Being a host is no easy task and finding the motivation and energy that you had when you first started can sometimes be a challenge.
How do you navigate through this journey of the ever evolving world of Airbnb with finesse, grace and great ratings? Here are a few things that I've done to avoid “host fatigue” and remain my best at all times.
These are just some of the things that have helped me stay at my best and I hope these tips help you be the best host that you can be every day. Feel free to share some tips that have helped you through your journey and thanks for taking the time to read.
Happy hosting ❤
@Aesha Thanks for your very thoughtful post! I think the most important and probably the very best advice is your #1..............and that works with any business. When I began my massage therapy business over 15 yrs. ago, I used that rule and wanted to make every massage my best massage - AND it worked for 15 yrs. I treated them like it was their first time with me and worked to make it best. When we approach business like that it will indeed give us an advantage and energy and a renewed and different guests/customer field.
and #4 also is critical - glad you mentioned that - I am always surprised to hear hosts that have NEVER stayed in an Airbnb.
I think the only thing I might add is stay in your own place - be a guest and look from that vantage point - it can be surprising and a terrific thing.
Just that you are thinking about staying motivated and happy is the recipe to much success. Thanks and happy hosting, Blessings, Clara
I am in total agreement with you about staying at your own place! That is definitely a must! So glad to hear that you enjoyed the post. It sounds like you're a very savvy business woman. Keep up the great job.
I am using number 5 currently- I support quite a few London hosts with check ins/out, turnovers and listing management and December is a busy time, so I have blocked my calendar so I can put my focus on that, and then pick up my own hosting in January nice and fresh!
Happy hosting and greetings of the season.
Well Paul it sounds like you are a heaven sent to many hosts!
I can't stress enough the importance of taking time for yourself and it sounds like you've got a great handle on that.
Enjoy your time off and cheers to a happy new year!
@Aesha Great post full of useful tips! I am going to try hard this coming year to actually be a guest at an Airbnb. So far in my travels, there have been no suitable listings, mostly because I travel with a big dog. Right now, I try to imagine how I would feel as a guest in my own home, and modify things accordingly. And I ask guests for their useful feedback tin order to make improvements.
Love your idea of joining up or starting a local Airbnb support group. Previously, I have had two other friends host, and they have recently stopped. Really miss talking with them about issues. Another friend will start hosting next week, so I have been having fun with him in making his dreams a reality.
The picture of you is wonderful!
Yes, you must go stay at some dog friendly Airbnb's! I have met so many amazing hosts, that have become great friends. It is so nice to have others who understand what you do. We often share our hosting experiences.
Check online to see if there are any groups in your area or even message a few hosts close by to see if they are open to get together for a meet and greet!
Thanks for the sweet compliment and I'd love to find out about your first experience as a guest. Keep me posted!
Your friend in Dallas,
@Aesha. What a happy post! For me, Nº 1 would read, greet each guest like they were guest Nº 25. By that time, I was far more relaxed and my stomach didn't churn as I answered the doorbell. For my first guests, my brain quoted Fosse in "All that Jazz" murmuring "Its show time!"
Oh how funny!!! I was nervous with my first guest as well but after he arrived, I realized that he was new to this too which took away some of the anxiety. I was so fortunate to have an amazing guest my first go round!
I'm sure you are an absolute pro now!
Thanks @Aesha for the cheery post.
The concepts are all crowd pleasers, no matter what industry we come from; but it is so important to be reminded and reflect.
It is too easy during high season to get on the circulating treadmill of clean, turnaround - turnover.
Smile - repeat!
But as @Susan151, @Paul1255 & @Clara117 have mentioned below your post, tailoring your needs for your space and energy is so important. For me @Susan151, I think it was more like guest #10! But I do remember the feeling only too well ....
For me the reason a guest is in town is SO important! Work related, is very different from a family reunion. An interstater having their first big holiday touring the Top End of Australia has needs that are still different from an international group landing in Oz, from this end of the country. Tailoring the requirements, information makes it personal.
I learn so much from everyone on this platform, but I need to make it work for my energy and financial needs.
@Aesha, thank you for the nice, thoughtful post!
I especially agree with number 4 about being a guest ourselves. I have found it very helpful to continue being a guest and have also learned a lot about how to update, change or adapt my own space to continually improve it. Being a guest gives me a look at what other hosts are doing and thinking and gives me insight into areas such as decor, check-in, and amenities.
Keep traveling and observing!
@Aeshathe tip about been a Guest is the same as we who have worked in retail, hospitality all must remember. I often used to pass that tip on to those who were new where I worked, especially when they were a little bored and restless with their jobs
I recently attended an event where exactly the same knowledge is instilled in staff.
When one goes out for lunch or a break, walk in the front door and pretend to be a first time customer.
All the best
A lot of wonderful advice in there Aesha and the way you put it over was inspirational!
It's funny how we all have a slightly different slant on life! That first guest of mine I was all thumbs up, not knowing what to expect or how to interact. Experience is a great teacher and I never take a guest for granted. At my age not to many people in life just hand me money to be nice to them. I am a much better host now than I was when that first one walked up the drive into my life!
You make great points though Aesha, thanks for a fine contribution!