There's nothing glamorous about working out of your basement. But when you first launch a business, a home office is the way to start. Especially if you bootstrap, you need to be frugal. And office space ain't cheap. In 2015, the average office space cost per employee was $7,000 in Chicago, $6,080 in Boston, and $4,194 in Atlanta. It was an unimaginable $14,800 in New York City, and prices have undoubtedly risen since 2015.