Earn Extra Money During the Holidays

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, everyone 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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