Ed Devlin and his dog Melita enjoying the outdoor hammock he used to rent on Airbnb. Courtesy of Julia Chang/Ed Devlin Airbnb Superhost Ed Devlin turned his Seattle home into a successful side-job by capitalizing on his hammock and spare rooms. He even listed his unfinished basement on the hosting site — and overall made about $9,000. Ed emphasizes the importance of good reviews, and making the most out of your house's assets. As far as side gigs go, Airbnb is one of the best-paying ones: By one estimate, hosts make an average of $924 a month, more than those who side gig through TaskRabbit, Lyft, Uber or Etsy. Not too shabby. But what if you could make enough to cover your next big vacay, pay for your rent — or even quit your day job? To see what it might take to up your hosting game, we recently spoke with Seattle sales manager Ed Devlin, an Airbnb Superhost (experienced hosts who receive special recognition on the site), to share how he turned his spare rooms — and his outdoor hammock! — into a lucrative side gig. How did you become an Airbnb host? I own a few other properties — a condo in Chicago, a duplex in Arkansas and a townhouse here in Seattle — and everything's rented to great tenants and bringing in positive cash flow. So when I bought the four-bedroom house I live in now, I thought it would be good to create an additional revenue stream. So in April, I decided to rent out one of my bedrooms on Airbnb. It did extremely well, and I instantly met fantastic people. So I listed a second bedroom, and that did well too. The Seattle home that Devlin rents out on Airbnb. Courtesy of Julia Chang/Ed Devlin How did you get the idea to list your hammock? During my 40th birthday party a friend was out on my hammock, which was attached to a railing that started bowing. The next morning, I came out and saw the railing was screwed up. My friend offered to fix it, but I started laughing and realized I needed to actually list the hammock on Airbnb! When I posted it, a lot of people were immediately interested. Come to find out, it was the first hammock ever rented on Airbnb. About 15 people, mostly international guests, rented it throughout the summer.