I thought it would be cool for us to have some light-hearted fun while getting to know community members a bit better 😊
With that in mind, I came up with a quick quiz for us to find out more about your hosting personality.
Here it is:
1. How do you start your day? 🌞
Now you can check your answers to find out your result! 🤓 📝
Mostly A’s: the zen host
No matter what life throws your way, you just take a deep breath, visualize flowers and rainbows and calmly carry on. No hosting disaster or demanding guest can make you lose your temper, you’re always tranquil and positive even in the eye of the storm. 😎
Mostly B’s: the fixer upper
DIY should be your middle name. If something needs fixing, you’re the person to call. You’re always coming up with different projects to improve your listing. If it involves a hammer, you’re in. 👨🏭
Mostly C’s: the multitasker
If you don’t manage more than one listing already, you certainly could. From cleaning to finances, you’re very used to juggling multiple tasks at once. Even though sometimes you feel overwhelmed, you always push it through! 🏂
Mostly D’s: the genius
If there were standardised tests on hosting, you’d most likely ace them all. You’re curious and always eager to learn more. You spend lots of time on research and enjoy using your Airbnb knowledge to help fellow hosts. 👨🏫
Mostly E’s: the adventurous
Is routine a word? You honestly don’t know. You’re always trying different furniture arrangements and coming up with ways to mix things up. A guest invited you out? You’re in. A fellow host proposed a house swap? Why not? You only live once. 🤠
Which type of host are you? Do you agree with the result?
Don’t forget you can be a mix of different personalities, too!
My answers are all over the place.
a - 2
b - 0
c,d,e - 1 each
So I guess I'm pretty zen with a touch of being a multitasker, a genius, and am a little bit adventurous. Definitely not a fixer-upper. Seems about right~ 😁
1. How do you start your day? 🌞
@John5097 Looks like you're "the genius"!
It sounds about right, it's not hard to find threads where you're sharing your knowledge to help other hosts 🤓 🏆
It's really interesting to hear about how your hosting journey started. What other sorts of things have you changed with experience?
@Liv I didn't know we could pick more than one! A lot of them seemed to fit pretty well. Super fun though. Yes, it really is amazing opportunity for anyone to be able to create a listing in a matter of hours. Creating the listing was the easy part. Everyone has a different tool set. No major changes but a lot of adjustments. I really enjoy hosting, so enjoy tying to chime in on other listings here at CC as I wish I had more of my own. As far as any changes. Let's see. I tried including a cook top induction burner. Early on a guest wanted to book a week, which was huge for me, and asked if she could bring her own. I had in the listing not to cook anything greasy, and she said she wanted to cook oat meal and such, so I told her I'd get one and set of cookware for it. As it turned out she had to cancel because of covid. Then had to phase the cook top out as some guest would cook hamburgers the entire time and everything would be covered in grease, so learned its better to get rid of anything that causes stress, as I worried about that more than anything. Also the pull out sleeper didn't hold up so went from allowing 4 guest to 2. I think it helped in my first year allowing 4, but there is more going on with 4 guest instead of 2. I also just got a inquiry yesterday if couple could bring their infant. I really wanted to accommodate them but other parents with baby's didn't dispose of diapers properly, so haven't had time to research that yet. At first I allowed children but had to answer if it suitable for children and I said I had no idea what was suitable for children but they were still welcome. 🙂 Had a lot of families and not a single question about anything. Even the moms with babies would message asking if it was ok, I would be like yeah sure fine, come on. I really liked accommodating everyone, but it was more wear and tear and the pull out sleeper just wasn't holding up to groups of 4. And no one will message when they can't figure something out and just break it, so its much easier just hosting couples, and just have one policy everyone follows. It was fun messaging moms but might not even bother leaving a review after I move half the furniture out to make room for the play pin. BTW I was able to get most of the purple dye out of the sheets, only a tiny trace. For me I have to recognize that I can't overreact to something little. I think a bottle broke in guest suit case at the airport so seemed out of character. I'm still tying to figure out the best way to handle some situations that are borderline, so have been cautious the first year. A few families were really cool and were totally fine with their own air mattresses when the guest before them broke the frame of the pull out sleeper and I wouldn't have time to repair before their check in. Ok sorry for long post!! 🙂
Oh, there's no need to apologise! @John5097
It's always great hearing about hosts' experiences, thanks for sharing 😊
It's really nice that you were eager to go above and beyond for accommodating every guest, but it does make perfect sense that it might not be sustainable in the long run. It's good see you're finding a balance! Best of luck on your hosting journey 🏘
@Liv Yes the entire situation from the get go was all about finding a compromise and balance! It's all kind of interesting. I've noticed local start ups address some of the issues I'm encountering that involve sustainability can actually be an opportunity for the right person. Yes, balance has been key to enjoying hosting journey, so thanks for the well wishes! ⭐
Fun thread @Liv !
