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It’s hard to believe thatAirBnB began in 2007 since I just heard about it. I am the classic “champagne-taste-on-a-beer-budget” traveler and always appalled by the hotel rates in New York City. Last time I was in town, I stayed with an amazing couple who really didn’t know me but knew OF me through others, and we had been sort of phone-based accountability partners. It was so nice to arrive in the biggest city I travel to and know that someone was awaiting my arrival. Not only was I given a wonderful bedroom for a couple of nights, but Darcey, the host, also had a robe and cotton slippers for me – so hard to believe. She and her husband, Kent, cooked a fabulous dinner one night. Having relocated from Seattle, my home now; she knew I’d have some trouble navigating so she took me around on the subway and walked with me toward my first lunch appointment. Of all the times I’ve been to NYC, that was the most memorable. Darcey, did I ever thank you enough?
So I am spoiled now. Imagine my hopes and thoughts of possibilities when I saw AirBnB. In searching for the perfect place to crash when I visit NYC again in May, I am just amazed at this innovative idea. It is safe assuming you take all the precautions. The NY Times wrote a great article about AirBnB last year, and I realize that I fit the profile of wanting to meet real people rather than going in and out of a hotel. If you simply select a place that has a number of positive reviews (not any reviews, these are done post-visit) and after money has been exchanged.
It is just great to have a different option than choosing the cheapest, fleabag hotel, staying way out of the area, breaking the bank and staying in local luxury, or if you are lucky enough to have wonderful friends like Darcey and Kent – you could stay with folks like them. By the way, Darcey is an amazing personal style consultant – no wonder she has such a fantastic home and manners!
So here is an idea that didn’t really exist before, and it is these ideas I marvel about when traveling the country talking to small business owners and entrepreneurs. My question to you is – what one thing can you change to make your business amazing? What can you launch that doesn’t exist yet? Post or email your comments – either here or to me at Score More Sales.
Lori Richardson is on a “Fabulous 50-50-50-50” tour around the U.S. and parts of Canada. If you know of a town she should visit, or a local expert she can co-present with, drop her a note. Set your big audacious goals and post them for the world to see – then take action on them. More on Lori and the tour at Score More Sales.