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Mon 5 Jun 2017

Welcoming Strangers into Your Home for Business

Business By Social

The thought of starting a business can be overwhelming. Aside from all  paperwork to fill up, you must also take into consideration that you should invest not just in people but in a convenient workplace as well.

People have started opening their doors to strangers in exchange for services. Whether they provide home care services like yoga training, child care or putting their homes up for rent through Airbnb, these opportunities help cut down on expenses (and time) compared to settling for a traditional company set up.

Starting a home-based business is very appealing for some people. After all, who wouldn’t want to work within the comforts of their home? Unfortunately, you can’t just assume that everyone has good intentions.

If you are thinking of renting out your property through Airbnb, you are giving clients full access to your house. Ideally, you need a thorough background check on them before you allow them into your home. However, there are times that you just can’t find the time to do whatever is necessary.

How can you control the good, the bad, and the ugly when you let strangers into your humble abode?

Keep everything in place

Above anything else, you want to make sure that everything is in its safe place. More than anything, this is still your home and you have to remember that there are a lot of valuables within these four walls. The scary part is, your house guest pretty much has that idea, too.

Make sure your important documents and jewelries are secured and well hidden from prying eyes. Consider investing in a safe. Safes may not be the cheapest thing there is, but you may come across fair deals if you do your research. Reconditioned safes at City Safes is one option you may look at. Their reconditioned safes are fully refurbished and are in as new condition, giving you peace of mind without compromising your budget.

Safety at home

Aside from keeping your valuables safe, you also need to check on electrical wires. Make sure there are no exposed wires that could result to accidents. Keeping appliances unplugged and gas tanks secured when not in use is also another way to ensure that your house is safe and accident-free.

Another way to ensure safety is to invest in high-quality fire & security alarms and CCTV cameras. Remember that opening your house to the public means that other people can easily track where you live. Having these equipment may lessen your anxiety whenever you leave the house.

Be organised and prep your home

No matter how much we like to say that we don’t care what other people think about our house, we still want them to look clean and presentable. This is especially true when you are treating your home as your office or your receiving area. Remember, having an organised space that’s pleasing to the eyes can also encourage your clients to return and to spread the word about your Airbnb property.

People will always have something to say. More often than not, they will always notice the worst details. Putting a little effort in cleaning or beautifying your house will impress your guests and make them feel important. And what do they say again with first impressions? 

Expect the worst

You’ll never know how someone behaves at home until they step into your property. That being said, we should keep Murphy’s Law in mind. No matter how much we prepare for guests coming over our place, sometimes it just so happens that everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

That vase you bought from India? It could break within seconds after your guest steps through your door. That room you spent hours cleaning and making sure it’s spotless? It may clutter and you may end up spending more hours decluttering it after your guest leaves.

Once you welcome people in your home, you must also welcome the fact that they can leave with a lot of mess and a lot broken things. Friendly tip: brace yourself (and your pocket) for a little fix up and upgrades every now and then.

A home and a business in one seems like a good idea especially if you’re someone who likes to take control. Hospitality has always been a part of our lives and for some, entertaining people who step in our house is no big deal. However, every business has its pros & cons and there are things that are beyond our control. Home-based businesses, like any kind of business, are a test of trust. It could be easy to report or to expose someone who went beyond our limits, but it’s still better to be safe than sorry. 

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