A new Airbnb or short-term rental business will generate social capital and, of course, money capital — all without requiring any upfront investment on your part. There are several paths to success with Airbnb and maximizing the benefits of property management, and they all begin with submitting your first listing.
Here’s a step-by-step guide that will walk you through the entire process of creating and improving your first listing. There’s no need to be concerned; the difficult part is creating your listing. With mainly hands-off account management, you can hand us the keys after the listing is finalized and published, and we’ll drive your Airbnb listing towards more bookings.
The First Steps
First and foremost, go to airbnb.com and click ‘add the listing’ in the top right corner of the homepage. You’ll be sent a form where you’ll be asked to fill in the most basic details about your location. It’s worth noting that you can only complete this initial form after you’ve created an account, so it’s probably best to sign up (or login) first. You will be required to provide your information if you have not yet signed up or registered.
Home Type: There are three alternatives here: the complete house, a private room, or a shared room. Choose the option that most accurately represents the property you’re in charge of. This is one of the most significant distinctions.
Several guests: Use this option to select the maximum number of persons who can fit comfortably in your listing. For the time being, estimate how many people you can accommodate if each person has their bed, couch bed, or inflatable mattress, assuming the sleeping arrangements are as comfortable as you would expect if you were the visitor. Finally, from the drop-down list, select the appropriate number.
When you start typing your city’s name, Airbnb will immediately recommend all relevant matches. Make the best decision possible.
Based on your listing type, guest capacity, and location, Airbnb will give you an estimate of how much you can make every month.
Continue to the next section of Step 1 by pressing the ‘Continue’ button.
You’ll be asked to submit additional precise information about your listing here. To begin, choose the most appropriate description of your property type from a list that includes an Apartment, House, Secondary unit, Unique space, Bed and Breakfast, and Boutique hotel. You’ll need to choose a more descriptive description from a second drop-down option after you’ve picked your listing type. If you’ve designated your offering as a ‘Unique space,’ for example, you’ll need to describe whether it’s a barn, an igloo, a tent, or one of several other possibilities. A new menu will display for you to fill out based on your pick.
As time goes on, you’ll add more details to your listing, such as the number of beds and bathrooms, the specific address, and the amenities you give.
If an incorrect listing secures a booking, you won’t be able to update the listing’s flawed criteria without first sending the guest an alteration request. This could cost you a reservation and cause you to waste time. So, pay attention to the contents of your listing because even a minor mistake can have a significant influence.