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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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What if you could simplify the way you run your short-term rental business? Margot Schmorak is the CEO and co-founder of Hostfully, a property management software company that services thousands of properties worldwide and helps you do just that. Hostfully helps to automate guest communications, distribution across multiple platforms, and integrates with other companies in the vacation rental space. They empower property managers with an essential platform to be able to make choices about how they run their business. Whether you’re big or small, Hostfully can help you get your properties in front of as many guests as possible and make your life and your business easier. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: www.hostfully.com (http://www.hostfully.com) Hostfully Guidebooks: hostfully.com/guidebooks-feature-overview (http://hostfully.com/guidebooks-feature-overview) Hostfully Reports: reports.hostfully.com/data (http://reports.hostfully.com/data) Hostfully Maturity Model (https://reports.hostfully.com/maturity-model?hsCtaTracking=9f2d3950-2565-40c3-9829-68c24d31aa8e%7C84f1ea2a-2c52-40b3-bab0-acd5ecc76c55) #STRShareSunday: @sunriversiesta (http://instagram.com/sunriversiesta) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
Are you interested in hopping into the rental world full time but unsure of where to start or how the numbers will shake out? The world of co-hosting is an amazing place to start, especially if you are interested in the short-term rental or vacation property world. Your income can be whatever you make it. We’re going to dive into the exact numbers and hours invested into a property and outline how you can make supplemental income all the way to full-time income in order to replace your career. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: #STRShareSunday: @chick_inn_on_main (https://www.instagram.com/chick_inn_on_main/) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
When people talk about starting a new business, one topic that doesn’t get enough attention is choosing your customers — but this is imperative to running a successful business. Co-hosting is one of the biggest opportunities out there for building a business, and you can start making money right away, but your success depends greatly on which hosting clients you choose to work with.  Every property you add to your portfolio is essentially another business in itself. You need to be intentional, thoughtful, and cautious when taking on new clients. Trust your gut, and only work with people who have the same goals you do. That is the quickest way to growth and success. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: #STRShareSunday: @caserockcabin (https://www.instagram.com/caserockcabin) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
Things are opening back up in the US! While we all take a moment for a collective sigh of relief, remember that COVID-19 hasn’t gone anywhere just yet. How can you prepare yourselves for a second wave and potential future stay-at-home orders? To talk about that we have returning guest Steve Trover. He’s been in the vacation rental industry for over 20 years, so we lean on him and his expertise in preparing for the future. Nobody saw COVID-19 coming, but now that it’s here we have a chance to look ahead and prepare for what could potentially come in the future. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Learn more: laveerandco.com (http://laveerandco.com) LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/vacationrentalconsultant (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vacationrentalconsultant/) GRYPHON Guardian Advanced Parental Control System & WiFi Security Router (https://amzn.to/36SyXi4) Amazon Eero Pro Mesh WiFi System (https://amzn.to/2XTKCJp) #STRShareSunday: @avocadoacres (https://www.instagram.com/avocadoacres) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
How do you juggle owning two businesses, starting your first short term rental, and filming a TV show at the same time? That’s what Brad and Heather Fox, a married couple who own Fox Homes & Realty and Foxwell Design, ended up doing. They share the story of how this all happened, what factored into their decision when buying a property, and tips to stand out from other listings. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Learn more: www.eichlerpalms.com (http://www.eichlerpalms.com) Instagram: @foxhomesmn (https://www.instagram.com/foxhomesmn/?hl=en) #STRShareSunday: @vinn_montenegro (http://instagram.com/vinn_montenegro) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
Catherine Williamson is one half of the very popular blog Beginning in the Middle. She and her husband are designers, renovators, and Airbnb Superhosts. In 2013, they moved from New York City to Columbus, Ohio, where they noticed a gap in the market for unique, well-designed spaces. They decided to pursue their passion for design and hospitality and have been working together to restore old homes ever since. What started as renting a single room grew over time into a whole fleet of short-term rental properties. She gives us tips and strategies to get started in the rental business and how to scale that business over time. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Beginning in the Middle: @beginninginthemiddle (https://www.instagram.com/beginninginthemiddle/?hl=en) Catherine’s Properties: @thevillagehost (https://www.instagram.com/thevillagehost/) #STRShareSunday: @thecabinatscenichills (https://www.instagram.com/thecabinatscenichills/) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
Is downtime in your business leaving you feeling down? Don’t worry! We’re going to outline 5 things you can do during a downtime — whether it’s a slow season, you need to take a break from hosting, or for any other reason — to make your listing even better when you’re rarin’ to go. Downtime is the perfect time to take care of those “I’ve been meaning to do that” tasks, so take advantage of that time and make your listing and your property even better. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Proper Insurance: proper.insure (https://proper.ositracker.com/145062/8728) Pricelabs: pricelabs.co (https://pricelabs.co/users/sign_up?referral=RTj8a0) Wheelhouse: usewheelhouse.com (https://www.usewheelhouse.com) Beyond Pricing: beyondpricing.com (https://beyondpricing.com/) "Speak to the Manager" Haircut (https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/speak-to-the-manager-haircut) #STRShareSunday: @thebayfrontapartment (https://www.instagram.com/thebayfrontapartment/) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
