I had an idea today and would love to get the Forum’s input.
I am in a unique (or maybe not?) situation where the Airbnb listing I manage is not owned by me. I hope that’s not verboten on Air.
I was asked to care=take/pet sit a lovely property that happens to have a rental cabin. Before I arrived, their advertising consisted of a sign on the road. In this time of Airbnb and so many other electronic resources, and a massive increase in the number of travellers who want everything booked before they leave home, this wasn’t working for them
Air has brought them more income on their cabin in 2 months than they’ve earned in 10 years.
There are still a number of luddites in the area with equally, poorly performing vacation rentals.
I unfortunately have to vacate the property for four months for the owners’ annual visit.
What do Forum folk think of this?
I could market myself to other Airbnb hosts as a “fixer?” I go in and improve their fledging Airbnb listing in exchange for free rent (very cheap down here) and 70% of the gross earnings for 4 months.
Alternatively, and likely a better idea: I could go in, set the property up on Air, try to work a little magic and at the end of 4 months gift them with my intellectual property, the entire Airbnb business I’ve set up for them (there are a surprising number of rich expats here that are scared of iPones) whilst they provide free accommodation and a chunk of the net profits.
Then, after 4 months, I get to return to my favourite place in the world for the other 8 months of the year.
Every and all responses will be highly valued and appreciated.