With the growing Internet penetration in Africa, the traditional office is being taken over by co-working spaces from city to city and its especially being first embraced by the tech community.
Nigeria’s BuffrSpace, is a new online platform that aims to connect people and businesses looking to monetize their underutilized work-spaces by connecting people with such spaces to those looking for such spaces-in their locations.
The on-demand platform is targeting freelancers, startup founders, consultants, work from home executives and mobile professionals to provide them with a diverse range of work-spaces at affordable prices.
“Since requests are on-demand, you can rent a space for as low as one hour and as long as a month or year,” says the founders. “For business owners and managers, BuffrSpace allows you to monetize underutilized resources and facilities — your surplus spaces like desks, cubicles, offices, or floors — bringing in some extra funds while simultaneously increasing your bottom line without any extra expenditure on your part, whatsoever.”
A brainchild of John Ojurabesa and Tobi Odunowo, BuffrSpace platform automates the renting and booking process, ensuring a smooth experience for the user. The founders say they were inspired by the fact that about 15- 20% of the private workforce work remotely in Africa and Asia and there’s an increasing flexibility at the work place due to the internet.
“This army of remote workers, now free to work from anywhere outside the office, face a challenge though. Now that they can work from virtually anywhere,” they said. “Co-working spaces are not ubiquitous which introduces commuting, sometimes daily, into the remote worker’s routine. Working from home is not conducive for certain kinds of work and meetings.”
The platform therefore aims to help entrepreneurs and businesses monetize surplus spaces in their offices and buildings, (such as desks, office cubicles and rooms, conference rooms or entire floors) sitting idle and expensive to run.
“The vision for BuffrSpace is to connect people looking for on-demand work-spaces with people willing to rent out their unused work-spaces,” the founders say. “The platform allows mobile and flexible workers (freelancers, startup founders, consultants, mobile professionals etc) to search their neighborhood for diverse range of work-spaces that are available on-demand. These spaces range from simple work desks, to office rooms, meeting and conference rooms, entire floors and even buildings.”