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4 Ways to Make More Money As an Airbnb Host in 2021

It’s clear that travel looks far different at the start of 2021 than it did at the beginning of 2020. With the global pandemic shifting travel patterns and guest behaviors around the world, hosts can’t rely on the same old strategies if they want to see continued success.

A savvy host, however, can use this time to build up his/her business and take advantage of new opportunities. Here are four ways you can breathe new life into your Airbnb business and make more money from hosting in 2021.

1. Re-optimize your listing

At the beginning of the year, it’s always a good idea to revisit your listing and improve your optimization. Replace low-quality photos with better ones, break up big chunks of text to make your listing easier to skim, and be sure to include keywords in your title that will make potential guests want to click.

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to add information about your cleaning process to your description. Guests want to feel safe while booking, and they’re more likely to choose a host who is taking the concerns of guests seriously.

2. Improve your communication

In this day and age, travelers are more cautious than ever when booking their travel. There are more questions than usual to ask before booking, such as whether you offer contactless checkin or if local attractions are open.

It’s important to improve your communication and reply to any messages as quickly as possible. A delay can mean losing out on a potential guest to one of your competitors. Set up alerts on your phone so you’re notified the second a message comes through and you’ll be able to respond right away.

3. Know the local scene

As mentioned above, there’s more uncertainty than usual when it comes to travel during the global pandemic. Local restrictions and regulations can change week to week, leaving travelers wondering if their plans will pan out.

You can make the process easier for your potential guests by keeping your listing up to date with all of the important information they’ll need about your area, such as whether restaurants are open and what attractions they can experience while they’re there. You can win over more guests simply by making the booking process as convenient as possible.

4. Offer online experiences

Airbnb has recently launched “online experiences” as a way to help hosts make money even if visitors aren’t traveling as much as they used to. These experiences allow hosts to capitalize on their talents by filming video classes or experiences that anyone can pay to watch.

These can range from meditation lessons to tarot readings to escape rooms—the possibilities are endless! If you have a knack for cooking or a passion for yoga, you can share it with the world while opening a stream of passive income for when the travel season dies down.

Although it’s certainly a challenge to adapt to the shifting travel landscape that 2021 has to offer, a savvy host can still find success. By thinking outside the box and simplifying the process for your guests, you can ensure that your business stays active, no matter the news.

This article originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book newsletter.

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7 Steps to Making a Cozy Remote Workspace

remote workAs remote work becomes more and more standard in a post-Covid-19 world, Airbnb guests will be looking for spaces that they can be productive and comfortable in while they do that remote work.  We’ve picked out the most important items to make a cozy remote workspace for your guests that’ll leave them raving in the reviews.

A Good Chair

Someone is going to be sitting in that chair for several hours, so a standard folding chair isn’t going to cut it.  It doesn’t mean you have to get a Herman Miller Aeron chair (though, that would be pretty sweet), but it does mean that the chair should be comfortable for all-day usage.  Great office chairs help you stay alert while keeping you comfortable.  

Natural Light

No one wants to work in a basement.  Make sure there is some natural light that illuminates the workspace.  This keeps eyes relaxed but also gives people something to see out their window during moments of their day, which can be nice.  Make sure that you’ve also got excellent artificial lighting as well, when those overcast days won’t be able to deliver much natural light.

Plants

You’ve heard all the studies by now: plants can reduce stress and increase productivity.  That’s true.  But it also makes your space more appealing and plants literally clean the air.  No one is saying you need to make the workspace into a botanical garden: even one plant would be a game changer.

Desk Options

While you may like sitting at a desk there are a growing number of people who like to stand while working.  You can get an adjustable desk that allows for sitting or standing positions, or you can get a stand that creates a standing desk platform should someone prefer that.  It’s a nice extra option and shows your guests that you’ve thought through their needs.

Supplies

While most remote workers are pretty good about bringing what they need with them, there are always odds and ends that would be nice to have: pencils, pens, scratch paper, paper clips, a stapler, post-it notes, etc.  Have those neatly arranged in a convenient spot for your guests to use and keep it stocked.

Photo/Poster

Remember those corny “motivational” posters from the 1990s?  Yeah, don’t buy one of those.  You might have a wonderful large scale photo from one of your trips or a print or work of art that really resonates with you.  Just keep in mind that this is something that will be by a work area, so it should be something that allows someone to “drift away” for a moment without distracting them too much.

Blazing Fast Internet

“Fast” internet depends less on what your connection is than on how many people are using it.  If you’re around at the same time as your guest and you are going to be working as well, you would do well to be north of 50 Mbps.  If you won’t be around during the workday or your guest is at a property you’re not resident in, make sure they have at least 25 Mbps.  This will allow them to connect multiple devices and not experience any lag.  Pro tip: take a screenshot of your speed test and put it as a photo in your listing.  People looking for remote workspaces will appreciate it (and book right away).

This article originally appeared in our Guest Book newsletter.

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
Brent
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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
Laura G
Airbnb Host in LA
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