My first co-hosting client: I remember it like it was yesterday.

An out-of-state property owner asked me to help them host their space.

It was a great opportunity to expand my business – and one that I had been looking for for a while.

Nevertheless, it still gave me pause. 

Once I actually had the offer in hand, I was forced to take stock of some things. I had to consider all of the things I do as a manager that are facilitated by living in the same city as the spaces. 

  • I can deal with any problems guests have in person, same day.
  • I restock supplies for the cleaners,
  • and occasionally check up on them to make sure that they are doing their job satisfactorily.
  • I’m constantly adding new amenities and removing old ones,
  • I’m often updating the space…

Managing other people’s spaces is a lot of work – most of which is hands-on.

So if you’re considering expanding into more distant areas, it’s important to have a bevy of team members on-site that you trust implicitly to be your eyes, ears, and hands. 

  • Find a cleaning company that can manage turnovers as well as restocking.
  • Have a handyman on call who can come and fix any issues that arise within a day or two.
  • Considering hiring a manager to deal with guest problems in person as soon as they arise.
  • And still: plan on making semi-frequent weekend trips to your new space to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Long-distance cohosting is not for the faint of heart!