If you’re looking for lucrative ways to make more money to keep your homestead afloat and you’re lucky enough to have some extra space kicking around the place, then you could quite possibly make some extra money by offering some of that space up on Airbnb.
In case you didn’t know, Airbnb is a website that basically acts as a marketplace for accommodation. Whether you have a shepherd’s hut, a yurt, a spare room in your house or an interesting outbuilding, you can offer it up on that site and have guests pay you to stay for a while. Sound good? Here are some tips to help you make a killing on Airbnb.
Making A Killing On Airbnb
Hire a Content Writer
If you want to sell something online, then you need to use words as your weapon. So, unless you’re a real wordsmith yourself, hiring a content writer to really talk up that outbuilding you’re looking to rent is ideal. A content writer can write a great description of the accommodations you offer in an exciting way for your potential guests.
Let them build excitement and help you attract the right guests that pay the right price.
Take Amazing Photos
Most of the people who are looking for accommodation on Airbnb are looking for an experience. They want to stay in a place that is more interesting and amazing than the rest, If you live on an off-the-grid homestead property, then your place is likely to fit the bill perfectly, but you will need to sell this to your potential guests not only in the form of words but with lots and lots of amazing photos that really show what is unique about your place.
Take pictures of creeks, ponds or lakes on your property. People love sunsets and great scenery too. If you have lavish gardens or beautiful decor on your property include these too. Pictures help entice people to want to stay at an Airbnb.
Consider a Property Manager
You can find a good property manager here. It might be a good move for you if you have a place that isn’t you’re main homestead that you plan to rent out year round. They will help you to find tenants and take care of any issues so that you can sit back and enjoy your newly found income without any interruptions.
People prefer to stay alone at Airbnb’s. If not they would be looking for a hotel or a bed and breakfast instead. And you probably wish to keep your privacy also.
Make it an Experience
Instead of just offering your guests accommodation, offer them an experience. For example, if you live on a small holding, offer them the experience of working on the farm feeding the animals, collecting the eggs and watching you milk. This will attract the kind of guests you are most likely to want, and you’ll be able to charge a premium for it.
Spend Some Time On it Every Day
You can’t just expect to put up a listing and have people flock to you. If you want to make more money with Airbnb, then you need to work on it every day. You need to be constantly honing your copy and adding even more amazing pictures, encouraging past guests to leave great reviews and of course, making your home even more inviting to potential guests, If you can’t do that, then you may find it difficult to muster up as much interest as you could.
Be an Amazing Host
Of course, the one thing that will ensure you make more money than similar properties on Airbnb is your hosting. If you are going to be present at your property when guests stay, go out of your way to make them feel welcome with a smile on your face, a welcome basket in your hand and by meeting any requests or requirements your guests may have.
Making money by hosting your property as an Airbnb is a great way to increase your homestead income. Be consistent, keep it clean and organized. Make it a place that people will want to return to. Good luck!
Have you considered or even used part of your property as an Airbnb? Tell us about it in the comment box below.