Not all of us have an office setup at home and not everyone has the extra cash to splurge on setting it up either
I do not have to tell you what is going on right now on a global level, but everyone is trying to save as much money as they can. More than that, more and more people are starting to work from home. This can easily grow into a problem because not everyone was ready for a big change like this. Not everyone has an office setup at home to sustain a good number of working hours. In this article, I am going to tell you how to save money by using this money hack and build your own office at home. In the end, I am going to give you some secret tips about where you can buy cheaper items for your office.
What can you do to build a cheaper home office?
Well, there are a lot of ways in which you can build an office with not so much money, as long as you pay attention to some details and work before you start buying your items.
Make sure you know what space you will use
If you do not want to spend too much money on office items, make sure that you define how much space are you going to use for this purpose. If you have a separate room, things will be easier, because you can buy whatever you like for the prices you can afford. If you do not have a separate room, and you want to transform a big closet, a stair landing, or a smaller spare room, you can do it. But make sure you define your space well, and take measurements.
Plan the whole thing
Don't just go and buy 1 desk, 1 chair, and some office stuff. Before you make a shopping list, try to plan what are you going to with your space. Create a floor plan, place measurements everywhere, measure the furniture, and go shopping with a very clear mindset.
See if you can do it by yourself
It is tempting to start buying, but the purpose right now is to spend as little as possible. If you have already a desk and a lamp, see if you can move those to another part of your house, or if you already have the other necessary things you need to work from home. After all, maybe you do not need to spend any money.
Buy second hand or refurbished from highly rated third-party sellers
Another awesome way to save some money is to buy second-hand furniture and computers or phones from sellers that are doing this daily. There are a lot of good sellers online, and most of them have a lot of great reviews. For example, I found Phonebot through a friend of mine who recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus for $990 AUD. The devices RRP is $1800 but he was able to buy a” Like New” grade from these guys at an absolute bargain. I was quite impressed to see the quality of the handset and definitely recommend them.
For furniture and desks, go to Bunnings and DIY a desk. It’s fairly easy and straight forward and won’t cost a fortune buying a new desk from the likes of Officeworks or even IKEA. All you have to do is screw some legs onto a wooden slab of your preferred size and your desk is good to go
Buy a phone that can turn into a laptop
These days phones have become so powerful that you don’t need a laptop (well almost). The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, for example, is a fantastic multipurpose device. You can buy a Samsung accessory known as the DeX pad which converts your phone into a full fledge computer with MS office tools for android. All you need to do is to hook it up with a large screen monitor and a keyboard to convert your handheld device into a powerful workstation. This hack is meant for people who don’t have a powerful enough computer at home already and juggling between buying a computer or a phone.
Buy Now & Pay Later Schemes
In Australia, there’s some fantastic buy now and pay later providers such as Zip Pay, Payright and AfterPay. They all charge minimal or no interest rate and you can pay off the purchased item at your own pace. Most merchants like JB Hifi, Officeworks, Harvey Norman and Phonebot have buy now pay later services available in store or online. This kind of payment arrangement will help you manage your cash flow much more effectively and keep cash on hand just in case things get tougher down the road.
Stay Away from Gumtree or eBay
Beware of scammers. The internet is full of low life scum trying to rip people off. These sorts of people are usually lurking on sites like gumtree or Facebook marketplace or on Facebook groups. They would advertise something at a price that’s too good to be true and its more often the case then not. Either the device will turn out to be a dud, a fake or they would simply rob you at knife point when you meet face to face for collection.
Now once your home office is setup, you can actually even make some money. Start registering yourself on portals like fiver and freelancer but make sure to identify your target market and make a list of services you would be offering. These are the sort of services that can make you some serious money even if you don’t have the necessary computer skills. The least you could do is offer a Virtual Assistant service and perform basic clerical stuff for clients locally or overseas. There’s a huge worldwide freelancing market on the internet ranging from providing SEO services to video editing. If you’re not sure where to start, check fiver’s” Get started” guide for inspiration. You can also register in free online courses offered by edX or Udemy to upskill yourself while you wait for gigs on freelancing platforms.
That’s it folks, hope you enjoyed reading this article and remember to practice social distancing and always wash your hands and maintain strict hygiene and wish you best of luck setting up your home office
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