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I’m creating a service that makes it easier for hosts to handle bookings of our homes / rooms by friends and family (typically non-paying guests). I’d like some feedback from fellow hosts who allow or have allowed friends / family stay in their Airbnb-listed homes or rooms.
I’m offering $25 Amazon gift cards to five people who can chat with me for up to 30 minutes on the phone to provide feedback about this idea and their experience with hosting friends and family. Please email me at blainev30 at gmail if you’re up for chatting. Feedback is welcome here too.
Exactly. It seems that people want an app to do absolutely everything for them. Recently, I asked my other half, who was standing by the window, what the weather was like. He looked at the weather app…
Thanks for asking. I have a place in Las Vegas, and I frequently have friends and family who want to stay there. They usually text or email asking if they can stay for X dates. I then need to go check my calendar and get back to them on availability. If they want to stay, I need to block my calendar in Airbnb and tell the building that someone is coming. I then need to send my guest instructions for how to find the building, the wifi password, etc. Then, I need to email my housekeeping service to let them know to clean the unit. For while, I asked guests to simply pay the cleaning fee and at that time, I’d need to collect payment from them via PayPal or other.
My goal with what I’m building is to automate most of these processes. Rather than back and forth via text and email, I’ll simply send my friend a link where they can check availability and book. This link will most likely expire, so it can only be used once.
I’d like to understand other processes that hosts are dealing with to see what else this app might be able to automate. At this point, I know these services might not be worth paying for (at least for some hosts) and I’m not building this application to make money. Let me know if you’re interested in chatting.
One thing you need to be careful with is tax implications in the U.S.
If you are giving away to friends/family - even if they pay cleaning and minimal amount - this will be used against the time you can use for your own home for personal stay use if considered to be price considerably under market.