Airbnb is still a new concept for many Australians. After all, until recently, who would have thought that you could turn your spare room or apartment into a space where people would pay to stay?
But the concept is certainly booming, with companies such as Uber and Airbnb pioneering the “sharing economy” and creating affordable solutions for consumers, as well as fresh income streams for those providing them.
This exciting form of collaborative consumption has started a quiet revolution among young professionals and small entrepreneurs – including Melbourne Business Development Manager and Airbnb host Daniel Kisliakov.
With a passion for ethical business and the sharing economy, Daniel shares his own story of becoming an Airbnb host with us below.
How I First Heard About Airbnb
My Airbnb experience began about a year ago. As a young professional I’ve always been interested in finding ways to maximise my income. But I’ve also always been keen for these things to come naturally – they had to feel right.
I first heard about Airbnb through a friend while my new investment apartment was being built. “Why don’t you turn it into an Airbnb?” my friend suggested.
“What’s Airbnb?” I asked, surprised. Not knowing what to expect I went home and checked out the Airbnb website. What I found was an exciting global community of hosts turning spaces into great places for people to stay. The idea appealed to me in an instant! I decided I wanted to try it out for myself.
Setting Up My Airbnb
It took me about a month to set up my Airbnb. I received my first guests in April 2015 and within three months was hosting people from all over the world: France, Germany, England, Scotland, the United States and many more.
I soon found that my guests liked Airbnb for the same reasons I do. In my own travels, I love the feeling of travelling to an exciting destination where you know you’ll be meeting a host who wants to welcome you. For me, this is an important part of the travel experience and something I wanted to offer other people.
Helping People Out
One of the most rewarding things about being an Airbnb host is that it gives you an opportunity to help people.
My very first guests were a young French couple, one of whom was already living in Australia while the other was still in the process of making the move. It was great to know that their lives were made all the more easier by the experience of hosting that I could provide – I provided them with a secure and homely base to start the next chapter of their lives, during what could have been a very stressful time for both of them.
Another of my Airbnb guests was just starting her new life as an international student in Australia. For two weeks her family was able to stay with her, in comfortable and affordable accommodation, while she worked out her enrolment and found a place to live.
My Next Adventure with Airbnb
Since becoming an Airbnb host I’ve changed the way I think about travel and accommodation. With a study trip booked to the UK in August, I’ve already found and booked my own Airbnb – as a guest!
I’m looking forward to being a guest for the first time, experiencing another host’s hospitality and unique accommodation space. That’s how Airbnb works!
If you’re thinking about becoming an Airbnb host yourself, it’s a truly great experience. You may also like to check out some practical tips from me about setting up your Airbnb with these 5 important things to consider when starting your Airbnb. Good luck!
Author: Kerrie-Anne Chinn
Freelance Copywriter & Editor, working with ethical companies to create positive change.