“How do I start a website for my Airbnb property?”
“Should I have a separate website for my Airbnb property?”
I get asked these questions all the time, and my recommendation depends on where you are in your hosting journey. If you are just getting started, you don’t need the extra expense of a website. Instead, focus on your social media game, which is free and something you probably already know how to do. Continue reading “5 steps to building a website for your Airbnb property, using a free WordPress theme”
Contrary to what other Airbnb gurus might tell you, it’s not necessary to spend a fortune setting up your Airbnb. There are ways to cheaply furnish and set up an Airbnb bedroom, without skimping on quality and style! Continue reading “Everything you need to inexpensively Furnish your Bedroom for Airbnb (for under $750)”
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The secret to getting 5 star reviews? Making your guests feel special.
Airbnb hosts are now required to supply the essential amenities to all guests: toilet paper, towels, soap, and linens. An easy way to take your hospitality to the next level is with the addition of a welcome basket. Most of you have heard this advice before, but it can be difficult to know where to start. You want items that are inexpensive, universally appealing, and easy to restock during turnovers. Through trial and error with my own guests, I have compiled a list of 11 items for your Airbnb welcome basket that are guaranteed to give you the biggest bang for your buck. Continue reading “11 Easy Ideas for What to put in an Airbnb Welcome Basket”
We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words…to Airbnb hosts, a picture is worth a thousand dollars! Potential guests decide whether they want to read through your description based on your listing photos, so the pictures you post can make or break your Airbnb business. While most hosts complete the minimum of listing pictures, you can stand out above the crowd by including some unique photos that your competition haven’t considered. In addition to the standard room shots, showcase your additional amenities to show your future customers that you are the right choice for their vacation. Continue reading “7 Photos that Increase your Bookings on Airbnb”
Although there are ways to cut costs when starting your Airbnb business, you will still end up investing a lot of time and money to set up your property. Furnishings, repairs, upgrades…there are a lot of things to consider at the beginning. What few beginning Airbnb hosts realize is that marketing is just as important as furnishings, and deserves it’s own investment of your time and savings.
Luckily, there are ways to market effectively. Effective marketing strategies will help increase your occupancy and revenue while making optimal use of your resources. Ultimately – “Work smarter, not harder!” Continue reading “Airbnb Marketing Tool that Doubles as a Welcome Gift”
Some Airbnb hosts wonder if a guestbook is worth the additional upfront investment and trouble. First you have to buy the book, and then during turnovers you have to take time to ensure there are enough working pens, and that the previous guest didn’t write anything bad.
We have found that the guestbook is very much worth the trouble! While some guests do use it as more of a “suggestion” book, we just rip those sections out and it’s good to go. Continue reading “Why Every Airbnb Host Should Have a Guestbook”
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is so important, and especially true of for your Airbnb guests. When they roll up to your property, what do they see? A dilapidated house with peeling paint and dead grass, or a cheerful, well-manicured lawn with bright pops of colorful flowers and greenery?
People are going to pay you more and book you more often if your house has strong curb appeal. You don’t need to shell out thousands of dollars before you see the benefits, just a few low cost and strategically managed upgrades can help you dramatically increase your Airbnb revenue. Continue reading “7 Cheap and Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Vacation Rental”
85 million US families own a pet. 37% of those families bring their pets on at least one vacation a year. That means over 3 million people annually are traveling with pets, and they are looking for accommodation. Many different factions of the travel industry are responding – airports are including pet relief areas, and trains are allowing pets on board.
Many of the world’s famous hotel brands are allowing pets to stay with their owners. Some higher end suites are even catering to your fur babies with pet massages and branded treats, for an extra fee of course. What does this mean for Airbnb hosts?
Continue reading “Big Payouts for Pet Friendly Airbnbs, and 6 Myths About Hosting Pets in your Airbnb”
One of the best things about being an Airbnb host is the hosting community that comes with it. Once a month, I pose a question to my Airbnb Superhost Community. This Superhost community has many years of experience, and between all of us we have seen hundreds of thousands of guests. Continue reading “Crowd sourced Airbnb hosting advice #1”
I asked our lovely readers if they had any question that they wanted to ask the Airbnb Babes. And we got such a great response! I really want this site to be useful to my readers, so I am excited to start this weekly crowd sourcing of Airbnb hosting questions.
