1. How did your startup/business journey begin?
Before moving to Perth, I was working as an English Teacher in Madrid. It was enjoyable but the role didn't offer much room for growth, so after a while, I felt like I needed a change. It ended up being a big change, from Spain to Australia and from teaching English in a large, established company to the fast-moving world of startups.
2. What are you working on at the moment?
I work for Airsorted, an Airbnb management company. We make hosting hassle-free and highly profitable for our hosts. We communicate with guests, offer professional photography, create the listings, clean the homes, optimise the pricing of our listings and much more. I'm working in operations, which is a supremely diverse role an am lucky enough to be involved in everything from account management to data analysis and meeting our hosts seeing their beautiful homes!
3. What do you love about being a part of the Spacecubed community?
Hearing the wins of others working in the co-working space. It's always great to hear that people are doing well in their business, whatever they're working on! (and there is a big mix of projects here!)
4. Can you share with us one of your favourite success stories?
One of our hosts is an avid traveller and wanted to rent her house out while she and her family went away. She tried it once and found it wasn't possible to set it up for multiple guests. “Doing Airbnb was very satisfying,” says our host, “but of course we could only set it up once – and we returned from our trip to a dirty house, which was never fun…”. That’s where Airsorted jumped in – allowing the host to have multiple guests while she and her family went away. Having Airsorted managing the property also meant the host no longer had the hassle that can come with managing a property yourself. “With Airsorted as the guests' contact, we don’t have to be available 24/7 to answer queries about the property. The house is cleaned and the linen replaced between guests so that the bookings can keep coming. Plus when we get off the plane, we return to a lovely clean tidy house with fresh beds made.’
With Airsorted’s help, this host and her family now spend the summer months deep in the wilderness on their beautiful boat, away from their phones and the bustle of city life – but with peace of mind, knowing that their home is in safe hands. “It’s very good to be receiving income from our house and not having to deal with the bookings, cleaning and queries as they come up”, the host explains.
5. What do you hope to achieve in 2019?
I hope to see Airsorted's operation in Perth continue to go from strength to strength. Please feel free to visit our website if you would like any further information: https://www.airsorted.com.au/perth/. We're also looking to expand our team at the moment here in Perth: https://www.airsorted.uk/jobs/?gh_jid=4416371002.
To get in contact with Tim Lock, you can find him on LinkedIn here.
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