Redesign your Home Office without Breaking the Bank

Whether you work from home full time or just need somewhere quiet and organized to sit and pay bills or blog or whatever, you probably have an office area at home. Often, this home office is a glorified term for the spot where your computer is sitting but it doesn’t have to be. If you spend any amount of time trying to get stuff done, you deserve a nice, organized space in which to do it.

If you are looking for inspiration, check out Lifehacker’s Featured Workspace thread. Sometimes, spaces are featured because of creative uses of space or materials, sometimes for making good use of frugal favourites like IKEA and Craigslist (or even Freecycle!) I’m always impressed by the office spaces that are created out of closets, armoires and other "found" space.

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As with every budget makeover, the place where you save the most money is doing things yourself — putting in the elbow grease painting or sewing window treatments or refinishing furniture. If you have the time, though, it’s a great place to focus on home improvements.

8 Business ebooks by Seth Godin – free

I love a good freebie and if you run a business you should know the value of Seth Godin’s books. If you aren’t familiar with his work, pop over to his blog for an idea of what he’s all about.

All 8 books below can be downloaded free!

Bootstrappers Bible – startup on a shoestring
Kock Kock – building a website that just works
Who’s There? – blogs and web 2.0
Everyone’s an expert – attracting online traffic/sales
Flipping the Funnel – letting your fans speak
Unleashing the Idea Virus – getting attention
Money for Nothing – more about web traffic
Tribes Q&A – follow-up to his book Tribes .

List for free on eBay

ebay logoIf you have ever thought about selling things on eBay, now is a very good time to try it out. You can list the first 5 items every 30 days for free, so you only pay if the items sell.

There are a few exceptions — cars, farm equipment and real estate are exempt, as are a few other items — but this would be a great way to gradually get rid of some of that clutter or see how your handmade goods sell. [Full details]