Using Airbnb to Earn Money With Your Extra Space

Are you one of those practical folks who like to earn money on your things that are just “sitting there”? Do you have an extra room in your home or a basement that isn't being used? Would you be comfortable listing that space for other people to use, even for short periods of time? Then maybe you should check out Airbnb.

What is Airbnb?

Airbnb is a site where people from almost 200 countries log in to find places to list their space.

The reasons for wanting to list their space is as varied as the individuals themselves. Some are world travelers who are gone from home more than at home. Some are artists or performers who need to travel with their work. Then there are those retirees who like to live part of the year in a different climate.

These individuals also don't mind making the extra cash by offering their places out and in doing so are what Airbnb refers to as “hosts”.

The hosts aren't just limited to listing out traditional spaces such as houses, but are also allowed to list apartments, entire Bed & Breakfasts, log cabins, yachts, castles, caves, igloos, and teepees. Imagine what an exciting stay that could make for someone!

Not only do travelers like the adventure of staying in some of these types of places, but they also feel less that they are living out of a suitcase and more like they are connecting to their surroundings. A family can also host them and even help them navigate the area.

When Airbnb was first founded it was used mostly by budget-conscious tourists. Then companies began to realize that they could also save money on travel expenses for their business travelers.

What Benefits Does Airbnb Provide to Travelers and Hosts?

Airbnb's website provides travelers with information on how to get the most out of their stay. It also provides hosts with a “getting started” guide and other information on how to list their properties on the Help page.

There are also tips on using photographs and keywords to promote your property as well as tax information.

What Type of Information Do Hosts Have to Provide to Airbnb?

Before allowing you to host, Airbnb will need to verify your:

  • identity
  • bank account
  • location of residence
  • phone numbers
  • tax information

Airbnb also offers up to $1,000,000 in insurance protection for your property. This will insure you should your property become damaged, but you should still have some type of homeowner's insurance.

How Much Money Can You Earn Renting Out Your Space at Airbnb?

That will all depend on the space you list (residential home, yacht, Bed & Breakfast, etc.) as well as:

  • your location
  • the traveler's duration of stay
  • the amenities you provide (Wi-Fi, dishwasher, etc.)
  • the host language (English, French, Danish, Spanish, etc.)

But for many people, Airbnb is an excellent source of supplemental or even full-time income just depending on the factors listed above.

How Could an Interested Individual Sign Up at Airbnb?

You can sign up to become an Airbnb host here. Also, it wouldn't be a bad idea to go to your local zoning commissioner and get a copy of any and all county laws on parking or zoning.

Good luck!

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4 thoughts on “Using Airbnb to Earn Money With Your Extra Space”

  1. @Brenda – You can also try Upwork and various bidding sites to get started too. Then raise your rates as you receive feedback. It’s never easy to get started, but once you do get started things have a way of happening.

  2. Hi Anna, this a great post for people that own property!!! I’ve been applying to many jobs that you post on this blog for 6 months, and have interviewed but no one hires me. Now I’m thinking of trying transcription. Do you know of any easy no experience transcription jobs that I can start working today without passing tests and waiting to see if I get hired. I need to make at least $30 a day to help me pay my bills. Thanks

    • Hi Brenda, I’m so sorry you’re having trouble. There are plenty of transcription companies that don’t require experience, I have a list of them here – However I think even those do want to test you to make sure you type fast enough and can get the accuracy right.

      One place to check that has transcription work and might not require a test is Amazon mTurk. The pay isn’t great, but it might be a good way to practice transcription and get paid without having to take time to apply, test, and wait to hear back, etc.

      You can type “transcription” in the search box to find the transcription work.

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