The Real Cost of a Home Office

By Yvette Romero - 2012-02-09T15:31:59Z

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Office Equipment

You'll need all the obvious stuff including pens, paper clips, staples and tape but keep in mind that a good shredder is a worthwhile investment. It helps you to be extra-protective of any data you have -- including your clients' private information. The key: Buy a cross-cutting shredder that turns paper into confetti.

$20: Staples SPL-P500 Printing Calculator -- Staples
$160: Staples 15-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder -- Staples
$135: One Month Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar --
$150: Realspace Premium Wide Bookcase, 5 shelves -- Office Depot

Running Tally: $9,078