Working from home on a tight budget!

Working from home is part of the “new normal”. Facebook, Square, Twitter and various other large companies have now enabled employees to permanently work from home. However for those living in cramped apartments with a lack of space, or those who have not quite managed to purchase the correct equipment without breaking their bank accounts! As a disclaimer, Millennial Financial Freedom has not been paid to endorse any of the products mentioned here.

Webcam on a budget

The Logitech C920 is certainly the best bang for your buck. With 1080p resolution at 30fps (which essentially means it will run smooth video with good resolution). Logitech has always become the king of webcams and this certainly shows it at this price point and quality. Although a new one will cost you £180.00, you can buy a used £45.00!

Alternatively, you can find one on Ebay or look for a similarly priced webcam, however with it’s track record in making top quality webcams, it appears that this would be the wisest option.

Monitor setup

This one is interesting, because some people require better monitors based on their work. For example, a software engineer, video editor or graphics designer is likely to require a higher quality monitor. Whilst someone who is simply editing word documents and using a browser won’t need anything fancy. So we recommend two monitors, each for these use cases:

Creative workers:

The LG 25UM58 25 inch monitor is a great cost effective, yet feature rich monitor that is likely to please without breaking the bank.

You can find this on both Amazon or Ebay.

Non-creative workers:

The HP 24w Full HD Monitor (1920 x 1080) 23.8 Inch monitor will give you everything you need, for just under £100.

You can find this on both Amazon .

For those who require two monitors, ensure that the back of whatever monitor you buy has a Vesa mount and simply buy a Vesa mount that fits this. An example of this is: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B075SC9H1N/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You can buy a mount which clips straight to your desk, however, ensure that your desk is strong enough to support this! Which conveniently brings us to our next section…

Desk and chairs on a budget!

We won’t actually recommend a desk or chair here, because each home has a different setup of space, however what you must look for is a high quality desk and it would be wise not to skimp on this one.

This is because you will spend one third of your day at this desk as a remote worker, therefore you should really make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible.

In other words, don’t rush this purchase!

Ask your employer if they can expense your office setup

For many, employers will be able to contribute towards the costs of your home office setup. Being transparent and clear on what you need could end up saving you a lot of money, as you may be able to claim these as necessary expenses. Therefore, be wise and look for functional, cost-effective equipment that is more likely to be approved.

For more details on remote working, check out our very popular article on how remote working could help millennials to get ahead!