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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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Writing Negative Guest Reviews: Dos and Don’ts

How to write negative reviews for Airbnb guests from MaidThis.com

As a host, you hope every guest treats your property with respect. However, even if you vet each guest properly, it’s possible that you’ll eventually end up with a bad hosting experience at some point in your business.  

In this case, you should feel free to write a negative guest review to spare other hosts from suffering the same fate. That said, negative guest reviews must be handled with care in order to help your case. Before you write that review, here are some dos and don’ts to consider. 

 

Do: Think it over. 

A negative guest review should be a last resort when all other methods of resolution have failed. Before you write one, ask yourself: is it really necessary? Wait a few days so you’re not responding out of fresh-set anger.

Sometimes you might have a guest that rubs you the wrong way, but they still treat your property well and their stay goes off without a hitch. Sometimes a problem stems from communication issues that are out of the guest’s control. 

However, there are some incidents that absolutely warrant a negative review, including:

 

  • • Damage to your property.
  • • Items being stolen or broken.
  • • Repeated violations of your guidelines.
  • • Breaking the law.

 

If these have occurred at your property, you’re not only allowed to write a negative guest review, but you arguably have a responsibility to other hosts to do so. 

 

Do: Be professional. 

If you’re thinking about leaving a negative guest review, you might be worried that the guest will retaliate by writing a bad review of their own. The Airbnb review process is double-blinded, which means neither party can see the other’s review until both reviews have been written, which reduces the chance of retaliation. 

However, it’s still important to remain professional and courteous in your tone when writing your negative review. The point of leaving a guest review isn’t to publicly shame the guest; it’s to make sure the guest acts better in the future and to make other hosts aware of a potential issue. There’s no need to be aggressive or impolite when delivering this message.

 

Don’t: Air dirty laundry.

Once you get started writing a negative guest review, you might be tempted to include every little thing your guests did wrong in order to really drive your points home. Getting personal or oversharing can actually damage your credibility as a host and isn’t necessary to get your point across. 

Your review should be concise and to the point. Be specific when explaining what the issues were, but don’t give more detail than is needed. Include the points that are egregious, but avoid dwelling on smaller issues that wouldn’t normally be a problem if everything else had gone well. These can take away from the integrity of your overall argument. 

 

Don’t: Try to sugarcoat it.

Many hosts feel awkward when writing a negative review. No one wants to come across as rude, so it’s tempting to downplay the issues at hand to avoid hurting your guest’s feelings. However, sugarcoating your review doesn’t do anyone any favors. 

The guest won’t understand that their behavior was out of line, and might not understand why you’re leaving them a negative review at all. In addition, future hosts won’t realize the severity of the guest’s behavior and may accept their bookings without a second thought. It’s important to be honest in your review so that everyone involved is clear on the situation. 

 

Leaving a negative review can feel uncomfortable, but it’s an important aspect of running a vacation rental business. As long as you’re professional in your delivery and have legitimate complaints, you’ll be using the review function as intended and doing everyone involved a favor. 

 

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What Do Airbnb Management Companies Do?

What do Airbnb management companies do? from MaidThis

Whether you’ve been hosting for a while or are just starting to look into becoming a host, you might have noticed that many property owners use an Airbnb management company to handle the day-to-day tasks that go along with maintaining a vacation rental home. 

These companies can be costly, but are they worth the price? Here’s what you need to know about what Airbnb management companies can do for you.

 

What Airbnb Management Companies Can Manage

Airbnb management companies deal with a lot of the minutiae of operating a vacation rental property, including:

 

  • Rate optimization
  • Customer service
  • Check-in assistance
  • Maid and laundry services and/or management
  • Listing management and marketing
  • Property inspection and maintenance
  • Damage repairs

 

These companies can help you secure more bookings by improving your listings as well as providing 24/7 assistance for your guests. For many, this is a convenient way to make passive income from your rental property without having to deal with a lot of the downsides that being a host can entail. 

 

Do I Need an Airbnb Management Company?

