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Why Become a Host?

Create a free listing for your space(s)

Tell people what it is, where it is and how they can use it to be awesome.

Chat safely with the community to arrange a booking

Help people by answering questions and responding quickly to messages using our private messenger tool.

Accept and get paid directly into your bank account

Confirm bookings and make some money!
People all over Canada are earning money by renting out their space during the day.

 

Why not join them?
Our mission
To help you get paid for filling unused space in your home.

 

The big idea
Make extra money from renting out space in your home to people that need room to grow. There are thousands of space craving entrepreneurs, hobbyists, fitness nuts as well as those that are looking for extra storage who need your help.  By freeing up your home you’ll be earning $$$ for empty space, while giving these guys room to fulfill their talents, increase productivity and store their stuff – it’s win, win!

Do you qualify?

Shared Space isn’t for everyone; to qualify for use, one or more must apply:

You leave for work early and get home late, you feel sad that the home you spent $$$ decorating is left vacant and lonely all day.
You’ve got a home gym that was fitted with all the latest gear, you used it avidly for a month and then you got that injury that’s made it difficult to use, despite your best efforts.
You’ve converted the basement, loft or room over the garage (someone’s doing well) and haven’t worked out what to do with it yet.
You work from home or spend most of your time there and remember that socialising is a thing, but haven’t managed it much lately.
You hate waste and would rather put unused space in your home to good use.

Serious players only.

Fantastic reasons to host

Free Listings

Go nuts – you’ll only ever pay a small percentage fee on the cost of your space once you’ve made a booking.

Trust & Safety

We’re strict on security. We ID check every single guest.

Your Rules

You set the dates, prices, availability and decide who might be a good fit for your space.

Secure Payment

We secure payment from the guest and pay directly into your bank account two working days after your guests arrive.

Steps to Listing Your Space With Shared Space Project

1. Introduce yourself

The more you share about who you are and what you do, the more comfortable a guest will be using your space.

2. Location, location, location

We can’t all have the greatest location but we can at least make sure people know how to find you and how close you are to public transport.

3. Add photos

Remove any clutter, plump the cushions and take photos from the corner of your space with lots of natural light.

4. Suggest ways to use the space

Do you see it making a good possible meeting room? Study? Therapy room or Yoga Studio?

5. Local recommendations

Any convenient places nearby? List them on your room page – coffee shops, supermarkets, stationery shops, snack spots?

6. Add a profile photo

Show them your best smile – it’s helpful to be able to put a face to a name.

7. Flexible hours

Are you open to negotiating on the hours available and costs? Let guests know this in the description.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shared Space?

Shared Space lets you rent out the space in your house as an alternative workspace for creatives, professionals, students, neighbours during the daytime.

Why would someone use my home as workspace?

Because environment matters. It’s been proven that 4 days in a good workspace is equivalent to 5 days in a poor workspace. Businesses large and small are seeking spaces for meetings, company offsites and all sorts of work related activities in a place just like yours. Anyone from a writer looking to finish their manuscript away from kids and cats to a techpreneur looking to shoot FB lives that aren’t in their mother’s basement could benefit from your space.

What kind of space can I add?

Any! If you’re not using every space in your house, or you’re out at work all day – you could list any or all of these spaces on Shared Space Project and rent them out to the growing community of flexible workers, hobbyists and hoarders that will happily pay you per day. Get in touch if you can’t find the category that would match your space!

Can a guest stay in my space overnight?

Shared Space Project is a daytime rental service only and is not intended for overnight accommodation.

What kinds of guests can I expect?

There’s quite a range including consultants, writers, web developers, teachers, physical therapists, journalists, yoga instructors, life coaches, small businesses owners and large companies looking for off-site space, and the list is growing everyday.

What will guests use my space for?

Depending on your listing; working, creating, meeting, resting, storing! Before a guest can book, they are encouraged to send some details of what they would like to use your space for – but if you want more info, just ask the guest so that you’re comfortable before accepting a booking.

Does becoming a Shared Space host take a long time? What’s the process?

It’s quick and easy. All you have to do is list your space with some basic details, our team will check it out and set it live. You could start receiving enquiries from guests interested in booking your space straight away – ka ching!

How do I upload the photos?

When you first create your listing you’ll be prompted to upload some photos. We recommend that you take at least six to eight landscape photos that show off the entirety of your space.

Tip: To make your listing look welcoming, clean and spacious, open up all of your curtains to let in natural light and take your photos from the corner of each space.

Can I stay in my apartment or house during the guest’s stay?

Yes, of course, as long as you’re providing them with the level of privacy they need for their work and your guest is aware that you’ll be there, it’s cool.

There’s also a scale that you can use to describe the level of intimacy the guest should expect when using your Shared Space.

How do guests enter and leave the property on the booking date?

This depends a lot on how you arrange it with your guest in advance.

You could let them in and out if you’re at the property, or you could coordinate a key handover if that’s not possible.

A third option we suggest would be installing a small key safe outside the property which has the advantage of only needing one extra key, and the combination can be changed for added security. All you need to do is send your guest the instructions to access your property and then leave the key exactly where they found it.

What if my space is only available at certain times of the day or or week?

That’s fine – you control the times and dates that you make your property available, and you can easily customise these settings on your Shared Space listing page so that you only make the space open and available to guests according to your schedule and preferences.

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re big fans of flexibility at Shared Space.

Is Shared Space secure? Have all the guests been vetted for safety reasons?

Every single guest and space owners has been checked and verified.

Our website uses smart ID verification software and we employ bank-grade security for payment processing. All access to the website is also securely encrypted.

We’re committed to building Shared Space into a friendly community, but also take security, safety and privacy very seriously – so we’re regularly reviewing our security process and looking for new ways to enhance it.

Ultimately the decision to accept a guest is up to you – and by providing a system of reviews and feedback as a guide, we hope you’ll be able to make that decision with confidence.

How do I set the price of my space?

Pricing your space appropriately will be an important part of becoming a successful host.

We encourage you to consider the value of your space (based on square footage, amenities, location, etc.) and the type of guests you wish to host.

Simply contact us if you need some more help on setting the cost, we would be happy to advise you further.

Do guests expect any minimum requirements from the space?

Only what you’ve already agreed to during the registration when you added the space, for example, Wi-Fi access, tea/coffee, access to a toilet for a working or creating space.

Will my existing home insurance cover me?

Some home insurance covers Shared Space activities. Every policy is different, and you should check with your insurer.

How can I be a great host?

Thanks for asking the question – you’re already halfway there.

We think being a great host requires good communication, transparency, and friendliness.

The first step is to craft a fun and honest description of yourself and upload some brightly lit photos of the space so that guests have an accurate idea about the space and you too.

Be sure to also respond to booking requests, questions, and concerns as quickly and honestly as possible – and you’ll find that after a while the experience can be pretty fun and rewarding.

How much commission does Shared Space charge?

Shared Space Project charges 15% of commissions per booking.

Still have Questions?

No problem! Don’t hesistate to contact us with concerns, comments or feedback

support@sharedspaceproject.com