How Gossip Can Help Your Business Flourish

 

I hate gossip. I try to stay away from it. I usually say something nice about a person who is being disparaged to change the course of the conversation. Occasionally, though, I break down and indulge. We know it’s bad, but it feels great, doesn’t it?

To use this skill correctly in your business, you will never say ANYTHING bad about a competitor. This is about gathering information to play up your positives.

One way to get intel on what guests visiting your Airbnb might want to...

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Got Questions?

Questions. We have them all the time, including within our vacation rental business.

“How do I price my vacation rental?”

“How do I handle key exchange?”

“My guest is mad that the air conditioning went out, how do I handle it?”

“How do I get bookings on my own?”

“There are lots of short term rentals in my area. How can I stand out?”

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There’s no central building where we owners work, no common location...

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When Sleeping Around is a GOOD Thing

 

I’m gobsmacked every time when I hear a short-term rental owner say they have never stayed in a vacation rental.

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To me, that’s like opening a sushi restaurant having never tasted raw fish and seaweed. How do you know what’s a good combination for your visitors? How do you know what flavors go together? What will make even the most sophisticated connoisseur gag?

You can tell which restaurants are simply into the daily grind - passing out barely edible...

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Are your photo captions holding you back from more bookings at your Airbnb?

 

If you already own a vacation rental, have it listed on a vacation rental listing platform (hopefully it’s at least on one of the big 3), then you must know all about captions. The thing is you may have overlooked them. You may have added simple words - like "Kitchen." You can do better!

Now, you may be saying, “Beth, I have less than 100 characters to use for my captions. How on earth do you come up with a good caption so small?”

I know. I know. I know. I’ve been in...

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Relieve Their Pain Point and Get More Guests! Insider Tip Inside

airbnb vacation rental Jun 11, 2019
 

LOCATION! LOCATION! VACATION!

If you know anything about the real estate industry, location is a biggie! The first place they put in the search bar, whether it be within Airbnb or Vrbo, or Google, is city.

Here’s the truth. Your guests picked a location to vacation at, right? That was their first order of business. Then they looked for a place to stay. They want it to be EASY.

Put yourself in their shoes. Mom is sitting in her car at school pick up line. She has her iPhone out, looking...

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A Simple Trick to Lure Your Lookers into Bookers for Your Airbnb

 

How persuasive are you?

You’ve heard the term “power of persuasion”, right? Well, that’s what we’re digging into today. And it’s going to be AWESOME! So stick with me!

Listen, I can honestly say some people are just born with the gift but many of us have to be taught how to sell using persuasion. A lot of people are in fact a little intimidated by this course of action – yes, yes, another fear is rising up. But hey, I get it! This part is a little...

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How To WOW Your Guests in the First 15 Minutes

 

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The Importance of Good Photos for Your Vacation Rental Business

 

Let’s talk about the money shot - your thumbnail photo. The thumbnail photo is the small photo that pops up when people search for rentals on FlipKey or HomeAway.

Your thumbnail should be the best representation of your vacation rental as it informs them of the mood and the highlights of your place. It will determine whether or not they click to start the process of seeing if your place is a good fit. You want an excellent money shot! If you don't have good photos, that's your very next...

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Make Money from Your Vacation Rental

 

I'm Beth Carson, a vacation rental expert, and I own an Airbnb in Fiji, one of my favorite places on the planet. What you may not know is that I live in Asheville, North Carolina, which is 24 hours away. Let me tell you a little bit about the back story of how I ended up with a vacation rental on this dream island.

I had been to 35 countries when I went on a FAM (familiarization) trip, as a travel agent, to Fiji.. We got to see Denarau and along the Coral Coast. Then we came up to the very...

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Decorating Your Airbnb on a Tight Budget

 

You can design your vacation rental really well without having to spend a lot of money. I was on a really tight budget for designing a couple Airbnb’s, in Tao, Mexico, but I was able to do a great job with a few nifty tricks...

I needed something for a big wall in the dining space. It was so empty, and your eye was just really drawn to the emptiness. I chose the colors gold, silver, and pops of red as accents.

So, in my suitcase, I brought over three platters that were on clearance at...

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