AirbnbSo, for the past few months I have been trying to figure out how I am going to pay my rent post-divorce.  I kept thinking that I could easily just work more hours doing antique restoration and pay it from my wages.  And I could were it not for all those unforeseen events that seem to always be happening to me.  The latest, a severe bout of carpal tunnel.  Both my hands are sore, my gripping ability is diminished, and I only have feeling in my pinky in my right hand.  It’s hard to manipulate tools when you have to guess what your hand is doing.  So, it seems I have to rent the spare room.  I actually dread having to have a roommate again.   It’s not that I’ve had terrible experiences, but I’m already used to living alone.  Living with a partner is also not the same as living with a roommate.  But there’s another option.  A better option…  

Some of my friends have recently been using a website called Airbnb.  It allows you to rent your free space, like a spare bedroom or pullout sofa in the living room, on a short-term basis.  You can specify prices for single nights or weeks or months.  The website takes a little getting used to, but once you realize what each option does you can get through it pretty quickly.  I’m not set to rent the room until the 2nd half of January, but I’ve been working hard to fine tune my listing.  Listing all the amenities, providing accurate descriptions of the space, a good set of pictures, and reasonable pricing is all you really need.  They even provide free professional photography of your space.  They give you tips and ideas on how to maximize you’re listing.  Customer service is always readily available and they even make a point of reaching out to you.  Comments of my friends, but more importantly their booking rates, (100% for all times made available) have convinced me that this is the way to go.  So, here is a link to my listing and I’ll update you as this progresses. But, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be great, in fact I even signed up as an affiliate.

 

http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/279816?af=537478&c=direct_link