As a blogger and occasional freelance content creator, I have the privilege of working from home at times. To many of you I’m sure this sounds like bliss, PJs on, endless cups of tea on tap, access to all of your favourite snacks, and I’ll admit, when you put it like that it does sound like a fairly ideal working space. But believe it or not, working from home definitely has its cons and sometimes you just need a change of scenery to really get down to business. This is where the ingenious start up, Spacehop comes in.
Spacehop was launched in January 2016 providing the Air B’n’B style office answer that freelancers have been dreaming of. Spacehop is a service that works with hosts and freelancers to provide a working space for freelancers and some extra cash for hosts as you rent out other people’s homes to work in. The idea, simple. The results, next level.
I was lucky enough to interview Luke Eastwood, Co-Founder and COO of Spacehop and pick his brain about the business.
Talk us through how the idea for Spacehop came about and how you were involved in the process of bringing Spacehop to life.
Prior to Spacehop you were living in Northern Ireland with a career in Law. Changing your career and moving to London must have meant that you really believed in the idea and quite rightly so. What was it about the idea that really sparked your interest and your confidence in the concept?
With a focus on the idea of being “Built by freelancers. For Freelancers” as advertised on your website, what are some of the key benefits of using Spacehop both as a host and as a “Hopper”?
From a host perspective it is an easy way to make money from your space. All guests are ID verified and we provide free insurance. You set the days and hours you’d be willing to have people work from the property and the price. We transfer the money following the booking. From a hopper perspective you can find your ideal workspace. Our spaces are beautiful, in some of the most desirable postcodes in the UK and available at a fraction of the cost of a co working facility or traditional office.
Since the success of Air B’n’B, the idea of renting out your home to others has really taken off. What is it that sets Spacehop apart from other competitors on the market?
Was it difficult to get homeowners on board to work with Spacehop in the beginning? How were you able to convince them?
Do you have any plans for expansion and bringing Spacehop to other cities both within the UK and further afield?
Can you give us any clues as to what we can expect from Spacehop in the future?
We want to keep improving and simplifying the process. We will be bringing out a new and improved website shortly.
What has been your highlight while working for Spacehop and bringing it to life?
Lastly, having pulled off setting up Spacehop with the rest of the team so well, do you have any parting advice for young entrepreneurs hoping to start their own business?
Thank you to Luke for participating in this interview. Spacehop is definitely one to watch and here’s hoping we see it coming to a city near you soon!