Today, we’re talking with Brendan Rempel from Live Simple. Brendan’s a Harvard grad and recently retired professional hockey player that has built a community marketplace for tiny houses. After finding the majority of tiny house builders, rentals, and content scattered throughout Facebook and blogs, Brendan decided to build a website to ease the challenge of finding all of this information under one roof. Live Simple is a one-stop resource for tiny house rentals, news, content, and even tiny houses for sale.
• Thanks for taking the time to connect with us Brendan! As you know, we are huge ice hockey fans and huge tiny house fans, so you have our attention! 🙂 Will you please introduce yourself and tell us what you’re currently up to?
Sure, I’m Brendan – I live in and work in Boston and have been building Live Simple as a hobby project this summer. I started Live Simple as a fun way to connect with the tiny community. Being a minor league hockey player living out of two suitcases and always on the road, I felt a strong connection to the economic and social freedom tiny house living allows. I knew I wanted to get involved and meet some other people like me.
• How did Live Simple start?
For the last few years, I consumed all of the tiny house photos, stories, videos, podcasts, and other content I could find on the web. In my experience, there’s increasingly more builders and bloggers popping up, but sifting through all of that content was quite a process.
I started Live Simple to consolidate all of this content under one roof and to help time pressed people find what they are looking for more efficiently. I tried to make participating in Live Simple’s community valuable for a lot of different groups of people. For example, builders now have a free way to showcase their tiny houses allowing them to increase their brand awareness. Similarly, tiny homeowners now have a safe platform to earn extra income by renting out their homes through a secure and trusted marketplace. And all tiny enthusiasts have the Live Simple Club as their new go-to-source to share and connect around the best tiny house content surfacing on the web.
• How does Live Simple work?
Anyone can join the Live Simple community and we invite everyone to contribute to the Live Simple Club page. Livesimple.io is also the easiest way for people to rent or buy unique tiny accommodations. If you want to rent a tiny house, you can search by various categories and then schedule and pay for your stay in just a few clicks. If you’re in the market to buy a tiny house, you can easily find a builder that suits your needs and style and connect with them via our internal messaging system. We bring everyone together under one roof to make these experiences and conversations easy.
Additionally, the livesimple.club is a new way to digest the best content on tiny houses and tiny house living. Every day, we curate links from all over the internet and bring them right to you – not just interesting tiny news like this tiny house that’s actually a mobile classroom and community center, but also apps like Roadtrippers to inspire adventures for tiny house dwellers on the road, books like Essentialism to refocus our attention on getting only the right things done, and articles like “the role of the internet in enabling more flexible, location-independent work.” We strive to find meaningful, “less is more,” content that affects the development of the tiny house movement and present that content for everyone to connect around.
• What’s different about Live Simple from other online tiny house communities?
Whether its through tiny house rentals, connecting tiny home builders with potential buyers, or sharing awesome tiny house content on the internet, Live Simple is a network that allows tiny house enthusiasts to find top notch content under the same roof.
• What’s your goal for Live Simple? Where do you see the project in the coming months?
My goal is to work together with this tiny house community so that Live Simple may provide the most value to all of us. I’m also focusing on increasing the number of rental and builder listings — after all, the more listings we have, the more useful the website will be for everyone. Beyond that, I’m spending more and more time contributing links to the Live Simple Club to keep a constant stream of interesting and fun content. It’s been a great excuse to spend more time reading!
• What can readers do to help out?
Like I mentioned, the biggest goal of this project is to provide the most value possible for all of us. With that in mind, I’m always on the lookout for feedback and suggestions — I have a whole page dedicated to collecting feedback on livesimple.io 🙂
Beyond feedback, we can spread the love simply by participating in the community. If you find something you think tiny enthusiasts might enjoy, post a link to it on the livesimple.club. Know a builder who could use an extra boost in marketing their business? Send them to livesimple.io. Interested in getting paid while you go camping or traveling? Consider giving other people the opportunity to experience your tiny house (if you live in one) by renting it out.
There’s no shortage of opportunities, and the more everyone contributes, the more useful Live Simple becomes for everyone 🙂