How To Rent Out Your Guest Room On Airbnb (And Make An Extra $1,000/Month)

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I have said it before (just last week, I believe!) and i will say it again: motherhood is one of the busiest, most challenging, yet most rewarding things you will ever do...

...and not only is it all of the above, but it is also pretty freaking expensive, seeing as though kids like to outgrow their clothes every week, eat multiple times a day, and eventually have the gaul to leave you to pursue their future at college.

Speaking of college, did you know that as of this publication, the average cost of school per year is $10,000+, which will only go up more and more by the time our kids and grandkids are ready to go? 

Now that I have got myself both worked up and freaked out, you are probably wondering why I am going off on this irrelevant tangent... well, one of the reasons I wanted to work on the side while staying home with the boys was to put more money into both their savings/college accounts and ours, and I know that I am not the only one, which is why I am constantly on the prowl for potential money-making ideas for busy moms like you. 

Enter Airbnb.

For anyone unfamiliar with the company, Airbnb "uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs." 

In other words, your spare bedroom becomes a hotel of sorts and you take home the cash.

Obviously, this approach to making extra money is unconventional and not for everyone, but if renting out your spare room, home (if/when you are out of town), or second home sounds like a financial path you would be willing to explore, read on: 

How does renting your space on Airbnb work?

I'm so glad you asked! The first step in the process is to create or log-in to your account, in which you describe your space and location, and receive an instant estimate on how much Airbnb thinks you can earn by consistently renting it out.

Airbnb’s estimate if I rented out our entire house consistently.

Airbnb’s estimate if I rented out our entire house consistently.

Estimate for renting our guest room.

Estimate for renting our guest room.

Obviously, this is just an estimate and at the end of the day, you get to name your own price (also remember that Airbnb does take a 3% cut), but keep in mind that it's a competitive market, so you will want/need to price it fairly.

Once you have your Airbnb account set up, it is time to get even more in-depth about both yourself and your space, which is where you get a chance to tell potential guests a little bit about you (their host), build trust, and then explain the space even more in depth, including amenities, (towels, internet), perks (in-room snacks, breakfast in the morning), and nearby activities/attractions.

One of the great things about using a platform like Airbnb is that you have complete control over how often you rent, so if there is a particular time that does not work for having guests, you can simply block it out on your calendar! Another bonus? You can have as little or as much interaction with your guests as you would like, making this the perfect side gig for introverts and extroverts alike.

Now that you know the basics of renting your space on Airbnb, here are a few do’s and don’ts for getting the most out of your listing.

For visuals sake, the following are pictures of our downstairs guest room… if any of you reading this have an eye for design, please give me your tips for sprucing up this space!

Do: Make the space as clean and comfortable as possible

Whether you hire a professional cleaner or do the deep cleaning yourself, it is vital that your space be spick and span, as it may reflect on both you and your Airbnb rating! (You would hate to walk into a hotel room to find used sheets, dust, and an un-vacuumed floor, so don’t expect that to fly with your guests.)

Don’t: Make the space a shrine to you or your family

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As you can see, we display A LOT of old family photos on the guest room dresser, which is obviously fine when our parents visit, but may not be the best when Airbnb guests are using the space!

Do: Spruce up your space

Not the greatest shots/angles of our guest bathroom, but bear with me!

Not the greatest shots/angles of our guest bathroom, but bear with me!

A pretty shower curtain. Some art deco prints. A colorful bedspread. These little touches can add so much to a room (and are really affordable, if you look around!), and can make your guest’s experience all the more enjoyable!

Do: Add extra amenities

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As I previously mentioned, extra amenities are always a good thing in the world of Airbnb, so get creative with it! One idea: Our basement (where the guest bed and bathroom are located) has a really nice theater room, so I would advertise that as one of the perks of staying at our home.

As you can see, renting your space on Airbnb is a great way to make extra cash, so if you are comfortable with hosting, I highly recommend you look into it! (If one of your reservations is safety — as it would be with me — check out what Airbnb does to keep you, your home, and your guests safe.)

Now I want to hear from you: Would (or have) you host on Airbnb? Let me know in the comments!

How to Rent Your Room on Airbnb

How to Make $2,500+ a Month as a Social Media Marketer

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If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you stumbled upon this article/site through either Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram.

Right?

Right.

How often are you on these platforms (be honest; we won't judge)? Have you ever thought about turning your time on social media into a full-blown work-from-home empire?!

