Working from home has many benefits. It can also be lonely and monotonous. Employees are fighting this by choosing to do their remote work next to the beach or the countryside. Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, believes there will be a shift to guests using long-term rentals for remote work. The volume of guests mentioning “remote working” or “work remotely” in their reviews has grown as well as searches including the “allow pets” feature.
If you are a property owner, you may be wondering how to accommodate remote workers. This article will give you a few tips on how you can make your listing more work-friendly.
How Can I Make my Airbnb More Work-Friendly?
According to Airbnb, 51% of UK office workers have considered living abroad during or post-lockdown. The rise in remote working means having a workspace in your home is more important than ever. Similarly, guests who travel for work or who may have to work over their holidays benefit from having access to a workspace. It may sound complicated and expensive but you can create a home office on a small budget.
For a workspace, most guests would expect a chair and desk with enough room for a laptop. You may already find many of the items needed for your workspace in your rental home. Create a space for your guests that allows them to feel relaxed and focused.
Another useful tip that will boost your listing, is to include multiple workstations. Many people will choose to travel as a couple or in small groups, even if for work. Consider creating a home office with enough space for two people or more to work in your rental.
You can try spreading the workspaces around the rental. This not only gives you flexibility when working with a small space but allows multiple people to work with little distractions. Highlight these features with pictures and captions that make your listing stand out.
In September 2020, 65% of amenity searches on Airbnb were for homes with Wi-Fi, a 10% increase from the previous year. Good Wi-Fi will always give you a leg up from the competition. However, when people book your Airbnb for work, it’s even more important. Employees working remotely need a fast internet connection to carry out their tasks as normal.
Your guests will likely have to communicate with clients or colleagues throughout the day. Virtual meetings require fast and reliable internet. Why not include your internet speed in the listing to put you at an advantage.
The digital nomad movement means more people than ever, are looking for faraway locations to work from. Work from anywhere policies also give many workers the freedom to enjoy a change of scenery. So, wherever your rental is based, it’s important to make the most of your location.
Guests looking to work in your rental will be expecting quiet and peaceful surroundings. Take steps to minimise noise inside your Airbnb and also provide them with a list of peaceful and relaxing attractions in the local area. Make it as easy as possible for guests to navigate the neighbourhood and feel welcomed into the local community.
If you are looking to attract guests who are working remotely, you can implement the tips above. Adding a workspace will make your rental more versatile. Multiple workstations will work if you have a larger property or are looking to attract groups.
Ensuring that all of your amenities are up to scratch should be a necessary step for any property owner, but it’s even more necessary for guests looking to work over their stay. Remember to make the most of your location and emphasise all of the amazing qualities of your rental in the listing.
For more tips on how to make your rental more suitable for remote workers, contact Keey.