As a vacation rental owner or property manager, you’re probably often on the lookout for tips and tricks which will help improve or optimize many aspects of your business. That’s why you subscribe to the right industry blogs, you belong to all the relevant LinkedIn groups and you follow the leading influencers to constantly build on your knowledge.
But, there is something else you could be doing at any time to further your understanding about vacation rental best practices. It’s something you can do at home, on the go, on your commute or even in the bath (if you want to).
That is – listen to podcasts.
What are podcasts?
Podcasts are to your ears what blogs are to your eyes. They’re recorded audio shows, which often take the form of a series, and usually centered around specific topics and themes – such as vacation rentals. Best of all, they’re downloadable, meaning you can listen to them offline and from just about anywhere. In short, it’s like having a radio station that you’ve personally curated at your fingertips.
I want to be a vacation rental pro, what podcasts should I listen to?
As the industry is growing and changing, there are an increasing number of vacation rental resources readily available for up-and-coming professionals, such as podcasts. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular podcasts for budding industry experts of the moment!
Vacation Rental Success
One of the most well-known podcasts in the industry, Heather Bayer’s Vacation Rental Success podcast never fails to deliver. In the weekly podcast, you’ll find interviews with industry influencers and booming business owners alongside interior design tips, marketing ideas and event roundups. This podcast is bursting full of useful tricks that can be put into action right away. Read the useful summaries of each podcast before downloading the ones that interest you most!
Holiday Let Success
Covering everything from vacation rental events to copywriting, the best apps and tools to building your rental portfolio, the Holiday Let Success podcast is another must-listen for any aspiring owner or manager. Elaine Watt’s UK-based podcast is committed to educating owners to build successful businesses, while focusing on sharing industry knowledge and creating lasting guest relationships.
Get Paid for Your Pad
It’s with good reason this podcast has such a heavy focus specifically on Airbnb – its creator, Jasper Ribbers, is a long time Airbnb Superhost and his whole website is dedicated to helping other hosts achieve the same success. The Get Paid for Your Pad podcast teaches hosts how to make the most income from their Airbnb listings, all the while providing listeners with actionable tips, Airbnb news stories and personal anecdotes.
As the website itself describes, the BiggerPockets podcast is just like “grabbing a beer with hundreds of real estate investors and entrepreneurs”. While not necessarily vacation rental-focused, these “casual chats” about the ups and downs of the real estate industry, personal learning curves and talks about how to achieve big results are a great source of information for any ambitious owner.
Shampoo and Booze
This funnily-named podcast takes its inspiration from the two most frequently left-behind items in this couple’s Airbnb – Shampoo and Booze. The hosts of this podcast are Ryanne and Jay who own a popular rural vacation rental. Through their recordings, listeners can track the couple’s renovation progress, as well as hear their thoughts on long and short term renting, how to improve rentals and running Airbnb businesses on the road.
Hosting Your Home
Debi and Rob Hertert are the married team behind the Hosting Your Home podcast. As owners of four vacation rentals themselves, they’re experienced in everything that comes along with opening up your properties for business. While many of the stories are Portland or Oregon-based, owners from all over can relate to the topics discussed.
The Property Podcast
Though it started from humble beginnings with a single half-an-hour long recording, the Property Podcast now has over 100,000 listeners each month for its twice-weekly sessions. Its contents boast news stories and resources, wedged between advice and discussions regarding all things property investment – including vacation rentals.
Which vacation rental podcasts do you listen to? If we’ve missed any of your favorites that deserve a mention here, let us know in the comments!