The main concern that most people have about Airbnb is that they will not be welcomed appropriately upon arrival. Guests are fraught with innumerable concerns and questions.
Will my host be on site when I arrive? Will he answer my phone calls? Will he be thoroughly prepared for my stay?
Truth be told, these fears are completely understandable. Why? Because most travelers are accustomed to staying at corporate style accommodations, i.e. hotels. Read more
The main promotion avenue for your Airbnb listing is the Airbnb search results. This is where potential guests shop for relevant listings.
When your listing pops up, the first thing a user will see is the title of your listing along with the primary photo of your home.
These two pieces of information are what will burn an indelible first impression into the mind of the user. Accordingly, these components must be of the highest quality if you expect guests to inquire further.Read more
One of the reasons why I love Airbnb is that it enables me to travel. I make money everyday, even if I’m lounging at a beach in the south of Brazil or jumping off a ski lift in the Swiss Alps.
But when I first transitioned from fixed-term rentals to Airbnb, I was a bit dumfounded as how I could manage my budding business while maintaining my nomadic lifestyle. Read more
An integral part of a solid Airbnb business is receiving an abundance of positive reviews. Airbnb is built on trust, reputation, and social standing.
Accordingly, nothing entices new guests more than a collection of stellar recommendations from former guests.
It must logically follow, then, that bad reviews are the kiss of death, right? Not necessarily. Read more
In the summer of 2013, life was good. My Airbnb business was in full swing, earning more than double what I was making from my fixed-term rate.
I had hosted over 60 groups and had a healthy collection of glowing reviews and five-star ratings. My listing was on the up and up. And then, without warning, disaster struck.
I received the following message from a guest who had just checked in in a day earlier: Read more
Reviews are the foundation of the service industry. Hotels, restaurants, personal trainers, real estate agents, and any other service-based professions must live and die by the review system.
As the world has grown ever more interconnected, and social media has engulfed every aspect of our lives, the power of customer feedback has grown exponentially. General advertising and marketing are still vastly important tools, but at the end of the day, cyber word of mouth is fast becoming the ultimate determinant for a business venture’s success.Read more
Nowadays, everyone wants a bargain. There are a plethora of websites and services that make their money by flooding consumers with terrific financial savings for all sorts of products. When people save money, it makes them feel good. It often engenders a feeling akin to earning an extra bit of income.
Airbnb customers are no different. They are constantly in search of the best deal available. Most hosts are aware of this because they’ve likely dealt with a customer who is eager to haggle. You think you’ve set a reasonable price for your listing, but a potential guest has requested a discount. What now? Should you accept it, or do you stay strong and hold your ground? Read more
The last few years I’ve been traveling around the world non-stop. I’ve been to over 50 countries.
I went lobster hunting in the Bahamas, scuba diving in the worlds’ most tropical places such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Thailand and the Philippines, hiked up a volcano in Iceland and sailed along the coast of Croatia during Yacht week.
The number one question I get from my readers is: how do I afford this? The short answer is: Airbnb. Read more
Located on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste, the town of Tamarindo swells from a mere 500 to 5000 due to its popular tourist attractions, including surfing and eco-tourism.
Tamarindo is known for its beautiful beaches, particularly Playa Tamarindo–which has several excellent breaks for surfers–and Playa Grande, which is famous as the nesting ground for Leatherback turtles. Read more
During my four years of traveling around the world I have met a lot of people who also chose to step out of the 9 to 5 environment and try something entrepreneurial. It’s always inspiring and interesting to see what these fellow globetrotters are up to, but some of them have really blown me away by what they’ve accomplished. Navid Moazzez is a good example and I’m honored to be featured on his business podcast, The Lifestyle Architects, which is ranked #2 in the iTunes business section! Read more