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  • Kelly Ann Jones

How to create a work-from-home office on a budget


someone typing on a laptop

Working from home has become more popular since the pandemic forced people to work remotely instead of at the office.


When lockdowns were finally lifted, the trend of working from home just carried on and increased.

In an article by "The Home Office Life", it says:

"With lockdown measures now eased in many countries, employers and employees are now trying to strike a balance between pre-pandemic working in the office and a more flexible working-from-home culture, which has led to a recent rise in “hybrid working”, where employees spend their work time split between the office and home."


Additionally, many people decided to go into business for themselves to try and earn some extra cash because of redundancy, furlough or boredom.


Now that the pandemic is behind us, the cost of living has increased and a lot of us are finding it hard to manage. So spending money on office equipment and decor can be difficult.


Even though I am lucky to have been able to convert my dining room into a fully functioning office, I was able to do it with hardly any money.


This blog post will provide tips on how to create a work-from-home office on a budget.


So let's dive in.


Finding the space


Firstly, you need to find a dedicated space for yourself to work from. This can be:

  • A spare bedroom

  • A dining room

  • Attic space if you have it

  • A shed in the garden

  • The garage

  • A closet

  • The corner of your living room

  • The kitchen table

The important thing is to find a space that you can close off from the rest of your home so that you can focus on work.


Setting it up


Now that you have found a suitable space, you can now set up your desk and chair. Even if your chair is in the kitchen and your desk is on the kitchen table, make sure you are comfortable.


Personal touches


Having your own personal belongings around you can make working in that space more comfortable, and appealing and thus help you to become more productive.

Include things like:

  • Family photos

  • Plants

  • Artwork


set of three printable wall art for the office or home

Supplies


Stock up on supplies. The supplies that you will need will vary from person to person but think of things like:

  • Stationery

  • Planners

  • Printer

  • Laptop etc


A printable work from home planner

To save money think of cheap stationery shops like The Works or thrift shops and try second-hand printers and laptops. Also, printable planners are a much more affordable option than physical planners.


if you are short on space or you are working from the kitchen, consider using a box to keep your work stuff in. This way you can store it out of reach when you are not working.


As you can see, it doesn't have to break the bank when setting up a work-from-home office. As long as you have a dedicated workspace you can make it work on a budget.


I would love to know any tips that have worked for you when working from home. So please leave any comments below.


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