Interested in Earning a Living from Holiday Rentals?

Airbnb is an online platform for people looking for short-term accommodation and people who are willing to provide their homes for such a purpose. Airbnb spans 220 countries and over 100,000 cities globally.

Hosts benefit from participating by earning some revenue when they rent out their property, although it may come with some risks, such as guests damaging the property.

Guests can also benefit from Airbnb through affordable accommodations, although there is the risk of not getting what they paid for exactly.

Benefits to the Guest

Wide Range of Selection: Guests get a wide range of properties to select from on the Airbnb website. The properties may range from single rooms and suites to mansions, moored yachts, and castles.

Customized Search Feature: Guests can filter search results. They can customize their search based on date, location, property type, price, host language, and even luxuries. They can tailor their search results by adding desired keywords such as outskirt of town, close to the beach, etc.

Supplementary Services: Its services have been extended. Apart from seeing available properties, guests can see restaurant listings and reviews. Hosts might even offer sightseeing and unique classes.

Guest Protection: Airbnb protects guests by releasing payment to hosts only after 24 hours of arrival.

Benefits to the Host

Free Property Listings: Hosts get free property listings, which would include photographs of the property, written descriptions, and user profiles of the host.

Airbnb Hosts Exercise Control Over The Price Of Their Property: Hosts get the privilege of setting the price of their property. The hosts decide the rate of renting per night, week, or month.

Host Protection: Airbnb offers a programme in eligible countries that compensate for property damages of up to $1,000,000.


Things to Consider Before Hosting

If you are wondering if you should list your property on Airbnb, here a few things to consider:

Are you in an attractive location?

The location of your property can determine how much money you can make. Guest choices may differ. Consider the type of guests you want and the experience you want to create for them. If your location suits your guests, then you are good to go.

What kind of property space can you offer?

Is your property a small cottage for a family vacation, or is it a luxury mansion? How many guests can occupy the property? You should consider these before listing your property.

How many hours in a day can you commit as a host?

It can be quite challenging to measure how much time you can commit daily as a host. Guests send messages anytime during the day and even at night. Airbnb can penalize you if you take too long to respond or cancel bookings unexpectedly. So consider the time you’d be available to respond to guests.

What amenities can you offer your guests?

The amenities you provide can make you stand out in this holiday rental marketplace. Know your target customers and ensure that the amenities you provide conform to their taste

Are you ready to be an Airbnb host? Don’t hesitate! Hosting can be rewarding and even create a career path for you.


Cherita O’dell is the Broker of this agency who brings a wealth of experience to the table, having been the Sales & Marketing Manager and Operations Manager of several 4-star hotels and in addition, the Marketing Manager of 2 luxury condo developments. She knows how to promote property for sale & rent and get them noticed. She is one of the best real estate agents in Barbados and won the The Agent of the Year award in 2019.

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