Artists and creatives need space to work their magic, and a unique Airbnb can offer the perfect backdrop for a photo or film shoot, a podcast recording, or even a pop-up art show. But it can be costly to rent a listing overnight, especially if you only need the space for an hour or two. So, how can STR hosts collaborate with local creative entrepreneurs to make the most of the space available AND support the arts in their community?
Sid Kosatsky is the founder and CEO of HostOften, a vacation rental property management firm based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Today, he joins me to discuss his new venture, CollabOften, a partnership with local artists and creative entrepreneurs. Sid shares the process he has developed to allow photographers, podcasters and filmmakers to use his units for free in the slow season and between guests.
Sid also explains the value he gets from the collaboration, describing how local creatives have become brand ambassadors for HostOften. Listen in to understand how Sid manages the risk involved in hosting artists between guests and learn how you might collaborate with local creatives to make the best use of your Airbnb!
Sid’s idea to host artists + creatives in his units
The rules creatives follow to use Sid’s units for free
How Sid thinks about risk management
The value Sid gets back for collaborating with artists
Sid’s CollabOften page on the HostOften website
Sid’s unique RetroBnB listing on HostOften