If these were secret I wouldn’t be sharing. I also expect this to appear in a blog somewhere. The same people who do arbitrage also steal from this forum and post the stuff they read here on their ad laden websites. I don’t think that’s you. I’m just saying it for those scum who lurk here and steal.
That’s not necessarily related to hosting. Some people aren’t well suited to this business and some are very well suited to it. Related to your comment on another thread, some hosts think this will be easy and they just don’t know what they are doing. Occasionally we see them here, posting one problem after another and you can see from the beginning that they just aren’t in the right situation for it. The ones who are argumentative and defensive come to mind. They don’t have the personality to suit the job.
So that’s a consideration. I’m not saying great hosts can’t burn out, and I’m not saying there are no terrible guests. But avoiding guest problems by being knowledgeable, informed and proactive helps. I’ve been hosting 8 years and have probably hosted 1000 people. In summer of 2019 before the pandemic I had multiple back to back one night stays so was turning over my small suite 20+ times a month and didn’t feel burnout.
To avoid it, make your life easy and remember it’s hospitality, not hostility. Figure out what it costs you to host and charge accordingly. Don’t try to price the lowest and then complain they use too much TP. Set a minimum stay of 2 or 3 nights if your market will support that. Find your lane and stay in it. I like one night stays, I don’t spend time trying to do one nighters and also how can I attract a travel nurse.
Try to attract the guest you want with signals in your listing. I do this in my listing by doing what is sarcastically called virtue signaling now. Also being pet friendly helps get guests who will tolerate the fact that I board dogs in my home so there are no complaints about that noise.
I have a listing at my home so it’s easy to be right here to prevent and solve problems. People who manage listings remotely are the ones who always seem to be here posting problems. People who are happy hosting aren’t going to burn out.
Take short breaks before you reach a breaking point. That’s why in your other thread it was advised to skip getting a co-host for when you travel. Just close your Airbnb and relax when you travel. That said, for some people having airbnb while they are gone is something they’ve mastered. Every host is different.
Use the settings to put a day or two between bookings. Occasionally snooze or unlist so you aren’t even getting inquiries.
Best of all, I don’t depend on the income. People who have to do Airbnb get so stressed if there’s a pandemic or regulations from the govt or HOA. Taking breaks does cost money and some people just can’t afford that.