Earn​ ​Extra​ ​Money​ ​During​ ​the​ ​Holidays​ ​with​ ​Airbnb

The​ ​holidays​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​festive​ ​time​ ​of​ ​year​ ​to​ ​reconnect​ ​with​ ​family​ ​and​ ​friends.​ ​For many,​ ​it’s​ ​also​ ​an​ ​expensive​ ​time​ ​of​ ​year.​ ​Holiday​ ​gift​ ​and​ ​food​ ​shopping​ ​can​ ​put​ ​a​ ​real strain​ ​on​ ​your​ ​budget.​ ​But​ ​you​ ​may​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​ease​ ​the​ ​financial​ ​burden​ ​by​ ​becoming​ ​an Airbnb​ ​host,​ ​where​ ​you​ ​provide​ ​space​ ​for​ ​guests​ ​who​ ​pay​ ​to​ ​stay.

Lots​ ​of​ ​people​ ​travel​ ​for​ ​the​ ​holidays,​ ​and​ ​many​ ​of​ ​them​ ​also​ ​need​ ​a​ ​place​ ​to​ ​stay.​ ​If​ ​you have​ ​an​ ​extra​ ​room,​ ​detached​ ​unit,​ ​or​ ​vacation​ ​home​ ​available,​ ​consider​ ​making​ ​it available​ ​to​ ​guests​ ​on​ ​Airbnb​ ​during​ ​the​ ​holiday​ ​season,​ ​and​ ​maybe​ ​give​ ​yourself​ ​the gift​ ​of​ ​a​ ​budget​ ​boost.

Potential ​ earnings​

Your ​ first​ ​ question​ ​ is​ ​ probably​ ​ ​how ​ much​​ could​ ​ you​ ​ make​ ​ hosting​ ​ ​on ​ Airbnb.​​ They provide ​ a​ ​ tool​ ​ that​ ​ helps​ ​ estimate​ ​ what​ ​ you​ ​ might​ ​ ​earn​ based​ ​ on​ ​ other​ ​ listings​ ​ in​ ​ your​ area. ​ Airbnb​ ​ makes​ ​ the​ ​ payment​ ​ ​process ​ simple,​​ too.​ ​ Guests​ ​are​ ​charged​ ​when​ ​a reservation​ ​is​ ​made,​ ​and​ ​funds​ ​are​ ​typically​ ​released​ ​to​ ​hosts​ ​24​ ​hours​ ​after​ ​check-in. How​ ​you’re​ ​paid​ ​is​ ​up​ ​to​ ​you:​ ​You​ ​can​ ​set​ ​up​ ​direct​ ​deposit,​ ​PayPal,​ ​or​ a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​other options​.​ Creating ​ a​ ​ listing​ ​ is​ ​ always​ ​ free.​

Time​ ​commitment

The ​ holidays​ ​ can​ ​ be​ ​ busy,​ ​ but​ ​ hosting​ ​ on​ ​ Airbnb​ ​ doesn’t​ ​ have​ ​ to​ ​ be​ ​​a ​ full-time​ ​ job.​ ​ The​ online​ process​ ​ to​ ​ create​ ​ ​a ​ ​listing ​ is​ ​ straightforward—you​ ​ write​ ​ descriptions​ ​ of​​ your​ space, ​ upload​ ​ photos,​ ​ and​ ​ mark​ ​ dates​​ your​ ​ space​ ​ is​​ ​available ​ to​ ​ travelers.​​ You​ ​ can​​ also​ access ​ your​ ​ account,​ ​ and​ ​ communicate​ ​ with​ ​ ​your ​ guests,​​ via​ ​ the​ ​ mobile​ ​ ​app.

