The freelance and gig economy is growing. It’s evolving. More and more people are switching to freelance, contract work, and in turn going remote.
Being able to work wherever you want is liberating. People with young children can stay home if they wish. Those with the travel bug (like yours truly) can work from a different country every month. And just the ability to escape having to enter the same building with the same people every day is benefit enough for some.
For those travelling in particular, airbnb is a remote worker’s dream. Renting a house isn’t always possible – not everyone likes the whole short term thing. Hotels can kill your budget (even when using discount sites like Booking.com or Agoda).
Why Choose Airbnb
While every accommodation booking site has filters, airbnb has more options that benefit the long-term and business minded traveller. You can include search filters such as a having the whole place to yourself or a private room. You can also search for amenities that you may not want to travel with such as towels or a hair dryer. And remote worker necessities like a laptop friendly workspace.
What to look for when deciding on a place:
1. Location. Is it close enough to where you need to be for either business or travel purposes? If you’re driving, is there parking? If not, is there public transit? Ensure that the area is quiet enough for the work you want to get done – and when you want to get it done. You don’t want to end up next to a frat house on a Saturday night if you need to conference with those in a different time zone.
2. Price. You can’t get what you can’t afford, so make sure you’re only looking within your price range. While it may be tempting to get a hostel dorm, it’s not worth it. See my article on why Digital Nomads and Hostels Don’t Mix to find out why. Airbnb offers a plethora of price ranges in locations all over the world.
Airbnb offers a plethora of price ranges in locations all over the world. If you’re staying in one place a little longer, keep an eye on places with weekly and monthly discounts.
3. Work Friendly-ness. By choosing an airbnb over a hostel or hotel you can find places that include a laptop friendly workspace. If you opt for the “entire home” or “entire apartment” option, you’ll likely have choices on where you work. The place may have an office or large table in a dining room or kitchen.
Other things to keep in mind to have your airbnb work friendly is the internet. By being able to contact the host ahead of time, you can ask them about their internet situation. High speed means different things to different people, so you can always ask them to perform a speed test and send you the results to ensure it meets your needs.
4. Privacy. Will you be getting the whole place to yourself? If not, inquire to how many other rooms are also booked out if this is something that may affect your work. It may also be worth asking if it is a family house. Trying to complete a conference call with crying babies or loud video games in the background may not go over too well.
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