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Working from home? Make your property suitable for remote workers

written on 06/10/2020 2:30pm

As many workplaces around the world have shifted to a remote working culture, people everywhere are having to rethinking where they work.

Due to this, we’re noticing major changes in how and why people travel—which could lead to more guests interested in spaces like yours during the working week.

To get you set up for guests who are working remotely, we’ll explain what a laptop-friendly workspace needs, to give you ideas for appealing to guests with extra amenities, and share the best ways to promote your space.

How to create a laptop-friendly workspace

More than ever before, guests are looking at home workspaces as a key amenity whilst making their booking on Airbnb. Creating a laptop-friendly space is easier than you might think. You’ll need to offer a table or desk with room for a laptop, access to an outlet, and a chair that’s comfortable to work in.

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More amenities that benefit remote workers

While a laptop-friendly workspace may be all you need to offer to ensure your house is kitted out for remote working – there’s some extra touches which can make the experience more pleasant and productive for guests.

You may have a spare room which can double up as an office or provide a flexible workspace in the living room, here’s a list of other things to consider for your space:

  • Quick and reliable WIFI: If some areas of your property have weak signal, boosters and extenders can help their performance. WIFI is critical to remote workers, your listing could get a bad review if a guest has problems with it. 
  • Alternative workspaces: Living rooms, dining rooms, or outdoor spaces can be a refreshing change of scenery, and mean multiple people can work at the same time.
  • Ergonomic support: Laptop stands, extra pillows and blankets for back support can go a long way in making a space comfortable to sit for longer periods.
  • Great lighting: Windows or glass doors that provide natural light are great but a desk lamp or other lights around a room can help brighten a workspace.
  • Coffee machine and kettle: Many guests appreciate a daily dosage of caffeine to help them get started in the mornings. Some hosts may want to go the extra mile and provide coffee and a hot drink set-up for guests.
  • Office supplies: Small things like pens and paper often come in handy, while access to a printer can make your listing stand out.
  • Tech add ons: A computer monitor, smart speakers, and extra phone chargers can take your workspace to the next level
  • Minimal noise: Textiles like curtains, rugs, blankets, and pillows can help soften noisy distractions
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