Although useful, Airbnb management companies aren’t right for every property owner. Here are some factors that might come into play when deciding whether you want to take the plunge:

 

  • Price: Airbnb management companies typically take a percentage of the nightly profit from your property as commission, usually around 10-20%. You’ll have to consider whether this works for your budget. 
  • Proximity: If you live in another city or state from your rental property, it might give you peace of mind to have a local company to manage your rental property. If you live in town, it might be easier and more cost-effective to do it yourself or to hire an assistant to help you out instead. 
  • Skill: Many people are just not good at maintaining their listings or marketing their rental properties. In this case, you might actually be losing money without an Airbnb management company to help boost your business. 
  • Local knowledge: Out-of-state property owners might not be as knowledgeable about the area as a local property management company. In this case, the company is better equipped to answer guest questions and assist them if the need arises.

 

If you decide that hiring an Airbnb management company is right for you, here are a few to consider:

 

 

It’s important to do your research and choose an Airbnb management company that works for your budget and provides service in your area. You should also read client reviews and testimonials to make sure the company delivers what it promises. When you do find the right company, you’ll likely find it to be a great partnership. 

 

A property manager can give you peace of mind and take many tedious responsibilities off of your plate. Ultimately, the decision to use a property management company is up to you, but many hosts find that it’s more than worth the price. If you’re burnt out on the daily management of your rental company and struggling to keep up with hosting duties, hiring a property management company can be a game-changer.

 

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Grow Big: Expanding Your Airbnb Business to Other Cities

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If you’ve seen a lot of success as a vacation rental host, the next logical step is to think about how to expand your Airbnb business. Buying a new vacation rental property in a lucrative city is a tempting prospect, but there are a few things to consider before taking the plunge. 

Here are 4 major things to keep in mind before expanding your Airbnb business to other cities. 

 

1. Do your research before expanding your Airbnb business.

If you’re planning on expanding your Airbnb business, you can’t just look for the most affordable property on the market. You need to first do your research and make sure the city you choose to buy in is popular with potential guests. 

Some cities are more lucrative than others; you might pay more up-front for a rental property in a high cost-of-living area, but you’ll be able to rake in more money down the line if it’s a vacation hotspot. There are many destinations, such as Las Vegas and Orlando, that have remained consistently popular with vacationers for many years. 

However, don’t only look at popular vacation destinations. Since the onset of the pandemic, travel habits have shifted in a big way. Many people are looking to escape to more remote locations, such as cabins in wooded areas or properties close to national parks and other outdoor attractions. 

When researching potential property locations, keep in mind that many areas will have peak- and off-seasons. Be sure that you’re financially stable enough to weather the slower periods and know when to expect them. 

Some locations offer year-round activities that may help you attract guests no matter the season, but others see most of their visitors in a shorter time frame.

You should also look into local rules and regulations governing Airbnb and other property rental services. Many cities are making it harder for hosts to homeshare, and you’ll want to be sure you don’t run afoul of any laws when looking to grow your business. 

 

2. Consider hiring a vacation rental property manager.

The problem with expanding to a new city is that if you don’t live there, you’re not likely to know much about the area or what activities there are for tourists to do. It will also be more difficult for you to tend to maintenance duties on the property or troubleshoot if a guest is having an issue.

Because of this, you might want to factor in the cost of hiring a property management company into your new investment. A rental management company can help you handle customer service, provide on-site assistance, and deliver deep local knowledge to your guests to help them have the best possible experience on their trip. 

Although property management companies take a percentage of your profits, they can save you a lot of time and hassle. Ultimately, you might end up making more money with a company to help you optimize your services. 

 

3. Prepare for the worst.

The global pandemic of 2020 showed us that no industry is completely untouchable when it comes to unforeseen disasters. That’s been especially true for the vacation rental industry. Before expanding, have a plan for what you would do if another illness, bad weather, or local regulations create a sudden drop in tourism in your new city. 

With the pandemic in particular, hosts have suddenly found themselves investing more in cleaning services and ways to make their vacation rentals more sanitary. It’s a good idea to have an emergency fund on hand for every property you own, both to insulate you against unexpected lean times and to help you adjust to any massive changes you might face. 

