AirBNB is a platform in which you can list your property and check if someone wants to rent it for a short period of time. It is like torrent for P2P transfer but with something more real.This is what make it easy to get some extra income when you are not using it or you just have an extra place that you can get money from.
Most of the people don’t go out of their comfort zones because everything that it implies. For me was a tough decision to come abroad to study an MBA after being working for several years, had my house, my family, my friends, my car and everything that makes your life more comfortable after a while. Don’t forget to consider that studying abroad have other costs also, the MBA itself, the hosting, the food, and others while you are not going to be working.
Airbnb helped me with a pair of the concerns that I had; what to do with my home and how to pay my host and some of my expenses in the host country.
Why Airbnb ?
When I made up my mind I starting selling my stuff, my car, my video games, and consoles, but what to do with my apartment? I tried to rent it, but the monthly income was lower that the installments of my loan. Losing money every month was not an option for me. I checked some services that promised a lot, they were in charge of my apartment, and I just receive money, but they did not work as expected.
I knew about Airbnb as a traveler for a while. I stayed with great people and excellent places that were much better than a hotel, hostel or anything in between so I thought in giving it a try while I was in my country and can manage it myself, this way I could check if it was profitable or not. For my surprise, it took only an afternoon for renting my apartment for the next week at a superb price with which I could pay the expenses of the whole month in a couple of days.
Now that I realized that Airbnb was a solution I started renting my apartment for the last couple of months while I was there and organized how to manage my place from another country in the future.
My perceived benefits
Some of the benefits that I had while renting my place with Airbnb are the following:
- I kept all my personal stuff in the storage in my apartment, so I did not need to sell all my clothes, souvenirs, and memories.
- I did not need to sell the furniture, so when I come back to my country, I just go back to my apartment as if nothing happened.
- I am splitting the payouts for my place between my host country and my home country, so I have the money that I need to spend in one and in the other to cover the costs.
For me, AirBNB was the solution for getting money with my apartment instead of losing it. If you are ever facing the same predicament that I had before gone abroad, I hope that this blog post at least helps you to realized that a couple of the issues that were mention, in the beginning, can be covered using AirBNB as a solution for renting your apartment. You can also rent one of your rooms if you have an empty one and want to make some extra money !.
And don’t forget that if you ever go to Santiago on Chile to stay at my place!