A list of tactics for Airbnb hosts to make more money through the online rental platform.

Make More Money on Airbnb: 5 Major Ways Airbnb Hosts Can Boost Profits [COVID]

It’s a tricky time to be an Airbnb host.

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a serious bite out of most hosts’ profit margins. Here’s a bit of good news though: Domestic vacation rentals have seen an uptick.

Another ray of sunshine through the clouds is that the online rental platform has beefed up its rules for cleaning. They know guests and hosts are concerned about public health (we’re still in a pandemic after all) and they’re taking action to prevent further infections.

While bookings have flagged, lots of hosts are looking to recoup losses and find new ways to make some extra cash on the platform. Here are a few ways that Airbnb hosts can boost those profits even in a challenging market.

  1. Start by tackling the cost of Airbnb hosting

As an Airbnb host, your two main cost drivers are likely cleaning fees and utilities. 

Sure, if you live in your Airbnb rental as well, you’re paying for this stuff for your own use anyway. Either way, these sorts of costs can add up and chip away at your profit margins.

How can you avoid such a fate?

Purchase household supplies in bulk to drive down unit costs—stuff like shampoo and toilet paper. Those essentials will chip away at your profit margins. 

Ask your cleaner if they can supply such items as part of their cleaning service. Have them re-stock you every time they turnover your rental if they’re willing and able.

On the topic of your cleaning service, see if you can strike a deal with them to lower your cleaning costs. You can even ask different vendors to compete on price, particularly if you manage a few rentals and can bundle multiple properties under a single contract.

When it comes to your cleaning fee on Airbnb, set it high enough that it discourages shorter stays to make sure those cleaning dollars go further (assuming you’re looking for longer stays of course). Doing so can bring down the cost of turning over the rental as well as the need for supplies.

Lastly, get a handle on those utility costs. Consider upgrading appliances and your overall infrastructure (if you own the property) to save on things like HVAC and energy costs. Rentals with a modern feel tend to be more appealing to guests as well.

  1. Try Airbnb co-hosting

This option works two ways. 

If you’re short on time, you can hire a local co-host to manage your rental. If you’ve got some spare time and want to make some extra dough, you can be a co-host yourself. 

Either way, you’re growing your income by giving yourself more time (to earn elsewhere) or more cash in-hand.

This is a great new approach to hosting that used to be frowned upon within the Airbnb community but has now been enshrined as normal practice.

  1. Improve your status to Airbnb superhost

Think about your experience as a guest.

You love it when hosts are responsive, when they help you solve problems quickly and effectively, and when they take a little extra care in setting up a great space.

These are the hallmarks of a superhost—and superhosts tend to make more money on the platform. 

For example, investing in a modern keypad so that guests don’t have to worry about searching around for keys or timing their arrival makes a big difference in the quality of the stay. Taking the time to provide thoughtful touches around the rental as well as local guidance can really enrich the experience for guests.

Bottomline: Superhosting will earn you more cash on Airbnb. Get on that level if you want to bring in more cash on the platform.

  1. Live in your Airbnb rental

Actually living in one of your more expensive rentals can save you lots of money.

Here’s how it works: If you’re purchasing a new property and plan to make that property your primary residence, you can qualify for much more favorable loan terms (as low as 3.5% through FHA) than standard mortgages (15-20% down payment).

You can still rent out the other rooms in the house or even your own space when you’re out of town. Think of those mortgage cost savings as more money in your pocket upfront because that’s exactly what it is!

If you’re open to sharing space with guests, this is a solid way to reduce the initial costs of setting up an Airbnb rental.

  1. Offer storage space instead of living space

What if you used your Airbnb rental to store stuff instead of housing humans?

Say you’ve got a rental with some outdoor space in Tampa, Florida. Lots of people in Tampa need places to store their boats but docking and storage fees can be expensive. Why not offer a driveway or backyard for safe boat storage?

Put that extra space to good use.

Lots of boat owners would appreciate the lower cost and another set of eyes watching out for the safety and security of their nautical toys.

Also consider the storage space within the rental itself as potential renters might be looking for alternatives to expensive storage facilities and would happily pay for some square footage in your attic or basement.

It’s all about making the most of the space you’ve got available to bring in those extra bucks.

Paul Perry is a freelance writer for Neighbor, a peer-to-peer marketplace for storage. A world traveler and a self-made pizza connoisseur, he covers business as well as consumer interest from strategy to education.


  • Hello there, I found your blog via Google while searching for a related topic, your web site came up, it looks great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  • Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  • Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  • It is the best time to make some plans for the long run and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this put up and if I may I desire to counsel you some interesting issues or tips. Maybe you can write next articles relating to this article. I wish to learn even more issues approximately it!

  • Simply want to say your article is as astounding. The clarity for your put up is just excellent and that i could suppose you are an expert on this subject. Well along with your permission allow me to snatch your feed to keep updated with drawing close post. Thank you one million and please keep up the rewarding work.

  • Great – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, web site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Nice task..

  • I’m so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  • Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely return.

  • I needed to post you one bit of word to help say thanks yet again over the wonderful opinions you have documented in this case. This has been simply strangely generous with you to offer easily precisely what some people would have made available for an e-book to make some money for their own end, certainly considering the fact that you could possibly have done it if you ever wanted. Those ideas in addition acted like the easy way to fully grasp some people have similar fervor just as mine to find out a lot more on the subject of this issue. I know there are a lot more pleasurable opportunities in the future for individuals that read carefully your blog post.

  • What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively useful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist other users like its helped me. Great job.

  • Hello! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My blog discusses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Superb blog by the way!

  • Enjoyed looking at this, very good stuff, regards. “Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear.” by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.

  • I’ve been surfing on-line more than 3 hours today, but I never found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It is beautiful worth enough for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content as you did, the internet might be a lot more helpful than ever before. “When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” by Milan Kundera.

  • I as well as my guys happened to be following the excellent key points found on your site while before long I got an awful feeling I never expressed respect to the website owner for those tips. My guys are already certainly happy to learn all of them and have now very much been tapping into those things. Many thanks for really being very accommodating and for opting for these kinds of high-quality themes most people are really desirous to understand about. My honest regret for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.

  • Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  • This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  • Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

  • The next time I learn a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, however I actually thought youd have something attention-grabbing to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you could possibly repair in case you werent too busy looking for attention.

  • I was very pleased to find this web-site.I wanted to thanks for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

  • Im now not positive where you’re getting your information, however great topic. I needs to spend some time studying more or figuring out more. Thanks for fantastic info I was on the lookout for this information for my mission.

  • Hello there, I found your web site by the use of Google while searching for a similar matter, your website came up, it seems great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  • Thanx for the effort, keep up the good work Great work, I am going to start a small Blog Engine course work using your site I hope you enjoy blogging with the popular you express are really awesome. Hope you will right some more posts.

  • I’ve been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be much more useful than ever before.

  • I precisely wished to thank you very much all over again. I am not sure the things that I would’ve followed without the points revealed by you about my area of interest. It had become a hard matter in my view, nevertheless noticing a professional style you solved the issue forced me to cry over happiness. I am thankful for the guidance and as well , have high hopes you comprehend what an amazing job you were undertaking educating the rest thru your webblog. I am certain you have never met any of us.

  • Hello there! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My blog looks weird when viewing from my iphone 4. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to fix this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share. Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *