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Author: Airbnb Superhosts Annette Grant & Sarah Karakaian

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Get actionable advice and the essential fundamentals of running a profitable 5-star Airbnb side-hustle or full on business. Annette’s extensive background in business operations and Sarah’s experience in high-end hospitality management and interior design make them a powerhouse duo that will deliver high impact content. With almost a decade of combined hosting experience they will not only share their own stories welcoming thousands of guests from around the world but also those of other Superhosts to deliver you a wide array of stories, insights, and profitable and creative ideas to make your listing rise to the top. Whether you’re experienced, new, or nervous to start your own Airbnb this podcast promises to be informative, fun, and from the heart.
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Should you be focused on short-term or long-term rentals? Julie Gates is a real estate investor, and while she enjoys the complex world of short-term rentals, she specializes in stays of 30 days or more. She’s been in the long-term rental industry for a while now, renting out a guest home on her property, but making Airbnb a part of her business allowed her to grow tremendously — to over 30 properties owned and managed. She goes over all of the considerations when booking for longer term rentals, as well as where she finds her guests, booking for businesses, and more. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://sidwashere.com/ (sidwashere.com) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/bigbluehaven/ (@bigbluehaven) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
We’ve talked about what the short-term rental industry can learn from the hotel industry… but what can Airbnb and other short-term rentals do even better than big chain hotels? Wil Slickers is the creator of hospitality podcasts Slick Talk and Good Morning Hospitality and co-founder of Recreation Rentals, a boutique rental management company. He always had a love for people but didn’t know where to channel that passion until he discovered the hospitality industry. He started his podcast to interview people who had an extensive background in the industry and great stories that people could learn from. We talk about what he’s learned from working in the hospitality industry and from the many guests he’s featured on his show, as well as what short-term rentals can do that hotels just can’t. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://www.slicktalkthepodcast.com/ (slicktalkthepodcast.com) https://www.destinationaire.com/ (destinationaire.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slicktalkpod/ (@slicktalkpod) Listen: https://www.slicktalkthepodcast.com/podcast/episode/302680ed/vacation-rental-mastermind-series-operators-edition-featuring-underthedoormat (Slick Talk Podcast with Merilee Karr) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/birminghamtreehouse/ (@birminghamtreehouse) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Merilee Karr is the founder and CEO of UnderTheDoormat and chairperson of the UK Short Term Accommodation Association. She went all-in on the short-term rental world when she saw an opportunity to start her own business. She believed that, in order for the home rental market to blow up, it needed to be treated professionally. She made the decision to take that leap and enter that market, serving what she knew was an underserved and upcoming market. Merilee talks about making that transition, starting the Short Term Accommodation Association, staying ahead of government regulation, building a business that can grow, and creating a great guest experience. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: http://underthedoormat.com (underthedoormat.com) http://uk.linkedin.com/in/merileekarr (uk.linkedin.com/in/merileekarr) Get our hosting handbook at https://thanksforvisiting.me/hostinghandbook (thanksforvisiting.me/hostinghandbook) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/rockridgecasita/ (@rockridgecasita) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
What would you do if you could pick the brain of one of the people responsible for Airbnb’s success? Well, you just might have that chance! New York Times best-selling author Chip Conley is the boutique hotel entrepreneur who is largely responsible for Airbnb becoming the global hospitality brand that it is today while serving as their Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, and today he acts as the Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. He’s also the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, where a new roadmap for midlife is offered to all. We dig into what made him so successful in the hotel industry, what he brought to the table at Airbnb, and how to be a lifelong learner. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://chipconley.com/ (chipconley.com) https://modernelderacademy.com/ (modernelderacademy.com) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chipconleysf/ (linkedin.com/in/chipconleysf) Read: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37822614-wisdom-at-work ("Wisdom at Work") Read: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/612532.Peak?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=qVCsatWbKW&rank=1 ("Peak") Other books: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/177606.Chip_Conley (Chip Conley's books) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/abide.stays/ (@abide.stays) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Amanda Williams is known as “The Traveling Realtor” because she runs all of her businesses remotely, including a 15-property Airbnb portfolio, and is currently living in Cabo. She helps other real estate agents create multiple streams of income, focusing on passive income streams that give you more time and freedom. She shares her background, how she came to be The Traveling Realtor, and what she’s currently up to. