Have you ever considered earning extra cash by becoming an Airbnb host?

You’ve got lots of questions about it first, right? And your biggest question is, How exactly do I do this?

We’ve got answers from four Airbnb hosts who know all the tricks of the trade, including a young Florida homeowner who rents out her three spare bedrooms; a “superhost” who manages properties remotely; a guy who rents out a tent in his parents’ backyard; and a San Francisco apartment dweller who markets her space to well-heeled business travelers.

How 4 Airbnb Hosts Make Bank

These veterans of the Airbnb game have collected personal hacks, trade secrets and insider tips. As one of them put it: “My husband and I earned more than $2,000 last year listing our apartment for a total of 15 days.”

They’ve got hard-earned advice on how to build your business, how to keep your sanity and, most importantly, how to maximize your earnings.

Three Spare Bedrooms

When Kristine Dowhan had Airbnb guests in her home, she would stay in her bedroom which had private access by her pool. Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

When Kristine Dowhan bought a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in St. Petersburg, Florida, she planned to fill the extra rooms with roommates. But her roommates didn’t work out, so Dowhan started looking for other options, which led her to become an Airbnb host.

In 18 months, she learned some universal truths that anyone who’s thinking about becoming an Airbnb host should know:

He Manages Properties Remotely

Terence Michael is a Hollywood producer who also makes extra income as an Airbnb super host. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Terence Michael, an Airbnb superhost based in Los Angeles, manages two properties remotely — one in Nashville, Tennessee, and one in Palm Springs, California. He shared some of his exclusive hosting tips with us:

Guy Rents Out Backyard Tent for $46/Night

Everyone knows Silicon Valley is an expensive place to live. So one man started listing a more affordable, innovative space: a tent. And it started making him a ton of money.

John Potter set up a four-person tent in his parents’ backyard in Mountain View, California, just a block from Google’s headquarters, and listed it on Airbnb.

The idea was originally a joke, but Potter was soon flooded with responses. At least half the people who contacted him were tech industry professionals who were in town for business.

Potter originally listed the tent for $20 a night, then $31, then $46. Guests got access to the family’s WiFi and could take a shower inside.

Look on Airbnb and you’ll see plenty of hosts offering tenting options. If you have a room to list instead, even better.

Targeting Business Travelers

Marian Schembari is a San Francisco apartment dweller who has learned how to market her space to business travelers. If you’re strategic with your listing, you can make more money this way.

“My husband and I earned more than $2,000 last year listing our apartment for a total of 15 days,” she wrote. “Every time we opened up an available weekend on the Airbnb calendar, our apartment would be booked within hours.

“Overall, our experience was amazing. Airbnb’s security measures are top-notch, our guests were lovely and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.”

Tips for crafting a business-friendly listing:

General Tips

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For our complete guide to becoming an Airbnb post, go here.

Here are a few general tips:

Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He’d have to do some serious cleaning before renting out his home.

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