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According to PayScale, the average social media marketer brings in $34,432 to $56,571 per year, which is not only factoring in marketing firms, but the freelancers and one-(wo)man companies as well.

In some of the women entrepreneur groups I am in, I see marketers advertising their 2-to-3-posts-per day services for $500+ per month!

Think about it: If you charge $500 per month to manage a business' Facebook and Instagram accounts, and take on 5 regular clients, that's a whopping $2,500 per month (or $30,000 per year).

$30,000 a year to get creative and schedule posts? Umm, yes please!

Now think about how it could be once you get your business established and some satisfied clientele... you could not only take on even more clients (if time permits), but you could also raise your prices to mirror the quality of your work!

Obviously, everyone's experience and pay scale is going to vary, but this is a highly sought after and realistic work-from-home job that I cannot help but share. 

The other day, I was listening to the Hustle to Freedom podcast (which I STRONGLY recommend listening to!) and heard the story of Sarah Bettencourt: a single mom who left her job at an established firm to grow her own social and digital management company. Today, Sarah's company employs 6 AND works with huge bloggers, entrepreneurs, and brands... pretty cool, right? 

Now for the million dollar question: Just how does one become a social media manager/strategist/marketer?

Long before we had our first son, I knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and, lucky for me, about a week after he was born my husband was interviewed/hired for an awesome network engineer job in Denver. Because of this new job (and a lot of budgeting), we could now afford for me to stay home, but I still wanted to find something that I could do to bring in a little extra money.

What did I do?

I reached out to my hometown museum, who had an outdated website and virtually no online/social media presence, and offered to be their webmaster, newspaper copywriter, and marketing manager.

That's right: I asked.

My advice in starting your career in social media is to reach out to different small businesses, mom and pop shops, restaurants, etc., to help yourself become established and to help your client grow their business. Needless to say, you probably won't make $3,000/month right off the bat (I was making $10 an hour), but you will learn a lot and will hopefully receive referrals/a great testimony from the people you've helped!

Another great place to for marketing is -- ready for it? -- Craigslist!

Yes, Craigslist can be a sketchy place at times with ads for casual hookups and scam houses for rent, but it can also be a goldmine for work-from-home jobs! 

Before I began writing for the company I am with now, I interviewed for/was offered a job at a local marketing and analytics firm, one that would allow me to work remotely with the exception of bi-weekly in-office meetings. To search through available opportunities, go to the "jobs" section of your local Craigslist (heck, check out all the local metro pages -- it's work from home, so it doesn't matter if you live in that exact spot or not) and search "remote+marketing." 

Something to keep in mind if/when going this route: If you are working with an actual company, you probably won't get to name your price... BUT, you will be getting invaluable experience that you can add to your resume! Another thought/warning: Be sure to also research the company to make sure they are legit, because even though CL has a lot of good jobs, they also have their fair share of scams.

A final thought when finding work is to reach out to friends and family to let them know what you are doing! Post your services in LinkedIn, share a status about it on Facebook... it is amazing just how often somebody you know knows someone else who could use your expertise! 

If you want to take your knowledge to the next level or add a completed course to your resume, I have just the class for you, which is that of Facebook Advertising Secrets!

Facebook ads are HOT right now and businesses need people like you to help them run their campaigns. My friend, Andrea Vahl has a brand new training series called How to Start a Highly Profitable Facebook Ads Management Business…even if you’ve never run Facebook Ads before!

You will learn:

  • The #1 thing you need to have in place BEFORE you start running Facebook Ads for clients 
  • How to get your first client in 30 Days or LESS (and then Scale UP from there)
  • What specific things you do for clients each day, week, and month so that you make sure their ads are working for them (with some handy checklists)
  • 3 crucial decisions about services, packages, and pricing that will help your Facebook ads management business run more profitably

The training includes checklists, videos, an ebook and a LIVE webinar happening on September 6th. Get signed up by clicking here.

In addition to the course, I have found this book to be extremely helpful in learning more about running your business/navigating social media management (Please note: This is an Amazon Affiliate link, meaning I may receive a small commission off any purchase. Don't worry though; there is no price change/increase for you by buying through my link): 

Happy business launching, Side Hustle Mom! As always, if there is any way I can help in your work-from-home journey, drop me a comment!

How To Make $22 An Hour Working From Home With VIPKid

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Remember all of the studying you did in college to earn your degree? You busted your butt, pulled all-nighters, and fought hard to perfect your keg stand -- err, I mean GPA -- just so you could walk across that stage and dive head first into your future career!

