Beginner’s Guide Airbnb Business

The Beginner’s Guide to How to Start an Airbnb Business

In this post, the beginner’s guide to how to start an Airbnb Business; I hope to help you get up and running in as little as 6 weeks. As you may already know, it took me about 6 weeks to go from zero to close to 3k a month.

It took me another 6 weeks to go from $3k to $12k. I have helped a dozen of new Passive Airbnb Entrepreneurs to kickstart their journey.

How to Start an Airbnb Business: Market Research

The Beginner’s Guide to How to Start an Airbnb Business

In order to get a good grasp of the market potential, you will have to spend some time to understand the current rental market. It is safe to note that not all markets are created equal. What I’m teaching you here is to spot a specific type of arbitrage- rental arbitrage.

How does this Airbnb Business model work?

It is simple math. You see an advertisement for a 1-bedroom apartment in a desirable location listed for 1500 dollars a month. A quick research on Airbnb shows a similar property near your similar location that is charging 150 dollars a night.

You quickly calculated the breakeven rate is 10 days. What if you could rent it out for 20 days or even 30 days? That means you can easily 2x or 3x your monthly rent. That money is the profit for your business.

A rental arbitrage = achievable daily rental rate( $150) > daily rental cost( $1500/30 days = $50).

You can see that this model works.

How to do Market Research

The Beginner’s Guide to How to Start an Airbnb Business

Go here for a quick estimate. This new tool came out at the beginning of 2017. You can literally get a rough estimate in 2 clicks. Pretty efficient, right?

While this tool is great for a high-level research, it doesn’t tell us how much we can charge per night, how much our neighbors are charging, and more importantly, how many listings/competitors are in your area?

( In my E-course, I will cover the more robust ways to do market research. If you’re interested in my premium step-by-step e-course, you can click here).

What is the Workload for this Airbnb Business?

There are a few things that you should consider before starting this rental arbitrage business. My top concerns were:

  1. Barriers to Entry
  2. Profitability
  3. Time Commitment
  4. Risk Management: landlord vs. Property Management relations
  5. Work Load

Barriers to Entry

What is going to make my unit stand out among the hundreds of listing that are available? Take some time to think about your ideal customer and how to craft your unit to target them. I knew that I wanted to target business travelers and families. Your ideal customer will be different depending on your rental location.


How quickly can I achieve profitability and make my money back? If you’re just figuring out how to start an Airbnb business, then 3 months is standard to recuperate all of your investments back. You’ll start generating good returns on your investment after month 4.

Time Commitment

I knew that right off the bat, I wanted to provide the best customer service. This extra effort to provide real-time communication will help me in the long run to generate repeat customers. As you know, it also takes a considerable amount time to get your first unit up and running. Do you have the time to manage guests when emergencies come up?

Risk Management

Personal safety aside, how are you going to convince your landlord or property managers to allow Airbnb? If you do it on the download, what are the chances that you’ll get caught?

Work Load

As a new Airbnb host, your workload will be considerably more because you’re just getting a hang of it. Once you start to automate some of the work processes, then it’ll be easier to host, thus less time required. Also, your goal is always to strive for a 5-star review. This will take more effort and time because you are trying to build rapport.

How to Perfect your Airbnb Business

The Beginner’s Guide to How to Start an Airbnb Business

In order to have the perfect listing, you’ll need to outsource these two things to a professional:

  1. Interior Designer
  2. Real Estate Photographer

Interior Designer

An interior designer will help bring life out of your unit when figuring out how to start an Airbnb business. It is so important because she will help you find the right furniture and art decors to match the ambiance of your listing. It is your job to make your listing stand out and the only way to do that is to have the right furniture and correct art decor.


A picture is worth a thousand words. I cannot stress this enough. Do not take crappy pictures that are ill-lighted. Please read my other post on why a picture is worth a thousand words.

How to Automate Your Airbnb Business

Where can you automate your workload? There are 3 areas that you can optimize:

  1. Pre-check in
  2. During your guest’s stay
  3. post-checkout

Pre-check in

Once a new guest booked your place, do you have ready templates that you can fire off to give them detailed check-in instructions? Will you have to be there or are you planning to use a lockbox? I have saved templates that I use and a lock box that a guest can access 24/7, so I don’t have to worry about being in person to exchange keys.

During your guest’s stay

Do you have a handyman that can help you if things go awry? You can use services like TaskRabbitUber/Lyft, or Amazon Prime to manage when things go wrong.

You might not need these services now, but they will be super helpful once you start and get going. The first unit will definitely be the hardest, so expect to put in a little bit more time into it.


Do you have a reliable maid to help you clean? Or are you going to clean your unit yourself? I highly recommend outsourcing this service when you have multiple units.

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If you have any other questions on how to start an Airbnb business, keep reading the rest of my blog where I’ll have other tips, tricks, and tools waiting for you to enjoy.

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  • Richie
    Posted at 14:50h, 06 April Reply

    Hi, my name is Richie and I’m looking to gather some knowledge in the Airbnb rental business. If you could email me or mentor me to becaome successful I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Suzane Nguyen
    Posted at 06:35h, 07 June Reply

    Hello Sam,
    My name is Suzane Nguyen and I am trying to form my own Air BNB business.
    I would love it if you could be my mentor and give me information and advice on where to go and how to start my business. I really admire your page and would like to be as successful as you.

    Kind regards,

    • Sam Zuo
      Posted at 09:11h, 07 June Reply

      Hi Suzane,

      Thanks for reaching out. Airbnb gave me a way to feed myself and live the low-stress lifestyle that I wanted. And I don’t think I”m successful by any means… so thank you for the kind words. Starting an Airbnb business is not complicated, but takes consistent work. If you’re ready then you should sign up for our free mini-training (5 lessons in 5 days).


  • Shamika Jones
    Posted at 05:09h, 27 March Reply

    I definitely want to learn more

  • Oluwatoyin Hassan
    Posted at 16:51h, 29 March Reply


    I am seriously looking into running Airbnb business. My focus is to be the middleman between prospective property owners and interested parties. Kindly help with steps I need to take



  • Uel Lusica
    Posted at 22:56h, 13 July Reply

    I’m interested in starting an Airbnb business abroad. International that is. Any advise about this?

    • Sam Zuo
      Posted at 01:23h, 15 July Reply

      Look up your market on Airbnb is the first step to validate if there’s a demand. Then start from there.

  • Gerald Robson
    Posted at 17:46h, 24 October Reply

    Hi I plan on making my lower level into an airbnb for the fall of next year. Is there a idea for forms to protect me from certain liabilities that may occur? Also ideas on expectations I use to convey to the tenants that I may not think about?

  • John Sargent
    Posted at 02:28h, 04 December Reply

    i am located in the bahamas a paradise for tourism and airbnb we have 700 islands and cays my goal is to builded acommadation on them can you advice me on this project

    • Sam Zuo
      Posted at 12:01h, 04 December Reply

      I know nothing about building. Cant help you there.

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