Start​ ​Your​ ​New​ ​Year’s​ ​Resolutions​ ​Early—Earn​ ​Extra​ ​Money​ ​on​ ​Airbnb

The ​ New​ ​ Year​ ​ is​ ​ a​ ​ good​ ​ time​ ​ make​ ​ resolutions​ ​ ​that​ could​ ​ help​ ​ you​ ​ break​ ​ bad​ ​ habits​ and ​ make​ ​ positive​ ​ changes.​ ​ For​ ​ many,​ ​ ​positive ​ ​changes ​ include​ ​ ​saving ​ more​ ​ money.​ But ​ that​ ​ can​ ​ be​ ​ hard​ ​ if​​ your​ ​ budget​ ​ is​​ ​already ​ stretched.​ ​ How​​ about​ ​earning​ ​ more​ money? ​ If​ ​ you​ ​ have​ ​ extra​ ​ space​ ​​in ​ ​your ​ home,​ ​ ​such ​ as​​ ​a ​ room​ ​​or ​ ​detached ​ unit,​ ​ or​​ a​ vacation ​ home,​ ​ you​ ​ may​ ​ be​ ​ able​ ​ to​ ​ list it ​​on ​ Airbnb​ ​ to​ ​ earn​ ​ extra​ ​ cash.​ ​ As​​ an​

Airbnb ​ host,​ ​ you​ ​ make​ ​ space​ ​ available​ ​ ​to ​ guests​​ who​ ​ pay​ ​ to​ ​ ​stay.

Potential ​ earnings​

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 ​ 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​ ​ via​ ​ the​ ​ mobile​ ​ app,​ ​ ​so​ if​ ​ you’re​ ​ out​ ​ running​ ​ around,​ ​ you​ can ​ still​​ ​easily ​ stay​ ​ in​ ​ touch​ ​ with​ ​ ​your ​ ​guests.

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​ ​ list ​ your​ ​ space​ ​but​ ​ just​ ​ don’t​ ​ feel​ ​ like​ ​ you​ ​ have​ ​ the​ ​ 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 ​ the​​ Airbnb​ ​ Community ​ ​Center ​ where​ ​ ​experienced, successful ​ hosts​ ​ tell​ ​ 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​ ​ maybe​ ​ earn​ ​ ​some​ extra​ ​ cash​ ​ on​ ​ the​ ​ side​ ​ so​ that ​ you​ ​ can​ ​ check​ ​ off​ ​ at​​ least​ ​ one​ ​ New​​ ​Year’s ​ resolution​ ​ that​​ you​ ​ won’t​ ​ break.​

Get started​ ​ hosting​ ​ on​ ​ Airbnb