We’ve talked about safety before, and we’ve talked about cleaning, but one thing is now clear in a COVID-19 world: Cleaning is safety. We have our safety expert, Justin Ford, back on the show this week to talk about how things have changed dramatically since his last appearance. Guests are concerned about the safety of short-term rentals, so how do we address those fears and concerns, while making sure our properties are as safe as possible for them? To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Breezeway: @breezeway.io (https://www.instagram.com/breezeway.io/) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/vacationrentalsafety/ (https://www.facebook.com/vacationrentalsafety/) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/captjustinford (https://www.linkedin.com/in/captjustinford) #STRShareSunday: @westendwhiskawaynashville (https://www.instagram.com/westendwhiskawaynashville/) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
Everyone wants their property to stand out from the crowd, and one way to do that is through experiential properties. These properties take their guest experience to the extreme. Bryndee Barton, the designer at Loma Homes, has an incredible Star Wars-themed rental that you can experience right now. She started in the more traditional real estate realm and now she focuses on managing Airbnbs that take their guests’ stay to the next level. We dive into all of the work that goes into creating these themes and properties, finding investors for your Airbnb rental, finding trustworthy people, and the extra staging that goes into a property as special as this. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Learn more: loma-homes.com (https://loma-homes.com/) Instagram: @lomahomes (https://www.instagram.com/lomahomes/) Facebook: facebook.com/lomavacationrentals (https://www.facebook.com/lomavacationrentals) #STRShareSunday: @themuldrowhouse (http://www.instagram.com/themuldrowhouse) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
It’s totally possible to build an epic rental business! Steph, the owner of EpicBnb — a Nashville-based hospitality company specializing in design, short-term rental management, and consulting — tells us all about how she is currently building out her own business, from picking which properties to manage, to building out a team, to working with her local associations to strengthen the rental industry. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: epicbnb.com (https://epicbnb.com/) Instagram: @epicbnb (https://www.instagram.com/epicbnb/) #STRShareSunday: @thelodgeonclearlake (http://www.instagram.com/thelodgeonclearlake) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
Is mid-term the new short-term? The typical length of stay, at this point in time, is drastically changing. How is your business going to adapt and pivot in order to have the best chance of surviving and thriving, now and into the future? Mid-term rentals are a great opportunity, so let’s talk about what they are and how you can take advantage of them. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com) HomeAway (https://www.homeaway.com/) Vrbo (https://www.vrbo.com/) HousingAnywhere (https://housinganywhere.com) HouseStay (http://www.housestay.com) Nestpick (http://www.nestpick.com) 2nd Address (http://www.2ndaddress.com) Homelike (http://www.thehomelike.com) Spotahome (http://www.spotahome.com) Roomster (http://www.roomster.com) 31 | InnTown Stays: A Unique Short-Term Rental Business That Helps People Recovering from a Disaster | with BJ Allmon (https://pod.link/thanksforvisiting/episode/OTRmMGVjMDAtNjhmNi00YTQyLThhNWYtZDBhM2Y2NGYzN2Mw) #STRShareSunday: @the_hillside_house (https://www.instagram.com/the_hillside_house/) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
We are in a very weird time, and we don’t know exactly what the other side of it will look like. We’re going to go over nine ways you can pivot your short-term listing, whether that’s during a slow season, a huge event comes to your area, or any unexpected circumstance occurs. These tips are meant to be timeless and apply to any rapid change in direction. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: #STRShareSunday: @208studio (https://www.instagram.com/208studio/) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
We are dealing with a virus that has taken the world by storm. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been alive, there hasn’t been anything quite like this in living memory. Not long ago, we talked about how you should handle cancellations. Now we are starting to settle into a new normal, and there have been several new updates to the situation we would like to address. Let’s take advantage of all of our resources until the short term rental business bounces back with a vengeance! To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: 250 Million to Support Hosts (https://www.airbnb.com/250Msupport) Superhost Relief Fund (https://www.airbnb.com/superhostrelief) Airbnb COVID-19 Relief (https://www.airbnb.com/covid19relief) #STRShareSunday: @sulfurridge (https://www.instagram.com/sulfurridge/) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
We know adulting is hard but trust us: proper insurance is essential! It is going to benefit you, your guest, and your property (whether you own it or not). Darren Pettyjohn is a co-founder at Proper Insurance Services, which offers a custom insurance product designed for vacation rental and short-term rental owners. Darren is here to answer all of our questions about insurance as it relates to you and your short-term or vacation rental, wherever it is you fall in the process. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Learn more about Proper Insurance here. (https://proper.ositracker.com/145062/8728) House Fire Prompts $1 Million Dispute With Airbnb (https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/fire-prompts-1-million-dispute-with-airbnb/190719/) Man says short-term rental policy cost him thousands of dollars (https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/man-says-short-term-rental-policy-cost-him-thousands-of-dollars/725454292/) #STRShareSunday: @thebrasscactusaz (https://www.instagram.com/thebrasscactusaz/) Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission on any purchases made using those links. Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
