In recent years, many apps, start-ups, and gadgets have put businesses in the hands of individuals. Rideshares have transformed our cars and online stores have transformed our hobby crafts. Such trends are continuing to grow in popularity and, as they do, we are beginning to see people’s creativity transform into profit. One major way this has taken place is within our homes. Renting out rooms or turning an attic into a bed & breakfast are just a couple of ways in which people are reconsidering how their home can create extra income.
One of the most popular pursuits is the redesign of garden space to host guests. More and more gardens around the world are being transformed by summer houses and yurts to allow homeowners to establish themselves as a place to stay. Some of these people are in rural areas, where large portions of land can be grounds for an annex, while others are urban residences, which are perfect for small cabins allowing for visitors a relaxing place to stay within a city.
If your garden or grounds allows you to build a room upon it, it is now an easily considered option. Everything from log cabins to sheds can potentially become a luxury or quirky place to host guests. It can also, additionally, be an extra space for your friends and family to stay.
Alongside the rise in outdoor staycation rooms, cabins and outhouses are also being modernised and redefined as business spaces. Teachers, therapists, instructors, and creatives, are using their gardens to host spaces for their own businesses. Since, with the right design, an outhouse has the potential to become any style of room, from classroom to a gym, they have the potential to become a professional location for a business.
Hosting your business from your home (or, more specifically, your garden), is a great way to help small companies get off of the ground, which is why there is a persistent and romantic image of starting a business within a garage. Garden spaces, however, are far more preferable and adaptable than their vehicular counterpart. They are low cost and don’t draw the same overheads as a rented, external office space or studio. They are also totally customisable, meaning that, if you want to create your own therapy workspace, one comfortable, safe, and undisturbed, you can do so.
As businesses become more established remotely and in our homes, online platforms are adapting. Sites, like AirBnB, are widely accessible for homeowners to rent out their transformed gardens. As a result, more people than ever are able to make regular and extra income. And, if a barber or fitness instructor want to take the leap into establishing their own business, no longer do they need to worry about renting a chair or gym space since they can create one outside their own home for a much lower cost.
The benefits of these pursuits and the continued success of their related platforms indicates that the trend will continue. It seems to become more likely that homes will also be places of profit and that gardens, with the right outdoor space, will help our independent careers, as well as our finances, grow too.