Airbnb Co-Host: Beginner’s Guide

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By The Hospitable.com Team

Running an Airbnb property is time-consuming, and in today’s busy world, it’s pretty natural that some hosts are low on time. Sometimes, you as a host may need help, and that’s where the use of an Airbnb co-host comes in. 

Co-hosts help Airbnb listing owners take care of their rental property and guests. They’re often a family member, neighbor, trusted friend, or someone the host has hired to help with the listing.

How to Add a Co-Host on Airbnb

Adding co-hosts is a simple way to allow someone to help you with some of the hosting responsibilities from their account. You don’t need to give them access to your personal Airbnb account, personal details, or payment information.

Wondering how to add a co-host on Airbnb and let them handle most of your STR business? Just follow these steps when you are using a desktop.

  • Once you are in your Airbnb hosting dashboard, go to Listings in the top menu.
  • Select the listing you want to update and add a co-host to.
  • Click Co-hosts and then click the Invite a friend button.
  • Enter their email address and click Invite.

You can add up to three co-hosts per listing. Just make sure that your listing is live before you try to add them. And as a listing owner, you can remove a co-host at any time.

It’s completely up to you and your co-host when it comes to dividing the responsibilities and profits. And you’ll also need to agree on how you’ll reimburse the co-host for expenses.

How to Become an Airbnb Co-Host

Want to be a part of short-term rental business but don’t have a property? The most popular approaches are doing rental arbitrage and becoming an Airbnb co-host.  Co-hosting requires a lot of work, as you would handle guest communication, manage listings on multiple platforms, manage your cleaning and maintenance team.

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Hospitable.com offers a comprehensive solution for co-hosts and property managers.

But how to become an Airbnb co-host? There are some important steps you shouldn’t skip.

Research the platform to get a good understanding of how it works. You’ll need to learn many things about managing listings, messaging with guests, updating calendar and pricing, dealing with Airbnb support, and even running promotions.

Our guide with tips for novice hosts is an excellent place to learn how to become a successful host.

Create a resume to show a prospective employer that you have relevant knowledge and skills to manage STR property on Airbnb. If you have previous host experience, make sure to include the URL of the listing you have managed and explain in detail what tasks you have performed.

If you get hired, the owner of an Airbnb account will add you as a co-host. We have already explained how to add a co-host on Airbnb. You’ll receive an invitation to your email, and once you accept it, you’ll become an Airbnb co-host. You’ll be able to manage the listing from your personal Airbnb co-host account.

Airbnb Co-Host Agreement

Airbnb requires a co-host to sign the Terms of Service policy, but hosts and co-hosts can also write up their own specific agreement. It’s important to make sure that all terms and expectations are clearly stated.

Hosts and co-hosts need to determine hosting responsibilities and be clear about who does what, specify co-hosts’ earnings, and decide how the co-hosts will be reimbursed.

You can opt to use or alter a pre-made Airbnb co-host agreement (it’s possible to find templates on hosting forums). And you can also hire a lawyer to draw up an agreement for you.

Airbnb Co-Host Fee

So how much does an Airbnb co-host make? Honestly, there is no set amount. Airbnb co-host fees can vary significantly based on their responsibilities, the size of the property, and where they are located.

On average, Airbnb co-hosts charge 10-20% of the nightly rate without cleaning the rental property. So, for example, if you co-host an Airbnb that earns $30,000 per year, you can expect to earn roughly $3,000-$6,000.

But if you’re supposed to take care of everything from check-in and check-out to managing guest experience and cleaning, you could charge up to 25%.

Some co-hosts may receive a flat fee each month that both parties agree upon. And some co-hosts charge an additional cleaning fee if they clean the property after each guest.

It’s up to you to enter into an Airbnb co-host agreement with the primary host for a fair price because the duties you perform as a co-host will determine your potential earnings. The more you do, the more you earn.

Airbnb Co-Host Responsibilities

What do Airbnb co-hosts do? They can help a listing owner with all aspects of vacation rental property management, including caring for the space and the guests.

Here are some of the main Airbnb co-host responsibilities that you may be expected to perform on behalf of the host:

  • Manage the listing
  • Update calendar and pricing
  • Handle reservations
  • Message with guests
  • Get the space guest-ready
  • Welcome guests in person
  • Help guests during their stay
  • Write reviews
  • Get support from Airbnb
  • Coordinate cleaning and maintenance
  • Restock essential supplies

Co-hosts who value their time can use automation for managing their listings and ensure personalized communication with guests.

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Is there anything Airbnb co-hosts can’t do? Yes, there are a few restrictions. Co-hosts can’t access the listing owner’s payout or taxpayer information. Besides, they can’t review the host’s activity when they travel on Airbnb as a guest.

How to Make Airbnb Co-hosting More Efficient?

I think you would guess the correct answer already by now. Use Hospitable.com to automate your routine and free up dozens of hours every month. More specifically, our team management feature can substitute or enhance Airbnb co-hosting. These are the most common scenarios our users follow.

1. Create an additional manager account on Hospitable.com

If you are a property owner and want to delegate some of your tasks, you don’t need to create a co-hosting Airbnb account for your helper. Create a manager role on Hospitable.com instead and assign necessary access rights to your assistant.

2. Create an additional manager account on Hospitable.com for an existing co-host.

Let’s assume you have been using an Airbnb co-host for quite some time and just recently decided to use Hospitable.com for automation. You can easily grant your co-host a manager’s role on Hospitable.com. In this setup, you will allow your helper to use relevant tools on Hospitable while not bothering to make any changes in your Airbnb accounts.

3. Be the only Hospitable.com user as a co-host.

Let’s assume you are a professional co-host helping many property owners. If it’s the case, you already know all the benefits of using short-term rental automation software. You can use Hospitable.com for all of your clients’ properties through the same account. At the same time, property owners can but don’t have to create Hospitable.com accounts for themselves.

Final Thought

If you’re unable to keep up with numerous responsibilities as a host, hiring an Airbnb co-host is a great way to optimize the running of your vacation rental property and have more spare time.

Co-hosts will take on hosting responsibilities for your listing and offer extra support whenever you welcome guests to your place for a percentage of your rental income.

And being a co-host is one of the best ways to make more money without owning an Airbnb property. Working with multiple hosts in your community, you can build a successful Airbnb co-host business.

Automation is essential in making a short-term rental business efficient, whether you manage it alone or with a co-host. Download our guide about STR automation strategies to learn the best practices.

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