Bootstrapping: 4 Tips For Dealing With Airbnb Guests

At the end of the day, you do what you have to do, but if you’re strategic about it, you can make it work.

1. You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune 

Buying a house isn’t cheap. Find every piece of furniture for free on Craigslist. Wait patiently to find good-quality free furniture. The lesson: Don’t feel pressured to have everything perfect. You can start simple and grow with your business.

2. Expect the Unexpected

Some guests are really cool, but some not so much.People have broken pool tiles, overloaded washing machines and left Jolly Ranchers in carpets. Every guest is different, so you have to be prepared. Always have backup linens, don’t take on too much at once, and leave yourself a buffer between guests to make hosting easier and more predictable.

3. Expect to Clean It Yourself

No one will work around your schedule. They want to come at the same time every week and ask for $150 to clean, plus even more for laundry. So you have to clean it yourself. 

4. Make a Plan

Airbnb is never a long-term plan.