Hi all! I started hosting in late 2015, and was burnt out after just 10 months and switched to a long-term renter. I started hosting again a little over a year ago, and I’m hitting the point I’m getting burnt out again. I can’t afford to switch to a LTR right now, especially as we head into the busy summer months. What can I do to prevent burn-out and get through September, the end of our busy season?
What’s burning me out:
- The endless cleaning
- AirBnB moving further from the home-sharing model paired with unrealistic guest expectations
- A decline in reviews. Not so low as to lose Superhost (yet), but my review average has dropped from 4.9 to 4.8, and 88% 5-star reviews to 86%. I could blame guests, but perhaps my burnout is reflected in the quality of experience I’m offering?
What I’ve done to counter the burnout:
- Set a 2-night minimum
- Raised my cleaning fee and nightly prices. This may also account for the drop in my ratings.
- Stopped dropping my price on unbooked nights to attract bookings
I made about 30% less in April than March (and April is busier here) due to no longer accommodating 1-night stays.
The only other thing I can think to do is hire a professional cleaner, though I think that would eat into my profits too much to be worthwhile.
Does anyone have any ideas of what else I can do to get through the next five months?