This is my story
This is my story
Hi, I’m Andrea…
You and I are probably very similar. You don’t like being tied down to a 9-5 job, you like to be your own boss, you appreciate having a beautiful and tidy home and you enjoy being around people. Sounds like a great combination of interests to start a short-term rental business right? Here’s how I got started.
My working career began in the hotel industry where I gained invaluable hospitality and management experience. But the working hours were kinda brutal so I switched gears and opened up my own marketing agency – that business lasted 20 years!
While I was building my agency business, I was intrigued with the idea of owning property as a side hustle so I started buying houses and rented them out to long-term tenants.
I loved working on both businesses but after a while, the pressure began to take its toll and that’s when I started asking myself if there was a way I could significantly reduce my working hours to do the things I loved most and make a great living. So, I began looking for new options. It was time for a change.
Everything changed the day I met a friend for dinner who asked me why I didn’t have any of my properties on Airbnb. He was renting his apartment on the weekends and he was making a healthy income. The seed was planted that day and I never looked back.
The moment one of our tenants gave me notice, I decided to renovate the apartment and change it to a short-term rental on Airbnb.
It was an overnight success. The revenue was 3 times better and I really enjoyed the work. For the next 2 years, I continued to convert the rest of my properties to short-term rentals – and that is when I decided it was time to leave the agency world and begin a brand new adventure!
Today, I have more flexibility than I could’ve ever imagined. My properties generate a six figure income and I have proudly earned a 4.9 star rating as a Super Host with Airbnb welcoming over 400 guests from all over the world.
I created Happy Hosts to share my experiences as a Canadian short-term rental host with you. I also travel extensively and mostly stay at Airbnb’s so I can learn from other hosts and share my learnings with you. Thank you for stopping by and let’s create happiness together!