A Successful Airbnb Host: Running an Airbnb listing and becoming an Airbnb host is relatively simple and relatively accessible to most of us… and anyone who has a spare room, residence, apartment or other such property is able to rent it out on the site. However, running a successful Airbnb and turning your listing into a successful and profitable business is a different kettle of fish altogether. There are millions of listings all over the world and it’s an incredibly competitive market, so you’ve got to do all you can to maximise your chances from the outset. Standing out from the crowd is essential, so it’s important that you highlight the special features of your listing and your location to help draw customers in. Make specific mention of the best activities and attractions in the local area and the kind of experiences that your guests are likely to have, as well as what makes your property particularly special. And, as we all know, first impressions count for a huge amount and you need to foster a sense of security with potential guests from the very beginning. Make sure that you’re quick to reply and pleasant when replying to all queries and questions so you can build an immediate rapport with your guests. This idea is something that you should extend to your actual property, as well. Your Airbnb reputation will live and die by the reviews you get, so even if you are lovely as a host, if your property isn’t up to scratch, isn’t as advertised and isn’t clean, tidy and hygienic, you’re sure to garner some bad reviews… and this in turn is sure to deter people in the future. It’s vital that you clean the property from top to bottom between guests so that it’s sparkling and fresh for newcomers. Of course, you can do this yourself but you may find that you’re pushed for time, especially if you have a different job and hosting is just a part-time endeavour. If this is the case, you may be better served by hiring an Airbnb cleaning service so you know the job will be done to a particularly high standard, without you having to worry about it. One of the quickest and most immediate ways to bring guests flocking through the doors, however, is to make sure that you’ve had beautifully taken photographs of your property. You want to show it off at its best, capturing its character and showcasing just what people can expect when they arrive. Over the years, the quality of Airbnb photos has definitely improved so this is also something you may want to consider having done professionally. This need only be a one-off cost, unless you change something with the property, but it’s sure to pay for itself sooner rather than later so certainly worth considering as an investment.