Now that we're well into year 2, the Airbnb Experiment continues to generate solid returns. With summer just about fully booked, I figured by now I have just enough experience to share some bona fide Airbnb hosting tips (aka, awesome-sauce advice) with all you prospective hosts out there... Before diving into these tips, let me be clear: There's a lot of opportunity to make … [Read more...] about Airbnb Hosting Tips for Newbie Hosts
Transparency: On occasion, I scrounge five minutes from life to read other blogs. It's not easy to keep up with the blogging joneses, not when you work full time and have a family to pay attention to. But I will, at a minimum, scan my Feedly a few times a week. And I'll often find interesting nuggets from blogging friends, as well as giants in the space who can generate … [Read more...] about Exemplary Transparency Extreme
Early retirement is now within reach. In less than a year I could pull the plug, which would align perfectly with the original plan (a plan that dates back to late 2014). Several of my posts lately have hinted that I'll stick around in Cubicle Bay. But deep down, I know there's a better path than Corporate America for me. I've got the raw materials to do something meaningful … [Read more...] about Starting a Business: How Hard Can it Be?
This thing on my wrist. Why did I choose to put it there? What possible good can come from strapping on some electronic tagging device to my person? Enter FitBit. My new companion, and most misunderstood life accessory. I bought a FitBit Charge 3 about two months ago. After a long winter with less than ideal exercise habits, I felt I needed to go "all in" on fitness … [Read more...] about My Love-Hate Relationship with FitBit
Ever wondered what it would be like to personally manage a handful of real estate rentals? Today, we'll peer into the mystical realm of the small-time landlord. (Cue Game of Thrones theme song.) For those not familiar with some past posts on this topic, it's the rentals that gave us the juice to enter the FIRE orbit. I like to tell others how passive long-term rentals have been … [Read more...] about A Day in the Life of a Small-time Landlord