The Office Riders is a sharing platform where professionals and businesses can rent people’s spaces to work. Are you leaving some space empty during the day? You work from home, and you have empty chairs for others? Play it smart, do not waste your space : earn money while supporting great people and projects in total peace of mind! Make your unused spaces useful for: start-ups, nomad workers, meetings, showrooms, presentations, events or shootings.
OfficeRiders.com lets you rent your private spaces to professionals and businesses, whenever you want to. The Office Riders is based on the observation that apartments are often left vacant for a large part of the day. So the idea of letting out your home for use as an office seemed perfectly logical. “We just felt that leaving an apartment empty was wasteful, the loss of an economic opportunity, and so we thought we would take advantage of the current momentum of the collaborative economy,” explained co-founder Florian Delifer. He met his associates, Jean-Philippe Matz and Thomas Leblanc, in San Francisco at the Startup Basecamp, which provides accommodation – including bedrooms and space to work during the day – for entrepreneurs from overseas. The owner has transformed his living-room into a co-working space. This hybrid work-accommodation approach is what inspired the idea of Office Riders.
Unfortunately the startup recently failed to reach its Kickstarter crowdfunding goal. However, the partners have been testing out their model in San Francisco and it appears that there are many potential hosts who are attracted by this market. The business case is pretty solid, as this approach could help to halve office rental costs. Paris is facing a very similar situation, and this trend could well take off in all big cities where rents are usually rather high. By testing the market as they are now doing, the Office Riders team are building a base of available space offers which they will be able to call on when they launch their service for real.