The business game is not an easy one to get into. Not only does an entrepreneur or business person have to have an idea that will rocket them into fortune and success, they also have to have the capability to take an idea from conception, to birth, to full blown adulthood. This is a process that often takes time, harrowing strategy, perseverance, and money. Now each of these components of business have hundreds, if not thousands of books and articles written about them and it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. To help with the process, let’s only focus on one part of the pie: the money. If you’re looking for ways to make your office more functional, without a large budget, here are 3 things you can do:
- Use Multipurpose Furniture
There is no doubt that decorating a space can get mighty spendy in a hurry, but here’s the trick…instead of getting a desk, a chair, a couch for your clients, a coffee table, a lamp, a bookshelf and all the odds and ends that go into really personalizing your office space, look into filling your space with multipurpose furniture.
There are some incredible things out there that will amaze you with their functionality. Take a look at this cool bookshelf table, if you’re one to doubt the power of multipurpose. Sure, you might look at paying a little more top dollar for a personalized table that also folds into a coffee table and flips into a bed for you to take naps on when you’re feeling the stress of work, but if you crunch the numbers and realize you’re getting two, three, or even four furniture pieces for the price of one, you’ll see that functionality and budget really can go hand in hand.
- Skip the Private Firm
It’s extremely tempting to want to move into your own office space, but when you really think about it, there is a lot of overhead associated with that kind of move. Not only are you talking about square footage, you’re also including utilities, maintenance, supplies, labor, and a whole host of unforeseen expenses when you go this route. That’s neither budget friendly, nor functional.
Instead, consider skipping the private firm and going public with your business endeavors. Share an office space. Sharing is caring, and sharing also saves you loads of dollars, especially in a city like NYC, L.A., or Chicago. Not only that, when you’re in a space with other businesses and people, you’ll find it much easy to collaborate, build business leads, and in the end, you’ll probably make a lot more personal friends out of the deal. This move not only keeps things financially reigned in, it also adds to the overall functionality of your business.
- Play Doubles
When you were a kid, all you probably wanted was to have your own room. Yes, the privacy is great, but what you likely discovered is that having your own room, whether that be a bedroom or an office, is expensive. To help curb the cost of getting business done, consider playing doubles…that is, sharing your office with another person. This splits the cost into two, literally.
When you have two people in a space, you’re also limiting the amount of office-related material you’re personally going to have to buy. If you can’t stomach the thought of sharing with someone else, think about leasing your space over the weekends when you’re not using it. This way, you’re bringing in external revenue, as well as increasing the overall functionality of your space. You don’t have to do a lot to increase the bottom line and get work done…you just have to be strategic.