Welcome To Airbnb
In this toolkit, you will see what Airbnb is all about and how it works.
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(Your hosting style is up to you. This information isn’t intended as rules, policies, or requirements that you must follow. You can use this resource as you see fit.)
What being a host is all about
Ten experienced Airbnb hosts speak about their guests, their spaces, and their approaches to hosting. You can use this toolkit however you please, and return to it whenever you’d like.
We'll show you the ropes.
Hosting opens doors
People host for many reasons. Some use Airbnb income to help pay their bills, save for their kids’ education, or pay for their own vacations. Others use it to bring the world of travelers to them, or simply because they love connecting with guests.
Host however you want
While most people start hosting for extra income, there’s more to hosting on Airbnb than earning money. Many hosts tell us they’ve also discovered new opportunities, relationships, and skills. Airbnb gives you the freedom and flexibility to host in the way that works best for you.
You can choose to rent only when you’re away, or while you’re at home. How long guests stay is your choice too. You can have guests stay in a spare bedroom, your entire home, or any space intended for lodging that guests could feel welcome in. Airbnb is as flexible as you need it to be. It’s completely up to you.
Your listing could be unconventional:
It could be a treehouse…
Or a renovated storefront.
Or a boat…
“I started [hosting with] Airbnb for two reasons. One, I needed extra money, and it’s made getting from month to month feel a little bit more comfortable. The second reason was I was lonely – I meet such amazing people.”
“I wasn’t very sure that I want to have strangers in my house. But I injured my knee so that got really difficult to do a job. [I went, okay], let me try Airbnb and see how it goes. We had one room empty, so [we] prepared it for hosting [one] guest.”
“[So it was like], we’ve got this great bathroom, private entrance. Let’s see what happens.”
“When I go away and someone is able to book, I get a couple hundred bucks that I can use wherever I want.”
Airbnb is reliable and used by millions
Airbnb is a two-sided community of hosts and guests. More than 200 million people have stayed with Airbnb since 2008, in more than 3 million listings all over the world. Reviews and profiles help develop trust in our community.
Protections for your peace of mind
Our trust and safety features can give you the comfort and confidence to open your home to guests. Our Host Guarantee and Host Protection Insurance Program, which are offered in some countries, are two examples of these features.
How you become a host, step by step
Your listing includes photos and all of the information potential guests would need about your space. You can decide how often you want to host.
Once you make your listing public, travelers will be able to see it when they search for places to stay. Through Airbnb, they can request to book your space, and message you with questions.
If you choose to accept, you can accept reservation requests and communicate about check-in and other details using your desktop or mobile device.
Great hosts prepare for their guests’ arrival by communicating, making sure their space is clean, and welcoming them.
24 hours after your guests check in, Airbnb will securely deposit their payment to your account.
After check out, you and your guests should review the experience. Reviews build your reputation as a host, and build trust in the community.
Trust is what makes it work
Airbnb is a community built on trust.