[How to Become an Airbnb Co-Host]: 7 Common Questions Answered
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Airbnb co-hosting helps listing owners take care of the responsibilities that come with renting out their place. We’ve done some research, and we thought you might want to know how to become an Airbnb co-host. Check out what we found!
So How can You Become an Airbnb Co-Host?
An Airbnb co-host is someone who is hired by an Airbnb host to manage a listing. First, the host must add the co-host to the Airbnb listing. Then, the Airbnb host and co-host must decide each person’s responsibilities. Then, when it comes to payment, they both agree on how to split the revenue and how the co-host will be reimbursed for any expenses incurred.
We’ve got you covered with 7 answers to the most commonly asked questions so that you can become an Airbnb co-host and make some cash!
1. What are Common Airbnb Co-Host Duties?
Co-hosts are allowed to do many of the same things that a listing owner can do. Below, we’ve listed some of the many responsibilities you could have as a co-host.
- General maintenance and cleaning. As a co-host, you can make sure that any damages are addressed so that the next guests have a comfortable stay. You can also clean the place yourself, or you can work with the cleaning crew to make sure the place is spotless before guests arrive.
- Re-stock necessary items. Coffee, sugar, shampoo, conditioner, soap… you get the idea. Anything that needs to be restocked after a booking.
- Help in times of trouble. As a co-host, you may be the person that your guests contact if there’s a problem. For example, you may need to help guests when if they lock themselves out, or if an appliance isn’t working.
- Check up on guests. Co-hosts can email guests with essential information, make sure they’re enjoying their stay, or coordinate their check-in or check-out times.
- Welcome guests. Some Airbnb listing owners prefer for their guests to be met in person. Co-hosts can serve as that friendly face for the weary traveler. You could show the guests around and answer any questions they may have.
- Manage many of the online aspects of the listing. As a co-host, you are allowed to create listings (upload photos of the place, write the description), manage reservations, and write reviews using your own co-host account. You can even update your host’s Airbnb calendar or alter the nightly price.
2. How Does Airbnb Co-Hosting Work?
When an Airbnb host needs a little (or a lot of) extra help, he or she might want to add a reliable friend, neighbor, or family member as a co-host.
- All the host has to do is edit his or her listing, select “co-hosts,” and add up to three per property.
- If the host doesn’t personally know of anyone willing to co-host, he or she can reach out to other co-hosts in your area. To do this search for Airbnb properties in your area. Scroll down the listing, until you see the About The Home Section. You’ll see the owner’s picture. If there’s a second profile picture that says “Beth Helps Host,” for example, that is a co-host. Contact them and see what they charge, etc. See our snapshot at the bottom of this post.
- An invite email will be sent to the potential co-host, which they can either accept or decline.
Of course, if you’d like to become a co-host (or add one), there’s a lot to cover when it comes to agreeing on terms. But we’ll talk about that a little later.
3. How Do I Create an Airbnb Co-Host Business?
Since hosting an Airbnb can be very time-consuming, many hosts aren’t able to keep up with the responsibilities. Therefore, in order to keep the listing on Airbnb, they may take advantage of Airbnb’s new co-hosting feature and split the work with a co-host.
This could mean that, if you played your cards right, you could take on those challenges and begin to build a business by working with multiple hosts in your community. That’s right. You could become an Airbnb neighborhood co-host!
Start with one solid co-hosting job and build from there. Tell your host that you’re interested in taking on more listings so that your name gets out there (nothing beats word of mouth). Then, if possible, message nearby hosts and offer your services. You may just be exactly what they’ve been hoping for.
4. What do Airbnb Co-Hosts Charge?
The amount that a co-host charges depends largely on the responsibilities that you’re expected to carry out.
If you’re taking care of everything from check-in and check-out to cleaning and managing the guest experience, you could charge 25%, but if you are not responsible for everything that a host would normally do, you can negotiate between 15 and 20%.
You could also negotiate a flat rate with the host who plans to hire you. Lastly, some co-hosts charge an additional cleaning fee if they’re cleaning the property post-booking. It’s up to you and the host to determine what is a fair co-host cleaning fee depending on the size of the property.
5. Is There An Airbnb Co-Host Agreement?
Airbnb does require a co-host to sign a Terms of Service policy; however, hosts and co-hosts may want to write up their own specific agreement, just to make sure all information is clearly stated and expectations are clear. Some co-hosts opt to use or alter a pre-made agreement (some hosts and co-hosts share these on hosting forums) or hire a lawyer to draw one up for you.
6. How do Airbnb Co-Hosts Get Paid?
Recently, Airbnb removed the payout feature that allowed hosts and co-hosts to split the revenue from an Airbnb booking.
Now, all of the revenue is sent directly to the host, so you’ll want to make sure that, as a co-host, you draw up an agreement about how payment will be sent to you. Paypal and Venmo are some simple and free options that you can use.
7. Will the Co-Host Incur any Expenses While Managing the Property?
If you decide to be a co-host, be sure to include what expenses you may be reimbursed for (gas, purchases (like replacing shampoo or coffee, etc.), or parking fees) in your agreement. Also, be sure to include how that reimbursement will be processed. And, don’t forget to save receipts. Hosts can’t reimburse you for something that you can’t prove!
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If you want to hire a co-host to help out with managing all the ins and outs of your listing, search for Airbnb listings in the location where you need a co-host. Scroll down the listing toward the bottom. If the owner has a co-host, they will be shown right beside the owners picture. Send them a message and see what they charge, etc.
-How “hands-on” do you want your co-host to be? If you want your co-host to be available to welcome your guests in person or to help them with an issue like getting locked out of the house, you may want to choose a co-host who is available 24/7 and who lives near your place.
-How much can you afford to pay? Be sure to find someone in your price range. You don’t want to choose a co-host who costs so much that it’s not profitable.
-Does your potential co-host match your personality and style? Airbnb hosts come with many different styles, approaches, and opinions, and so do co-hosts. Make sure you pick a co-host that has a similar perspective on how to relate to guests.