For most people, becoming an Airbnb host is sort of like a side career. And we often wonder, how do you make the time to manage a side business? What’s most important, manage it and do it right. Even if hosting an Airbnb is not your primary source of income, it still requires various investments and sacrifices, from finances to time.
First off, the answer is quite simple. You sit down, do the work and the results will come, no matter what your primary job is. The key is to be productive at the right time, and learn to manage an Airbnb without over-complicating the entire process. If you’re really craving that hosting experience and want to try out your hospitality skills, stay tuned and read our tips. Let’s get started!
1) Schedule Your Task and Stick to Time Limits
You know that moment when you decide you’re going to start doing something, and then you sit down, and do a million things at the same time, stretching out your schedule completely, and eventually not getting anything done? You try to get some work done, then you’re searching through YouTube to find that perfect song that will get you in the mood to work, but after you’ve found it, you see another video that you absolutely have to see. And the list goes on. Sounds familiar? Yes, of course it does. We all do that. But, if you want your secondary job to pay off, you need to start strategizing and utilizing your time.
– Make a strict schedule. And most importantly stick to it. Schedule a strict time when you’re going to create your listing, for example, and then dedicate an entire hour, or 45 minutes to it. Don’t multitask, and don’t exceed the time limit. If you didn’t get the job done, that means you’re going to have to schedule another session to get it done, but do your best to finish the task you set for yourself within the time limit. Don’t let your mind wonder around and stick to your task only.
2) Prioritize and Make it Work
How do you decide what you’re going to do and accomplish today? If you’re anything like me, you’re probably going to set extremely high goals for yourself. But at the end of the day, some of those task are bound to be left intact, which leaves you feeling down. The truth is, you won’t be able to attend to each and every task on a daily basis.
– Line up your tasks. The tasks that are high on your list of daily priorities and have to be done should always be attended to first. Write them down in your calendar, and schedule a time for each of those tasks. Then if you still have some time, add some more work to your list. This will leave you feeling great and productive, because you’ll be able to finish everything and then some more. Stick to your plan, but most importantly be real. Don’t set your expectations to high. Once you stick to scheduling and planning, after a while you’ll form a habit and actually figure out what needs to be done, and how much time you need to do it. This helps you become more efficient, which is a must, if you’re planning on balancing two different jobs.
3) Outsource Parts of Your Business to Others
When you have a primary job, your secondary one is bound to suffer sometimes. This might be due to your fatigue, stress, lack of time or dedication, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to fail. In fact, I’ve always admired people who had two or even more sources of income, because in my eyes they looked like heroes. They dedicated their life to two or more jobs, and still managed to stay happy and successful. Then, I discovered how to do it myself.
– Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. If you have a close member of the family that might be able or willing to help you with certain task, whether it’s managing your listing, bookings or even welcoming guests, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You’re only human. And from time to time you’ll need a second hand. However, if you really are too proud and don’t want anyone to see that you’re struggling you can always hire different services to do the job for you. For example, an Airbnb host can hire Airbnb cleaning and preparation services or management companies that will do all the necessary paperwork and marketing research for you. So why not take advantage if there’s someone who can do your job better than you, for a certain fee? You don’t actually have to be BUSY all the day in order to have a successful business. You just have to be really smart and efficient.
The fact is that getting a second job can be quite exhausting. Your goal is to keep the job performance high, no matter which source of income is in question. Only by keeping the performance high can you achieve desired results. And in order to help you just a little bit more, here’s a quick check list of other things you can do to manage your Airbnb right:
- Make sure that hosting an Airbnb is you dream second job
- Don’t burn out by putting in too many extra hours
- Protect your own interests by making sure that your two careers don’t conflict
- If possible, set up an Airbnb close to your home, or primary job