I was working with a client recently who was frustrated that people were copying her listing.
She felt like she had put a lot of time and effort into her description and details (not to mention in the physical listing itself!) and people were pulling a copy-and-paste number on her.
My advice was simple:
Write copy that they can’t copy. (Read more!)
I’m about to say something pretty controversial, so listen up. :) Even if you live in the middle of nowhere, you can get 5 stars in Location on Airbnb. Because, like all things, it’s not just about what you think it
You may have read a few blogs on hosting by now, and you may have noticed that a lot of hosting advice is geared toward the “general” host.
However, there are really three major categories that hosts fall into—and depending on which kind of host you are, you may need different resources, tools and advice to make the most of your hosting experience.
This article will help you:
– figure out what kind of host you are
– uncover your biggest challenges as that category of host
– highlight your potential problem areas on Airbnb (read: where you’re likely to lose stars!)
– arm yourself with strategies and solutions for rising above these challenges and problems
Ready? Let’s get into it!
There are plenty of paid Airbnb cleaner and turnover services now that serve the host community, some nationally based and some local. Airbnb has even integrated Handy into their platform in some areas, like New York City. And they often do more than cleaning—they can take care of everything from washing the sheets to handing over the keys.
My general opinion, however, is that paid services are too impersonal for this particular kind of work.
One of my core focuses right now is to bring you more community through The Abundant Host. I want us to be able to brainstorm together, to learn from and help each other—so I’m taking actions in Fall 2015 with this in mind.
And on this front, today I have some exciting news for you…
I’ve been invited to the Airbnb Open 2015 in Paris (Nov. 11-14)! I’ll be there, milling about, taking notes for you from all the best workshops and enjoying myself thoroughly. :)
In addition to being at the conference, I’m hosting a special event just for The Abundant Host community.
If you live in your home and you’re leaving it up to you to do the cleaning and turnover before your guest arrives and before you head out of town (which you may decide to do whether or not you have a turnover assistant to help you when you’re not around, to save money or for other reasons), here are some things to remember.
Fellow hosts, I hate to be the one to tell you:
If you think you leave your dullest knives, cheapest pots and most uncomfortable couches at your Airbnb (while you reside somewhere else with all the upgrades) and we won’t notice—you’re wrong. We will.
This kind of place is slightly different from the place that is sparse and one-dimensional. Instead of giving the feeling of sterility, it gives you a feeling of… confusion, and mild-to-major frustration.
Your success, freedom and profitability through Airbnb is directly affected by the quality of work your houseturnover person does.
If you’re ready to uplevel your hosting by hiring an awesome houseturnover assistant, you’re in luck! Because…
I’m writing an eBook that will show you the full-spectrum ins and outs of finding, training, hiring, managing and keeping your houseturnover assistant—with bonus tips on how to transition home, how to do a space clearing, and how to find additional assistance beyond your first assistant!
Many new hosts start off thinking their place needs to be sparse with no hint of personality. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here’s how I almost missed out on nearly $400 in profit thanks to Airbnb’s pricing recommendations. Bottom line? Your intuition + research + knowledge of your city is much more useful to you than Airbnb’s pricing recommendations.