write down their prices. This way you can look through them, and then go back at a later date if you decide one of them is for you. 

Look Online 

Prices online tend to be much cheaper than those in stores. This is especially true when you visit websites that specifically sell affordable office furniture. It’s also easier to shop around online, as you simply have to switch between tabs, instead of having to physically go into every store and look around. 

No Big Brands 

You don’t need to purchase your office supplies from big chain office stores. More often than not, their paper, pens, and pencils aren’t better quality than smaller retail stores but are definitely several times more expensive. 

Instead, visit much smaller dollar stores or Walmart to get a much better price. Stretch your dollars!

Use What You’ve Got 

You will often be able to find things like lamps in a spare room, or boxed up in your attic, so be sure to have a good look around your home before making any unnecessary purchases. You might even have some of your office supplies like notebooks, calculators, or staplers stashed away in drawers or boxes too, so it really pays to do some hunting, before you buy anything. 

Make Marketplace Your Friend 

Facebook’s Marketplace is guaranteed to be a godsend in your hunt to find affordable office furniture. You may not like the idea of used office furniture, but as long as it’s in good condition, there really is no harm. You can find anything from desks, to filing cabinets, to potted plants, often at incredibly low prices, so be sure to have a look. 


Starting your own small business is an incredibly exciting venture, but the cost of it all can sort of ruin the mood. All you have to do is set a budget that you are comfortable with, and use various tips and methods (such as the ones above) to keep your cost as low as possible. Good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed this article about top tips to create your home office or shared workspace on a shoestring budget in short time.

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