Creating an AirBnb Experience

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Perspective
What passion, interest, or hobby are you excited to share if you host an experience on Airbnb?

I am passionate about talking to strangers about their interests and referring resources, offering support or making introductions to empower people to pursue a life of meaning and fulfillment. I really enjoy driving my Suburu WRX, 5 speed manual transmission, but when I purchased the car new in 2014, I did not know how to drive it. Over the course of four weekly lessons on Saturdays my father-in-law and sister in law taught me for about an hour a week. I would like to offer this experience to someone to learn how to drive a stick shift with the option of buying the car afterwards and applying the experience cost to the purchase price.
What new point of view would you want guests to gain after going on your experience?

Having 15 years of real estate experience, over the course of a few hours we can talk about potential business opportunities have an area tour or we can drive around to look at properties to lease or buy to create generational wealth and get to know each other better. I enjoy changing people’s lives through daily conversations with strangers.
Credibility
How did you discover this passion, how long have you been interested in it, and how do you continue to learn more?

I discovered this passion while commuting to work on Bart. I would notice something of interest about a stranger and comment on it and then a conversation would follow. I’ve been playing guitar on my commute for the past year and recording a lot of the conversations in preparation for a podcast release… First unedited iteration… www.heartitect.com
Access
What special access can you give guests to make your experience stand out?

If you would like to learn how to talk to anyone and have an interesting conversation, connect with people in real life and get their contact information in a few minutes or connect with people on LinkedIn. I think I am quite the expert as I am aiming to connect with 1,000 people on LinkedIn by the end of September. I have 826 contacts as of 8/28/17. If you want to pay me for my time to meet you around SF we can take a walk or the Bart to show you what I mean. I’ll be the one playing guitar while we walk…
The experience
How would you turn that passion into an actual experience?

I currently talk to strangers on a daily basis and interview them about their interests. I have hours of recordings over the past year and have not focused on monetization. If someone would like to shadow me during my interactions, it might change their lives as it changes mine every day to connect with human beings and nourish my soul.
How often would you like to host?
I am currently in between a previous soul crushing 8-5 job. So depending on the demand and compensation I could host daily except during school hours and on weekends due to family obligations.
Optional info
Are you well known for your passion? If you’d like, add in any links to your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, personal blog, or articles written by you or about you.

Anything else we should know about you?
If people do not want to learn how to drive a stick shift on a more intimate one on one experience, which I have access to. I am open to facilitating a rental of the guests choice, from looking at Enterprise Online a Ferrari California is $1,200 a day. A similar exotic sports car can be rented for $200-$250, but the real niche is that no one is offering to teach someone how to drive a stick shift vehicle…
Responsible hosting rules – Unable to charge for the ride. Free experience…
Experiences Involving Transportation in San Francisco

These information pages can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your experiences on Airbnb. These pages include summaries of some of the rules that may apply to different sorts of activities, and contain links to government resources that you may find helpful.

Please understand that these information pages are not comprehensive, and are not legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Experience, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.

Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*

San Francisco

Do I need a special license or permit to drive my guests to and from my experience if I don’t charge them for the ride?

You don’t need a special license or permit to drive your guests as long as you are not charging them for the ride.

In order to drive guests without getting an extra license or permit, you:

  • cannot charge them for the transportation you provide (either directly or by adding the cost of transportation to your Experience Fee), and
  • should clearly mention in your Listing that transportation will be provided “at no charge.”

If you want to charge your guests for the ride, you need to get special licenses.

Example: Joe takes his guests on a meditative walk through Golden Gate Park and wants to give them a free ride to/from the experience. Joe’s listing makes it clear he will pick up Guests who need a ride to get to his experience at no charge to the Guest. Joe does not need special licenses (aside from his regular driver’s license) to do this.

If I want to charge for the ride, do I need a special license or permit to drive guests to and from my experience?

Yes. What kind of license(s) you need depends on whereyou’re driving them and how much you’re charging for your experience.

If you’re driving guests only within San Francisco

If you’re only giving pre-arranged rides within San Francisco, you’ll need to get a Motor Vehicle For-Hire license from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The steps to get a Motor Vehicle For-Hire License are similar to the ones required to get a taxi driver license. You’ll need to visit the SFMTA office in person at 1 South Van Ness Ave., 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 and:

  • Pay an application fee around $255 (similar to the Taxi license application fee);
  • Get fingerprinted and have a background check done;
  • Complete a Driver’s’ Training Course;
  • Pass a written SFMTA examination;
  • Pass a drug and alcohol test; and
  • Show proof that you have at least $500,000 in car insurance covering public liability and property damage.

More information on SFMTA’s requirements is available here.

