In the past few years, the so-called “gig economy” has flourished and offered various creative ways for people to earn additional income. Whether it’s ride sharing, food delivery, or virtual assistance, people are thinking outside the box when it comes to either meeting financial goals or saving for a rainy day. Airbnb has proven to be beneficial for both people renting out their homes and people looking for a unique travel experience, and you’d be surprised how easy it is to list your property and earn some money in the process.
If you’re looking to list your home on Airbnb, here are a few tips on how to get started successfully:
- Get started! You may ask yourself, am I qualified to be an Airbnb host? Well, if you have a private guest room or space in a property that isn’t occupied by the owner, this may be an ideal way to earn extra money. If you’re taking a vacation or visiting a second home, or you just know you’ll be out of town for a while, why not get paid for your home’s unused space?
- Make sure to thoroughly read the website’s information. When you’re first getting into the process of becoming an Airbnb host, make sure you read all of the information available in the help center on their website. While you’re at it, do further research about Airbnb and start a to-do list as you go.
- Don’t cheap out on photos of your rental space. Most people looking for a rental look first at the photos, so splurging on good photography can make a difference in how many bookings you’ll receive. Focus on lighting and space, and if need be, call a professional photographer.
- Lay out the basics. Before you rent out your home to perfect strangers, make sure you have a guestbook lining out the rules of your space, local attractions and dining, your WiFi login information, neighborhood businesses, and emergency contact numbers. Also, make sure your rental has plenty of amenities such as a coffeemaker, toiletries, coat hangers, extra towels and linens, and anything else you think would make your guests feel at home.
There are other things to keep in mind when listing your rental on Airbnb. You’ll also want to ensure you’ve set a reasonable price, hire a cleaning service for your rental space, make sure your insurance covers your home and property, and above all, going above and beyond with little touches and conveniences so your guests have a memorable stay.