 

4. Put in the work.

Many properties for sale will not immediately be ready to host guests. Some have outdated appliances or decor, some have a strange number of bedrooms or bathrooms, and some have been neglected to the point of disrepair. It’s likely you will need to put some money into the property before you can start seeing significant returns on your investment. 

Be prepared to pay for remodeling and/or landscaping services to make your property more attractive to potential guests. A few upgrades can go a long way towards making a vacation rental more appealing to potential guests. 

 

While expanding your Airbnb business can lead to another lucrative stream of income for many hosts, it’s not a decision anyone should take lightly. It’s important to understand what you’re getting into before you buy. With a little strategy, however, you can grow your business and maximize your profits in a whole new place. 

 

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Pros and Cons of Short- and Long-Term Renters

Pros and Cons of Short-Term and Long-Term Airbnb Renters from MaidThis.com

It’s safe to say that travel habits have shifted dramatically in 2020, but Airbnb hosts are still able to find success if they adapt to the changing times. As vacations have declined with the onset of the global pandemic, many hosts are turning to a different business model than usual in order to fill their rental properties: Long-term renters. 

There are pros and cons to both short- and long-term renting that you should consider if you’ve noticed a decrease in bookings this year. Here are a few things to think about. 

 

Short-Term Renters

Most Airbnb hosts target short-term renters. These are the people who want to book for shorter periods, like a weekend getaway or maybe they need to rent a venue for a family gathering. Usually, short-term renting is an ideal arrangement as you’re able to keep your property booked for peak season rates without having to worry too much about unpleasant guests overstaying their welcome.

However, when no one is traveling, short-term renting is much less lucrative. Hosts may struggle to keep their properties occupied, especially on weekdays (even at the best of times), and enhanced cleaning guidelines means spending more time and money on thorough sanitization between guests. 

 

Long-Term Renters

While the exact definition may vary depending on who you ask, in general, a renter is considered long-term if their stay is 30 days or longer. Some areas will grant your guest tenant rights after a month, so if you do decide to pursue long-term renters, it’s important to know your local laws and ordinances first. 

It’s also extra important to vet your long-term renters before their stay. Short-term renters can only do so much damage during their time with you, but a long-term renter could wreak serious havoc on your property if you’re not careful. It’s a good idea to check in with long-term renters a few times during their visit to make sure they’re not causing any harm to the unit.

However, there are many pros to long-term renting that make it worth considering. Usually, offering discounted rates would mean that long-term renting isn’t as lucrative as short-term if you’re able to book back-to-back short-term stays. 

But these days, since few people are traveling, you’re actually better off booking a long-term renter and guaranteeing your property will be occupied for a month or more at a time. 

Hosts who rely on short-term rentals might see their units sitting empty for most of the month, but plenty of people still need to book long-term rentals because they’re between leases, or because they want to ride out the pandemic in a new location.

Many hosts report that long-term guests end up taking better care of the rental property than short-term guests because they come to see it as their home during their stay. Finally, you’ll also save on cleaning fees as you won’t have to disinfect the property nearly as often when your guests are staying long-term. 

 

While you might need to change your business model to attract long-term renters, it’s a profitable solution that many hosts enjoy. Ultimately, navigating through these uncertain times will require you to consider whether short- or long-term renting is a better fit for you. 

 

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2 of the Best Airbnb Door Locks

2 of the Best Airbnb-Friendly Door Locks from MaidThis.com

Door keys are so last century. No one wants to keep a jangling wad of metal in their pocket or handbag anymore when they can walk in the door by simply pressing a button.

These days, it’s also worth mentioning how the novel coronavirus has affected the short-term rental industry and the fact that the more we can cut down on passing things from person-to-person, the better. 

Now that every check-in is a remote one, dealing with physical keys is that much more of a hassle. Here are 2 of the best options for Airbnb door locks currently on the market. One may just be a great fit for your vacation rental.

 

Yale Assure Lockstarting at approx. $199 on Amazon

We love this lock for a number of reasons. Not only is it a fully keyless option, but it looks super modern and sleek. You have a few options to choose from to get much of the same functionality, including opting for a new door handle rather than a full-blown new lock. We think that’s pretty neat.