Example: Ben wants to drive his guests along the San Francisco Scenic Drive from the Ferry Building to Ocean Beach. Ben will charge $30 for the ride (and his experience costs less than $300). Since Ben plans to charge guests to drive them in San Francisco, he needs a SFMTA Motor Vehicle For-Hire license before he starts driving guests.

To do so, he’ll need to purchase $500,000 in car insurance and then head over to the SFMTA office to apply in person, pay the application fee, get fingerprinted, take a drug and alcohol test, and enroll in a training course. Joe will get his license once he passes his background check and the drug and alcohol test, completes the training course, and passes the SFMTA written exam.

If you’re driving guests outside San Francisco city limits

If you’re charging your guests to drive them outside San Francisco, you need a “charter-party carrier” license from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). A CPUC charter-party carrier license is quite costly; the application fee alone is $1,000, annual license renewal is $100, and there’s a CPUC regulatory fee of 0.33% on what you charge to drive your passengers every year. In addition, among other requirements, you’ll need to:

  • Show proof that you have at least $750,000 in car insurance covering public liability and property damage;
  • Pass a drug and alcohol test by one of the CPUC’s approved providers; and
  • If your vehicle seats more than 9 passengers, pass a vehicle inspection by the California Highway Patrol.

More information on how to get a charter-party carrier license is available here. Once you file your application and meet the requirements, it usually takes about 3 weeks for the CPUC to register your license.

Picking guests up at the airport: Note that a charter-party carrier license does not guarantee that you will be allowed to pick up guests at the airport. Many airports have restrictions as to charter party carriers including additional vehicle inspections, background checks and special placards. Be sure to check with the airport before charging guests for airport pickup even if you have a charter-party carrier license.

Example: Anita is a surfer who wants to give her San Francisco guests a ride to her experience catching waves in Linda Mar. Anita drives a SUV that seats 6 and will charge each guest $20 for the ride (and her experience costs less than $300 per guest). *Since Anita is charging guests to drive them outside of San Francisco, she’ll need a CPUC Charter Carrier license. Since Anita will be driving a car that seats less than 16 passengers, she can choose to get a “P” Permit, which costs less than some of the the other license types.

To do so, she’ll need to buy car insurance covering $750,000 in public liability and property damage, file her application to the CPUC along with the $1,000 application fee, and pass a background check as well as a drug and alcohol check.

What if I charge my Guests for transportation and my experience costs over $300 per guest?

If you charge your guests for a ride (or for water transportation like a boat) and your experience costs over $300 per guest, you’ll also need to register as a “Seller of Travel”.

Note: You can avoid having to register as a Seller of Travel if you don’t charge your guests for transportation.

If you need to register as a Seller of Travel, you need to do so 10 days before your experience starts. To do this, you’ll need to:

Once you get a Seller of Travel registration number, you need to include it in your listing.

If you plan to give your guests a ride or your experience involves sea travel (like a boat ride), you need to comply with the Seller of Travel requirements that may apply to you. If you charge over $300 per guest, include transportation or sea travel as part of your experience, and don’t register, you could get fined by the Attorney General’s office.

Example: Dave wants to give his San Francisco guests a ride to his experience wine tasting in Healdsburg. Dave drives a van that seats 9 and will charge each guest $40 for the ride and his experience costs $320 per person. In addition to a CPUC Charter Carrier License, Dave will need to register as a Seller of Travel since his experience costs over $300 per person and he is charging for transportation.

To do so, he’ll need to purchase a surety bond and then file his application to the California Attorney General’s office along with the $100 fee, and pass a background check.

How else can I help my guests get to and from my experience?

How you handle your experience and your guest’s transportation needs is entirely up to you. You may choose to:

  • give them a ride for free;
  • charge them if you have the necessary licenses;
  • ask your Guests to get their own transportation to and from your experience; or
  • get them a Lyft, Uber, taxi, or other state licensed vehicle with a licensed driver. You can even pay for these licensed transportation options yourself and include the cost as part of your Experience Price. However, if you do include the cost as part of your Experience Price, make sure you comply with Seller of Travel registration requirement that kicks-in for experiences that cost over $300 per person.

Example 1: Jen wants to give her San Francisco guests a ride to her experience visiting breweries in Santa Rosa. Jen charters a bus with a professional driver and charges her guests $60 for the ride. Jen’s experience costs $280 per guest. Since Jen isn’t driving guests herself, she can charge for the cost of the chartered bus. Because Jen’s experience costs less than $300 per guest, she does not need to register as a Seller of Travel.

Example 2: Jill wants to give her guests a ride to her dinner party in the Mission and arranges and pays for a Lyft for each of her guests. Jill chargers her guests $10 for the ride. Jill’s experience costs $330 per guest. Since Jill isn’t driving her guests, she can charge for the cost of their ride. However, because Jen’s experience costs more than $300 per guest, she will need to register as a Seller of Travel and include her registration number in her Listing.

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