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Decorate Your Office on a Budget!

Most people believe that when they plan to decorate their offices, it means spending much hard-earned cash. That should not be the case, for there are ways to decorate and save money at the same time.

Here are some tips to follow to make your dream office a reality with fewer expenses!

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1.         Plan the office theme

Some people make the common mistake of buying many items without knowing whether or not they will be needed in the office. Often this ends up not being used at all.

Planning makes the entire office decorations harmonious. This will create a theme that stands out after the decorating is done and you will not be spending on things that you really don’t need or want.

2.         Make a general floor plan

A general floor plan takes into consideration a suitable space that will be practical to work on. This allows you to consider the places where decorative pieces should not be placed to avoid being destroyed. You do not want to spend for replacing items every now and then, right?

3.         Make the most of what you already have.
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After making a general plan, scan things that you have at home and pick pieces that adhere to your general plan to use in the office.

Furniture can also be used in ways for which it was not intended. You may place supplies on your shoe rack; dividers may be used to conceal cleaning materials and other unsightly things in your office.

After doing this, the only things that you will need to buy are the things that are lacking.

4.         Storage does not have to compromise fashion sense.

There are various storage units that can be used in your office other than the conventional metal file cabinets. You may opt to buy ready-to-use design boxes, or you can make your own by recycling sturdy boxes by using craft paper. I always say stackable baskets made of wire or wicker can also be used as they are less expensive and aesthetic as well. 

5.         Go to second-hand shops!

Second-hand equipment and furniture functions the same as brand new items. It is up to you to choose and check the quality. Some repairs and repainting may be needed. But the important thing is you have your furniture and equipment, and you get to save money!

The possibilities of designing your office on a budget are endless. It all depends on your creativity!

How to Set up a Home Office That is Best for Your Business

For those people who have decided to start their own business, what they need is a work space so they can work in peace, take care of their endeavours, and concentrate on taking care of the needs of their business.  For many individuals, this means a home office.

With the success of online businesses, more and more people have decided to work at home; which places the fate of their financial future in their own hands. Today, the internet has become an essential part of people’s everyday lives: this new trend of working at home reflects the increasing use of the internet in the business world.

I always say that it is important that a home office is treated with the same respect as a regular office since it is where work is done and transactions occur. Basically it is the place where individuals earn their money: whether on the internet, via phone, or video conference. It is possible you may have clients coming to your home office to conduct.

It is essential that a person who wants to have a home based business set aside a space in their home that will provide them with comfort and privacy adequately conduct their business.

Where to set up a home office

Ideally a separate room in the house is the best place for a home office. The best area is away from congestion noise: such as the children’s bedroom or play area, the kitchen, or the entertainment room.

How to furnish your office

A home office should be orderly and give the appearance of a professional workplace. It should be contain the equipment that you would find in an office: such as a phone with an answering machine that is capable of transferring calls, making conference calls, etc.

 A separate phone line for the home office is necessary so that personal calls meant for the family and business calls do not interfere with each other. Having a separate phone line in the office will also allow for concentration on business without any distractions.

Other equipment you will need is: a computer that has an internet connection, fax machine, copier, organizers, and other office supplies. Things that a person will need in a home office will also depend on the type of business he/she is operating.

Setting up a home office will probably mean acquiring furniture: this includes a desk, lamps, tables, and professional looking chairs. The most important piece of furniture needed will be a comfortable office chair invest in a really good office chair that provides comfort as well as stability. Since a person working in a home office will spend numerous hours in his/her chair, it must be one that does not induce backache and/or make your body feel stiff.

Before purchasing any of these items, you should know how you will conduct your home business so that only necessary items are purchased. This way you will not be spending money for things that you do not need or are not necessary.

Choose your colours wisely

The colour scheme of a home office should not be distracting to the person(s) working in the office. This means that bright pastel colours, and gaudy colours like shocking pink and neon green would probably not be appropriate. If you have clients and/or hold business meetings in your home office, a professional atmosphere should be attained; so be wise when it comes to choosing your decorating colours. Neutral colours are best; since they are not distracting but consider using a few brighter and contrasting colours for accessories to add accents and interest.

Setting up a home office is serious business. The right environment will be attractive and conducive to a good working atmosphere. Those who are thinking of setting up a home office should pay careful attention to detail when creating their office since they will be spending many hours working in it. Take the time to make your home office a comfortable and wonderful place!

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