When you own a vacation rental, it is extremely important to the health of your business that you create an office space for your guests. While your guests may be on vacation, they will still appreciate a space where they can catch up on emails, check in at the office, or even get some work done while they have the chance. ShortTermHousing.com is here to show you it’s possible to create a cutting edge office in your rental no matter the size of your space- or the size of your budget.
Designing The Space
- Pick The Space
Depending on the size and layout of your home, you may have to get creative when it comes to finding space. Consider renovating the basement, or the attic.
- Figure Out How To Make A Small Space Seem Spacious
Be strategic with furniture choice and placement, traffic flow, color, and lighting.
Adding a clean, fresh coat of paint in a new color will instantly inject character and energy into the rental’s office.
- Keep It Professional
While it may be tempting to go crazy with the painting, decorating, and picture-hanginging try to reign yourself in. Your guests are going to use this office for work, they don’t want to visit a fun house. So set up an office space that’s creative but conventional.
Important Things To Have In The Office
- Desk and Comfortable Rolling Chair
An office just isn’t an office without a desk. And no one wants to work at a desk if the chair is uncomfortable. You can peruse some affordable desk options here and some affordable chair options here.
- Computer Or Monitor and Keyboard That Your Guests Can Connect Their Own Laptops To
Having a computer, a nice quality computer is important. While it may seem expensive now, it is a great amenity that you can advertise, and will pay for itself more then twice over in the long run. You can get an Apple Mac Mini for only $600 (without a monitor) or a Mac Book Air for only a $1,000. However, if this is still a little bit to pricey you can get a monitor for around $200, and a wireless keyboard. Then advertise to your guests that they can easily hook up their own laptops to your monitor, and work away. Trust me, they’ll love that.
Having this lovely appliance really simples things up for your guests, and they will appreciate it. You can browse printers here.
- Internet and Wi-Fi
Having high speed Internet and Wi-Fi is crucial. Not just for the office space- but for the entire rental. If you don’t have Wi-Fi, you don’t have guests for your rental. You might even consider getting a separate modem for your office Internet so that service is never disrupted.
Hanging a clock will add a little nonabrasive flare to the walls, and help your guests to stay on task.
- Trash Can
Keep a decent sized trash can next to your desk so that you can throw things away as soon as you’re finished with them.
- Keep Extra Office Supplies In The Closet
Make sure you have extra ink, paper, and other office supplies handy so that your guests won’t be stranded when it comes time for refills.
Fun Things To Have
- A Mini Fridge
Your worker bee guests will love being able to raid the mini fridge for a snack break. Browse Mini Fridges here
- Sticky Notes
Both fun and useful!
- White Board Paint
Let your guests release both their creativity and inner child by painting one of the walls with whiteboard paint, and letting them write all over it! You can buy whiteboard paint here.
- 500XL Headphones
Sometimes…bigger really is better. Allow your guests to get a good laugh and listen to their music simultaneously. To buy these fun headphones click here
- “Inukshuk” Magnetic Stones
Decorate the desk, allow your guests to relieve their stress, or hang up their photos with these fun magnetic stones. To buy them click here
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