Here are a few other reasons why we like the Yale Assure Lock lineup:

 

  • Control everything from your smartphone: Add and remove an unlimited number of access codes right from the app. Never recycle old codes again if you don’t want to.

 

  • Third-party integrations: If you’re living in your home and truly home-sharing, it might be helpful to get your lock set up with other smart home apps like Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri.
  • Set up auto relock: Set the door to automatically lock every time it closes so you never have to worry about whether or not it’s secure.

 

 

 

Gate Labs All-In-One Video Smart Lockapprox. $299 on Amazon (with service plan)

Gate Lab’s video smart lock is in a category all its own and might be our favorite of the two choices here. It’s the only lock on the market that directly integrates video along with its actual locking capabilities. Pretty cool, huh?

While compared to other “smart” locks it falls a tad short – it doesn’t integrate with Alexa, Google Home, or other third-party applications – and in order to get all its functionality, you’ll need to subscribe to a monthly “premium” service plan, it’s still one of the most robust options out there. 

Here are a few things we love most about the Gate Labs All-In-One Video Smart Lock:

 

  • Live HD video streaming: Greet your guests upon their initial arrival! You’ll be able to see them (and verify it’s who you’re expecting) and speak to them directly using the lock’s two-way audio to ensure they settle in comfortably.

 

  • Remote locking and unlocking: Lock and unlock the door via your smartphone and add up to 4 other admins with the same capability on the free service plan.
  • Unlimited guest access codes: Set a new code (or cycle through several) as guests come and go so your home always stays secure. Add and remove access codes all from the Gate Labs smartphone app.

 

 

 

There are a number of really amazing and secure Airbnb door locks on the market and not all are created equal. That said, we think these two options are the best suited for vacation rental hosts thanks to their functionality and user-friendliness.

 

By investing in a secure and easily-managed lock system, you not only keep your vacation rental safe and ensure the safety of your guests.

 

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Airbnb House Rules: Should You Create “Seasonal” House Rules?

Should You Create Airbnb "Seasonal" House Rules? from MaidThis.com

Setting Airbnb house rules is something all hosts must do when first setting up their listings. But once the rules have been set, how often are they revisited? Unless you encounter a situation that specifically required a change-up or addition, our guess is not very often. 

While most house rules are applicable year-round, there are a few things that may be more season-specific that went forgotten. Below, we’ve detailed two small-but-powerful season-related situations that could make all the difference in your turnovers.

 

Outdoor Sport Rules

Depending on where you’re located, you may want to implement seasonal rules that pertain to outdoor activities. 

For example, if you’re in California and close to a beach, you may request during the spring and summer months that guests make an effort to remove their shoes after visiting the beach and before entering the house so as not to track sand into the house. (This is a good rule in general but especially important during the high-beach season.)

Alternatively, if your Airbnb is in an area that appeals to winter sports enthusiasts like skiers or snowboarders, you may ask your guests who have been out in the snow to remove their wet outerwear in a specific area of the house to avoid tracking any dirty water inside.

Some things you might consider to be “common sense” may be less evident to out-of-towners when it comes to keeping things clean. It’s not a bad idea to blatantly mention the removal of shoes or clothes in the entryway in your house rules.

 

Temperature Consistency

To avoid astronomically high utility bills during the hottest or coldest parts of the year, you may choose to implement a rule (or rather, a request) that guests don’t change the thermostat temperatures too drastically during the hottest parts of the summer or coldest parts of the winter.  This may seem off-putting to some, but most guests will be understanding (assuming your temperature settings are reasonable).

One way to keep tabs on this – or better yet, control it – is to install a smart thermostat system like the Honeywell T9 Smart Thermostat. With a wifi-enabled thermostat system, you can set up alerts on your phone to notify you when threshold temperatures have been exceeded. Depending on the model you choose, you may even be able to “lock” the thermostat settings so guests can’t go past certain temperatures.

If you choose to enact this rule, whether you install a smart system or hope for the best from your guests, be sure to specifically state where you’d like the temperature to sit in your listing rules. This is especially true if you go with a smart system as guests may be perturbed to discover they can’t do much to change the temperature after they’ve already checked in.

