a reply to: deadlyhope
I wouldn't get discouraged by competition.
It's all in marketing. I've never used the site airbnb for locating rental vacation homes, and have only heard of it used once in person.
I would always jump on Google and type Key Largo vacation rentals, for instance.
websites cost next to nothing to build, your overhead will be smaller than airbnb, so you can offer lower fees.
Imo the money is in google and social media linking.
You have to appeal to the clients "better" than they do.
Example. Approach each owner directly with a free listing service via cold call, or directed mail marketing.
Use a professional, or at least get good a photography, then blow up social media with the properties.
Learn the tricks to get up front in Google page ranking.
Open a biz account at the bank, then you basically are in the scheduling biz at that point. Take calls or emails to schedule rentals, collect a
deposit and payment for owners, then cut them a check with a smaller listing fee than airbnb, or similar.
Don't hesitate to tell your clients you are a Dad looking for help, people love to help small guys vs giant.com.
You secure 10 houses that rent for 2k k a week and get 300 listing fee, you are at 12k a month gross for 10-20 communications/ via email or phone.
boom, 144k a year gross. Probably seasonal, but you can do the math.
You get in 1 that works well, neighbors will talk and join.
good luck, sounds exciting.