Airbnb, ways to make money without a property
Not all of us are lucky enough to own a second property or have a spare room to rent out on Airbnb, and yet we can still make money from this worldwide accommodation website.
Make money from Airbnb without a property
Not all of us are lucky enough to own a second property or have a spare room to rent out, and yet did you know we can still make money from Airbnb?
What is Airbnb?
Airbnb began in 2008, when two people who had a spare space let it out to three travellers looking for a place to stay. Since then millions of worldwide travellers and hosts have signed up to the website. Hosts advertise their spare space on the website including a description and photos whilst travellers can search a specific location anywhere in the world to find accommodation that suits their need and budget. Airbnb acts as the middle party by providing a platform for the two parties to connect, pay and communicate.
So, without a property how can I make money from Airbnb?
You may be surprised by the number of opportunities on offer to those of us who do not have a property or spare room to rent out through the website:
What experience could I offer travellers in my local area?
Along with booking accommodation through the Airbnb website, travellers can also book experiences hosted by the locals.
Some of the experiences on the Airbnb website include: craft and art classes, food, drink and sightseeing tours, horse-riding and llama trekking, dance and cookery sessions, photoshoots at local attractions, sports lessons and experiences such as kayaking, cycling, sailing and hiking.
You too could host your own local experience, browse the Airbnb experiences online and see what ideas you can come up with.
Experiences can also be hosted online so you may be able to start offering experiences sooner than you think.
Once you have created an Airbnb account and set up your 'experience' you can set your own fee do ensure you take into consideration the 20% Airbnb service fee and any other costs involved in hosting your experience.
Could you offer a Virtual Assistant service for Airbnb hosts?
With over 2.9 million hosts worldwide if you are super organised and efficient how about becoming a freelance virtual assistant? You could offer support with bookings, communication with travellers, booking cleaning and laundry services and so on.
As the Airbnb website allows a host to add a 'co-host', giving authority to edit listings, accept booking requests, communicate with travellers, resolve any issues and so on hosts can appoint a virtual assistant to help.
If you live locally to a host's property you could also offer additional services such as cleaning, greeting guests, providing welcome hampers and so on.
A few ways of promoting your services could be:
Setting up a website for your Virtual Assistant services
Creating social media accounts promoting your Virtual Assistant services
Have your friends and family heard of Airbnb? Recommend the website and earn credit
Sign up to Airbnb either as a host or traveller and you’ll get a unique referral link to share with your friends and family. For every person who completes a stay, you’ll get £15 credit, and for everyone who completes an experience you’ll get £8. Your friend or relative will also get up to £34 off their first trip which I'm sure they will be delighted with! We've stayed at a number of Airbnb properties all over the UK and Europe and have found it a great way to find affordable accommodation ,check out my budget travel section for some examples or click the Airbnb tag below.
I hope you've found this an interesting read and I have got you buzzing with ideas of how you can make money from the Airbnb website, of course if you do have a spare room or property you may also want to look into becoming a host and renting out these spaces for an additional income stream. For information on becoming a host please visit the Airbnb website.
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