 

Overall, setting Airbnb house rules isn’t all that difficult. Like most things, though, it’s never a bad idea to revisit what you have and consider making changes or additions. By implementing a few extra rules during the height of the summer and winter seasons, you may save yourself some headaches in the long run.

 

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Airbnb Enhanced Cleaning for Hosts

Airbnb Enhanced Cleaning for Hosts from MaidThis.com

Like everyone in the hospitality industry, Airbnb is making some important changes to its cleanliness guidelines. While cleaning has always been an obvious “front and center” issue, it’s now even more of a concern thanks to the coronavirus that just won’t go away.

Having a visibly clean home is great, but these days, it’s simply not enough. A safe listing is a sanitized listing and the best way to achieve that is by following Airbnb’s new guidelines as outlined in their Cleaning Quick Start Guide.

Here are a few things to know about the new “normal” for turnover cleanings and how to snag the new Airbnb enhanced cleaning badge of honor.

 

Cleaning vs. Sanitizing

We’ve said it before: Though there’s a tendency to use these two words interchangeably, “cleaning” and “sanitizing” don’t actually mean the same thing. Here’s a quick primer.

“Cleaning” means you’re removing dirt and other debris from a surface. Think of when you wipe down your kitchen counters or table after preparing and eating a meal: There are likely a few food splatters that made their way out of the pan or off the plate and you’ll wipe them away with a soapy sponge or rag.

When cleaning, you’re removing things from surfaces that aren’t a real danger to you or anyone else – they’re not likely to make you sick. 

“Sanitizing,” on the other hand, means you’re doing more than just removing dirt – you’re breaking down and removing germs and other harmful particles that have made their way onto surfaces. This requires more than just the average soap-and-sponge cleaning method; you should be using chemicals with disinfecting agents to kill those kinds of particulates.

To achieve a truly “safe” turnover, you should be both cleaning and sanitizing your vacation rental. 

 

The 5-Step Cleaning Process behind Airbnb Enhanced Cleaning

Airbnb (and, incidentally, MaidThis) has a straightforward 5-step process for turning over vacation rentals.

 

1. Prepare

Prep everything you’re going to need to clean. This includes ventilating rooms, compiling all necessary supplies, washing hands before starting to clean and sanitize, and wearing (ideally disposable) PPE.

 

2. Clean

Start the turnover off right by dusting and cleaning all the surfaces with gentler solvents to remove dirt and debris from surfaces so you can better disinfect in the next step. Take out the trash if guests left any behind, start the laundry and wash linens in hot water, and vacuum or sweep the floors. 

It’s also important to wash all the dishes and cookware in the kitchen – even if they appear clean – to avoid any cross-contamination. Preferably, kitchen items should be washed in the dishwasher if you have one.

 

3. Sanitize

Follow up your cleaning by sanitizing all the surfaces you’ve just cleaned and areas you didn’t clean with a fine-mist disinfectant spray. Focus on high-touch areas and objects, like remote controls, doorknobs, side tables, and countertops.

 

4. Check

Check your list to ensure you’ve done #allthethings in #alltheplaces. Then double-check because you can never be too careful.

 

5. Reset and Restock

Now that everything is safe and clean, start to reset the space. Make beds, replace consumables like tissues, toilet paper, and toiletries. Remake beds and place linens in their normal spots. 

 

As a MaidThis client, you can rest assured that our teams and partners are following Airbnb’s guidelines to a “T.” If you haven’t already, we encourage you to commit to Airbnb’s new cleaning protocol. You’ll be rewarded with a badge highlighting your listing as having an “enhanced clean.” There’s no better way to assure you’re guests you’re taking their stay – and their health – seriously.

 

Check out the MaidThis Covid Resource Center for tips, downloadable graphics, and more information on how to keep your guests safe during their stay.

 

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Preparing Airbnb Tax Information for the Year

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It’s that time of year again: tax season! As a vacation rental owner, filing your Airbnb taxes correctly is absolutely vital to the longevity of your business. Whether you rent your property as a side hustle or a full-time venture, botching your taxes can lead to high fines and penalties from the IRS. 

