Host with AirBnB: Make New Friends and Travel More Often
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Want to QUICKLY learn about hosting on Airbnb? Violet, a gorgeous cat, and her team will get you up and running FAST!
3.6 (13 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
772 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2015
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  • 36 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Show potential guests that you're a safe and trustworthy person.
  • Understand how to pick good guests.
  • Create accurate expectations for your guests.
  • Understand step-by-step instructions saving you tons of money and time.
  • Spot ways to promote your listing and make it appealing
  • Who knew the added benefit of having pets - tips on how to make your 4-legged friends a big attraction
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  • Students need a computer, way to take photos and upload them
  • Ignore the negative press - there are many wonderful Airbnb stories!
  • Are you flexible, curious, and have an open mind?
  • Airbnb is the company of the year according to Inc Magazine. Understand the buzz and how you can participate

LATEST: Over 700 students in the first 24 hours! Course is updated for month of January 2015.

Want to learn how to be an exceptional host without wasting HOURS of your precious time surfing and listening to stuff you don't need to know?

This course will FAST TRACK you to making money that you can spend traveling, renovating, paying bills, donating to charity or whatever you want to do with it.

In less than an hour you'll know if hosting is for you, how to get started accepting guests, and seeing the money role in.

  • Are you looking to welcome travellers into your home while earning extra income using space you already have?
  • Travel often and are looking to have your home occupied?
  • Use pets as a selling point! People miss theirs at home.

This course is designed for enthusiastic, flexible people who like meeting fellow travelers. Maybe your kids are off to college, you have an extra room (and tuition bills). Or perhaps you'd like some companionship but the idea of a roommate is just too much. You have a lot of flexibility when using Airbnb (as well as VRBO or HomeAway).

Learning Objectives:

After taking this course, you'll be able to...

  • Know how to sign up as a host, write up your home in an appealing way, upload photos, and get your identification verified
  • Show potential guests that you're a safe and trustworthy person.
  • Understand how to pick good guests
  • Create accurate expectations for your guests
  • Learn tips and tricks from how to set up the bedroom, bath, and shared space
  • Prepare for guests with confidence
  • Ask questions to screen guests with discretion. (E.g. Say no to "four responsible 25-year-olds who want to come to town to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!)
  • Get step-by-step instructions saving you tons of money and time
  • Participate in the "sharing economy"
  • Learn why Warren Buffet is a big fan! (3rd richest man in the world)
  • Ways to promote your listing and get it noticed
  • How to determine your price
  • What to have for check-in/check-out times
  • Ways to deal with difficult and demanding guests
  • What to include in a "jet-lag kit"
  • Questions to consider with taxes and local regulations
  • What to use as a cancellation policy

Why you should listen:

  • I've earned $63,984 hosting on Airbnb since 2012, with over 100 guests, and receiving 5 star reviews in the process!
  • Your instructor is a former tour leader, taking travellers to all seven continents as well as being a meeting planner.
  • Learn from me and save time, headaches, and money.

Included in the course:

  • Videos that walk you through the sign-up process
  • Links to items that will make your guests feel comfortable
  • Checklist to set-up each room
  • List of mobile apps to help you communicate with guests and help run your own show

Set yourself up for success with:

  • Udemy's 30-day money back guarantee.
  • Make back your initial investment by hosting 1 person.
  • Click the "Take This Course" button, on the top right because every hour you delay is costing you money...

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Who is the target audience?
  • Flexible people who like meeting fellow travelers.
  • Maybe your kids are off to college, you have an extra room (and tuition bills).
  • Perhaps you're on the road for work and have a spot people can stay while you're away.
  • Have pets and want to save some money?
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Curriculum For This Course
Learn about Airnbnb and See Proof of My Earnings
6 Lectures 07:10

Hear from a wise, British cat with a very long pedigree, about how to make money hosting guests with Airbnb.

Certificate of Completion :if you would like a certificate, please remember to 'tick' the symbol at the bottom right hand corner of each lecture which will turn green.

Preview 01:33

This lecture will provide an overview of what Airbnb is all about

Preview 00:33

Learn about the Airbnb host network. I'll share what I've earned over the past few years. You may well be surprised how much it is !

Preview 00:42

We've hosted some very interesting people. Learn about a few of them.

