Why Recycling is Important in Your Home Office

You probably don't think about recycling much. After all, you work in a home office. It's not like you use up a lot of paper and other supplies, right? Think again. You might use more than you think, and recycling can not only help you save money, but it can also be a supplemental source of profit for your company.

It Can Be A Supplemental Profit Source

How can recycling add to your income? If you use a lot of material that can be taken to a recycling center and redeemed for money, then you can supplement your business income with money from recycling. Some industrial metals will fetch a good price, but everything from tennis balls to wine corks and cooking oil can be taken in for money.

It might not make you rich, but every bit helps add to the bottom line. You'll probably have to search out recycling centers that will pay you for the scrap you've collected. However, most centers pay either per weight or by quantity and they'll tell you upfront what you'll receive.

It Helps You Save Money

Recycling can help you save money if you're on the buying end of things. For example, let's say you're looking for new furniture for your home office. You could go down to the furniture store and pick something out - but it's always a bit pricey. You could go to an office supply store - again, pricey.

What about picking up remnant furniture from other businesses? What about consignment shops? There are many different places that are selling old or used furniture at a fraction of the cost you would pay if you had to buy it new.

What are you going to do with old furniture? Simple - have it reupholstered. Reupholstered? Doesn't that cost even more money? Surprisingly, it's not as much as you think. You see, after you've picked up a nice chair for, say, 50 per cent off, you can contact a fabric or upholstery store and ask about remnant material.

This is usually material that's either scrap or is about to be discontinued. Most of the time, it looks new and it's perfectly fine to use for office furniture. Snap up some scrap and you'll have new furniture for the price of used.

It Helps You Be More Efficient

Working at home is already hard enough. You can make your life a little more efficient by either recycling or minimizing the use of paper and other throwaway materials.

For example, if you use a lot of paper for customer files, you could consider shredding all of that paper, and then recycling it. What? You need your client files? Well, first you should scan them into your computer. By keeping electronic files, rather than paper ones, you create a search-able index that's a lot easier to sort through than any filing cabinet.

You also save yourself the cost of buying print paper, ink, and additional files - which has the added benefit of saving you space.

Mark White is an eco friendly businessman. He loves sharing his tips for doing business in an environmentally friendly way on blogs for professionals. Learn more about getting ink cartridges for cash.