Fortunately, there are ways to make this time of year a little easier on yourself. Being prepared for tax season can save you a lot of time, energy, and stress. Here are 3 things to keep in mind as you’re getting your Airbnb tax information together if you want to come out on top. 

 

1. Know the rules. 

If you are considered self-employed by the IRS, you’ll have to remember to pay self-employment taxes in addition to any applicable occupancy taxes. Certain cities and states have their own requirements about the amount of tax you must pay when you operate a vacation rental, so be sure to do your research so you’re not surprised later on.

If you’re renting out just one room of your home instead of the entire property, you’ll have a slightly different set of rules to follow. Read up on the federal and local requirements to make sure you don’t miss anything important. 

 

2. Go digital. 

Paper receipts are easy to lose. It’s a good idea to create digital copies of all receipts that you accumulate throughout the year, backing up those copies to a Cloud database. Apps like Quickbooks or Expensify make it easy to keep track of your paper receipts and stay on top of your budget at the same time. 

If you haven’t been scanning your receipts, now is a good time to start: in the event of an IRS audit, you’ll need to procure copies of all of them. You are expected to keep all receipts for up to 3 years after filing, so it’s worth taking the time to get organized. 

 

3. Ask for more time if you need it. 

If you get overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to file for an extension. While it’s a good idea to get started on your taxes far enough in advance, sometimes the deadline sneaks up on you. If you don’t think you can get your Airbnb tax information compiled on time, look into whether you qualify for an extension and submit the necessary forms to do so. 

 

4. Hire a professional. 

Filing your taxes gets trickier when a rental property is involved. Factor in any additional income, charitable contributions, or other special circumstances and you might have a mess on your hands. When in doubt, hire a professional to file your taxes for you. Try to find a tax professional that specializes in vacation rentals as there are specific laws and forms that must be considered when filing. 

 

Tax season doesn’t have to be the most dreadful time of year. If you get organized, start early, and know the rules, your taxes can be a breeze. A little preparation goes a long way towards making sure your finances run smoothly even after April is over.

 

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The Best Airbnb Management Tools for 2021

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Running an Airbnb requires the same skills as running a small business. If you’re not organized, things can easily slip through the cracks. A misstep on crucial parts of the vacation rental process can lead to unhappy guests, or worse – problems during tax season

Here are 4 of the best Airbnb management tools that can help you keep your business on track and elevate your rentals in 2020. 

 

Guesty

Guesty is one of the most popular Airbnb management softwares on the market. One of the main draws is a 24/7 guest hotline that can manage communications with your guests even while you’re unavailable. This can considerably lessen the pressure on you as a host and provides a backup plan for times when you can’t respond. 

Guesty offers tools for every step of the vacation rental process. From analytics to see how your listing performs to a unified inbox for guest correspondence, this software is designed to help you perform better. Pricing varies depending on your specific business needs, so talk to their team if you want a quote. 

 

Expensify

Expensify is an app that allows you to easily keep track of all of your receipts, making it easier than ever to stay on top of your business spending. Using it is simple: Just take a picture of the receipt and the app will pull all the relevant information for you. No need to worry about making a typo when entering all of those numbers!

In addition, Expensify can automatically categorize your receipts and you can sync it with most accounting software tools for a streamlined process. It’s just $5 per month per user which is well worth the price if you rack up a lot of monthly expenses. 

 

Quickbooks

In order to keep your business in the green, it’s vital to manage your finances correctly and efficiently. Quickbooks allows you to keep track of your expenses, send invoices right from your phone, set up automatic payments for recurring charges, and stay on top of your financial documents. 

The most popular plan is their Plus option, which is $35 per month. It allows for up to 5 users and features mileage tracking, time tracking, contractor management, and more. They also offer plans as low as $12 per month if you don’t need the full range of services. No matter the plan you choose, tax season will be a lot easier with Quickbooks on your side. 

 

While hosting can be a big job, there are plenty of ways to stay organized if you have the right tools. The right software can go a long way towards helping you get ahead. If you take the time to incorporate these apps into your rental business, you’re sure to reach new heights in 2020.

 

 

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Hours
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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
90+

Hours
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