Meet a Few of Our Guests

Is Hosting For You?
3 questions
Airbnb in the Sharing Economy
3 Lectures 02:31

Hosting is more than just offering someone a bed or place to stay. You're engaging in the hospitality business and this lecture will help you learn more about expectations.

Things to Consider Before Becoming a Host on Airbnb

Every year over 40,000 people descend on a small city in the middle of the United States called Omaha, Nebraska. It's most famous resident is a champion of Airbnb. Learn from his expertise.

Preview 00:47

The "sharing economy" is a new phrase and concept. Why own a drill when you can borrow the neighbors? Well it's a bit more thoughtful than that.

The sharing economy provides ways for people to share homes, cars, tools, offices and more. Think of it as a time share that makes economic and logistical sense.

Airbnb in the Sharing Economy
How to Create a Listing on Airbnb to Leverage an Increase in Bookings
7 Lectures 09:14

This lecture will take you step by step though the process. Have the Airbnb site open at the same time and it will be easier to follow what to do.

How to Create an Airbnb Account

They say a picture is worth 1000 words - show off your place! What you should show and why.

Photographs are an Important Part to Success on Airbnb

Get in the mind of your visitor. Imagine what they are wondering as they're getting close to your home. This lecture will help you prepare your home ensuring they won't be disappointed.

How to Create a Listing on Airbnb

We never thought that so many people would miss their pets at home, that they would select a place with a pet! At first I was anxious that people wouldn't come. Next I learned pets are one of the secret assets of Airbnb.

Preview 01:04

It's tricky when it comes to determining your price. This lecture will provide some tips and techniques you can immediately implement.

Determining How Much Money to Charge for Your Listing

  • Check-in and out times
  • Minimum number of nights
  • Maximum number of guests - can they bring other guests?
  • Can they bring their pets.
  • Cleaning fees
  • Cancellation terms
  • Security deposit
  • Smoking, drugs, and other distractions
Determining Check-in Times, Cleaning Fees and Other Details

This sounds exciting but you may want to think twice. I encourage you to get to know your guests a bit more before you press 'yes' to instant booking.

Should You Enable the "Instant Book" Option?

What Do the Best Listings on Airbnb Include?
3 questions
Ensure Everyone's Safety When Creating a Listing on Airbnb
1 Lecture 02:05

There are several ways to differentiate yourself from other listings and make your home (and you) more appealing. Learn more in this lecture.

How to Show You're a Safe Person to encourage an Increase in Bookings

I should include the EXACT street address of my home on the listing

Review of Safety Measures to Take
3 questions
How to Market Your Listing on Airbnb
3 Lectures 02:29

Learn what Airbnb does to promote you and your listing.

How Airbnb markets your listing

This lecture will describe what you can do to get your listing out there. Don't just depend on Airbnb and other search engines. You'll be more successful if you do some of the work yourself.

How to Market Your Listing on Airbnb

More about your 4-legged friends! Awww!

How to Use Your Pets to Increase Bookings
How to Prepare Your Space For Guests
5 Lectures 05:04

Yes, they're coming! This lecture will get you prepared so when guests arrive, they are happy and have a clear understanding what to expect from you and what's expected of them. Maybe it's not Downton Abbey, but that will be just fine!

How to Communicate with Guests Before Their Stay

The fact is that if humans didn't need to sleep, Airbnb wouldn't exist. But that's not how life works.

Make sure they are going to be comfortable and get a good nights sleep.

How to Prepare Your "Bedroom" For Guests

After hosting, I now understand why hotels have white towels - BLEACH!

But seriously, this lecture will give you an overview of how to set up the bathroom

How to Prepare Your "Bathroom" For Guests

Some hosts are keen to share the kitchen, others are a bit less so. Determine what works for you and how to present it.

How to Prepare Your "Kitchen" For Guests

The truth is the real reason they're staying is not to visit you, but to visit your loaction. Help them know what's nearby, how to get to museums, sporting events or whatever brought them to town.

How to Prepare "Tourism & Local Information" For Guests
Your Guests Have Finally Arrived...
4 Lectures 04:44

Yes, it's a bit like a first date - AWKWARD! That's NORMAL!

It's Okay to Feel Nervous!

Few people are personable when they've flown for hours. Learn how to make them relax and feel comfortable.

How to Help Guests with Jetlag

One of the reasons why people travel is to learn how others live. This lecture will speak about dealing with differences.

Being Considerate of All People's Cultures

Sometimes you just can't please someone. Don't get discouraged. This lecture will help you cope.

Preview 01:28
How to Get Paid by Airbnb!
1 Lecture 01:25

Yippie - it's payday! Learn how Airbnb pays, how to get it set up, and then sit back and enjoy!

Preview 01:25
Saying Goodbye to Your Guests...
1 Lecture 01:40

Parting is such sweet sorrow! Some tips to saying goodbye and staying in touch.

Until We Meet Again! ... or Not!
Apps, Checklists, and Other Useful Information
3 Lectures 01:47

Some useful sites for earning that extra income..

List of Usefull Apps

A few sites you might find interesting looking a simple tricks with Feng Shui tips, making your place smell good and a few decorating tips. They might just make the difference.

How to make your Place Better than the Rest
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Nicola did the 'voice over ' for this course. You will normally find her doing painting courses.

Diane did the writing and videos of Violet. You'll normally find her teaching communications.

BONUS LECTURE - some of the painting courses by Nicola
About the Instructor
Diane Darling
3.7 Average rating
37 Reviews
1,723 Students
3 Courses
Author, Speaker, Consultant and Entrepreneur

Looking for easy-to-follow information that is delivered with a sense of humor and common sense? You've come to the right place.

I'm a keynote speaker at conferences, sales meeting, and fundraisers. I also offer training classes and executive coaching.

McGraw-Hill has published my books in 7 languages. Very bizarre to write a book, but I can't read it. :-)

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and am delighted to be an expert on Udemy.

The classes will vary from learning from my professional life as well as my personal life.

Clients I've worked with include:

  • 20th Century Fox
  • American Bar Association
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business
  • American Cancer Society
  • Canadian government
  • London School of Economics
  • Department of Defense
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • American Society of Training & Development
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Guidant
  • University of Texas Law School
  • SunTrust
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
Nicola A Blakemore
4.5 Average rating
358 Reviews
9,124 Students
17 Courses
Professional Artist, Teacher and Creative Entrepreneur

Why choose one of my courses?

Because, as a self taught artist I understand how a lot of people feel about their creative work, sometimes anxious, sometimes overwhelmed and often that it's not 'good enough'.

Well I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.

Do one of my courses and you will feel as if I am in the room with you every step of the way.

Here's a bit about me.

I originally trained as a graphic artist, and then followed a different career path working in the national media, travel and public relations in both London and Paris.

After sometime I returned to my creative roots full time, so to speak, and became a full time artist, teacher and creative entrepreneur.

The artist bit means I have worked in a variety of media, but am currently splashing about with watercolours. I love the magic they make when the pigments play with the water. And if you let them do their own thing, it's even better.

I have also painted murals in a child's bedroom or around a swimming pool, covering everything from fairies to Tuscan views. Painted furniture with decorative effects and designs and given walls specialist paint effects and stencils. All fun stuff for the discerning home owner

The teaching bit involved me teaching a 'Decorative Paint Effects' section of an interior design certificate course at Kidderminster College, Worcestershire, UK. Here they studied paint effects for walls and furniture, designing and cutting stencils, Period design elements and produced sample boards.

Then continuing the theme of teaching I have also tutored on many private workshops in the above subjects plus decoupage, gilding and trompe l'oeil (trick the eye painting).

Now, installed in the south of France I continue with all of the above but adding on-line courses to my creative portfolio. Flexibility is the name of the game in today's world

I have exhibited widely in the area.

Recently I was invited to plan and teach a creative summer school, offering a variety of artistic subjects, at one of the leading camping venues in the area. So, you never know some of these subjects might pop up as one of my courses on Udemy

I have had work featured in a national 'lifestyle' magazine and on BBC Radio 4 and Central TV in the UK

Violet Darling
3.6 Average rating
13 Reviews
772 Students
1 Course
I'm a gorgeous Russian Blue who helps people make money

Hi - I love learning ... almost as much as I do napping!

I'm here to share my insights with you, make you happy and ideally make you some money.

I see you big people stressing about money. While I'm dreaming away I often think of ways you can earn a few extra bucks.

Dogs have owners and cats have staff. So I've partnered with my Chief of Staff to share some ideas with you.

Happy earning! Off to take a nap ... cheers, Violet