When Sabrina Bethunin arrived from Venezuela she had two immediate goals – to improve her English and set up her own business.
It wasn’t long before she had attained both, the first through undivided commitment and the second as a result of her training in accountancy and a bit of luck.
She was asked to manage the Airbnb listing for friend Quirin Schwaighofer, at Sydney’s Cremorne Point while he was travelling overseas.
From the experience grew the idea for MadeComfy, the aim of which is to maximise returns for property owners through Short-Term Rentals whilst providing superior experience and service to guests.
“Quirin received his first booking when he was away and so he reached out and asked me to manage it on his behalf,” says Sabrina.
“During his absence, I re-styled his bedroom and did new photography,” she said.
“As a result of these changes the performance of his listing improved massively and after finding the Australian market was under serviced, Quirin and I decided to found MadeComfy.
The growth of the business which, among other things ensures clients homes are ‘guest ready’, offers advice on the best insurance cover, supplies 5-star linen, amenities and welcome pack, provides guests with a property booklet to respect clients’ homes, manages professional housekeeping, completes regular checks of clients’ homes and offers out of hours support for guest emergencies.
Out of hours support includes issues relating to such things as the TV, the fridge and the fuse box.
Sabrina said before funding MadeComfy she developed a financial career in Fast Moving Consumer Goods working for companies like Colgate-Palmolive and Kellogg’s for more than 12 years.
“My main focus was on maximising returns for commercial strategies. I am passionate about branding, photography and interior design, and funding MadeComfy was the right opportunity to put all my passions to work, she said.
Asked what was next for MadeComfy, Sabrina said: “We have already proven our business model in Sydney and Melbourne, and the next step for us will be scaling our services.”
She said MadeComfy would be launching in Brisbane next month, “and we will be launching overseas in a couple of months (location to be announced).