Hard times often have the effect of turning more people towards entrepreneurship. In many cases, especially for those who are trying to balance business and childcare, that often takes the form of a home-based business. If that sounds like you, you’ve probably noticed that some of your expenses have increased as a result of basing your business out of your home. The good news is that there are things you can do to offset some of those costs.

Cost: Office Supplies

Running a business out of your home tends to go more smoothly when you have an office you can work out of. Of course, that means you have to pay for office supplies such as office furniture, electronics, paper goods, and more. The good news (especially right now during tax season) is that you may be able to deduct home office expenses from your taxes. This lowers your tax liability, which should help you save money, if not get some of it back in the form of a tax return.

Cost: Increased Utility Usage

Working out of your home means you’re using more of your utilities than you would be if you were working at an office or in a traditional job. Naturally, the more you use it, the more you pay for it. Using energy-efficient light bulbs, turning lights off when you aren’t using them, adjusting your thermostat, and being more conservative with your water use can all help. For even greater long-term savings, you could consider installing a solar panel system on your home. The process of going solar gives you the capacity to generate your own power as long as the sun is shining. This helps you offset the additional electricity you use at home.

Cost: Groceries

Similar to your utilities, being at home more because that’s where you run your business means you’re probably spending more on groceries. You aren’t eating at a workplace cafeteria or anything, so you’re eating at home instead. You can help offset the cost of the extra groceries by making use of coupons, food items that are on sale, and buying produce in its season.

Finding ways to offset the costs associated with having a home-based business can do great things for helping you manage your cash flow. Office supplies, increased utility usage, and grocery expenses all tend to go up if you don’t take matters into your own hands. Take a look at your home-based business and see what tactics you can use to better your situation.

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