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://www.amandathetravelingrealtor.com/ (amandathetravelingrealtor.com) https://www.amandathetravelingrealtor.com/passive (amandathetravelingrealtor.com/passive) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandathetravelingrealtor/ (@amandathetravelingrealtor) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/adohi_cabin/ (@adohi_cabin) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Julie George is a celebrity in the Airbnb world. She’s the author of https://milliondollarhost.com.au/shop/ols/products/e-book-million-dollar-host-read-this-today (“Million Dollar Host”) and now a consultant in the STR industry. She listed her first property on Airbnb in 2016 and, less than three years later, she was managing 130 properties on Airbnb for property owners,  amassing an excess of $8 million in bookings. She sold her management business to a larger company, and now mentors other budding entrepreneurs on how to build a successful business in the sharing economy. She shares how she got started managing properties, how she scaled her business structure so quickly, what she might have done differently, and why she decided to sell. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://milliondollarhost.com.au/ (milliondollarhost.com.au) Read: https://milliondollarhost.com.au/shop/ols/products/e-book-million-dollar-host-read-this-today (“Million Dollar Host”) #STRShareSunday: http://instagram.com/farrand1854 (@farrand1854) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Excuse us while we get on our soapbox: We are so anti heads-in-beds. We are not about getting as many people into a space as possible to make as much money as possible. We’ve consulted on properties before where it’s clear the owner’s goal is just to get people in, give them a place to sleep, and make some money—and we’ve had to get brutally honest about what they need to do to remain competitive. Whether you’re hosting a property yourself or helping to manage someone else’s, there are definitely some things that are non-negotiable. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/saguarowhispers/ (@saguarowhispers) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Why are you interested in short-term rental hosting? Like everything in life, hosting is not always easy, and when the hard times inevitably come, you’ll want to be able to look back and remember the strong “why” that got you started. Amy Corbett is the founder and chief Airbnb-er of All Belong Collective, and her “why” lies in creating unique spaces where anyone can belong. She and her husband take their diverse family very seriously, and incorporate it into everything they do. This is what inspired them to create places where anyone can feel like they belong. She shares how she got started with short-term rentals, how they scaled up from a solo operation to managing teams, pricing advice, some of the challenges involved between guests and owners, and how they are incorporating a feeling of belonging in their properties. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://allbelong.co/ (allbelong.co) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allbelong.co/ (@allbelong.co) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/annas_getaway/ (@annas_getaway) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Do you have a great property with beautiful photos and a fair price that you just KNOW would get more bookings… if you could just get it in front of more eyes? Kelvin Mah is the founder of RankBreeze, a company that helps short-term rental managers get more bookings by optimizing their Airbnb listings for better search rankings and conversions—and that means more money! To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: http://rankbreeze.com/thanksforvisiting (rankbreeze.com/thanksforvisiting) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelvinmah (linkedin.com/in/kelvinmah) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/thebungalowcda/ (@thebungalowcda) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
When people stay at a rental property, they have an expectation that the property is safe and secure. This is something that we, as hosts, need to make our top priority. But in 2020, there were several preventable incidents in short-term rentals that managed to make the news, and we’re going to go over each of them—and how to make sure you’re only making headlines for the right reasons. Of course, that means we’re talking to Justin Ford, our safety captain at Thanks For Visiting and the director of safety and certifications programs at Breezeway. As usual, he’s going to give us a wake-up call when it comes to safety. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://www.breezeway.io/ (breezeway.io) Safety Checklist: https://www.breezeway.io/safety-checklist (breezeway.io/safety-checklist) Safety Certification: https://www.breezeway.io/safety-certifications (breezeway.io/safety-certifications) Use code TFV50 for 50% off https://www.amazon.com/First-Alert-GCO1CN-Combination-Explosive/dp/B000H2651Y/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=co+alarm+first+alert&qid=1608135099&sr=8-4 (Recommended CO Alarm) https://www.amazon.com/Weber-45010001-Spirit-Black-Outdoor/dp/B077JTCMKQ/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=weber+grill&qid=1608135241&sr=8-4 (Weber Grill) https://www.levislegacy.com/ (levislegacy.com) https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/25-hospitalized-after-carbon-monoxide-leak-in-donnelly/277-ec6cde16-f42c-4132-a3df-16fdc00f97e1?fbclid=IwAR0Ot56yvKFXGWnixlRX5CrEN9IBZmLGCLhrulZ8ifKh-l4hjp9c37HoAMQ (10 adults, 15 children hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak in Donnelly) https://www.firefighternation.com/news/barbeque-grill-identified-as-cause-of-lake-of-the-ozarks-condo-fire (Barbecue Grill Identified as Cause of Lake of the Ozarks Condo Fire) https://www.thecoastlandtimes.com/2020/06/06/no-serious-injuries-reported-in-avon-deck-collapse/ (No serious injuries reported in Avon deck collapse) https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article244138192.html (5 hurt when rental house deck crashes down: VA Beach photos) https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/glendale-breaking/2020/05/23/3-year-old-girl-near-drowning-glendale/5251772002/ (3-year-old girl dies after being pulled from Glendale pool) https://nypost.com/2020/11/02/kayaker-from-new-york-likely-drowned-in-frigid-maine-pond/ (Kayaker from New York likely drowned in frigid Maine pond) https://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/6576581-Toddler-who-fell-in-fire-pit-returns-home-to-Vergas-from-burn-unit (Toddler who fell in fire pit returns home to Vergas from burn unit) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/mcjoppa.the.hut/ (@mcjoppa.the.hut) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Michael and Debbie Campbell are known as The Senior Nomads. As they headed into retirement, they felt the call to adventure. They rented out their home, sold their sailboat, cars, and anything that wouldn’t fit into a small storage unit, and then set off to explore the world. After years of being seasoned Airbnb guests, they have a thing or two to share with the hosting community about what makes a listing attractive to potential guests and what’s important when it comes to services provided. They share how COVID-19 has impacted their travels, how they handle mail without a permanent address, how they manage their budget, and making healthcare and emergency information readily available to guests. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://seniornomads.com (seniornomads.com) Read: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Home-Debbie-Michael-Campbell/dp/1539014649/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475526532&sr=8-1&keywords=your+keys+our+home ("Your Keys, Our Home") Instagram: http://instagram.com/seniornomads (@seniornomads) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/elylogcabin/ (@elylogcabin) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
We’ve been fangirls of Zeona McIntyre for a while. She’s been an Airbnb host since 2012, and after eight years of being a property manager and consultant, she transitioned into selling real estate to investors looking to “house hack.” She owns seven homes and manages 15 on a short- to medium-term basis. She talks about hosting remotely, diving into real estate investing, how her career and goals have shifted, how she became financially independent in just over two years, and her pointers for a brand new host. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://www.zeonamcintyre.com/ (zeonamcintyre.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zeonamcintyrerealestate/ (@zeonamcintyrerealestate) BiggerPockets: https://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/25/topics/450429-zeona-mcintyre-show-229---retirement-through-short-term-rentals (Zeona McIntyre Show 229 - Retirement Through Short Term Rentals) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/vintageinthevineyard/ (@vintageinthevineyard) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
As 2020 heads to a close, we want to round up our top 5 most listened to episodes of the year and explain why we think they’re getting so much attention. If you’ve never heard them before, or even if you’ve heard them once, this is a great time to listen to them and let them sink in. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: Visit https://www.breezeway.io/safety-certifications (breezeway.io/safety-certifications) and use coupon code TFV50 for 50% off your safety certification Email hi@thanksforvisiting.me and send us your pitch if you want to be involved in a live coaching session on the podcast #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/thelakeviewhaven/ (@thelakeviewhaven) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
When you can learn from someone with a history of experience in hospitality, you take it! Simon DeSwaan is a Superhost who has spent 15 years working for Four Seasons hotels and resorts, and now works from home as an executive recruiter in the hospitality industry. He enjoys hosting his own short-term rental as a way to interact with people from all over the world. From his extensive experience working with some of the top hotels and restaurants in the world, he has picked up a lot of tricks that are applicable to his (and your!) short-term rental business. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/willow_chalet/ (@willow_chalet) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
