The Beginner’s Guide to How to Make Money On Airbnb

In less than 6 months, I was able to generate over $12,000 thousand dollars a month. I transitioned from a corporate drone to a profitable business owner. As you know, it is very difficult to find a profitable business idea in a competitive and overcrowded economy.

In this post, I will give you my ultimate guide to Passive Airbnb Hosting. It is my 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.

If I can do this, I’m sure you can as well.

How to Make Money On Airbnb

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Step 1 – Market Research

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 Rental Arbitrage 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.

Step 2 – Setting Expectations

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

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

Entry to Barrier

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 starting out as a new host, 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 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.

Step 3 – Automation and Optimization

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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.


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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Step 4-  Perfect your Listing

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. It is so important because she will help you find the right furniture, color combination 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.

Last Words

Be real about your expectations and do your homework before going into this business!

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  • Maboko
    Posted at 21:09h, 20 March Reply

    Great business model

    • Sam
      Posted at 04:58h, 21 March Reply

      Thanks, Maboko!

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