How to make your space comfortable for remote workers
As remote work becomes more common in many places, we’ve noticed major changes in how and why people travel. This could lead to more guests interested in spaces that help them do their jobs anywhere.
Here’s how to provide the right amenities, set up a dedicated workspace, and promote your space.
Offer fast and reliable wifi
An internet connection is a must for remote workers seeking fast, reliable wifi to support video calls and other tasks.
You can verify your listing’s wifi speed without leaving the Airbnb app by using the wifi speed test. This tool allows you to test the speed of your property’s wifi, then display it directly on your listing page – helping you to attract more guests who require a speedy connection.
If certain areas of your space have a weak signal, wifi boosters and extenders can improve their performance. It might also be helpful to learn how to check your router remotely to monitor your wifi.
Set up a dedicated workspace
Guests are searching for dedicated workspaces as a key amenity – and creating one is easier than you might think. To add this amenity to your listing, you’ll need to offer a table or desk that’s used just for working, access to plug sockets, and a comfortable chair.
Because couples working remotely may need separate spaces, consider setting up two work areas. You can let guests know about these features by selecting Dedicated workspace in the Amenities section of your listing, and by highlighting any workspaces in your listing description, photos, and captions.
Hosts who don’t have room for a dedicated workspace can still accommodate remote workers. When a guest needs to work remotely, “I replace one of the kitchen table chairs with a cushioned wheely office armchair”, says Emilia, a Superhost in Orono, Maine. “I think the chair alone makes a big difference.”
Consider other useful amenities
Beyond a dedicated workspace, guests also value extra touches that can make remote work more pleasant and productive.
Here are some options to consider for your space:
- Alternative workspaces. The living room, dining room, or patio can offer a refreshing change of scenery – and allow multiple people to work at the same time.
- Ergonomic support. A laptop stand, an ergonomic office chair, and an adjustable footrest can help make long working days more comfortable.
- Good lighting. While windows or glass doors that provide natural light are ideal, a desk lamp can help brighten a workspace.
- Coffee maker and kettle. Many guests appreciate a caffeine fix to help them get going. You can even provide tea and coffee – and to go that extra step, lifestyle blogger Elsie, a Superhost in Nashville, Tennessee, suggests offering multiple brewing options, such as a cafetière and an automatic coffee maker.
- 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.
- Video conferencing backdrop. Interesting wallpaper, plants, or art situated in the background of a workspace can appeal to guests who are frequently on video calls.
- Noise reduction. Textiles like curtains, rugs, blankets, and cushions can help soften noisy distractions.
Promote your work-friendly space
- Take advantage of search filters. When browsing listings, many guests apply filters to find spaces with the amenities they want, so be sure to mark Dedicated workspace and anything else you offer.
- Update your photos and captions. Because guests may check out your listing photos before reading the description, make sure your images include any workspaces you provide. Learn how to take great photos
- Let guests imagine themselves in your space. Make sure your listing description reflects how your space accommodates guests working remotely. If you really want to stand out, you can include that info in your listing title.
It can also be helpful to message guests before they arrive. By reminding them if you offer things like coffee or a computer monitor, you can help them plan accordingly.
We hope these tips help you create a welcoming space. By keeping your guests’ needs in mind, you’ll be able to offer a comfortable – and productive – stay for remote workers.
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