Across the country, Airbnb still exists in a gray area for many people. State governments and city councils have addressed the regulatory issues surrounding Airbnb gradually, although sometimes even when they have, they have not cleared up all misconceptions and questions that hosts and rental owners may have. Other regulatory organizations, on the other hand, have passed out a firm rejection for Airbnb – something of which property managers and owners need to make themselves aware before they rush into any investments and create messes for themselves.
For their part, the people at Airbnb have offered guidance that basically amounts to “figure out.” Their official page states, “Some cities have laws that restrict your ability to host paying guests for short periods. These laws are often part of a city’s zoning or administrative codes. In many cities, you must register, get a permit, or obtain a license before you list your property or accept guests. Certain types of short-term bookings may be prohibited altogether. Local governments vary greatly in how they enforce these laws. Penalties may include fines or other enforcement“. Essentially, this is a caveat emptor situation, and if you want to make sure that you are within your local rights, you need to do your research.
That, however, is only the first step to building your local property management business for Airbnb. Once you have determined that you can run your property management business for Airbnb in your area, you need to figure out how you are going to do that. Follow these four steps after you have done your due diligence to build a local property management business that works.
Devise a strategy for generating leads.
If Airbnb is active in your area, then you should have no trouble connecting with property owners who are eager to enlist your services. You cannot assume that they will come to you, though. You need to throw out some lines if you want to hook any significant business. While most entrepreneurs try to figure out sales and marketing after they have launched their businesses, you should take care of this part before you make any other investments.
Draw up an operational flow chart.
This flow chart will prove useful both for you and for your clients. You want to be able to point to something concrete any time there is a question about how you do something or who is responsible for what. For every process that you follow in your property management business, there should be clear steps to get you from point A to point B.
Foster strong network relationships.
You should never think of your business relationships as “purely professional.” It is true that you want to keep up a certain decorum when you are interacting with your clients and partners, but you also want to put people at ease and let them know that you think of them as people. Fostering strong network relationships, you can strengthen your business overall and prevent the problems that will otherwise become major pain points later on.
Building your property management business will require finesse. You will find yourself thinking on your toes more often than not, which is why it is critical to pre-determine everything that you can pre-determine and create as much “thinking on your toes” space for yourself as possible. Expect that more challenges will always wait somewhere over the horizon, and the neater you can tie up your loose ends today, the better you prepare yourself to keep building (and avoid stalling).