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Ultimate Guide to Providing Broadband Internet in Your Airbnb Property

Airbnb has been a revolution for the hospitality industry. With regular homeowners able to list properties for temporary lets, the platform has been a boom with modern […]
August 4, 2021

From Hectic Host to Millionaire Manager

Airbnb hosts pay attention...there's a brand new online event coming up called From Hectic Host to Millionaire Manager. This FREE event will take place on Thursday August […]
February 3, 2021

Work in Paradise: Airbnb Trends Towards Remote Workers in 2021

It's no secret that remote work has increased dramatically this year. This has caused one of the biggest Airbnb trends of the year – catering to […]
January 27, 2021

How To Setup Your Digital Airbnb Guidebook In 2021

Guests have more questions now than ever.  If you've traveled recently, you've probably had a few questions yourself. You're wondering if the Google hours at the […]
January 20, 2021

9 Lessons To Help You Grow Your Airbnb Business in 2021

2020 was a roller coaster ride for short-term rental hosts. So, what did Airbnb hosts that stuck it out learn in 2020? And how can we […]
January 6, 2021

Prevent House Parties at Your Airbnb: Tips for 2021

With all the social restrictions in place right now, people are itching for ways to let go.   If you’re an Airbnb host, a house full […]
December 30, 2020

How to Make Your Airbnb Pet Friendly and Increase Revenue up to 25%

Have you considered making your Airbnb pet friendly? Many people are traveling closer to home with new restrictions. This means they are bringing the whole family, […]
December 22, 2020

Airbnb Demand Drivers Every Host Should Know in 2021

Keep the same price on your short-term rental every day? Knowing these 3 Airbnb Demand Drivers could increase your revenue by 40% or more. Seriously.  Back […]
December 16, 2020

Cohosting on Airbnb: Lessons From a Legend

A lot of people ask me about how to get started cohosting on Airbnb.   So, on this week’s episode of Get Paid For Your Pad, […]
December 10, 2020

Investing in Short Term Rentals : Lessons From a Legend

I’ve been getting a ton of questions from you guys about investing in short term rentals,  and how to start growing your business.  So,  this month […]
November 15, 2020

7 Profitable Ways To Grow Your Direct Booking Website

Author: Keiran Griffiths | CMO Lifty Life Vacation Rentals Many short term rental operators are looking to improve their online visibility, rely less on the large […]
August 31, 2020

The New Traveler Persona: How to Stay Relevant to Your Target Market in 2020

The past few months mark an inflection point for the short-term rental industry. The world has changed, and so have traveler behaviors and expectations. There’s a new […]

So, you don’t quite make enough money to support yourself as a short-term rental host. But you know you need to spend more time on the business if you want to grow. Do you wait and try to save more money? Or do you take a leap of faith, quit your job and go all-in on Airbnb?

Sergio Castaneda is a part of our Legends X community and the founder of Jungle House, a short-term rental company out of Columbus, Ohio. Sergio was running two successful Airbnb units on the side while he worked full-time. But after a particularly stressful week on the job, Sergio quit to run his STR business full time. Today, he supports himself fully with the revenue from four listings and Jungle House was recently named one of the top 18 vacation rentals in Columbus.

On this episode of Get Paid for Your Pad, Sergio joins me to explain why he quit his job to go all-in on Airbnb, describing how it felt to walk away from his 9-to-5 and what the transition to full-time host looks like. He offers advice on how to attract bookings, challenging us to tell a story through photos and build trust with prospective guests in our listing. Listen in for Sergio’s insight on increasing your STR revenue and find out what he has planned for the future of Jungle House!

Topics Covered

What inspired Sergio’s interest in Airbnb

  • Passion for real estate and hospitality
  • Way to give back to travel industry

How Sergio got his start in short-term rentals

  • Lease small studio for test run
  • Use money to buy first home
  • Rent spare bedroom to cover mortgage

How Sergio felt about quitting his job

  • Confident (other STR units doing well)
  • Didn’t want to look back with regret

Sergio’s advice on how to attract bookings

  • Invest in professional photos
  • Tell story with pictures
  • Brag about listing in description
  • Build trust with About Me

What Sergio does to increase his revenue

  • Use dynamic pricing tools
  • Offer late checkout, early check-in

Sergio’s plans for the future of Jungle House

  • Create systems that don’t need me
  • Focus on brand and growing company
  • Partner with likeminded investors
  • Add units (some in other locations)

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June 28, 2021

How Sergio Quit His Job to Go All-In on Airbnb (Ep389)

So, you don’t quite make enough money to support yourself as a short-term rental host. But you know you need to spend more time on the […]