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

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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...

How far ahead should I take bookings?

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Its coming close to winter here in London and although the first snow has not yet fallen bookings have become thinner on the ground. I am lucky that London always has someone arriving from somewhere, so bookings do come in no matter what the weather is but sometimes it’s nice to have firm bookings in advance – or so I used to think? The problem with being an airbnb host is that it becomes your life in many ways. For some this is a good thing and can add meaning and a source of enjoyment. For me this means I am effectively on call 24 hours a day. I can’t afford to pay anyone...

When is the peak season on Airbnb and how to get rich on Airbnb?

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I’ve noticed a reduction in the number of bookings coming through. I’ve got quite a few empty slots from the end of August through September and beyond (in my experience people tend to book only a few weeks in advance so it’s no surprise December is still empty for example). A quick look on the Airbnb Groups discussion page for London hosts and many of the comments there are saying the same thing – not enough bookings. What to do if your not getting bookings? I price my listings cheap and to have an empty room now and again is disappointing but no big deal for me. Those with expensive big...

So what’s it really like being an Airbnb host

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I’ve been a Airbnb host now for nearly a year and have had over 150 guests in that time. Most guests stay for only a couple of days which suits me fine as the longer the guests stay I find they are more likely to hang around the house, and eat smelly takeaways in the bedrooms, instead of exploring the city. Weekly and monthly rates I choose not to offer a weekly or monthly rate for the reason that I don’t like longer term guests. I don’t offer use of the kitchen or living areas in my house so guests are limited to their bedroom and a bathroom. My ideal guests is a...

When a Airbnb guest cancels a booking

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Last week a guest cancelled while actually on the way to my listing. I was expecting him to arrive around 1pm and got a message at 12:30 to say “it is too much trouble to come to your listing so i’m going to stay in a hotel right here.” A bad excuse for sure. My mind immediately turned wether or not he is going to get a full refund or will i still get paid by airbnb? What is your cancellation policy? When a guest cancels a booking it depends on your cancellation policy if they are entitled to a refund or not (Airbnb’s booking fee is now refundable up to 2 times a year)...

How to get started as an Airbnb host

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So you want to be an Airbnb host and your looking forward to making some money. Well here is what you should do. 1. Register an account with Airbnb. Register here. 2. Add a new listing under your profile. Write a detailed description of your room/whole place. Try and describe factually and keep in mind what a traveller will be most interested in. 3. Your going to need to upload pictures for your room. Get the Airbnb professional photographer to take some pictures of your listing. This costs money but the pictures should look excellent and more importantly the pictures will be officially...

Your first Airbnb listing

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New listings get a boost in rankings so you may find that you a few enquires on the first day or two. After that enquires might drop off suddenly and then you will need to work on your ranking. How many of my guests are first time Airbnb users? Airbnb is still relatively new to most people in the UK and Europe despite being very popular in the USA and some other places for a few years. Consequently many of your customers will be using Airbnb for the first time and will not have any reviews from previous hosts (I estimate that about 50% of my guests are Airbnb virgins). So you get an enquiry...

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