What do you do if you have everything you need to start your own management company, but all you’re really lacking is the confidence to move forward? Katie Raboy is the owner and manager of The Cabin Collection, an exclusive collection of high-end cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She began self-managing her own cabin, California Dreaming, in March of 2020, and recently grew her business into The Cabin Collection in September of 2020. We talk all about taking action before you’re ready, finding your confidence, and setting boundaries for yourself and your mental health so you can make it through those burnout moments. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: http://thecabincollection.com (thecabincollection.com) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.cabin.collection/ (@the.cabin.collection) #STRShareSunday: http://instagram.com/thenewhampshiregetaway (@thenewhampshiregetaway) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Tori and Seth Bolt are the Superhosts behind https://www.boltfarmtreehouse.com/ (Bolt Farm Treehouse), the #1 Airbnb in South Carolina. They are dedicated to creating inspiring luxury nature retreats that help travelers reconnect and experience transformative travel, and they have some incredible tips. They’ve welcomed more than 2,000 guests from 25 countries, earning them over half a million dollars and garnering them over 650 five-star reviews. If you’re in the short-term rental space, you’ve probably seen pics of the Bolt Farm Treehouse before — https://www.instagram.com/p/CGlUGOgpEdI/ (it’s gorgeous) — and they have a new property launching next week! Whether you want to learn how to create unique and meaningful experiences that create lifelong customers or just want to know how you can be one of the first people to stay at their new nature retreat, this episode is going to be a blast! To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boltfarmtreehouse/ (@boltfarmtreehouse) https://www.boltfarmtreehouse.com/ (www.boltfarmtreehouse.com) Get the ultimate hosting cheatsheet: http://thanksforvisiting.me/hostinghandbook (thanksforvisiting.me/hostinghandbook) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/basecampatcedarfork/ (@basecampatcedarfork) https://www.amazon.com/New-Gold-Standard-Leadership-Ritz-Carlton/dp/0071548335 (“The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company”) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Sometimes it takes a near-death experience to make you realize you’re not doing what you are meant to do. Kate Buhler is a consultant and trainer for luxury sales and service. She has over 25 years experience in hospitality, retail management, and cross-cultural sales. Lately, she’s been working with clients to stay ahead of the trends and competition by keeping current on each “next normal” in this time of COVID-19. When an airplane she was on lost pressure an hour away from landing, she asked herself if she had any regrets — and she confessed to herself that she was focused on making rich people richer, when what she really wanted was to make normal people richer. She offers tips you can use to take advantage of the opportunities and situations we are presented with today so that you can learn how to thrive during a pandemic. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://profitabletotrain.com/ (profitabletotrain.com) Join our email list to learn more about Kate’s special coaching opportunity: https://www.thanksforvisiting.me (thanksforvisiting.me) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/mossyhollowcove/ (@mossyhollowcove) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Tricia at https://www.instagram.com/lakesuperiorvacations/ (@lakesuperiorvacations) asked us a question about house rules and what a host should include on their list of rules. If you’re like us, you may have an adverse reaction to the word “rules,” but they are imperative to your short-term rental, and it’s important that your guest knows what they are. It helps everybody! So, let’s talk about creating rules for your space and how to communicate them to your guest. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://www.docusign.com/ (docusign.com) #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/villasignor/ (@villasignor) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
Robert Abasolo is a tiny home builder, “glampsite owner,” and Airbnb Superhost. Passionate about sharing his knowledge, he started a Youtube channel at the beginning of 2020 and was recently named Youtube's Creator on the Rise. Rob consults on how to build tiny homes around the country and how to set-up glamp listings on Airbnb. In this conversation, he shares how he made the leap into the world of short term rentals, how he then went on to becoming a rising YouTube sensation, and how he made the plan to scale up his short term rental business over time. He’s also incredibly transparent about how much money he makes through his rental properties, and he has insight to help whether you’re just starting out or looking to scale up. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/Robuilt (youtube.com/c/Robuilt) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robuilt/ (@robuilt) http://airbnb.com/h/harebnb (Hop into the Joshua Tree Harebnb! 300sf tiny home - Tiny houses for Rent in Joshua Tree, California, United States) #STRShareSunday: http://www.instagram.com/thenenenest.kauai (@thenenenest.kauai) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
In the rental industry, we all REALLY depend on our turnover teams. They’re an essential part of making sure business runs smoothly and that our guests are happy. So what do you do if you notice room for improvement, but don’t want to come across as rude or obsessive? This is not about your demands as the host, it’s about giving the guest the best experience possible. Keep in mind, no one is going to care about your business as much as you do. That being said, your turnover team is operating their own business, and they want to keep their client (you) happy just as much as you want to keep your guests happy. Let’s look at how you can communicate with your turnover team without being too harsh, but still get everything you need to run your business. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me/ (https://thanksforvisiting.me) Resources: #STRShareSunday: https://www.instagram.com/thetahoehouse/ (@thetahoehouse) Thanks for Visiting is a production of http://crate.media (Crate Media)
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Hà Lan Anh

I love this episode ❤️❤️ cant wait to learn more about pricing stuff

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