The couple acknowledged that they "love Airbnb" and how much the platform "changed [their] lives" after allowing them to quit their day jobs at Tesla and iHeartRadio.
However, they admitted they were "absolutely terrified" that their business relied on the popular rental website.
"Right now, a hundred per cent of our bookings for short-term rentals come from either Airbnb or Vrbo," Sara explained. "We just keep asking ourselves, 'what if something goes wrong with Airbnb or Vrbo?'"
Going forward, they want more control over their properties and to end their "reliance on Airbnb and start working towards getting guests to book directly with [them]."
They aim to "slowly quit over time" while setting up their business.
The Robinsons outlined their plans to:
Use email capture to get guests' email addresses when they log on to use the internet during their stay.
Implement influencer marketing by offering influencers a free night stay for social posts in return.
Set up new social media profiles to showcase the properties.
Set up a blog to redirect people to their booking system.
The couple warned that it could be "pretty difficult" for a new host to obtain a "decently filled calendar right off the bat without using something like Airbnb and Vrbo."
However, they argued their strategies can assist hosts in creating a "platform you own yourself."
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