Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have more than one listing? Have you ever wanted to be an Airbnb host... but you don’t own any real estate? Want to know what it’s like to manage over ONE HUNDRED properties?
Well, you’re in luck! Because, today, we’re talking to Charles Hawkins, the owner of STR Capital. He has scaled his short-term rental management business from just one (messy) property to over one hundred (beautiful) properties in the Columbus area – and he’s still growing!
Charles believes that each city has its own memorable experiences. So, as short-term rental hosts, our responsibility is making each guest feel at home in our city, whether it’s by trying a favorite local restaurant or hanging out with some of the locals. He shares what it takes to scale a short-term business, even if you don’t own the properties, as well as what it takes to keep track of so many properties.
People traveling for business make great guests: they almost never wreck your place, they’re often more concerned about convenience than saving a few bucks, and best of all, they can become repeat guests!
Today, we talk about how you can make your space more attractive for these guests, how you can find out more about potential repeat guests, and what goes into negotiating corporate/business pricing.
Today, instead of talking to a Super Host about what they’ve done to create an incredible experience on Airbnb, we’re talking to a Super Guest! Hayden Lee is the host of Travel Stories Podcast, and he’s been travelling pretty much full-time since 2013. He recently became the first person to ever visit every country in mainland Europe on his motorcycle – during which he stayed in a lot of Airbnbs – and now he’s living in Brazil for a few months!
We mine everything we can learn from his best and worst Airbnb experiences, and as an added bonus, he leaves us with an inspirational message that we know will inspire you to get up and take a step towards your dream!
We recently had the opportunity to check out Elliott and Lauren May’s renovated 100-year-old barn – and oh boy, do we have a lot to say about this space! A beautiful marriage of the old and new, this rustic barn looks stunning with splashes of a Scandinavian style and modern decor (really, you have to look at the pictures).
We talk all about why they decided to renovate the space, what went into doing that, how they’re making money off of the space in addition to renting it out on Airbnb, how they’re marketing the barn on Instagram, and what they’re doing with paid advertising online.
We hit the road again, and we came back with some great memories and a great conversation with Superhost Patti Whalen! Patti actually left a career to become a full-time Airbnb host, after a serendipitous opportunity to host Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell for several months – and that then turned into 38 consecutive short-term rentals! Patti was having so much fun that she bought a second unit, and everything just kept growing from there. You’re going to be so inspired by this conversation and we just can’t wait for you to meet her.
We discuss Patti’s fact-finding expeditions to Airbnbs in Europe, the long history between women and B&Bs, following the rules, furnishing apartments (with minimal IKEA), Patti’s worst Airbnb experiences, tips and tricks for managing multiple properties, and investing in yourself.
Annette and Sarah just came back from a road trip, and we had the opportunity to sit in Pittsburgh’s only tiny home! So today, we talk to superhost Casey Smith about how the tiny home became his first Airbnb listing (and his future plans for a house boat), creating memorable experiences for your guests, and differentiating yourself from other hosts.
Today, we walk you through a real listing, step by step. We cover what you need to have to start the process, what you need to know about the prompts that come up, and share the answers to some questions that have come up in our own short-term rental businesses.
When you are listing your space on Airbnb, the first round is sort of a “quick start” – but you’re not really done yet. We encourage you to immediately go back and add some extra details so that your listing really shines, and we’ll walk you through both of those processes in this episode.
The very first thing is creating an account, if you don’t have one already, then going to the top of the page and clicking “List Your Space.”
This includes your place type, bedrooms, baths, location, amenities, and shared spaces.
We’re passionate about cleanliness in our short-term rental spaces because we KNOW this is a difference-maker.
When we talk with other people about Airbnb, the two topics that come up most often are, one, it didn’t look like the pictures and, two, it wasn’t clean. It’s a little disheartening that this comes up so often because cleanliness is one of the easiest things to achieve in any space!
Photography is probably the most important thing you put out there when you start to list on Airbnb, so today, we’re going to offer our tips and tricks for what to shoot and where to find a photographer.
When you’re operating a short-term rental business, you’re part of the hospitality business. Just like a luxury hotel, the most successful short-term rentals sell their guests more than just a space to stay – they offer unique experiences.
This is a lot more work than just providing a space and cleaning it up when your guests are done using it, for sure, but it’s also a way to stand out in a crowded market and make a little bit more money per night.
So whether you’re just starting out or well on your way to building a successful short-term rental business, it never hurts to think like a guest and be proactive about offering things that might make staying in your locations a better experience.
The best tip that we give new hosts is to get your space set up, pack your bags, and stay in it yourself – but don’t stop there. Make any improvements you might want after your...