Hi Alex! We often have many people sharing one bath (but just for showering) and it has been surprisingly easy. Fortunately a lot of people from other countries ((I’m in the states) don’t shower every day. I think that can be the easy part, especially depending on your schedules. You may have to become flexible as to when you shower and shave.
I’ve found it awkward having people sleeping in my bedroom (where my clothes were) even when they were family!! I don’t recommend this situation.
However, I’ve been busy with guests all summer (since June) and I don’t think anyone has ever put their stuff in the closet in the bedroom.
However, I have personally requested to book places that were just a place to sleep in the living room and was fine with it - I really just needed a place to crash on a budget.
Would you consider arranging your living room so the guest can stay there? A sleeper sofa or an airbed that can be set up when you have guests? Make space for the guest’s suitcases, and offer a continental breakfast or other amenity. Go to a discount place and find a nice bedding set that will add a touch of class for a little money. Purchase some nice bottles of water, candies, or something else to greet them when they check in - whatever you can find to add a little value and surprise your guests to help the visit start off right - if every body’s happy at check-in, chances are good they’ll be happy at check out. Put lots of photos on your listing so they know exactly what they are getting. Don’t put a ton of money into all that - just find one thing that will make your place shine. I assume you have to haul your laundry somewhere, so you’ll need extra sets of sheets for back-to-back guests, or, always leave space between them for getting the cleaning & laundry done.
If you try this arrangement it may be wise to limit the number of days a guest can stay. Also block out days between guests until you feel comfortable with how it’s working for you AND your flat mate.
Depending on your location and other amenities it may be the perfect crashing place for those on a budget.
HOWEVER! First! Do a lot of research as to what’s available and at what price in your area. If people are getting $75 for a private room, how much can you get for a place to crash on the couch? How much profit will make the extra work and hassle worth it to you? Do you have time to learn a new business and just want to make a little change and meet new people? Find out about sales and occupancy taxes - you can just call the local hotel and ask what the taxes are - and figure out how you will collect them - in cash when the guest arrives, or roll it into the price? Do you have renters insurance? Running a business from your home will have an effect on your coverage. What are the laws of your building? Believe it or not, this is a business. Anytime you accept money for something a whole new universe is opened up to you…
Good luck, Alex! We’ve had a blast with airbnb and have met very nice people from Asia, Europe, Russia, Australia, and more. But it is a lot of work, especially at first. It’s also thrilling when bookings happen and then depressing when they don’t. It’s a wave to ride, for sure.