(If you are interested in ongoing feedback from Airbnb Babes and other hosts, check out our Facebook group!) Continue reading “Ask Airbnb hosting Questions to the Airbnb Babes…get personalized Airbnb hosting advice!”
As an Airbnb host, part of the job is having strangers constantly rotating through your front door. Although Airbnb does provide some peace of mind via guest verification requirements and host guarantees, the idea of opening up your home is still unnerving to most people. This is especially true if you don’t live on the property, and don’t have a way to directly monitor guest activity. Guests and hosts alike love the convenience of self check-in, but how do you balance that with the need for security? Continue reading “7 Reasons every Airbnb Host needs a security camera, and the best security camera for Airbnb Hosts”
How does an Airbnb host deal with taxes?
When you become an Airbnb host, the days of throwing together your taxes at 11 pm on April 14th are over. I would recommend finding an experienced accountant to help you with this, especially if this is your first year. Taxes for Airbnb hosts are complicated, and I always get asked questions about them. In this article, you will learn whether you should file on a schedule E or C (and what the difference is), what you can deduct from your taxes, and some tips on how to make filing your taxes as an Airbnb host easier.
*****Disclaimer…I am not an accountant, or a lawyer. All of this information is just from my personal experience and for entertainment value only 🙂 Continue reading “Airbnb Host and Taxes”
Airbnb has been a huge help on my journey to being financially free. I am so passionate about it that I started an entire blog devoted to helping other people learn Airbnb and reach financial independence.
However, earning more is only half of the equation. You also have to spend less. You could have an Airbnb empire – but if you spend every penny you make, you will never reach financial independence. This post is different from my usual posts, as I want to share with you how I saved thousands of dollars on our wedding and still had an awesome party! Continue reading “Wedding hacks that will save you thousands: how to save money on your wedding”
What is Hostfully? Simply put, Hostfully is an online, electronic guidebook for your Airbnb property that you can send to guests ahead of time. It’s a simple link that you message your guests, and then they have your guidebook information at their fingertips.
How is an electronic guidebook better for Airbnb hosts? One of the best reasons to get an electronic guidebook is that it cuts down on unnecessary messaging both before and during their stay. No more questions about restaurant recommendations or the closest grocery store, and no more guests asking about parking information three months in advance…you send them the guidebook ahead of time, and it answers all their trip related questions! You can include both pictures and videos, so guests see exactly how to turn on the TV and dishwasher without having to message you at midnight. Although this information goes unread in my Airbnb house manual, for some reason guests will actually read it on Hostfully.
Continue reading “How to use Hostfully to create a Kickass Airbnb Guidebook”
Your guests deserve a good night’s sleep. A well-rested guest is a happy guest, and happy guests leave 5 star ratings. When we first started hosting, all of our mattresses were from Craigslist free. And while I still recommend this route for newbie hosts, at some point you are going to have to upgrade. This can be a big decision, especially if you have multiple beds. How do you know the best mattress to buy for your Airbnb? An Airbnb host needs a mattress that is universally comfortable, long lasting, and affordable.
Continue reading “BEST Mattress for Airbnb hosts”
Recently, I have seen lots of travel-hacking blogs offering airbnb travel “advice”. They suggest messaging a host to ask for a discount.
Fair warning: if a host readily accepts your discount, be wary. You get what you pay for. They are either bad or inexperienced hosts – their calendar is open for a reason.
When pricing, Airbnb hosts already take many things into account, including: demand, season, competition, and availability. If it is a last minute booking, the Airbnb host knows this and has already applied a heavily discounted rate. So when a guest asks for a discount, it strongly suggests that they don’t understand the pricing system. And if they don’t understand the pricing system, it is likely that they also don’t understand other things about the platform, like how to be a good guest. Continue reading “Do NOT ask your Airbnb host for a discount & how a host should respond if your Airbnb guest asks for one”
As I’ve mentioned in a previous article, I hate cleaning. But as a DIY Airbnb host, it is something I spent a lot of time doing. Because I want to spend the least amount of time possible cleaning, I put my energy into figuring out how to be as efficient as possible. These 7 products have saved me SO much time, and I recommend them to every new host!
Continue reading “7 Products for the Airbnb Host who Hates Cleaning”
Facebook is the largest social media network on the internet. Plus, it spans all ages – everyone from my grandma (and her cat) to the teenager across the street has a Facebook page.
