How to turn your Airbnb into a remote work friendly ‘Coliving space’
Due to the pandemic, remote work development that we expected would take an absolute decade, happened in a week. All companies were forced to stay at home and figure out how to organise themselves remotely and stay productive while working from their houses.
Since the borders have started opening up again in Europe, we’ve seen a massive increase in bookings. Now, things have changed. People who are new to remote work due to the pandemic, want to combine work with travel. Our partner space in Ericeira who used to get 5% of their booking requests from remote workers - gets 100% remote worker bookings right now.
Here’s how you can (prepare to) host remote workers in your Airbnb:
Desks in rooms
As people go after different types of experiences, there are different kind of coliving spaces. Some are more community focused with lots of events and a tight, family style community, and in others, the guests prefer a little more privacy. In either case, people will need to be able to work to feel productive. It can be intense to live with a bunch of other people, so next to having a desk in your room to get more work done, it’s also a good way for people to charge their social battery and have some quiet and private alone work.
Bright rooms - Good lighting
Some of your guests will have to make calls in the middle of the night to other parts of the world. They will really appreciate it if you provide them with enough lighting options so they’re nicely visible on camera, feel comfortable in a nicely lit room, and won’t be working in the dark.
You already know, but unstable wifi will be shooting yourself in the foot. People need wifi to ultimately pay you, so be sure you get it stable and with good speeds. Think about a minimum of 50 mbps download and upload.
This is a whole topic on itself. I’ve stayed in and created a whole bunch of coliving spaces. In the end, if you’re hosting your space and community, the community is going to be a reflection of you. As the ‘leader’, you set the culture and rules, even if you’re unaware of it. Those can be anything - whatever is most sustainable and pleasant for you.
In the previous space I organised, I really wanted to create a group of friends - a family - with tight relationships. That worked out super well, and it were amazing months. Now however, we all moved out and started new chapters and I feel like I need to just be in my room and work. I’m slowly starting to create another community around me with creatives (musicians, designers, tattoo artists, etc) but this time i’ll do it differently. More calm. Only people who stay in Bali long term staying people (6 month+) so they have a slower life and less of an urge to explore everything before their time runs out, which can become tiring.
All in all, your community is a reflection of you. This might seem intimidating, but it’s also wonderful. If you are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with, who do you want to have around you? What are you curious about? What do you want to learn? You can create your space around everything; from surfing to music, to rock climbing to drawing, design or writing.
This is just the easiest way to help the community host themselves. Let people connect with each other easily so you don’t have to be there (of have the feeling you have to) be there all the time.
This is a bit of a different pricing strategy than hosting short stay guests. There might be a golden ratio for you. Also depends how much time you want to spend on hosting the community. If you’re ok with a lower profit, but people staying for months and months on average and are fine with buying their own furniture, that works, or you might want to have a higher turnover and higher profit margins. The average stay is a month, so keep that in mind. In general, it’s cheaper to have a returning customer than to have to market again to find a new one. Would you rather have one person to stay for 6 months, or 6 guests who all stay for one?