Hosting (or good hosting, at least) is hard work. This is particularly true when you’re hosting a space that you also live in.

You have to do all of the normal things, of course. Take care of linens, clean, make a welcome basket, etc. 

But if you live there, you also have to be on all the time.

You have to be friendly and welcoming and willing to listen whenever they want to talk. You have to interact with your guests, even when you just want to sit down in front of the TV by yourself with a glass of wine or bowl of ice cream. 

It can be exhausting, especially if you’re introverted like I am. 

Yet many people find it difficult to not allow guests to stay with them. If you’re hosting as a side hustle, it’s hard to say no to the extra cash that guests will bring in. You’re saying no to hundreds, potentially thousands, of dollars, depending on how long you decide to block your calendar off for.

If you find yourself in this mindset, please remind yourself that money isn’t everything.

It’s important that you make sure to take care of yourself, as well. No amount of extra income can make up for you destroying your sanity and mental health. Plus, if you’re exhausted and tired of people, you’re not going to be able to be a very good host! 🙂

I myself have turned off my Airbnb account for months at a time. I don’t turn it on again until I’m itching to host, so when I do, I actually enjoy the experience.

Don’t allow guests in your home just for the money. If you resent their presence, they’re going to be able to tell. It’s just not worth it. Make sure you’re creating an environment that both you and your guests can actually enjoy.