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Turn your spare space into serious cash : how to make money on Airbnb, HomeAway, FlipKey,, and more!
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Mary Christensen is a seasoned home host, entrepreneur, and the author of Be a Direct Selling Superstar, Be a Recruiting Superstar, and other bestsellers for home-based entrepreneurs.
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<p>Why not make money off that empty room? Home-hosting platforms like Airbnb have inspired millions of homeowners to start a vacation rental business. One room is all it takes to generate real income-if you know what you're doing. The short-stay marketplace has grown increasingly competitive. Bad reviews can torpedo bookings, while problem guests can strain your property and sanity. Before you leap, let this helpful guide steer you in the right direction. Written by an experienced host who earned almost $50,000 in her first year, Turn Your Spare Space into Serious Cash provides an unvarnished picture of what to expect and step-by-step instructions for succeeding in your new venture. Packed with stories both heart-warming and hair-raising, it explains how to: Prepare your space * Price it right * Choose the best hosting websites * Make your listing pop * Offer a welcoming experience * Keep even the most demanding guests happy * Get five-star reviews * Protect your privacy and your property * Stay on top of legal, tax, and business matters * And more Sharing your home with strangers can be frustrating and disruptive . . . or fun and lucrative. This book helps you minimize the headaches and maximize your rewards.</p>
Table of Contents
Introductionp. xi
1Choosing the Best Sitep. 1
2Our Experience as Hosts Beginsp. 7
3First Guests Bring Heaven and Havocp. 11
4Is Hosting a Good Fit for You?p. 23
5Are You FIT to Be a Host?p. 31
6Prepare Your Property for Paying Guestsp. 37
7Make Your Listing Popp. 49
8Wiser and Warier, We Settle into Hostingp. 67
9Making Our Six-Month Milestonep. 77
10Setting and Enforcing Your House Rulesp. 85
11Become a Five-Star Hostp. 95
12Increase Your Bookingsp. 107
13Guests We Love Most and Those We Like Leastp. 115
14Horror Stories of Dodgy Guests and Horrible Hostsp. 121
15Run Your Business Like a Businessp. 131
16Be Moneywisep. 139
17Managing Your Property as an Absentee Landlordp. 147
18Critics and Controversiesp. 157
19Avoid Burnoutp. 167
20Tips and Tricks for New Hostsp. 173
21The Future of Travelp. 191
Indexp. 195
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