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    How to make your space comfortable for remote workers

    How to make your space comfortable for remote workers

    Keep your listing competitive by setting up a laptop-friendly workspace.
    Ni Airbnb noong Jul 21, 2020
    4 na minutong pagbabasa
    Na-update noong Oct 27, 2020

    Highlights

    • A laptop-friendly workplace can be as simple as having a table or desk with room for a laptop, access to an outlet, and a comfortable chair

    • Having multiple places to work in a space can appeal to guests who want a change of scenery

    • Keep your listing current by updating your amenities and photos

    As many places around the world have shifted to a work-from-home culture, people everywhere are rethinking where they work. As a result, we’re noticing major changes in how and why people travel—which could lead to more guests interested in spaces like yours.

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

    The basics of a laptop-friendly workspace

    Guests are looking at home workspaces as a key amenity when they’re booking on Airbnb—and creating a laptop-friendly workspace is easier than you might think. In order to select this amenity for your listing, 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.

    Because couples working remotely will need separate spaces for meetings, consider setting up two workspaces that each have a desk or table, plus a comfortable desk chair. You can make guests aware of these features by highlighting the rooms with workspaces in your listing, photos, and captions.

    The importance of fast and reliable wifi

    In addition to the basics, guests rely on strong wifi to support video calls and remote meetings. Be sure to mention if you have fast wifi in your listing description—and include a screenshot of a wifi speed test in your listing photos.

    Because wifi is critical to remote workers, your listing is at risk of a bad review if a guest has problems with the internet. If certain areas of your space have a weak signal, wifi boosters and extenders can improve their performance. To identify any potential issues, check the wifi between each stay, or train your cleaner how to do so. It might also be helpful to learn how to check your router remotely to monitor your wifi.

    Learn more about offering internet access to guests

    Other amenities that remote workers may appreciate

    While you may already have everything you need to offer a laptop-friendly workspace, guests really value extra touches that can make remote work more pleasant and productive.

    Whether you have a spare room to use as an office or provide a flexible workspace in the living room, here’s a list of items to consider for your space:

    • Alternate workspaces: The living room, dining room, or patio can be a refreshing change of scenery—and allow multiple people to work at the same time.
    • Ergonomic support: A laptop stand, extra pillows and blankets for back support, and an adjustable foot rest can go a long way in making a place comfortable to sit for long periods.
    • Good lighting: While windows or glass doors that provide natural light are ideal, a desk lamp can help brighten a workspace.
    • Fully equipped kitchen: To make it easier for guests, stock enough dishes and cooking supplies. Check out tips for cleaning the kitchen
    • Coffee maker and tea kettle: Many guests appreciate a caffeine fix to help them get going in the mornings. You can go the extra step by providing tea and coffee—and set up a coffee station for guests who have early video conference calls, like Superhost and lifestyle blogger Elsie Larson. Learn more hosting tips from Elsie
    • Office supplies: Simple items like fresh pens and notepads often come in handy, while access to a printer can help set your listing apart.
    • Tech support: 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.

    The best ways to tell guests about your work-friendly space

    Once you’ve gone through the work of making your space comfortable for remote workers, it’s important to update your listing description, amenities, and photos so that guests know you have a work-friendly place.

    • Take advantage of search filters. When browsing listings, many guests apply filters to display spaces that only include the amenities they’re searching for, so be sure to check off Laptop-friendly workspace and anything else you can provide in your listing. Learn more about the best amenities to offer
    • Update your photos and captions. Because guests may view your listing photos before reading the description, make sure your images include the workspace. Check out our three-part photography tutorial, which explains how to prepare your space, capture quality photos on your smartphone, and select and edit images.
    • Let guests imagine themselves in your space. In addition to updating your amenities, make sure your listing description reflects how your space accommodates guests who are working remotely. If you really want to stand out, be sure to mention it in your listing title.

    Note: If you want your space to appear when guests search using the “Work trip” filter, you’ll also need to have at least one high rating from a business traveler.

    In addition to updating your listing with details about how guests can work comfortably from your place, it’s also helpful to message them before they arrive. By reminding guests if you offer things like a fully-stocked kitchen or office supplies, you can help them plan accordingly.

    With these tips, you can create a welcoming space where travelers can live, work, and relax. And by keeping your guests’ needs in mind, you’ll be able to offer a comfortable—and productive—stay for remote workers.

    Highlights

    • A laptop-friendly workplace can be as simple as having a table or desk with room for a laptop, access to an outlet, and a comfortable chair

    • Having multiple places to work in a space can appeal to guests who want a change of scenery

    • Keep your listing current by updating your amenities and photos

    Airbnb
    Jul 21, 2020
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