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The Home Stay Guide: Practical advice for Airbnb and homeshare hosts

Gabriela Domicelj, Derek Young

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Entrepreneurship

This book is for anyone wanting to participate in the exponentially growing sharing economy. It helps property-owners unlock new income and makes the process of sharing your property with travellers fun.

'ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS ON HOMESHARE'
Chip Conley, former Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, Airbnb

Learn how to build a profitable, professional and sustainable homeshare business.

Home Stay, also known as Homeshare, is a global phenomenon whereby ordinary people share their homes with strangers. On Airbnb alone there are now three million hosts around the world, one million more than a year ago. This book offers frank, practical and hands-on advice for those who are considering or already offering their home, or investment property, as short-term accommodation. Written by self-taught hosts who are dedicated to providing the best possible guest experience, this book provides real-life insights into the day-today experience of running a homeshare, and the lessons the authors have learned along the way.

You'll find easy-to-follow instructions and advice on:

- Getting started - how to market your property by defining its unique characteristics, choosing the most -appropriate online sales platform, setting rates, how to manage sales and presenting your property to attract guests

- Managing the guest experience - how to ensure your guests have a wonderful experience from the moment of arrival to departure, managing transitions between guests effectively and consistently, and how to manage guest reviews

- The business of homeshare - financial management, reporting and how to drive your business further.

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Praise for The Home Stay Guide: Practical advice for Airbnb and homeshare hosts

  • Derek's and Gabriela's experience and competitor insights have helped me make decisions on how best to run my homeshare

  • Inspirational! If there is just one word to describe Gabriela and Derek this is it: inspirational. If you get the chance to work together, you will discover two people that are passionate, committed and extremely professional. Blend this with a truly genuine sense of hospitality and you can't help but be motivated to be a part of their world

  • This book has encouraged me to explore home sharing hospitality, a road map to becoming (and remaining) a Super Host. It has driven me to optimize the guest experience as well as our own, while off-setting part of my financial burden in a very expensive city.

  • The structure of the book chapters is clear, full of illustrative examples from real-life hosts, as well as useful tables and charts, with a bulleted summary of each chapter. That the authors are expert business and financial consultants themselves in their day jobs, helps with the clarity and professionalism of the book.

  • Great book, highly recommended to the millions of aspiring or seasoned home stay hosts around the world!

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  • The business of home sharing is booming all over the world, and Gabriela Domicelj & Derek Young surf the phenomenal wave with maestria, in a book full of practical advice, both for neophytes and seasoned hosts like themselves. The Home Stay Guide offers a wealth of guidelines, resources and statistical trends, as well as practical, easy to follow steps, to help make you a successful host, who receives great reviews from his/her guests, and enjoys the experience in the process. From guidance on setting a fairer night rate based on market value and seasonality to great marketing ideas to ensure your presence on the best hosting platforms and your visibility to your target audience, the authors have written a manual of best practices for the amateur host who aspires to provide an unforgettable experience to their guests. I must say this book has encouraged me to explore home sharing hospitality, a road map to becoming ( and remaining) a Super Host. It has driven me to optimize the guest experience as well as ours, while off-setting part of my financial burden in a very expensive city. The structure of the book chapters is clear, full of illustrative examples from real-life hosts, as well as synthetic tables and charts, with a bulleted summary in each chapter that acts as step-by-step checklists. That the authors are expert business and financial consultants themselves in their day jobs, helps with the clarity and professionalism of the book. All in all, a wonderful tool, mix of personal experience, strategic planning, tips and fixes, wrapped into the universal golden rules of hospitality. I enjoy this book tremendously and I keep going back to it again and again when I have a question. Highly recommended to the - millions- aspiring or seasoned home stay hosts around the world!

    Romy Serfaty

    Rated 5
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