10 Ways to Set up a Home Office without Blowing Your Budget
10. Search for websites offering free or low-cost advertising to get your company name out there.
9. Don’t overlook the obvious- dollar stores are great resources for pens, pencils, notepads, and calendars.
8. Check with different banks and credit unions to see which offers the best deal for checking accounts and various banking services.
7. Sign up for a 6 month no interest credit card to get you started with inventory and supplies- just make sure you have a plan in place to pay off the balance in full before the no interest period ends.
6. Online auction sites are great resources for deals on items such as shipping supplies and ink cartridges.
5. Search the internet for low-cost business cards and promotional items. Vista Print is a popular choice offering free business cards- you pay only shipping.
4. Garage sales can yield very inexpensive items such as bulletin boards, file boxes, desk organizers, and storage crates.
3. Ask friends and family if they have any desks, chairs, bookcases, etc. they are replacing- tell them you will be glad to take any items they don’t want. This can get your office furnished as you are starting out.
2. Sign up for customer loyalty programs at office supply stores. Many offer bonus points for initial purchases, and you will receive specials and coupons because you are a member.
1. Look for rebates on basic office supplies. Check sales circulars for special offers and rebates on items you will use all the time.
Remember, as your business grows, so will your budget! You can always upgrade furnishings later. Focus first on keeping your space functional and organized so that looking for things don’t take time away from the most important task in building your business- working on income producing
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