Hopefully, you’ve been able to keep your job during this pandemic and have been working from home. This is a good thing! However, there are a few hidden costs associated with working from home that may be important to keep in mind.
For example, as dining room tables become workstations, and the mid-morning coffee break happens in your kitchen, there is increased “wear and tear” happening on the finishes in your living areas. Think about simple things like how your chair accidentally bumps into or scrapes the wall behind where you work each time you get up.
In addition, it could be a good idea to think about the increased use of utilities in your home. Whether it’s from you working there, or from your family spending more time at home, there is more water, electricity, and gas being used.
Many of these costs are typically considered to be “overhead” expenses for the office where you would normally work. As you’re working from home, you are likely responsible for them now.