My Worst AirBnB Hosting Experiences and the Lessons Learned

My Worst AirBnB Hosting Experiences and the Lessons Learned

I’ve had some great experiences meeting some wonderful guests, from wine nights to Elf on the Shelf.  Overall, I find guests are respectful of my space.  Many leave my house as clean as they found it.  It’s been extremely profitable.  I regularly get asked about any negative AirBnB experiences, so I’ve decided to keep a running list.  None of the following are bad enough that I’d hesitate to continue hosting.

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Hacking My Half-Million Dollar House

Hacking My Half-Million Dollar House

Living in a house has always been my preferred lifestyle choice, and getting paid to live in my house is even better.  When I moved down from Michigan, I had already been researching my area for 8 months.  The houses were extremely expensive, so I intended to get roommates to help with the cost initially and figured a partner could split the cost with me later.  The roommates turned out to be a disaster, and only brought in $1200/month anyway, so I decided a change was needed.  I tried hosting in my house for AirBnB in June, and found that it was far preferable to roommates, so I invested in the necessities to turn it into a solid business.

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Tips for AirBnB Hosting

Tips for AirBnB Hosting

I almost always rent out my house on AirBnB when I’m out of town because it’s such an easy way to cover the cost of the trip and can bring in a lot of extra cash.  No matter how dirty things are when you get home, you can scrub things down and clean them well.  If things break, guests will usually pay to replace them, and I keep my valuables and important breakables safely hidden/locked away.  AirBnB takes the guest’s money up front when they book and directly deposits into my account the day after they check in, protecting us both.  AirBnB does a great job marketing.  They also help with conflict resolution. See AirBnB’s insurance policy for more details on how they help protect their hosts.

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The Best Advice My Mentor Gave Me

The Best Advice My Mentor Gave Me

My company has a formal mentorship program aimed at pairing young professionals with senior level executives who commit to meeting once a month for an entire year, after which it’s up to the individuals to maintain the relationship.  Since I knew the benefits of having a mentor, I definitely wanted to apply, and I’ve continued building the relationship over the last three years.  I regularly ask questions that lead to thoughtful discussions.  My mentor continues to offer invaluable advice in all areas, but three things have benefited me the most.

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The New Wardrobe When Starting or Shifting a Career

The New Wardrobe When Starting or Shifting a Career

It’s important to dress for the job you want.  People have more confidence in individuals who look well put together.  When you dress like a professional, doors will be opened for you.  Fortunately for the frugal crowd, there are plenty of opportunities to find free or low cost clothes, and most business environments have gone a business casual route.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is a one of the best books I’ve read on communication and relationships.  Dealing with people is one of the most difficult challenges in life.  Carnegie summed up years of research both thoroughly and succinctly to help you navigate your own relationships, whether they are professional or personal.

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