Shortly before I finished college, I found out that my husband and I were pregnant with our oldest, so I knew right then that I was going to put my career on hold in order to stay home with him. Obviously, I am not the only mom to have done this, and -- thanks to the internet -- quickly found that I could have the best of both worlds in terms of both family and work.

And now, thanks to companies like VIPKid, you can too!

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What is VIPKid? VIPKid is an award-winning company whose mission is to "provide the international elementary school experience to Chinese children—all from the comfort of their homes. VIPKID provides one-on-one, fully immersive lessons in its online classroom. VIPKID’s curriculum is proprietary and aligned to the U.S. Common Core State Standards."

Do you have to have a degree in education to teach? No (though you do need at least a Bachelor's in any field).

Do you have to be able to speak more than language? Nope. 

What about lesson plans and grading?

Already taken care of!

This is totally a dream job, right?!

You worked HARD to get that degree, so why not put it to good use by teaching English via your own home? Earn $14 to $22 an hour AND make your own hours teaching English to one of 200,000 students from 300 cities! 

To get started, click here:

Work from Home with BabyQuip

Alright all you stay-at-home moms and dads: Side Hustle Mom is BACK and -- thanks to all of you who completed my survey last month -- better than ever! One of the ways that I have reformatted SHM to better serve you is by partnering with and featuring legitimate companies (verses just scouring the web for random at home positions, seen in the former job listings section) that offer good pay, flexible hours, and fun work! 

All of this being said, I have a question to ask: Have you ever flown by yourself with two kids, two car seats, two huge bags, and a bunch of other random junk? (Never again, right -- err, I mean, you too?) Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to get to where you're going, have somebody meet you with all of the baby necessities, and then pick it up at the end of your trip so you don't have to lug it all back with you through the airport?

Dream no more, mamma, for such a company exists, and YOU can work for them around YOUR schedule! Check out what Trish McDermott, co-founder of BabyQuip, has to say about her new company (and side hustle jobs in general) and how you can get involved:

Half of all US Millennials have a side hustle according to recent research from GoDaddy. Most side hustle for extra income, bringing in on average an extra $258 each month. Many report truly enjoying their side gig. There are many popular side gigs, including driving, pet sitting, cooking, running errands and selling items online.

With so much opportunity available, what makes for a good side gig these days, especially for a SAHM? As co-founder of BabyQuip, the leading baby gear rental marketplace - one that is 95% powered by women, most of whom are moms - I think I know.

BabyQuip mompreneurs (a few dads and retired folks too) rent, deliver and set up baby equipment that they own at a family’s hotel, vacation rental, or at the homes of grandparents who are entertaining visiting grandchildren. They return on departure days and pick it all up. They use their own SUVs, vans and other car types to bring portable cribs, car seats, high chairs, swings, books, games, toys and more to families traveling to their area who simply don’t want lug all that stuff.

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The work is flexible, easy, meaningful, and lucrative when compared to other side gigs. Mompreneurs acquire new sales, marketing and business skills on this journey and join a friendly and supportive community of entrepreneurs.

Here are some all-important criteria for a stay at home mom seeking to make some extra money in the gig economy. Whether you decide to start a baby gear rental business on the BabyQuip platform, or embark on any other extra income opportunities, you’ll do well to consider these factors.

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Flexibility - Does your side gig give you some control over your schedule? Can you take a vacation?

Easy - For stay at home moms, your side gig certainly isn’t the most important part of your life. You’ll want work that doesn’t stress you out (too much) and a side hustle where you can easily be successful, even when putting your little ones first.

Meaningful - At the end of the day, it’s nice to know that in some way, big or small, you left someone a little happier as the result of your work.

Lucrative - Not all side hustles pay well, especially when you factor in your time and expenses. Figure out your projected hourly income before you jump into any side hustle.

Educational - Select a side hustle that helps you keep your business skills sharp, or that increases your skill set, while you’re home with your babies. Ideally, you’ll be able to launch and grow your own business, one that can become a full-time gig if you decide to more significantly return to the workforce.

Collaborative - Look for a gig that connects you with other gig economy entrepreneurs, especially mompreneurs, even allowing you to collaborate with them as you grow your business. The best of both worlds is to have a solo business, but also a community of entrepreneurs with whom to share ideas, ask questions, and even make meaningful connections.

Trish McDermott is a co-founder of BabyQuip, the leading baby gear rental marketplace with locations throughout the US and Canada. Learn more about making baby gear rental your next side gig (and if you do, let them know you heard about them through the Side Hustle Mom!).