TinyBnB

Published by Austin Gray
July 4, 2020

FRIDEA #5: TinyBnB

Every year, my wife and I make it a point to visit at least 1 new ski mountain on the IKON Pass. We've had Jackson Hole on the list for several years, and decided to make it happen this year.

I won't go too much into detail but I'll just say it's well worth the trip if you haven't been.

The terrain was like nothing I've ever rode before. Lots of snow, cliffs, and steep terrain.

And the town was spectacular - filled with plenty of restaurants and great breweries. Was able to make a stop at my current favorite brewery, Melvin. They share space with a Thai restaurant. What more can you ask for? :)



Anyways, back to the point of this... The new startup idea.

Problem:


As I was looking for places to stay in Jackson, most everything was astronomically priced. Big surprise.

Jackson is similar to all resort towns in the sense that most AirBnB's or VRBO's are outrageous during the busy winter and summers seasons.

This sparked a memory back to a time when I was building a tiny house several years ago.

In my design research, I had come across a company who was building modern designed tiny homes in Jackson Hole and also renting some out.

I couldn't remember the name of the company, so I started doing some digging.

Google search, "jackson hole tiny homes"

Luckily, the company, Wheelhaus, came up first in the search result and I was able to navigate their website to find a link to their "tiny home resort."


Solution:

By finding a tiny home to rent, I was able to find a reasonably affordable solution for my 3 night stay in Jackson.

It was all that my wife, dog, and I needed. A 1 bed, 1 bath, roof over our head to sleep.

After all, we were snowboarding all day and restaurant/brewery hopping in the evenings.

So, where am I going with this?

Start a tiny home building company?

Well, you could do that and probably make some decent money.

Or, you could start an online marketplace connecting tiny home owners and renters.

Essentially just an AirBnB clone specific to the tiny home niche.

If you haven't done any research in the industry, there's actually quite a large buzz around the movement behind these small homes.

It's easy enough to build a marketplace app with the no-code tool Bubble.

I actually started this project 2 years ago as a side project when I was working for Hewlett Packard (shhh... don't tell them)

If this is something you'd like to work on, I'd be happy to dig up the code and reinstate the domain.

Would love to see someone take this and run with it as I believe there's a market for this. We're seeing more and more millennials and GenZ's moving towards minimalism.

Could be a great option for a solopreneur bootstrapped micro-SaaS.

There's plenty of tiny home resorts out there who would be easy "early adopters" and would more than likely sign up with multiple listings as a first step to get people on the platform.

What do you think?


Would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this. Send me a reply on Twitter and let me know what you think!

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