August 8, 2019
The Airbnb Story

The Airbnb Founder Story: From Selling Cereals To A $25B Company

The Airbnb founder story is one of the most inspiring stories of the 21st century. Against all odds, with no investors and thousands of dollars of […]
August 6, 2019
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Automated Guest Communication (+ Messaging Templates)

If you’re a short-term rental operator and you aren’t automating your Airbnb guest communication, it’s time to change. You do not need to spend cumulative days […]
April 29, 2019
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Best Airbnb Descriptions For The COVID-19 Era Traveler

The Airbnb description you had before February probably no longer applies. The main reason is that your guest avatar has changed. While people were going on […]
April 18, 2019
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Why I bought a studio condo in Bang Saray, Thailand

In 2012 I started my Airbnb journey by renting out my apartment in Amsterdam. It changed my life. It provided me with enough income to travel […]
December 18, 2018

Why I bought a property on Carabao island in The Philippines

In 2012 I started my Airbnb journey by renting out my apartment in Amsterdam. It changed my life. It provided me with enough income to travel […]
November 1, 2017
Airbnb liability insurance

Airbnb Liability Insurance: What Every Host Should Know

Most hosts do not have Airbnb liability insurance. It's one of those things that get overlooked. Truth be told, I've never had it either. It's boring, […]
February 9, 2017
Airbnb Investing Cali Colombia

Why I Bought a Penthouse in Cali, Colombia, to Rent on Airbnb

After I arrived in Cali, the third largest city in Colombia with almost 2.5 million inhabitants, it only took me a few days to realize the […]
December 3, 2016
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Payfully: Get Paid Today For Your Future Airbnb Reservations

***APRIL 2018 UPDATE: Payfully no longer caters to vacation rental and Airbnb hosts*** Payfully is a new app that enables Airbnb hosts receive their money in […]
September 21, 2016

Avoid Airbnb Nightmares – The 5 Surprising Things Airbnb Hosts Forget Doing

Data and feedback help product designers improve their customer's’ experience. The same goes for how you can shape your experience as a host and your guests’ […]
August 17, 2016

Airbnb Alternatives: Tools for Airbnb Hosts to Fill Vacancies

This is a guest contribution by Glenn Carter, founder of The Casual Capitalist. Glenn always advises hosts to use Airbnb alternatives and not be dependent on […]
May 26, 2016

Don’t just go there, live there!

In response to Airbnb’s recent Live There campaign, John Bower explains how to build a local travel guide to share with your guests. Over the past […]
July 10, 2015

How HonorTab Lets You Provide Premium Services to Your Guests

Edit 2020: This content has been labeled out of date. Unfortunately, Honortab stopped providing their service.  There is an awkward gap in AirBnB hosting, where hosts want […]

Don’t think you need a vision for your Airbnb business?

If you’re trying to grow a short-term rental company, but you haven’t given any thought to what you want the business to look like, you’re likely to get caught in the trap of trying to please everyone. 

And in trying to please everyone, you please no one—least of all yourself!

On this episode of Get Paid for Your Pad, Eric and I sit down to discuss why you need a vision for your Airbnb business, explaining how it guides the systems you build and helps you stand out in the marketplace. 

We explain how a clear vision helps you attract the right team members, challenging you to get clear on your core values and invite your employees to hold you accountable. 

Listen in to understand how having a vision benefits even hosts with one or two listings and learn what questions to ask yourself as you build out the vision for your STR business!

Topics Covered

How to create the right conditions to build your vision

  • Get out of day-to-day routine
  • Eliminate distractions for clarity of mind

Why vision is so important to an Airbnb business

  • Understand what systems and team to build
  • Helps see problems as opportunities
  • Attracts right people to business
  • Gives confidence to keep taking action
  • Cultivates patience when results take time
  • Makes business stand out in marketplace

How vision helps you attract the right team members

  • People who apply share core values
  • Hold accountable to drive vision forward

Questions to ask as you build the vision for your business

  • What are our core values?
  • What STR business model do we want to use?
  • Who do we want to serve as guests?
  • What is our long-term goal for the business?

How having a clear vision helps hosts with 1 or 2 units

  • Design space to meet needs of target guest
  • Charge more for premium experience


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September 10, 2021

Why You Need a Vision for Your Airbnb Business (Ep406)

 Don’t think you need a vision for your Airbnb business? If you’re trying to grow a short-term rental company, but you haven’t given any thought to what […]
September 6, 2021

Green Cleaning and Chemical-Free Airbnbs—with Katrina Papé (Ep405)

 Imagine having chemical sensitivities to the cleaning products used in most short-term rentals and knowing that every time you travel, you are likely to get sick. Katrina […]
September 3, 2021

The Future Of Short-Term Rentals (Ep404)

As we look to predict the future of short-term rentals, it’s useful to look at industry trends. And one statistic that jumped out at me is […]
August 30, 2021

How to Leverage Experiential Design to Stand Out on Airbnb—with Kate Shaw & Betsy Moyer (Ep403)

So, you’re an Airbnb host in a saturated market. The investment blogs said it would be easy to build a thriving short-term rental business in your […]
August 27, 2021

What we’re learning from buying our next Airbnb property (Ep402)

 Many STR hosts have dreams of turning their Airbnb business into a real estate investing company. But what does it look like to buy a property […]
August 23, 2021

Tips for Hosting Families with Pets on Airbnb—with Rachel Gainsbrugh (Ep401)

Savvy short-term rental hosts have pivoted in the last 18 months, shifting their business model to provide family-friendly accommodations that welcome kids and pets for long-term […]
August 16, 2021

Leveraging Airbnbs for Your Real Estate Business -with Cynthia Tant (Ep399)

 Not only is airbnb used for vacation rentals, many use airbnb to get a better feel of a city when looking into buying or investing there. What […]
August 13, 2021

Legends X Accelerator Program Open For Applications (Ep398)

  Only 4% of people who buy an online course actually implement the information and get results. But in our STR Legends X Accelerator, we have a […]
August 9, 2021

Julie George’s Takeaways from Coaching 52 Airbnb Hosts Through Legends (Ep397)

 In the Legends X program, we help students transition from hectic Airbnb host to millionaire short-term rental manager. And in the process, we coaches learn just […]
August 6, 2021

From Hectic Host to Millionaire Manager (Ep396)

Are you cleaning your own short-term rental units? Responding to guest messages at all hours? Do you have to say no to opportunities to add units […]
August 2, 2021

How to Acquire Land and Build Your Own Unique STR Structures (Ep395)

 The future of travel is in unique experiences. And the more Instagrammable your short-term rental listing, the more likely you are to succeed in the long […]
July 30, 2021

Roadmap to Go from Hectic Host to Legend (Ep394)

 So, your Airbnb side hustle has turned into a full-time job.  You’d like to scale the operation and run a true hospitality company, but at the moment, […]
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