HYH-42 Host2Host is About to be Born!
Release Date: 01/22/2018
Here is a fun, short talk from just Debi, about the new Host2Host association. It is a natural outgrowth of the Portland, Oregon community of hosts and the result of three years of community building through the 41 monthly Meetups Debi has organized, and the great success of the Portland Area Hosts Facebook group. Debi mentions in her talk that Portland has been told by Airbnb that we have the highest per-capita ratio of Superhosts in the world. It certainly could be that our community, which tries harder to support than compete, is better for all the communication and has learned to be even better hosts. Moving to a non-profit trade association allows us to afford a website and some other recurring costs, and do an even better job serving the educational and business connection needs of our community. A complete transcript is below, followed by some web links. If they don't show in your podcast show notes, please go to hostingyourhome.com and read them there!
Transcript[0:34] Welcome to Hosting Your Home, this is Debi. Thanks for being here. Our podcasts are usually about hosting experiences. I love to interview local hosts (and host from all over the world) about their experiences and to help tell their stories. This week is a little different. This week you've just got me. I want to tell you about our new nonprofit organization called Host2Host. [1:04] You may know a little bit about me; I'm going to tell you a little bit more so that you’ll get the full scope of what we're doing here. My background: my husband and I have some vacation rentals on the Oregon coast, which I have been managing since 2009, as an ‘accidental’ vacation rental manager. I didn't know what I was doing and was very hungry for information and connection. I found Matt Landau’s Vacation Rental Marketing Group, and learned a lot from the Inner Circle there. At some point (I believe it's 2014) Airbnb came to Portland [and Portland began allowing short term rentals as a permitted activity, for the first time]; I had already been renting on Airbnb since 2010, so I was pretty familiar with the platform and their rental philosophy. After the wonderful exposure with Matt’s group and the Inner Circle, I wanted to connect more with our local hosts. As a result, I created a Meetup Group [through Meetup.com] This was in 2014 and the Meetup group has since flourished. 300 members at the date of this podcast. At some point we decided to create a Portland Area Host Facebook group, and that group has just gone gangbusters, with 910 members at this date] [2:40] I have always wanted to have a little conference here in Portland and after I started the podcast, I was interviewing some of our local hosts, I started asking them questions like: “What do you think? Do you think we could have a conference here? Do you think the people would like it? Do you think that we have the skills and the wisdom here to be able to share who we are and what we do? Before I knew it, we were organizing a fantastic conference that happened in April 2017. We were blessed with about 15 core committee organizers who have become fixtures in all of our development after the conference. The public response was overwhelmingly positive with around 140 attendees. We had educational breakout sessions and some fantastic speakers, keynotes and vendor support. It was just really, really, really fabulous. After the conference that it was obvious to us that our community wanted more. We started talking about how we could deliver, and if we could deliver. We reorganized the Host2Host Conference to support a Host2Host nonprofit membership group. [trade association] [3:56] Next month on February 12, 2018 we're going to be rolling out our full offering of Host2Host support services and membership to our local community and to the world at large. I want to tell you a little bit about what we have planned for that:
- We will have will have the education piece. You know that's really important to me, that's what I do and that's what I love.
- We will continue with having conferences and vendor fairs, classes, and meetups. Since 2014, we have hosted 41 monthly meetups!
- We will be having workshops.
- The importance of Photography
- Why Hire a Bookkeeper.
- Service Animals.
- Anatomy of a Lawsuit (oh my goodness!) and
- The host membership is $50 a year.
- Small businesses with one to five employees will be $75 a year and
- The larger businesses over 5 employees is $195 a year.