In today's podcast episode I chat with Daniel Parker, founder of AirManaged, a short term rental management company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Daniel had a difficult time finding a good management company to manage his own Airbnb units so he decided to start his own. His company now manages over 100 units.
One of the main challenges for Daniel (and any other business owner for that matter) was how to find new clients. His first clients mainly came from his own personal network and by talking to as many people as possible. In addition he used SEO strategies, paid advertising on Google as well as reaching out to property owners who advertised on classified adds websites. After he built a solid client base, most of the new leads came from referrals from his existing customers.
Managing over 100 units on multiple platforms can get quite complicated. Daniel uses the following four tools to run his business smoothly and efficiently:
*iGMS: to manage his units on Airbnb, in particular sending automated messages and creating automated reviews
*Hostaway: to export his Airbnb listings to other platforms like Booking.com
*Properly: to schedule cleanings and provide turn over instructions to his team
*Pricelabs: to automatically set optimal prices for all his listings