MissMiami has her business-only approach to hosting, and it’s fine for those who want to do it that way. But pushing that approach on other hosts spreads the very destructive social problem of commodification of human beings that corporate culture has promoted in America. Airbnb is part of the sharing economy, where real humans have an opportunity to bring heart and soul back into our exchanges, and resist the corporate trend to dehumanize everything that can produce profit. That is the biggest reason I’m a host. I’ve been hosting for six and a half years, with five bedrooms in my home, so people come and go every day, and I usually have a full house. I also work outside the home and am a graduate student. Yes, it’s a lot of work to invest myself in the humanity of hosting. But in that work, I find meaning and joy. I wouldn’t give that up for any amount of money. Hosting is not just a business; it is a way of life. And guests are not just my customers; they are my fellow travelers on the planet. Sometimes, they are my teachers; sometimes, my friends; sometimes, my family; sometimes, my inspiration; sometimes, my headache. If you’re okay with treating people as commodities, working only for money, and insulating your heart from the opportunities to connect, learn, grow, and live passionately on this Earth, then by all means, treat hosting as strictly a business. That may seem to be an easier way to go about hosting (and living), and that’s your choice. But to those of you who saw that post, and doubted the validity of your own passionate, caring, engaged approach, I urge you not to accept such “conventional wisdom” so readily. If you derive pleasure and meaning from hosting, giving that up will deprive you and your guests of something beautiful. You can learn to set limits, while still remaining a present, caring, passionate host, so that you don’t burn out. That learning process will help you set better limits throughout your life, while remaining a present, caring, passionate human being, in all of your relationships. I’ve had to learn better limit setting as a host, and in the process, I’ve been stunned by how many problems I thought originated with other people actually originated with how I was communicating (covertly and overtly) to others how they could treat me and my home. Limit setting has a bad connotation and a bad rap; but as social beings, humans thrive on clear, consistent boundaries between us. Boundary/limit setting can be done warmly, calmly, and sometimes, even silently. Sometimes a more firm approach is needed; other times, not; and when you get better at it, it’s so much a part of you, that you find yourself communicating your boundaries without having to speak them. Hosting is one of the best spiritual/psychological learning tools life will bring you. I recommend trying that concept on, and letting yourself embrace the humanity in this, while also preserving your own needs, before taking lessons from that part of our culture which views being human as an inefficient distraction from making money. Airbnb presents us with an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that the messy, beautiful business of human relationships is worth the price, and that you can make a profit while still embracing humanity.