As technology has continued to move forward with leaps and bounds, business and companies are starting to re-think the work from home employee. The practice of allowing an employee to work from home goes by a number of names and descriptions including:
WAH’s (work at home employees)
Home based employees
No matter what the name or description, the location of the job (home) remains the same. As more and more employees migrate towards this work set-up, the number of home offices being built or designed has skyrocketed over the last few years. Data from the AMEX Small Business Association indicates that the number of people working from their homes increased 43% from 2007 to 2008.
If you happen to be one of those people that are transitioning to a home office or just getting ready to set-up your home office, here are a few ways to keep the costs down:
Unfinished – An “office” doesn’t have to be fully equipped to get started. Rather than shelling out money for a new desk, printer, new monitor, and new phone; consider making those purchases in phases. Evaluate your needs and purchase the most important item first. Then move on to the other items over time. When I first set my home office up, I worked on a small folding table until I knew that the home office transition was going to work for me.
Don’t scrimp on a chair – I cannot stress this enough. Value office chairs like you would value a mattress. When you consider how much time you will actually be seated in one, it really makes sense to purchase a good quality one that meets your needs. I probably spend at least 5 hours of every day seated in an office chair at my desk. Consider this: 5 hours a day = 25 hours per week = 1300 hours per year translates to me spending 54.1 days seated in that chair over a 12 month period. Your own mileage may vary, but, with the exception of my computer, my office chair is the most expensive item in my home office. While this won’t really save you money per se, it will save you a fortune in long term bills related to your health. Follow this advice and you’ll thank me profusely in 10 years when you can stand up straight.