Generate Extra Income Hosting Visitors in Your Home Through Airbnb

AirbnbAccording to the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), visitors to Indian Country has increased by 180% since 2007 and this year around 2 Million overseas tourists will visit tribal communities. Indian Country is becoming a hot-spot for tourist seeking authentic cultural tourism experiences. Tribal members, even those living in remote geographical locations, have the opportunity to generate extra income by renting out a spare room in their home to travelers.

Airbnb offers an opportunity for Native communities to celebrate and promote what makes them unique, and in doing so, provides the opportunity for authentic cultural exchange between locals and visitors. Airbnb is the number one worldwide accommodations leader with listings in 81,000 cities and 191 countries around the world with over 2 million bookings daily.

Join IDRS and Airbnb entrepreneur and Superhost Camille Koster to learn actionable advice and tips for starting an Airbnb business.

Each month in 2019, Camille will deliver monthly webinars which takes you step-by-step through starting and operating your own Airbnb business.  Live, 20-minute webinars will be hosted the 2nd Tuesday of each month kicking off on January 8th. In between webinars, Camille will provide free personal counseling to any Native entrepreneur who is starting their own Airbnb business.

If you would like to be notified about each of the Airbnb webinars please join the IDRS Acorn Project Facebook group where we provide information about all our webinars and workshops.  

Previous Webinars

January 8, 2019 – Airbnb Webinar Series: Hosting 101- 5 Things to Consider Before Hosting (Airbnb webinar series #1)

Airbnb offers an opportunity for Native communities to celebrate and promote what makes them unique, and in doing so, provides the opportunity for authentic cultural exchange between locals and visitors. Have you considered hosting through Airbnb? If so, join in and learn 5 things to consider before hosting through Airbnb.

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February 12, 2019 – Preparing to Host in 5 Simple Steps (Airbnb webinar series #2)

Now that you have decided to host, or you’re at least giving it some thought, let’s get you started in 5 simple steps. After completing these steps you will be ready to establish your listing on Airbnb and start hosting! Join Camille and learn the easiest ways to get started hosting through Airbnb.

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Upcoming Webinar Schedule

* You only need to register for one webinar.  You will automatically be registered for future Airbnb webinars at the completion of the webinar you are registered for.

March 12, 2019 – Building Your Airbnb Site In 1 Hour or Less (Airbnb webinar series #3)

Building a competitive listing starts with having a clear, accurate description of what guests will get when they book your home. Learn how to complete an accurate listing with detailed descriptions in less than an hour.


April 9, 2019 – Hosting Tips and Tricks (Airbnb webinar series #4)

Do you want to host like you were a Superhost even though just got started? Join Camille and learn expert tips on hosting that will ensure your reviews and feedback are five stars and your hosting experience is pleasurable for you and your guests.

May 14, 2019 – Marketing Your Property Through Airbnb and Social Media (Airbnb webinar series #5)

How are you marketing your listing? When someone lands on your listing, have you told your story well? Have you asked your local tourism office to list your space as a link on their page? Have you created a facebook page for your rental and share it regularly with local event pages? Learn these tips and more as you learn new ways to market your Airbnb listing.

June 18, 2019 – Airbnb Business Expense Write-offs (Airbnb webinar series #6)

Learn what expenses can be written off while hosting. Write-offs include mortgage interest, property tax, operating expenses, depreciation, and repairs. You can deduct the ordinary and necessary expenses for managing, conserving and maintaining your rental property. Join Camille and learn about all of the write off’s and the formula you will need to use for your property.

July 9, 2019 – Booking More Guest (Airbnb webinar series #7)

According to Airbnb, the exact list of features that are considered are confidential as to how to get your listing to the top of the list, however, learn about the top three categories that can get your booking moved to the top of the search. Join Camille and learn how to get more bookings through knowing what Airbnb is looking for so that more guests see your home.

August 13, 2019 – Updating Your Page and Improving Your Listing (Airbnb webinar series #8)

Are your getting positive reviews? If so, make sure and use the verbiage from what your guests are saying. Have guests consistently said that your home is, “inviting, relaxed, and comfortable.” Perhaps they have loved history and culture reflected in your home. Use these comments and others to help your guests choose your listing over others!

September 10, 2019 – 5 Steps to Becoming a Superhost  (Airbnb webinar series #9)

To become a Superhost, you need to have an account in good standing and meet specific Airbnb requirements. Your performance is measured over the past 365 days. Are you a Superhost yet? Learn ways to become a Superhost or keep your Superhost status.

October 8th, 2019 – Reviews and Feedback, How To Provide Great Customer Service (Airbnb webinar series #10)

Great customer service begins with knowing what your customers want. Learn tried and true ways to communicate well, problem solve, accept customer feedback, and use Airbnb customer care hotline when needed. Learn new techniques to improve your customer care and improve your reviews.

November 12, 2019 – Joining Airbnb Forums and networking with other Airbnb hosts (Airbnb webinar series #11)

The Airbnb community center is a place to connect with other hosts, share stories, ask for advice, and get updates from the Airbnb team. You can also plan or join meetups. Learn how to start a conversation, contribute to others, tag your conversations so others can find them, and increase bookings based on contributions.

December 10, 2019 – Reflecting on Your Hosting Experience (Airbnb webinar series #12)

Build your business plan for 2020 based on your Airbnb reports from 2019. Learn where to find detailed booking, income, and statistical reports that will assist you in creating your business plan for 2020. If you haven’t completed your initial accounting reports for 2019, it’s time to do so. Learn how to balance your revenue and write-offs as the year comes to an end.

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