There’s one area of safety that pretty much everyone in the short-term rental game has to consider: dryer safety. To give us all the details, we are once again joined by our resident safety captain, Justin Ford! Justin tries to make safety exciting, and so far he’s done a great job of it. He’s a former US Coastguard safety officer, and he started the largest vacation rental company in the Northeast, which led him to what he does today as the director of safety and certification programs at Breezeway, a software company that makes it easier to manage property care and maintenance operations. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Breezeway: @breezeway.io (https://www.instagram.com/breezeway.io/) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/vacationrentalsafety/ (https://www.facebook.com/vacationrentalsafety/) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/captjustinford (https://www.linkedin.com/in/captjustinford) Amazon: Nylon Chimney Cleaning Brush (https://www.amazon.com/DECFLO-Flexible-Rods%EF%BC%8CChimney-Cleaning-Sweeping/dp/B07WRV11LX/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=10UCD1YLF5S0V&keywords=dryer+cleaning+vent+kit&qid=1582246208&sprefix=dryer+clean,aps,497&sr=8-51-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExQTg4VVZJVTJXRUsyJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNDE5NTY3UDJRUTlZRThNWDJXJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAzOTMzNTIzOEc4UU5aT0U0OVo5JndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYnRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==&linkCode=ll1&tag=estrs-20&linkId=4b270a5b25b44a45cb47f7c511520916&language=en_US) #STRShareSunday: @thecovecabin (http://www.instagram.com/thecovecabin) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
Whatever your mission is in this journey of short-term rentals, revenue is going to be a common driving factor. One of the common shortcomings when it comes to vacation rentals is not properly compensating yourself for all the services you provide. You may be trying to pass on as much of the savings to your customer as possible, but if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you’re going to risk burnout. Sharon Keefe joins us today to talk about simple, actionable things you can do to raise the revenue of your rental properties so that you can grow effectively. Sharon has spent the last 17 years in the hospitality space and her passion for the last 14 years has been in the vacation and short-term rental industry. She coaches and teaches how to run the business more efficiently, increase positive guest reviews and make more money. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: VRM Advocate: https://www.vrmadvocate.com/ (https://www.vrmadvocate.com/) LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-keefe-what-you-measure-and-monitor-will-improve-37600a9/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-keefe-what-you-measure-and-monitor-will-improve-37600a9/) #STRShareSunday: @bungalow211 (https://instagram.com/bungalow211) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the coronavirus disease. We wanted to address some of the questions and concerns hosts may be facing, including cancellations, cleaning questions, and how to handle reservations. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: WHO Advice for the Public: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public) What if I need to cancel because of an emergency or unavoidable circumstance?: https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/1320/what-if-i-need-to-cancel-because-of-an-emergency-or-unavoidable-circumstance (https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/1320/what-if-i-need-to-cancel-because-of-an-emergency-or-unavoidable-circumstance) Airbnb Cancellation Policies: https://www.airbnb.com/home/cancellation_policies (https://www.airbnb.com/home/cancellation_policies) Airbnb Updated Extenuating Circumstances Policy: https://news.airbnb.com/updating-our-extenuating-circumstances-policy/ (https://news.airbnb.com/updating-our-extenuating-circumstances-policy/) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
Do you want to grow your short-term rental side hustle into a full-time gig? Steve Trover is an expert at scaling businesses. He got into the vacation rental industry in 1997, where he started helping others manage their own properties. He eventually went on to scaling his own management business, eventually managing over 350 properties and 100 employees. He now helps vacation rental companies identify, hire, and retain the right people for the right seats. If you’re interested in scaling your STR business, what do you need to keep in mind? That’s what we’re here to talk about! To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Steve’s LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/vacationrentalconsultant (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vacationrentalconsultant/) #STRShareSunday: @thehoneybearcabin (http://www.instagram.com/thehoneybearcabin) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
We’ve talked about this topic a TON, but we’ve yet to have a professional photographer on the show. That’s why we’re so excited to have Matthew Garsky, who has been photographing Airbnb properties for several years now — he’s even been hired by Airbnb to do photography! To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Instagram: @matthewgarsky (https://www.instagram.com/matthewgarsky) #STRShareSunday: @_thepondhouse (http://instagram.com/_thepondhouse) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
We are on the road this week for a short term rental sponsored SLEEPOVER! And we are visiting Becky Rhey, a fabulous host with an impeccable sense of style. She talks about what the transition from flipping to rental was like, how she finds decor for her rental, allowing photographers to use her space, and collaborating with local businesses. To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: https://thanksforvisiting.me (https://thanksforvisiting.me/) Resources: Instagram: @1920granddame (https://www.instagram.com/1920granddame/) #STRShareSunday: @bensondwelling (https://www.instagram.com/bensondwelling) Thanks for Visiting is a production of (http://crate.media)
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Hà Lan Anh

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

Mar 6th
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