Swapping Secrets with Famed Blogger: The Abundant Host

Swapping Secrets with Famed Blogger: The Abundant Host

I imagine some of you avid readers have come across my friend Amy’s popular blog in the Airbnb space: The Abundant Host. As it turns out, we are both entrepreneurial, world-traveling women residing in Boulder, so we were bound to connect! Amy gracefully agreed to share some of her secrets with us, including some exciting new courses she’s working on for 2019. She’ll also be posting a “top secrets” article from me as well, so check that out on her site!

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Upcoming Q&A in Denver & Latest Podcast Interview to go live!

Upcoming Q&A in Denver & Latest Podcast Interview to go live!

I have a few fun announcements:

Toilets to Tenants, a Landlord meetup group in Denver, asked me to come do a Q&A at their next event! Their events are free and open to the public. We will be discussing local Denver Short Term Rental laws, pros and cons to listing your home on Airbnb, whether or not to use a management company - like myself, etc.

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Should you attend GuestyVal next year? My review!

Should you attend GuestyVal next year? My review!

I returned home late Tuesday night after 16 hours of flying from the beautiful Tel Aviv, where I spent 10 leisurely days. Jet lag is still in full swing for me and I am writing this in the 5am hour. Of course the GuestyVal conference was only 3 days, but for such a long trip, I felt the need to stretch it out and explore.

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Interview: GuestyVal Producer Answers Some of Your Burning Questions About Tel Aviv Conference

Interview: GuestyVal Producer Answers Some of Your Burning Questions About Tel Aviv Conference

There has been a lot of talk / rumors that Airbnb will no longer be hosting its Airbnb Open Conferences. This is such a shame as they were very valuable events for learning and networking, which has left many veteran hosts looking for an alternative. I'm pleased to introduce to you to one: Have you heard of GuestyVal?

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Guest Post: Increase Your Airbnb Income & Make the World a Better Place

Guest Post: Increase Your Airbnb Income & Make the World a Better Place

I am pleased to introduce Tim Wadsworth an Airbnb Host and Professor at CU Boulder, who is creating a Non-Profit called Greater Good Hosting, which allows hosts to share a percentage of their earnings with select charities while advertising their efforts on their listings, which in turn will bring in more bookings from Guests who also want to support good causes.

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Interview Series: Getting Creative, How One Host Monetized Her Backyard!

Interview Series: Getting Creative, How One Host Monetized Her Backyard!

Today I am just giddy to introduce a new friend of mine Shelly Young. A few nights ago, a friend and Co-host client of mine, told me that he randomly met a woman who was a reader of my blog and follower of my podcast interviews. He was out in Colorado Springs visiting his college roommate and she turned out to be their neighbor. She told him that I got her inspired to start Co-hosting and she already has three properties she’s airbnbing! Awesome!

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How to Hire and Train a Rockstar Cleaner!

How to Hire and Train a Rockstar Cleaner!

You can have the perfect location, a well appointed, gorgeous home and guests lining up around the block to stay there, but without a great cleaner, you’ve got nothing.

 

Sure, a lot of people just starting out will try their hand at cleaning themselves and yet, it can be a tedious task over time and if you decide to leave town or want to scale your business, you will definitely need someone to tag in, so this is an important skill for all.

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Interview Series: Creative Housing! What I learned from the host of one of my favorite Airbnbs.

Interview Series: Creative Housing! What I learned from the host of one of my favorite Airbnbs.

As a long time Airbnb host and world traveler, I’ve stayed in my fair share of vacation rentals. Second only to the incredible (and free!) pet sitting opportunities, Airbnbs are my favorite places to stay! I love them because they let me: A. See how the locals live, B. (Usually) meet locals and get insider tips and tricks for the area. C. Cook at home; and most importantly,  D. Gain insight on areas I can improve my rentals back home.

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I just booked my Airbnb stay for free! See how I did it.

I just booked my Airbnb stay for free! See how I did it.

Who doesn’t want to travel for free or damn well close to it? I know I do. I love travel hacking and although I travel for nearly nothing, I’m definitely not an expert in all the flashy terms and tricks, but I know some basics that are easy, repeatable and not time-consuming. Here are the ways I maximized those free dollas! Holla!

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8 Saved Replies every Host needs for their Rental Apps

8 Saved Replies every Host needs for their Rental Apps

Guest communication can be one of the most time-consuming parts of being an Airbnb or Homeaway/VRBO Host. If you become a manager of more than a few properties you may want to consider using a receptionist service and yet, for those full-timers who want to maximize their profits, here’s an easy loophole: Saved Replies!

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My formula to an (awesomely thorough) New Client Interview

My formula to an (awesomely thorough) New Client Interview

Congrats! You have your first interested Co-Host client, so now what? You need to schedule a call to learn about their home and their needs/desires. Here is a compilation of questions that I have refined with my experience working with a large variety of clients. In my experience, if you can stay on task, this call should be about 1 hour.

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7 Tips for Sourcing Co-Hosting Opportunities

7 Tips for Sourcing Co-Hosting Opportunities

Lately, a lot of people have been asking for tips on how to build their own Co-Hosting empire. I am happy to share a short list of ways to find some clients. Here goes:

1. Register with Airbnb - Airbnb is the #1 tool I use for renting homes, so if you want a business like mine, you need to create an account. If you don’t have one already, use this link for $30 credit towards your first stay: https://www.airbnb.com/r/zmcintyre1?s=8&i=

(Airbnb used to have a service where you can list yourself as a Co-Host so that people in your area can find you. At the time of writing I could not find it, so they may be revamping the program, and yet, keep an eye out as it may come back. To be clear, they still offer the Co-Host option to link yourself to someone else's listing but I do not see a way of advertising yourself.)

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