Tips to Manage the Cost of a Home Office

By Annie Millerbernd

For about six months beginning in January, James Hulett’s garage became his home office. His company sent him home earlier than most workplaces in an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

“I have a 3-year-old son who’s way into tools, so he would be [in the garage] finding tools to take them inside and take apart toys and stuff,” he says. “It was a circus.”

In the summer, he and his wife bought a home west of Salt Lake City that could accommodate an indoor workspace. All that was left was to turn it into an office.

Hulett, like employees at many companies in the U.S., expects to work from home at least through the end of the year. Some companies have announced plans to keep office doors closed well into 2021, and others have offered remote work as a permanent option for employees.

If you’re ready to start building your home office, here are tips for managing the costs, plus financing options for more extensive projects.

Consider Your Cash on Hand

Hulett furnished his office using money he could spend within his weekly budget. His emergency fund is ironclad, he says, so dipping into it wasn’t an option.

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