Did COVID-19 put a halt to your short-term rental (STR) business? If so, you may need to restructure your Airbnb portfolio and pivot to a new business model. A business model that will stand the test of time.
Ryan Anderson is the Founder and CEO at Sojourn, an upscale STR venture that had grown to 200 active units in the US, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Colombia—until the Coronavirus pandemic devastated his business. A serial entrepreneur with a background in finance, Ryan has founded companies in the technology, craft beer and hospitality space, and today, he is downsizing his portfolio and developing a new approach to the STR business.
On this episode of Get Paid for Your Pad, Ryan joins me explain why he is shifting away from the master lease Airbnb model and pivoting to an owner-operator paradigm. He shares the most important lessons he has learned through the Coronavirus crisis, describing how he plans to grow slower and wiser in the future. Listen in for Ryan’s insight on building a brand that reflects who you are as a person and get ideas for developing a STR business model that is sustainable for the long term.
An overview of Ryan’s business pre-COVID
What Ryan’s STR business looks like now
Ryan’s predictions around the future of the master lease model
The most important lessons Ryan has learned from the crisis
Why Ryan had expanded to so many different markets
What Ryan would do differently if he could go back
The challenge of negotiating with landlords in a global pandemic
Ryan’s best advice for aspiring STR entrepreneurs