So what is Airbnb? What does it mean to be an Airbnb host? According to their website, “Airbnb began in 2008 when two designers who had space to share hosted three travelers looking for a place to stay. Now, millions of hosts and travelers choose to create a free Airbnb account so they can list their space and book unique accommodations anywhere in the world.”
Airbnb offers many search features such as travel dates, location, preferences like pet friendly, air conditioning, kitchen, private room, etc. The website is very user friendly. Once you input your preferences a page with all of the listings fitting your specifications shows up and you can click on any of the available listings to learn more about the property and the host.
Airbnb maintains privacy by using a smart messaging system to protect your personal information, both for the host and the traveler. They have a great review system where both the traveler and host can get reviewed which helps future travelers and hosts determine if something is a good fit. They also handle the payment processing keeping things secure and fair, with no money passing hands in person at the time of occupancy.
They also have 24/7 customer support and offer a guest refund policy. They also have a Trust and Safety Center on their website, as safety is Airbnb’s top concern. It can be scary staying in a stranger’s home or having a stranger stay in your home, and Airbnb takes that into consideration.
Airbnb hosting is great for someone who has property or a portion of their property that they are not using. With systematized processes, it can be easy to make passive income with a space you might otherwise not use!
Sign up to be an Airbnb host to start earning on your own property!
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