There are three main kinds of Airbnb hosts- the opportunist, the stable extra income seeker and the full time Airbnb-er.
An opportunist Airbnb host rents out their space only when they want to- for example, when they go on vacation, they might rent out their space to make extra money. They may choose to rent out the space only when they know they will not be utilizing it. Perhaps there is a big convention coming to town where all the hotels are booked (or the Superbowl!) so they want to try to make some extra money for a short period of time. They are probably not interested in the time and effort required to a successful continuous listing of their space.
A stable extra income seeker is a host that wants to achieve a regular consistent income source from their home by renting it out on a regular (although not necessarily full-time basis). If an opportunity comes along that allows them to rent for a premium, they will take full advantage of that chance as well in order to maximize the profit potential.
Finally, the third Airbnb host personality is a full-time Airbnb-er. This person is someone who wants to achieve a consistent income from their rental properties to be their primary or only source of income. With numerous rental properties and short-term rentals, they will develop systems to automate the processes as much as possible. The goal is to maximize the potential profit of each hour they spend hosting.
Which of these sounds most like you? I think you’ve probably guessed that I am a Full-Time Airbnb Host! Sign up as an Airbnb host, what are you waiting for?
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