The book got me thinking this way:
I love hosting on airbnb:
>>My guests leave amazing reviews so I must be doing something right.
>>I can be an Airbnb Cohost for others.
And my cohosting Side Hustle was born.
Airbnb Cohost: How I did it:
I added in my airbnb profile that I’m interested in becoming a cohost in my area. That same day I received an email from someone who was looking for help through Airbnb.
I called her right away.
We talked and hit it off. I explained to her my own experience of being an airbnb host. I answered all of her questions. Then we met in person. We got along well and I could tell that she was going to turn this condo into a beautiful space. I helped her create her listing.
Airbnb stopped providing this service, so my other clients have been word of mouth.
Ways to get new clients:
- Facebook groups where Airbnb hosts hang out
- Community on the Airbnb site
- Post in coffee shops
- Check out Airbnb listings in your area to see if you know anyone
- Tell everyone you know that you are interested in doing this
What I do as an Airbnb cohost:
Now I manage all bookings including:
- determine whether to accept/decline a guest
- communicate with guests to answer questions about the area
- write reviews for guests when they leave
- coordinate turnovers
I love connecting with people so for me this does not even feel like work.
In the morning it’s great to see an email from airbnb which says “We’ve issued you a payout of $$$, like this one here:
Some things to consider whether being an Airbnb Cohost is right for you:
- Do you like interacting with people? This is a key component. I get excited when I hear the sound that Airbnb makes when it alerts me that there’s a new inquiry. Will you be excited or feel annoyed?
- Are you patient? Will you get annoyed if someone asks, “Where’s the best Bastille Day Celebration in your area?” Yes, I was asked this, and yes I researched it. I found out lots about my area that I did not know about.
- Do you have access to be online and respond in timely manner? To be a good cohost you need to reply to messages right away and definitely with 24 hours. I always respond immediately in order not to lose out on a booking.
- Are you flexible? As a host of own property I make all the decisions. No one to ask permission or check in with. As a cohost you may want to offer a special deal or be hard on no discounts, but the owners have a say in this. Be clear with them upfront about what potential situations arise and how you will handle.
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