My life as an Airbnb Host What I've learned from hosting and how I make money using Airbnb

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Should you have security cameras at your Airbnb?

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It’s June in London. For the last month it’s been rain and more rain. My airbnb has been busy as usually but this is mostly due to my low prices. I can say that my success is due to keeping a low price and being flexible with my guests (letting them arrive early etc). Also the fact that I accept single night bookings means that I have a constant turnover of guests. This constant turnover is more demanding on me with so many sheets to clean and check-ins/outs but this sends all the right signals to airbnb. Bookings lead to bookings and a high number of reviews keeps my space high...

Airbnb Single Night Bookings

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It’s February in London and apart from a small dash of snow it’s been a rather mild winter. Unlike last winter I have not been forced by Airbnb to refund my guests because their train or plane was cancelled due to the snow ‘force majeur’. This may seem fair to the guests but for me it was a real loss. Should you be accepting one night bookings? One of the reasons for my success (if I may say so) at airbnb is that I am willing to take 1 night only guests. It’s very tempting not to take single night guests because of the trouble re-setting the room  and checking in...

Airbnb NYE bookings and How you should warn your overseas guests about Christmas

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It’s the end of the year and New Years Eve is only days away. I had a last minute guest cancellation for NYE. I took this as an opportunity to increase my price for the night. It was booked again within an hour for a 50% higher price. Clearly there is a last minute rush to find a room and that is when you can really get that extra profit. Reducing your prices can start a cascade of bookings December I find is a quiet time of year and usually so is early January. At one point during the month I reduced my prices by 20% to avoid being empty, the first time I have done such a thing in as...

How to do your first Airbnb listing and How do you decide if being an Airbnb host is right for you?

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A friend of mine has just become an Airbnb host for the first time. His first guest had just finished her stay with him and had left a nice review. The listing is a private room in his London flat near Shoreditch High Street and he charges £35 a night. Being an experienced Airbnb host myself my first question was “did you use the airbnb photographer for your listing?” He said “No need, I did the photo’s myself.” This is a big mistake. You need to make your Airbnb listing as professional as possible I did a search for my friends Airbnb listing and it was full of...

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