Showcase Your Space: Perfect Your Listings

Location rental can be incredibly rewarding for a Chupspace host to share your space with creative guests while earning extra income. Chupspace helps hosts make us of their extra space to offer a popular choice that fits the needs of professional guests. It can be confusing at first to know how to create a listing and show your space effectively to highlight its features and uniqueness, we’re here to let you know the best practices to help ensure you generate qualified interest in your space.

Think from a guest’s perspective

Whether they are looking for a one-of-a-kind location for a photoshoot or an urban retreat for their company offsite. Guests want to know how your space will suit their needs and they are less likely to book spaces with incomplete listing descriptions. Be thorough and explain how your space can be set up for different use types so help a guest envision a potential booking. Describe furniture and amenities provided, possible seating arrangements, electronic capabilities, and dining accessibility. These are just some of the key features a guest will be looking for.

Show your space in action

While accurately describing your space is important, actually showing your space in action with quality photography is the best way to attract potential guests. When guests are on the Chupspace platform, your feature image is the first thing they see, so make sure it is impressive and informative. In addition, include photos of your space in use. We recommend having more than ten photos per listing, with a mix of shots of the “raw” space and the space being used. This allows guests to visualize how their event will fit in the space and better understand if it can suit their needs.

Be unique

When you are creating your listing, make sure and describe the nuances of your space. Consider what makes it distinct and don’t shy away from the small details that describe how special it is. You may take some aspects of your space for granted, so try to describe it with fresh eyes. Do you have an abundance of natural light? A killer outdoor deck space? Reclaimed hardwood floors? Guests are constantly seeking to innovate and create keep this in mind and highlight the features of your space to help them do so in style.

See examples of how to list

Still have more questions about optimizing your listings? Our expert Host Relations Team is available to help you get the most out of your space.

The first part of our Showcase Your Space blog series, this post introduces some of the basics around how to present your space and Chupspace Guests.

Here are additional ways you can improve your listings to showcase your space.

  1. Perfect Your Listings
  2. Highlight Amenities
  3. Pro Photos
  4. Unique Features
  5. Seating and Setup
  6. Organizing Photos
  7. Unique History

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How this lady earns RM7500 in 3 days, and how you can do it too

From 2015, with the rise of Airbnb in Malaysia on their home-sharing platform that allows travelers to find a place to stay. Anne is one of the first hosts that jumps right into the trend. Like most property owners, she is not only sharing her extra room but also the whole house for travelers to stay.

Anne and her husband, CT, owns an old house in Sentul where CT grew up together with his parents and grandparents as the first generation of a Chinese family that moved to Malaysia

One of the room in Anne's Airbnb listing

The special thing

Her listing is very different from other properties that are listed on Airbnb. The whole house is full of antiques and gives a very nostalgic presence for its renters. Only renting the room for RM90/night, the travelers are still not satisfied. Because the house has no air-conditioner and is uncomfortable for most travelers from overseas.

Comparing with other listings that are offering a better place to stay with modern facilities at a lower price, Anne’s listing faded out on Airbnb, leaving the house unseen in the depths of 3million Airbnb listings. 

Trying different things

The couple quickly realize that the travelers are looking for a night of comfortable stay and do not appreciate the nostalgic presence of the building. The couple struggles to share their homes to rent everywhere on the internet, but there’s no one who is willing to stay in a home that is not comfortable.

They thought of reducing the price to RM65/night but not only that it backfired by positioning itself as a cheap listing in an inconvenient area, the rented night barely covers the cost to maintain the house. Old buildings are expensive to maintain due to higher wear and tear.

The AHA! moment

It started on a day at the end of 2018, when the couple received a call from a friend who is a producer at TV station. The call goes like this:

Producer: Hey, I’m looking for an old house for Chinese New Year shooting. On your Facebook I saw you posting an old house, is it yours?

A & CT: Yes, it is ours.

Producer: Wow, awesome. Can I drop by tomorrow and take a look? We’d like to have a film shooting here, we’re shooting a Chinese New Year video for Petronas. I saw on Airbnb you’re renting it for RM65/night for a room, how about the whole house?

