Where do you go when you want an affordable, comfortable, fully equipped crib to crash in after a hard day’s work? Why SimplyGuest, of course! simplyguest.com provides fully-furnished, fully managed, comfortable and safe 2 and 3 BHK homes for working professionals either on a sharing or per room basis. You can even opt for a 1 BHK or a studio with 1 kitchen for more privacy. Their homes come with high-speed WiFi, DTH, unlimited LPG, housekeeping and all the other essential facilities. These accommodations are completely managed and rent is inclusive of monthly bills. You don’t have to worry about finding a flatmate or worry about the upkeep of the house because you’ll pay just your rent and for the services utilized while the owners manage the property completely. It’s as simple as that at SimplyGuest!
With SimplyGuest you can say goodbye to uncomfortable conversations with friends while staying with them, such as “Who’s going to pay for cable this month?” or “Oh! I thought it was your turn to top up the Wifi or restock the refrigerator!” SimplyGuest provides you end to end services for a smooth and seamless stay minus the annoying, uncomfortable, and confrontational questions.
Meet the makers
Subbu, Ambareesha, and Mayank are the founders of this simply fabulous homestay solution. Subbu was into software and analytics, Ambareesha worked with civil construction and Mayank was one of the company’s first happy customers. First delving into the idea of starting something along the lines of certifying rental houses along with used cars, Subbu and Ambareesha switched lanes into creating a high-end alternative to poorly equipped and shoddily maintained PG accommodations. On starting SimplyGuest and accommodating one of their first customers Mayank, Subbu and Ambareesha realized that their interests matched and skills complemented each other and accommodated him directly into the company! The trio has now started professional PG accommodations that provide freshly cooked, healthy food to their guests.
A little inspiration and a whole lot of drive
“Building something, and seeing it work in the real world is addictive to some people. I am on one of them”, was Subbu’s response when asked what triggered him to become an entrepreneur. He admits that starting something from scratch gave him a different kind of kick as opposed to his previous monotonous corporate job. He says that the “maker” in him never died. He also took inspiration from his farming family who he watched planting and growing plenty of vegetables and fruits. Growing anything including plants involved a lot of exchange of human thoughts and ideas. Subbu also drew inspiration from his workplace where highly skilled people would create extraordinary things. Even the small things in life would inspire him he says, including visiting the flower market in KR Market at 4 in the morning!
There is no plan B for any of us. For all of us, this is the only thing in our lives. Doing a second thing takes away our focus from SimplyGuest. Even in sleep, we are subconsciously thinking about how to make SimplyGuest better, more efficient, provide better services, and how to grow.”
Subbu says he couldn’t have done it without the support of his family who was naturally, at first, quite apprehensive about him leaving his stable, high paying corporate job. But Subbu was mentally prepared for the ups and downs that came with creating something brand new. He realized that his actions would affect his family as well so he had to tread carefully.
“There is no plan B for any of us. For all of us, this is the only thing in our lives. Doing a second thing takes away our focus from SimplyGuest. Even in sleep, we are subconsciously thinking about how to make SimplyGuest better, more efficient, provide better services, and how to grow.” Now that’s commitment for you.
The trio aims to offer 300-350 beds in shared flats and 150-200 beds in hostels within a timeframe of 12-18 months. Their technology systems and processes are currently in peak condition. They are looking to raise capital and in about five years, are looking to manage 50,000 beds in shared flats and another 50,000 beds in hostels. And that’s drive and motivation for you!
Subbu boldly advises other young entrepreneurs to adopt a DIY mindset, avoid relying too much on outsourcing to help save costs and learn where to optimize. Say no to things you feel aren’t required in your business. Don’t be influenced, stick to your guns. Keep a narrow focus at first and then expand when the time comes to upscale. “Opportunities won’t come knocking on your door, you have to be out on the road to spot them.”