What better way to increase your occupancy than by advertising on Facebook? Airbnb hosts can use Facebook to market their Airbnb listings, as well as communicating recommendations and events easily to guests. Continue reading “How to Use Facebook to Increase your Airbnb Revnue”
I believe that honesty is essential when you are sharing your story. Some people get weird talking about income and money, but the mission of this blog is to give people a real look inside the life of an Airbnb host. I am committed to being transparent with my finances. Continue reading “September 2018 Income Report: How much do you make as an Airbnb host?”
Queer travelers are sensitive to political and social nuances, out of self-defense. Choosing the wrong Airbnb will be at best uncomfortable, and at worst a threat to your physical safety. Besides promoting global tolerance and acceptance, there are direct monetary benefits of marketing your Airbnb rental to the LGBTQ+ community. An Airbnb host who increases the inclusiveness of their listing will cause a win-win – you can make the world a better place and increase your occupancy rate at the same time. Continue reading “How to welcome the LGBTQ+ community into your Airbnb home: be a more inclusive Airbnb host.”
As an experienced Airbnb Superhost, I get a lot of logistical questions from newer hosts. One frequently asked question is about guests who have service animals. Do hosts have to allow service animals? Do guests have to prove that it is a service animal and not a pet? Can hosts charge extra fees for service animals? What if a host’s policy says no pets?
99% of hosts are not asking out of discrimination! They want to know how to answer an inquiry without being a jerk.
Continue reading “How an Airbnb host should respond when a guest asks to bring a service animal”
I am a huge advocate for honesty. So in that spirit, I would like to show you our real Airbnb numbers. This should encourage those of you who need a bit of inspiration, and also give you a snapshot of how much money an Airbnb host can really make. For those of you that are new to the blog, we currently own 3 houses and regularly manage 1, for a total of 6 regular listing.
Continue reading “August 2018 Income Report”
If you are an Airbnb host, should you provide breakfast to your guests? Should guests expect breakfast?
I have been in Airbnbs where they cook breakfast for me, and it was very lovely. I have also been at Airbnbs where they have a DIY breakfast option – some groceries to put together your own breakfast as needed that is restocked daily. Continue reading “Why I am an anti-breakfast Airbnb host”
Everyone is familiar with the concept of up selling. We encounter it in our everyday life! “Would you like to make it a meal for only $2 dollars extra?” “Free shipping over $25!” “Buy the king size mattress, it’s on sale!”
Good salespeople know the value of the up sell. You already have a customer, they have already committed to buying. Your job is to now squeeze as much profit as possible out of that sale. This article will show you how to make more money with Airbnb.
Continue reading “Up Sell Your Airbnb & Earn More Money Hosting”
Some well-placed, locally sourced art can elevate an Airbnb from mediocre to super. However, art is expensive. So why not DIY? You can tailor the art to your space and theme, all while keeping costs low. This is the first in a series of posts designed to give you plenty of ways to make your Airbnb beautiful on a dime.
Airbnb Decorating Tip #1: Local Celebrities
Every city has their celebrities, either born and bred or just passed through. Many celebrity pictures are available online for personal use, which luckily includes wall art. This allows you to easily take the DIY option and create art on the cheap.
Continue reading “Airbnb Decorating Tip #1”
After becoming an Airbnb Superhost, you will naturally start to think about the next steps. The extra Airbnb income is nice, however you probably aren’t able to quit your day job yet. If you really want to reach financial independence, you will have to scale your business.
We make an extra $200-300 a month on each Airbnb property we manage, and even more when we were doing our own cleanings. There is more up front work, but once everything is set up, Airbnb’s app makes it very easy to keep track of multiple properties.
Although the eventual goal is to retire owning an entire Airbnb empire, it takes a long time to save up for down payments, furnishings, repair reserves. Supercharge your earnings and quickly fill your bank account by managing Airbnbs for other hosts.
Continue reading “How to start an Airbnb Management Company”
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Airbnb has grown leaps and bounds over the past 5 years, and is now the largest vacation rental platform in the world. However, with that rapid expansion comes growing pains, especially when it comes to their customer service department. If you google Airbnb customer service, you will see what I mean. Hundreds of reviews, and hardly any of them 5 star.
Over the past 3 years as a Superhost, I have had my fair share of run ins with the customer service team. To get what you want from Airbnb customer service, you have to say the right things, stick to your guns, and be polite but firm.
Continue reading “How to Get What you Want from Airbnb Customer Service”