A & CT: For the whole house, we can give a rate of RM800/night.

Producer: Wow that’s awfully cheap. Let’s talk about the price when I’m there tomorrow.

Anne hung up the phone, the word “Wow that’s awfully cheap” lingers in her mind for all day. How is the space awfully cheap? She started doing some homework and found other similar buildings are renting at RM150 per hour!

No wonder it is “awfully cheap”…

What changes

Renting spaces for commercial purposes can be often priced higher as compared to staying for the whole night.

This changes the whole mindset of the couple and started branding their space as a nostalgic event space, instead of a room for homestays.

Over the past 2 years, they’ve hosted a lot of events for businesses from a corporate getaway, annual dinner, traditional chinese weddings, commercial shoots and more.

Want to earn like them?

Share your space for meetings, events & production

Hosting with Chupspace just makes all the difference, it's easy to earn money just by sharing spaces for a few hour.
Vince L.
Host since Aug '18

It's not an overnight success

You can say that the space sells by itself because it is so special and it is one-of-a-kind. But over hundreds and thousands of spaces that we’ve got in touch with, Anne & CT is one of the most persistent and friendliest hosts we’ve met.

Always improving the space and maintaining the client’s happiness, is a continuous effort that makes them successful today.

There are days when there’s too much to handle, from client visits, accounting, payment collection and damage to the space, it’s the attitude that sets them apart from others. 

Anne W.

Anne is one of the first hosts on Chupspace from November 2018. She operates a bungalow cum. event space that makes her around RM20,000 per month.

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Why should I host?

Today’s economy is challenging for many businesses. In addition to the ever-present difficulty acquiring customers and sales, rising rents and high commercial mortgages in cities such as Kuala Lumpur have many small business owners sweating. We believe Chupspace has the solution: think differently about your underutilised space. By using productive space differently, people can find new venues to fit their passions.

As a space owner, you may be asking yourself, “Why should I host?”

We’ve talked to many entrepreneurs, artists, and companies who struggle to find great places to conduct their work. Sharing your workspace as a Host could make you money while aiding someone who is in need of a temporary space to jump-start their business. Chupspace makes it much easier to fill underutilized space and unlock the potential of your property.

Think about this– the neighborhood bakery that closes in the afternoon would be a great place for a new chef to test out his recipes, or a dance studio that’s not being used in the morning would be the perfect place to host a boot camp class. People shouldn’t confine their passions to a specific kind of space. Get creative! Who knows, it could spark new ideas and lead to new business ventures.

When a Host decides to share their space, they are welcoming a Guest into their business that they have built up and maintained over time. Our Hosts have told us that a Guest’s appreciation for their one-of-a-kind space is a big reason why they let others use it. Bookings through Chupspace allow users to connect with like-minded individuals, share creative ideas, and ultimately expand their professional network in a more personal way than what’s possible on any other social network.

So yes, there is a very real monetary benefit to listing your space. Our vision is that the money a Host receives from sharing their space will support healthy operations. But bookings on Chupspace usually end up being a much more profound experience for our users. When you join the community, you soon realize it’s not simply another revenue stream, but also a great way to meet and work alongside amazing people.

Find out why people list their Spaces on Chupspace and start hosting today!

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5 free ways to market your coworking & event space

5 Proven Ways to Market Your Coworking Space For Free

Coworking spaces have been around as serviced offices before made “cool” by WeWork. Following it’s failed IPO, investors, and businesses start to question the business model of every other coworking space out there.

In Chupspace, we’ve talked with hundreds of co-working space operators of all sizes. From WeWork, Common Ground right to pops-and-moms coworking space, the most common thing we heard is “Breakeven“.

Getting extra income

To grow every customer, you’ll need additional expenses like hiring more people, expanding offices (which most brick and mortar business does). Ultimately, membership services are only here to breakeven. 

Increasing prices of the membership is not a viable option as there are a lot of choices out there in the market that offers similar things. The only competitive advantage of most pop-and-mom spaces is the price and people are there because it is cheaper and near to home.

Renting out as event space

Most spaces rented out their event space to other businesses that wish to tap into the network of freelancers & small business owners.

