We all need a “backup” in our lives. I mean, even a host needs to get away sometimes.

Sometimes…especially a host!

We need the opportunity to take a wonderful, magical vacation. Eat great food, meet amazing people, see fantastic views, and more.

Or, at least, catch a little r and r, and grab the chance to chill out and unwind…

But sometimes getting away can be pretty stressful.

After I had been hosting for a while, my husband and I decided to get away and take a short trip ourselves. However, I had not had time to arrange for a backup person to run point on my properties while I was gone. So every evening found me getting on the internet, checking my messages, and making sure nothing had blown up in my absence. (Not that I could have done anything about it from where we were, but I digress.)

If you want to have any flexibility in your life while managing short-term rental properties, you need to have someone you can call in case you’re unavailable. Someone you trust, who you’re confident will provide the same level of support that you do. You need a backup host!

If you don’t have anyone in your life who you feel fits that description right now, start looking for someone who does.

Go to meetups, talk to your contacts, expand your network until you have someone you can rely on. Don’t wait until you need someone to start looking – that’ll already be too late.