October’s been a busy month for us at hospitable, as we attended our first ever batch of events as sponsors! The first was the Vacation Rental World Summit in Lake Como, and the second was the VRMA International Conference.
The more bookings you get, the less free time you have.
You’re stuck in the old ‘time-for-money’ paradigm…
…and it sucks.
Luckily, however, there are ways (many in fact) that you can run a successful Airbnb business and even scale it up to multiple listings in a way that doesn’t impact your free time.
Never heard of a shortcode before?
Don’t worry, this article has got you covered.
Shortcodes are little snippets of code (unique to hospitable) that allow you to do some pretty nifty little things with your guest messaging on Airbnb.
When I started out, I felt honored that a group of strangers took a leap of faith in me by booking my home. I felt privileged to have the opportunity to host people in my home and get paid for it, on top!
Two years later, my attitude had changed. In short, I was experiencing a severe case of what is now commonly known as “Airbnb hosting fatigue” or an “Airbnb burnout.” And it’s totally normal.
Right, hospitable was originally made as a communications tool, but the data visualizations are extremely intuitive. The data is digestible and allows anyone to review key metrics at a very high level and then quickly identify areas that might deserve more attention.
In the summer we want summery things. In winter we want wintery things.
Department stores have long been taking advantage of this fact as they change the entire look and feel of their stores to position themselves inline with their customers purchasing decisions.
We can learn a thing or two from these high street stores and implement them into the way we compose our Airbnb listings to further resonate with potential guests looking to book.
Communicating effectively with guests improves the guest experience. This leads to better ratings and reviews, which are crucial to be successful as a short term rental host.
Bear with us for an actionable portion of advice to master your communication skills with guests.
Saying that engineering the new hospitable was intimidating would be an understatement. The original hospitable is loved by hosts all over the world, so threatening that stability is always a risk.
But, to improve the experience for our customers—as well as to ensure our ability to build the next generation of short-term rental management software—we had to bite the bullet and upgrade. All the things.
When I joined hospitable, I was quite thrilled. It’s not often one gets to work with a platform that’s so loved by its users.
From a technical point of view, the ultimate goal was to design a modular, consistent platform that can grow in time.
When you have back-to-back guests at your short-term rentals, it can be stressful to make sure your cleaners are at the ready at the right time. With hospitable, you can automatically notify your cleaners and avoid that stress altogether.
One of the ways short-term rental owners make extra income is by upselling. A host in Miami recently shared with us that they make at least $100 per month extra with almost no effort.
A useful feature of hospitable that might not be immediately obvious is that you can automatically ask your guests if they’d like to stay an extra night, or you can offer them a late check-out for a fee.