Whether you have dived into entrepreneurship or are employed in another company but working from home, you need to look for ways to make your home office appealing yet functional.
Working from the comfort of your home has its ups and downs, so it should not surprise you if, at some point, you decide it is time to change your home office aesthetics.
However, these types of changes are often followed by additional expenses. This need not be the case and there are a number of ways to save money in your home-based business. Here’s how.
Install Your Desk As Close to a Natural Light Source as Possible
A period of the day when one feels most productive varies between people. Some are early birds, others are night owls, but regardless of our preferences, most of us had to adjust to a standard nine-to-five working model and attempt to be the most productive within that time frame.
However, with everything that happened last year and a shift throughout the entire business world, remote work is here to stay, and we have more opportunities to organize our day.
So, if you still work from home and want to be economical, we suggest installing a working desk near your home office window. Use the power of natural light and save on your electricity bills.
Remember, exposing yourself to natural light is also beneficial to your physical and mental health. So, allow us to sound a bit cliche and say – let the sunshine in; it’s cost-effective but priceless.
Use Every Piece of Paper You Have in Your Office
Gmail, Google Sheets, Google docs, social media, there are so many ways we can communicate and work today; it seems like the time when we needed pen and paper is far behind us.
However, many people still use the old-school way of taking notes; some even need to print documents. In case the printer is still an integral part of your work, try using less paper by opting for double-sided printing. It is one of the most effective ways to cut costs on your printing.
But, if you have piles of paper you used partially, meaning one side of the paper is blank, use that side to take notes; that way, you’ll be kinder to the environment and your budget.
Save Money and Improve Productivity By Choosing the Right Wall Color
Aside from adding to your home office aesthetics, wall colors can positively affect your productivity and drive creativity if chosen wisely, of course.
When you are inspired and motivated to work, you will stick to your working hours and avoid watching over your unfinished tasks at night under the table lamp. Again, being economical involves small steps.
However, consider purchasing LED bulbs if you can’t avoid working at night or, for whatever reason, need to use artificial light more. Although they may cost more than regular ones, it is a long-term investment because LEDs last longer and use less energy than incandescent bulbs.
But let’s go back to colors. First, let’s see what color is the most suitable for your office. If we may, our suggestions would be: a) blue, a color of productivity, b) green, a shade reflecting balance and nature, and c) yellow, a color that evokes emotions and warmth; it is ideal for creative workers.
Make Room for Some Greenery
Aside from bringing colors and warmth to any space, plants are natural air filters.
They also make your space look cozy and welcoming. However, it is advisable to use your home office during working hours because achieving a work-life balance is one of the biggest challenges remote workers face.
But back to the subject. If you think taking care of plants is a tremendous responsibility and you are not an experienced (indoor) gardener, look for easy-to-maintain plants. They will not ask for much but will give plenty in return.
Remember, it is better to have one natural plant than waste money on plastic flowers, and before you know it, you’ll start petting your new leafy friend; that’s how it goes.
Decorate with What You Have
First, your home office should fulfill its purpose, be comfortable and in line with your working needs. However, that doesn’t mean you should not decorate it and bring interesting details that reflect your personal taste.
Decorating your office doesn’t have to burden your budget; instead, look for pieces you already have in your house and combine them. Then, let your imagination play, and for additional inspiration, have a gander on YouTube.
Be Aware of Your Budget, But Don’t Be Rigorous
Being responsible, among many things, includes taking care of your finances. Of course, we should always know where and on what we spend our money. Still, we should not be too harsh on ourselves. Remember, spending money on little things you love, even if that’s a new vase for your home office, is like investing in your joy and wellbeing. The bottom line is, moderation is the key.