Founded in August 2008 by two californian designers, located in San Francisco, Airbnb enables homeowners to rent partially or totally their home for short periods. The company website proposes a platform to connect the homeowners who provide a vacation rental and the prospective guests who seek their next holidays rental.
From its very first steps, on October 2007, initially named AirBed&Breakfast, the company offers short-term rentals for some parts of flats breakfast included to guests without rooms because of the hotel market saturation during some famous events.
Some illustrative figures : over 1,5 millions of ads in more than 34000 cities located in 191 countries. From November 2016, Brian Chesky, one of the founding member, presented new paying benefits for guests : to have the possibility to share social life, work and interests with their host and get some interesting addresses from expert guides.
Then, why to become a Air bnb host ? To earn money. Whatever home or room you have to rent, Airbnb makes your rental easy and safe. You keep the control over your availability, rules and the level of interaction with your guests. In addition to that, be aware your home and your belongings are covered with $1M USD for every booking in property damage protection and covered with $1M USD in insurance against accidents.
If you are not convinced yet, just use the simulation tool on the company website to see how much money you may earn with Airbnb regarding your settings (space, number of guests...).
Now, how could you become a host ? Nothing could be easier :
• list your space for free
• decide your availibility, prices, requirements for guests
• welcome your first guest and do not hesitate to use Airbnb tools and help. You may also read a lot of guests stories which give you ideas to succeed in and enjoy your host experience.
And you do not feel alone anymore thanks to the Airbnb global communauty to be connected with other guests and start online conversations divided in various discussion rooms : Airbnb Updates (news, announcement and products updates), hosting (to share your experience and ideas with other guests), help (every help you need to succeed in your host experience), tips&tutorials (amazing guides created by hosts), interests ( talk about your interests), Airbnb Open (details about the next Airbnb Hosting festival), host newsletter (monthly newsletter).
Finally, you may earn more money by sharing your passion or your expertise with your host.