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CREATIVE CHAT CAFE - Savvy social business trends that are supporting Entrepreneurship & the green economy (LIVE broadcast)
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Table of Contents (click on the minute timeline for the specific content):
00:46 - Greetings & introductions.
02:27 - What's in this episode - AirBnB and Uber.
07:14 - AirBnB as a way to make some money.
10:55 - A quick look at AirBnB's website and dashboard.
13:45 - 3 reasons why Zef thinks AirBnB is great way to do business.
14:19 - Sondra's book recommendation - "Letting people in."
15:44 - How AirBnB and Uber are helping people connect.
18:19 - How a concierge type business can benefit from AirBnB.
22:22 - Sondra's ideas and tips for AirBnB hosts.
23:56 - How to harness and turn the AirBnB concept into a great opportunity.
27:40 - Things to be mindful of when engaging in a social business.
29:42 - Zef's tips for AirBnB users.
31:51 - Lirone's tips on how to communicate better to learn more about other people.
33:24 - Zef's tips for AirBnB hosts that will help them get better results.
36:00 - Lirone: How suitcase entrepreneurs and business folks can benefit from AirBnB.
37:39 - Leverage AirBnB and maximize your travel options.
38:38 - Quick review of this episode of Creative Chat Cafe.
40:16 - What is Uber and how does one get service and ride?
43:17 - A look at Uber and the features offered.
44:19 - How Uber helps build the personalized human connection and experience.
45:47 - A look at the Uber features and app.
47:49 - Optimizing Uber as a solution.
50:50 - How to tap into social networks to help boost your AirBnB and Uber business.
52:43 - How ride sharing are changing cities and helping them green up their environment.
56:10 - Lirone's tips on how to utilize and maximize your Uber ride.
56:58 - How Uber is helping green up the economy.
58:03 - Cast contact information.
1:00:05 - Let's get social!
the conversation: your hosts:
LIRONE: Sondra, you say hosting an AirBnB is a breeze, what can you do to make it even easier for your clients?
SONDRA: As a personal concierge, I help my clients manage their AirBnB as well. I'll take the photos, communicate with possible guests and will make sure it's clean before and after, restocking whatever is necessary. My friend, Rochelle Short, wrote a book about being an AirBnB host. It is called "Letting People In." It's a very good read.
ZEF: Lirone, as a business owner, how do you see the AirBnB concept can help the suitcase type entrepreneur?
LIRONE: It just makes travel life more fun and cozy. Hotels are nice, but many people want to feel at home - even away from home, being independent and also booking good places in advance.
ZEF: Here's some key points about AirBnB
SONDRA: Not only is it important to check out your guests before hosting for security, but also to weed out those who aren't serious. You don't want to book your space for someone and then have them not show up without calling. That costs you money and time.
ZEF: That's a great point, Sondra. And I have a tip for those of you who are thinking about doing this. To make sure the person is serious, you should charge them a security deposit to hold the space. If they really want it, they will pay the deposit. Also, the AirBnB app has three cancellation policies to choose from, so if you are worried about whether a guest is serious or not, choose the moderate or strict policy. The strict one is that once they book it, they have to pay whether they show up or not, no cancellations. The moderate one gives them five days to cancel for a full refund.
LIRONE: I wanted to mention that even though I am a suitcase entrepreneur, the most well-known suitcase entrepreneur is my friend, Natalie Sisson, who wrote a book called "The Suitcase Entrepreneur." She also has a website www.TheSuitcaseEntrepreneur.
ZEF: Thanks. Lirone! And on that note, we are out of time. See you all next week!
let's get social:
ZEF: AirBnB is good because:
SONDRA: I use Uber when I have to, usually late at night. I like the UberX service, it’s generally cheaper than taxis and are typically ecofriendlier cars - prius and camry vs. massive SUV. As far as AirBnB goes, I’ve never used it personally but I’ve helped a lot of my traveling clients find the right place both here and abroad. I’ve also helped people set theirs up here to help pay for rent.