Renting out spaces is a great way for any coworking space to make extra revenue to cover rent, operations and gain more exposure.

Be the first to be informed on the latest news and promotion

1. Facebook groups

Find your niche audience that you wish to target and where you think it’ll be easy for them to buy your product. Some Facebook groups work extremely well for coworking spaces as they’re full of freelancers and business owners.

It is important to craft your offering and not only spam promotional offers to these groups. Cause nobody likes to be spammed and shoved information down their throat.

Here’s some keypoint that we think you should include in your business pitch:

The table setting is suitable for lunch & dinner events
The bright ambience is suitable for meetings

2. Classified ads

Another great way to gain exposure for free is to share your posts on classified sites, although there are several limitations on most classified sites like reposting every now and then and low-quality lead. It is still one of the best ways to get your words out there into the world by tapping into a bigger pool of audience. Here are a few classified ads you can try on

The cons are that exposure is often limited if you’re not featured, however, the great side is that you can pay to get featured, usually for only a small fee.

3. Online marketplace

Most of the spaces we found have listed on platforms like coworker.com to get better exposure from overseas freelancers when they work travel. One of the main advantages of getting into an online marketplace is the free exposure that they get by ranking on the first page of google on a specific niche.

As you may find coworker.com from the keyword coworking space, you’re listing your space so that you’re also somehow ranked first place on Google. What’s best is that most marketplaces are free to list and only takes a small commission when your space is booked.

Here are some marketplaces and their key benefits when you list:

  • Flyspaces – exposure to more businesses & freelancers
  • Chupspace – exposure to a different customer segment of customers including creatives, film producers and businesses for meetings, events and production
  • VMO – exposure to birthday parties, annual dinner and any type of celebration

Chupspace aims to create a trusted community to share spaces with strangers through an easy to use platform.

4. Instagram #hashtags

The Malay community respond better to hashtags, if you’re looking for greater exposure to the community. This channel is for you

We’ve seen event spaces grown to tens of thousands of followers just via Instagram. It is one of the most effective free channels that you can get for any lifestyle related product & services. 

We remarked lifestyle because people go to Instagram to see great and beautiful things.

So unless your space is really awesome for small parties & girlish parties, you may come across a roadblock on Instagram. Here are some spaces that would do really well on Instagram.

  • Party spaces with theme
  • Engagement/wedding related spaces
  • Festive parties (Halloween, Christmas, etc)

If you think you have what it takes to stand out better than the rest, here are some hashtags that are commonly used by event space pages that do well on Instagram

#eventspacemalaysia
#eventspacekl
#tapakevent
#bilikseminarkl
#seminarhallmalaysia

You can easily explore these hashtags by following the page with the most followers and discover how they hashtag.

P/S: Just copy paste the whole damn thing.

5. SEO

I’d argue that this is free as it requires a lot of time and work

As every business wants, we want to rank ourselves on the top of our keywords, imagine every time people type “coworking space” your website pops out. Well unless you’re hiring an agency or a team to do SEO for you, it is very less likely the case. However, we still recommend you to go for it as you may score on long-tail keywords.

What is a long-tail keyword?

Instead of having your site to rank for a high-level keyword like “Coworking space”. It is easier to rank for a niche keyword that describes your space best.

For example, you’re a coworking space located in Bukit Jalil, with full equipment installed for a seminar.

It is easier to rank for the following terms (longtail)

  • coworking space in bukit jalil
  • seminar room in bukit jalil
  • coworking space for seminar
  • coworking space for seminar in bukit jalil

See how it niche down to a smaller fragment and you have less competition on the specific niche. Although you may argue that only a very low volume of people searching for the keyword. It works as a tool for you to get IMMEDIATE customers who already looking for a space to host a seminar in your area.

Hosting on Chupspace allows you to leverage SEO of the whole website.

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Final thoughts:

There are many ways for you to market your space but it all comes with a price. The entrepreneurial journey is lonely but fruitful, it is necessary for you to get together with like-minded people and work as a team.

What is Chupspace?

Our aim is to help small business owners & distressed homeowners to make extra income by sharing spaces they already own.

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