Managing an Airbnb rental is tough work. As a host, you are responsible for a myriad of tasks ranging from managing bookings and your listing, greeting guests, restocking your rental, and maybe even cleaning. You may have considered hiring a co-host, but you probably don’t know where to start. Keep reading for tips on how to find a responsible, reliable co-host to assist you with your Airbnb business.
How to Find an Airbnb Co-Host to Help Manage Your Airbnb
There are several ways to find a co-host for your Airbnb. Many hosts start by posting an inquiry in the Airbnb Community Center to see if any co-hosts are interested in a position. If that doesn’t work, several third-party websites are available that a host can use to link up with potential co-hosts.
What Are You Looking for in a Co-Host?
Before finding a co-host, you should have an idea of the type of co-host you are looking for and what tasks they will be taking on for you. Some hosts want a co-host who lives locally so they can take over in-person responsibilities that include:
- Greeting guests at check-in
- Being available to guests for issues or questions during their stay
- Restocking supplies
- Cleaning and laundry
Other hosts want a co-host who can handle the virtual side of Airbnb. These tasks include:
- Keeping the listing up to date
- Managing the calendar
- Collecting payment
- Scheduling cleaning and maintenance services
- Responding to guest questions and messages
If a host wants a co-host to do virtual work, they have a much larger market of potential co-hosts to choose from because the co-host does not have to live locally.
Using the Airbnb Community Center to Find a Co-Host
The Airbnb Community Center is a great resource for hosts, and you can find answers to common questions and advice from other hosts. You can also post questions, like an inquiry for a co-host.
To find the Airbnb Community Center, follow these steps:
- Go to the Airbnb homepage and scroll to the very bottom. You will see options like Support, Community, Hosting, and About. Under Hosting, click “Visit our community forum.”
2. You will be redirected to the community forum, where you have the option to search topics using the search bar at the top of the page. Try entering: “find a co-host.”
3. You can also click “start a conversation” at the bottom of the page to begin your own message thread on the forum.
4. Enter a heading to start your own conversation, then fill out details. You can try a header like “Looking for a Co-Host in San Francisco” and then provide details about what kind of co-host you are searching for.
The Airbnb community forum is a great place to start when searching for a co-host for your Airbnb.
Use a Co-Host Website
As co-hosting has become more popular, several companies have developed websites that link Airbnb hosts with potential co-hosts. On these sites, both hosts and co-hosts register and create profiles. Potential co-hosts will list their location and the services they offer like:
- Calendar management
- Greeting guests at check-in
- Cleaning services
- Listing write-ups and advertising
- Collecting payment
Hosts can search for co-hosts in their area, or they can search based on the services that a co-host offers.
Some websites that are available to use include:
- Airhosts Forum
Are you thinking about becoming an Airbnb co-host? This is a great opportunity for someone interested in hosting an Airbnb but doesn’t own their own property. For tips on how to become an Airbnb co-host, check out our article about common co-host questions.
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How Do I Add a Co-Host to My Airbnb Profile?
Once you have found the perfect co-host, you need to add them to your Airbnb profile. This will update your listing to include your co-host’s name and Airbnb profile. This way, if your co-host is in charge of check-in or communicating with guests, your guests will know that this person works with you.
To add a co-host to your Airbnb, follow these steps:
- Log into your Airbnb profile and navigate to your listings
- Click “Co-hosts” and then click “Invite a friend.”
- Enter your co-hosts email address and click send.
This will send an invitation to your co-host to join your page. Airbnb allows up to three co-hosts per listing in case you hire more than one person to assist in managing your Airbnb. If you do plan on using a co-host, make sure you review Airbnb’s “Co-Host Terms of Service.”
Final Thoughts on Finding a Co-Host
Using a co-host to help run your Airbnb is a great idea if you have multiple listings, live far away from your rental property, or just need an extra set of hands for the day-to-day operations. There is no shortage of people willing to co-host; you just need to know where to look. Start with Airbnb’s community forum and then try a co-host website. You are sure to find the perfect person to help you manage your Airbnb rental.