WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Air BnB reported there are 60 active hosts in Wichita County who made $320,000 in supplemental income on Thursday.
Hosts can rent out their homes, rooms or lofts using the app or website.
Ron and Trudy Jones began to host guests in their guest home for more than a year after their fixed income put in a financial struggle. Both of them are retired.
“My brother stayed in Air BnBs and he had suggested it to us and we thought well that’s probably a good idea," Ron said.
They quickly created an account, posted photos of their guest home and immediately someone booked it.
“This businessman booked it just right away," Trudy said. "We were just shocked because he had just put it on. We were like ‘Oh, my goodness!’”
Ron said they now make an $1,300 dollars a month. He said it is double what they would make if they would rent it out. He said, last year, the Jones family hosted 61 guests.
“At first we said to ourselves 'if we could only rent it occasionally every now and then, that would be great," Ron said. "Then, we got greedy.”
She said there are some costs like they clean up after guests.
“Sometimes, it’s interesting to learn what you may find under the bed, you know,” Trudy said.
There is also a Wichita Falls city occupancy tax and a percentage they pay Air B and B for using the app which puts new money into the local economy.
They said they feel it is a small price to pay for the income they now make.
“It’s just been interesting to learn different people, get to know them and their stories," Trudy said.