As ​ a​ ​ host,​ ​ you​ ​ can​ ​ be​ ​ as​ ​ hands-on,​ ​ or​​ as​ ​ hands-off,​ ​ as​ ​ you​ ​ want,​​ ranging​ ​ from​​ meeting​ guests ​ at​ ​ the​ ​ airport​ ​ to​ ​ ​directing ​ them​​ to​ ​ your​ ​ hide-a-key​ ​ to​ ​ ​check ​ themselves​ ​ in.​ Whatever ​ style​ ​ you’re​ ​ comfortable​ ​ with​ ​ is​​ up​ ​ to​ ​ you.​​ ​Many ​ hosts​ ​ charge​​ a​ ​ cleaning​​ fee​ to ​ cover​ ​ the​ ​ cost​ ​ of​ ​ a​ ​ cleaning​ ​ service,​ ​ so​​ they​ ​ don’t​ ​ have​ ​ to​ ​ launder​​ the​ ​ linens​​ and​ mop ​ the​ ​ floors​ ​ after​ ​ each​ ​ guest’s​ ​ stay.​

If ​ you​ ​ want​ ​ to​ ​ rent​ ​ your​ ​ ​space ​ ​but ​ just​ ​ ​don’t ​ feel​​ like​​ you​ ​ have​ ​ any​ ​ time​ ​ at​ ​ all,​ ​ consider a ​ co-host​ ,​ ​ which​ ​ is​ ​ ​a ​ fellow​​ host​​ on​ ​ Airbnb​ ​ who​ ​ will​ ​ take​ ​ care​ ​ of​ ​ hosting​ ​ duties​ ​ on​​ your​ behalf, ​ in​ ​ exchange​ ​ for​ ​ about​ ​ 10​ %–20% ​ of​ ​ booking​​ earnings.​

Host ​ support​

Allowing ​ strangers​ ​ into​ ​ your​ ​ home​ ​ might​ ​ feel​ ​ a​ ​ little​ ​ ​strange​ or​ ​ scary.​ ​ You​ ​ can​ ​ get​ ​ a​ sense ​ of​ ​ what​ ​ to​ ​ expect​ ​ by​ ​ ​visiting ​ ​Airbnb’s ​ Community ​ Center​ ​ where​ ​ experienced,​ successful ​ hosts​ ​ share​ ​ their​ ​ own​ ​ ​stories ​ and​​ can​ ​ answer​ ​ your​ ​ questions.​ ​ ​Also ​ visit​ ​ the​ Airbnb ​ blog​ ​ for​ ​ insights​ ​ on​ ​ getting​ ​ ​the ​ ​most ​ from​​ ​your ​ available​ ​ space.​

If ​ you’re​ ​ nervous​ ​ about​ ​ the​ ​ ​safety ​ of​​ your​ ​ home​ ​ and​ ​ belongings,​ ​ ​Airbnb’s ​ got​ ​ your​ back:​ ​ In​ ​the​ ​rare​ ​event​ ​an​ ​accident​ ​happens,​ ​our​ host​ ​guarantee​ ​may​ ​cover​ ​your​ ​property up​ ​to​ ​a​ ​million​ ​dollars​ ​per​ ​stay—it’s​ ​peace​ ​of​ ​mind​ ​for​ ​you​ ​at​ ​no​ ​extra​ ​charge.​ ​And​ ​as​ ​for the​ ​folks​ ​staying​ ​at​ ​your​ ​place,​ ​ever​yone​ ​who​ ​travels​ ​on​ ​Airbnb​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​submit​ ​a​ ​profile photo​ ​and​ ​confirmed​ ​phone​ ​number​ ​and​ ​email​ ​address.​ ​For​ ​extra​ ​assurance,​ ​you​ ​can also​ ​require​ ​your​ ​guests​ ​to​ ​submit​ ​a​ ​government-issued​ ​ID.

Getting ​ started​

Visit ​ the​ ​ Airbnb​ ​ host​ ​ site​ ​ ​to ​ explore​​ resources,​ ​ learn​ ​ about​ ​ host​ ​ expectations,​ ​ ​and create ​ your​ ​ listing.​ ​ Start​ ​ hosting​ ​ now​ ​ and​ ​ ​earn ​ some​ ​ extra​ ​ cash​ ​ to​ ​ give​ ​ your​ ​ holidays​ some ​ extra​ ​ jingle!​

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