Up Close and Personal with Airbnb Champion: Austin Walker

Doing good work never gets old. And no one will ever work on your goals as hard as you do. These are things that Austin Dane Walker swears by and are the big drivers of his success.

Austin Walker is a real estate guru who has taken over the Airbnb industry. Walker owns dozens of apartments that he rents out to those looking for stays via Airbnb, however he didn’t start off this way. Austin took a risk at a crucial time in his life to acquire his first property which ended up expanding his real estate career to where it is today.

Austin focused on growing the company by playing to their advantages — knowing the ins and outs of real estate proved to be the main factor to the success he has today. It was a lengthy process but eventually, he built his own real estate empire.

Starting a real estate business by serving a small circle of people seemed like a lowly goal for someone who is gunning to build an empire. But since good work gets the word around fast, Walker received enough referrals to get them busy.

Managing this many properties seems like a lot of work. But Austin believes he is surrounded by the right set of people. He considers his close circle as his “driving force” and as responsible for pushing him outside his comfort zone “enough to burst the bubble of personal success”.

As a mentor to other starting entrepreneurs Austin happily shares 3 things he wished he knew when he was starting out in entrepreneurship:

  •  In order to be a successful entrepreneur, you must be willing to take calculated risks in order to get to the next level.
  • Be creative and open-minded. It’s great to have a 5-10 year plan but be prepared to change the course of how you will achieve your goal. In business, you must be willing to change direction if something isn’t working out according to plan.
  • Social media is your friend. I wish I would have upped my social media game years ago. I am now engaging in the social world and have met a lot of amazing friends and even gotten clients from it.

For every young entrepreneur to get the advice they need to pursue their dreams but most importantly succeed in everything they do.

Austin’s most favorite quotes:

“If I was down to my last dollar, I’d spend it on public relations” – Bill Gates

“No one will ever work as hard towards your goals as you will” – Austin Walker

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)”

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