Evelyn is an expert on setting up and running a home sharing plan. She helped me with everything from setting up my listing on airbnb, to styling and photographing my space, to helping craft the details of how I promote my home. She gave me invaluable tips on staying organized, communicating effectively with guests, and even on how much to charge. Thanks to Evelyn, I've been fully booked for a year and a half. She's a gem.
The idea of making money and meeting people (and showing off my decorating!) was attractive, I also recognized that not everyone I'd meet would be an instant bff and that I could be sharing my home with people I wouldn't like and people who could, potentially, be dangerous. I was amazed that Evelyn, who also was a woman living alone was so open to strangers staying under her roof.
Evelyn pointed out that I needn't say yes to anyone who didn't look like a good fit based on their profile. I made the decision to limit my guests to people who had been positively reviewed. Mostly, I do like house sharing. Sometimes I'd rather not have to dress before I leave my bedroom, but most guests are either unobtrusive or entertaining. Sometimes I get someone who wants to chat, chat, chat, but I excuse myself and run out, or behind my office door. I am gaining a wider vision of the world and refreshing my appreciation of my own community and city through my guests' responses. I want hosting to be a pleasure for me.
I swear Evelyn has never met a problem she couldn’t solve. She is resourceful, pragmatic and ingenious. When I decided to start home sharing I had so many questions and concerns. Evelyn became my mentor and guide on so many issues. From description writing to pricing to House Rules, her advice has helped to create an appealing and profitable listing. With years of experience Evelyn has encountered many dilemmas and found great (and cheap) solutions. She truly listens! And you know how rare that is.
She taught me how to vet guests so that I only book people I’m comfortable having in my home. Evelyn educated me about a lockbox and other tools that make it easy to host well. I’ve been very successful with home sharing and I owe much of that to Evelyn.
And it was through Evelyn that I discovered Humans of New York. For last Christmas we shared our home and a sumptuous holiday dinner with half a dozen “new” New Yorkers from around the world.