1- Im Definitely a CDB to begin the day (5AM or earlier, no alarm needed), a quick check of the news and CC and Im off to the races, time to talk little and do much!!!!!
2- Stuff happens and you can't sweat it too much so I guess that makes me a BA when it comes to a little damage that a guest didn't mean to create, most things can be repaired quicker than it takes to worry and report to the mothership, bitchen, pissin and moaning aint fixin anything.
3- a CB for sure when it comes to vacationing, vacations to somewhere are scary and fraught with too many possible challenges and should be avoided at all costs! Every day is a work day, some are just different work than others. Fixing, building and other constructing is the fun that enriches my on days and most of my off ones as well. The U tube vids are prep and quick study for things I have no clue how to do that I need to do not just things and stuff in general.
4- BD when it comes to superhost, memorialize it with a cool project but I dont wanna just get it once, need get it always and make it better every time! Thats harder to do as the days go by but little things matter and my mantra will never be "This is the way we always do things here", thats a stagnation death blow I dont wish to reach.
5- Last but not least, Im BD on 5, Preparing the space to make its form presentable and functional is higher priority than getting the online listing perfect, tweaking the written details will come over time between projects that actually improve the guests stay! That said, I tweak or change our listings weekly and sometimes daily. Im not shy about stealing other hosts ideas and using them, i play search games often to see whats hitting and what isnt, thats a great rainy day thing to do and I try to sneak it in at least weekly.
Looks like I'm a BCD 'er , let me explain-
One of my favorite expressions is "There are no problems, Only solutions. It only becomes a problem when you run out of solutions." My Greek name if I had one would be "Solutious", fixing broken things and situations is my #1 talent, fixing people on the other hand is James Taylors job not mine (see handyman song), so #1 first and always, Im a B. My mom is/ was my inspiration, she was never limited by, "I don't know how to do something". She was widowed young with 3 young kids and a 200 year old 12 room home was in bad shape. She and we would gut 2 or 3 rooms every summer and rebuild them from scratch. Even before utube, she would figure out how to do it and get it done by asking pro friends and neighbors to tell her how to do it.
Someone once told me "Your so cheap you wouldn't pay a dime to watch Christ ride a Tricycle", thats probably true when it comes to me and DIY, why pay someone else to do what I can do for free? So my second objective is to wear as many hats per day as necessary which seems to fall into the C Zone. I try very hard not to wear any two at once, multi tasking with saws or hammers is dangerous and inadvisable! Drills and spills require two different JR's, one is John the Carpenter, the other is Johnny the Custodian, doing them both at once creates undesirable outcomes too often.
Lastly, Im a modified D when it comes to figuring stuff out, not brilliant for sure but creative and driven to find out how to do something Ive never done or better everything I do every time I do it. I find most everything I do has room for improvement and the answers are all out there as to how to do that even if I'm not actually all that smart or educated.
What I have found as an older person that spends very little time in a Barcalounger and isnt wealthy with cash (only practical knowledge ), life experiences are my greatest and most relevant Items in my Tool box and Larder, most of which Ive leaned from do-ers not teachers. Me in a nut shell, Stay well, JR
@Melodie-And-John0 That's such a beautiful take on "the fixer upper" and a lovely description of you as a host!
I really like your solution focused approach and your view on the value of being hands-on. It really must be amazing feeling independent and able to face anything.
Thank you so much for playing, it's really nice getting to know you a bit better 😊
Thanks @Liv , I didn't start out knowing how to DIY, it has been a lifetime project to learn how to do these things. You can do it too, start small and build on it slowly, all the sudden, you turn aground and you are the one telling folks how to get things done! JR