Deals & Discounts on Home Office Equipment

I'm starting a side hustle and I want to kit out my home office with everything I need to get my business up and running cheaply - from deals on a desk and chair to PC (or laptop), printers, stationery... you name it.

The trick to finding the best deals is not necessarily to shop around, but to know the price of all the items you need on a big online retailer, like Amazon. It's actually quite easy to do this. We've all heard of price trackers, like RankTracer right?

Note: We had a request from one of our readers that started out in the forums but has been converted into a full post given the amount of data we gathered. Here's the original forum post:

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Believe it or not, it is entirely possible to hire yourself as a freelance writer and turn that part-time job into a successful business that earns decent money and gives you the freedom to work from home (or anywhere you want).

The Internet has an insatiable demand for content, making freelance writing one of the most popular WAH (Work At Home) job choices for thousands of bloggers and journalists around the world. This is because virtually every aspect of digital marketing relies, to some degree or another, on great underlying content.

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We've put together a dream team list of the best software and services designed to help start and grow a small (online & home) business easily and cheaply, with as little admin and effort as possible.

To improve your chances of successfully starting an online business (especially if it's an eCommerce store) it's vital to select not only the best individual software solutions (& services), but also the ones that work and integrate seamlessly with each other.

Unfortunately, it's not always easy to do this.

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Bookkeeping, taxes, accounting, and a host of other financial and administrative tasks are vital to keep your small business running smoothly and profitably - even if you hate having to spend countless hours doing it.

In order to stay competitive, companies (in particular, home businesses or small businesses without the resources to hire a dedicated accountant) need to make use of cutting-edge online accounting systems (i.e. cloud based) that offer huge potential for integrations that can save a lot of man-hours.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important because it can mean the difference between capturing high page rankings in Google, for relevant keywords, and remaining undiscovered and anonymous.

Web traffic is the lifeblood of any blog or business that relies on the Internet to generate leads and make sales. Organic traffic from search engines is generally the largest (and most valuable), single source of traffic making it a vital component of any successful online venture.

How to earn a passive income online. Pic by John Haler

The Web is arguably the best medium from which to earn a passive income because content, software and online services can persistently drive traffic and revenue for years at a time.

In other words - build once; earn indefinitely.

The downside is that because there is this great potential to make money, a lot of people are trying it. And, with a lot of people, comes a lot of competition that makes starting out tricky. One thing's for sure; if you're not prepared to put in work upfront, forget about earning a passive income online.

RankTracer - Amazon Price Tracker. Pic by Nullfy

Amazon prices fluctuate, for most products, on an hourly basis making it important to use an hourly price tracker in order to catch the big price drops (and sometimes increases) and really save (and earn) money.

Whether you are a small business trying to cut costs on office supplies, or a shopper trying to find great deals and discounts in order to stretch your dollars to the max, the difference between a free price tracking service that gathers one or two data points a day and one that collects prices hourly can be massive.

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A lot of price comparison sites are automated systems that don't offer much in the way of real, human insight. Instead, focus on a small niche. Create genuine price histories and comparison charts (like this one showing a comparison of the top gaming laptops)

Price history comparison chart

Using price histories as part of your comparison, it is possible to show shoppers whether or not the 30% discount they are being offered right now is better or worse than yesterday - and whether or not they should wait for a better deal, or look at another product.