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  1. One hundred percent, it just makes it so much harder that there’s no financial support from the county. In fact, I already started in my back yard. I needed some growth for privacy so paid a professional landscape designer to design a rain scape with all native plants. It’s absolutely beautiful. But it only covers a small portion of my property and the whole thing was very, very expensive and I can’t really afford to pay landscapers to do more of that any time soon. I still have a lot of grass and am literally excited for the day when I can fire my lawn mower people. I’ll probably throw a party, they suck so hard. They mowed over my black eyed Susan’s, and a plant I got at the native plant sale. I suspect they also smashed a sliding glass door, plus they come at random times and do a terrible job. And they always find a way to mow right outside my window when I’m on the most important conference call of the day.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this with us ♥️ Seriously… I can relate. For the design, I bet you can create the plan yourself. Really all it takes is some walking around your neighborhood and local community to see what stands out to you as being something you like to look at and looks beautiful in your mind. Take photos of those things. Then go home, download the photos onto your computer, and start copy/pasting them into a document. Then you can begin to shape up your own beautiful landscape like putting pieces of a puzzle together. When i did this, I also found inspiration in places i love to visit in California. Like the forests. I wanted my backyard to have plentiful trees and shade, but also sage to represent my love for the deserts. You can create your plan totally free and the most wonderful thing is even if there is something you don’t like about it, it is so easy to fix. Your imagination has no limits!

  3. Taking pictures and pasting them into an overlay is a really great idea! Thanks for that. I’m going to start looking closer at other homes, although there aren’t too many great examples nearby. Lots of people have nice gardens here but mostly the stuff I see is ornamental. For the back, the rain scape was designed to capture storm water. It took a lot of work to build the berms and mix sand into the soil, which was a lot of the cost of having it built. I definitely want something like that in the front too. We have the opposite problem from the west coast, storms are increasing in severity here and we get lots of rain. Rain scapes help to reduce some of the runoff volume and velocity.

  4. Yes, we actually have that as a requirement for getting the DWP rebate. Even though we don’t get a lot of rain, we are required to have storm water retention. I have a rain barrel. But i wish I’d built something cooler. Here’s the list we are given to choose from:

  5. I’m in Los Angeles and had to remove both grass and bamboo (which is terribly invasive). I absolutely did not want to use any chemicals. For the bamboo which ran 3 feet deep and traversed the yard, I hand-excavated ALL of it. It took 3 months and a ton of hours, but once it was out, it was OUT. For the grass, I put down 2 layers of flattened cardboard boxes, then sprayed it down with water. Then a layer of mulch, sprayed it down again, then another layer of weed-fabric. That 95% did the trick but I still get weeds and a little grass popping up every now and then. No more bamboo though!

  6. whoever sees this, i need advice on how to prep my garden for spring🤷🏼‍♂️

  7. I know this sounds stupid but how do I properly prune it? I am a beginner and just buy what I think is pretty.

  8. Thank you so much for your non judgment answers. Hopefully with your help I will have a hibiscus worth photo shoots next spring.

  9. Do you have to go? It doesn't sound fun. If you can't get away with avoiding it I'd take the opportunity to be clearer headed than everyone else and do a bit of networking. I'd probably also be "ill"and have to return to my room if things get too bad.

  10. I am required to be there but i like your ideas of networking and calling it an early night. They will probably won’t notice that i left anyway.

  11. I recommend getting mock tails or soda! Barely anyone would notice. And if people give you a hard time, that’s on them.

  12. Not sure what aesthetic you’re going for, but I lay down cardboard, then add a layer of mulch to keep the grasses/weeds from springing up. It’s a nice natural solution and it’s easy to find old cardboard boxes.

  13. I lost my neice a few years back to suicide, she was 17.

  14. Thank you for this suggestion and for sharing your personal story with me, and the rest of the people on this thread. I would love to have her son over to my house to play with my son. As another commenter suggested, I also need to talk to my son.

  15. One of my former coworkers who lost her son said something once that I've really held onto. Something like...people always say they can't imagine my grief. Well, try. Try to imagine it. And think of something else to say.

  16. I do whatever the guests demand even though it can be ridiculous requests. For the bad guest, they’re always right even in my mind I think “you’re an effing idiot”. I guess you can say I bend over for a 5 star for those high maintenance guests.

  17. Very comprehensive response, thank you. Your comment on taking out trash--if this is the only "ask" by the host, does it still bother you? This is the only request I have of guests because several of them have left rotting chicken or other smelly foods in the can and the scent of decay fills up the rest of the house (my Airbnb is an attached suite to my home).

  18. As a guest, 1-3 requests is fine. Please no 20 different check out items.

  19. I had a travel nurse stay with me once who was quite aloof about her mess. She left a rotisserie chicken in the garbage and went to Mexico for a 4-day weekend (I’m in LA). My entire house smelled like a garbage dump 🤮 I texted her “heyyyy… noticed a weird smell in the house and I can’t seem to find the source on my side. Do you mind checking the garbage?” And that’s when she told me she’d left and she’d check when she got back. Upon returning, she profusely apologized and noted the smell was unbearable in her room. Luckily I had a lot of cookie-scented Christmas candles to light around the house while she was gone 😂

  20. Is the permit just a Los Angeles City regulation or Los Angeles County regulation. Also are you in any sort group I could join, I've been looking for somebody who has experience in the area that could teach me and tell me about their experience. There is only so much you can learn from online and sometimes these "gurus" give you very basic information and make it seem so easy to start up. I just feel like I've wasted alot of time going nowhere.

  21. I don’t belong to a group. I just did some basic research and gave it a try. Have iterated and improved with every guest. You learn as you go. But what you’re thinking about doing is quite risky in California. The local governments are on the lookout for arbitragers. Scroll down on this link and find the city you’re thinking about. It will tell you the local permitting rules:

  22. If it's not to intrusive, could ask how much your currently making and how much your expenses are? And where should I set my expectation once I start my first listing?

  23. It is an intrusive question because you are using me for information and not giving me any value in return. This is a one-way exchange where you are the only party benefiting. Regardless, I’ll end my participation in this thread by saying it is entirely dependent on what you are renting, where you are renting, and how much effort you put into making your place attractive and comfortable. I make a average monthly profit of $1500, which goes toward paying my mortgage. Good luck

  24. Keep in mind there’s a learning curve with Bubble. Watch the tutorials and do some of the practice lessons.

  25. When you are running a business, these things are ought to come, one day or the other.

  26. I have a Shopify store, yes. So, you'd recommend re-assessing the current offering, but staying true to my current niche demographic?

  27. Similar issues for me. I posted a few days ago on Reddit asking if my expectations were too high for my cleaning crew (I live in Los Angeles). But yours sounds a bit more stressful to be honest. I’m curious about TurnoverBNB—why didn’t it work for you? I’m considering checking it out.

  28. I tried TurnoverBNB but found it worse than my original cleaners .. they just want to turnover the house as fast as possible and I need to clean after they cleaned everytime. I also hire several people that ended up sending different cleaners to the house

  29. The mission is what keeps you going in the hard times and is what you’ll come back to if you’re stumped on moving forward. Think about it outside the context of the business plan. Yes, understand that you want to make a small business to take care of yourself and family. But what is your vision? Why are you providing the type of services that you’re providing? As an example, say you’re opening a new trendy restaurant in Pennsylvania. Your mission: “To introduce the delightful dishes of Antarctica, made with only the most sustainably sourced, high-quality South Pole ingredients, to the palettes of foodies living in Pittsburg.”

  30. I’ve been waiting to drop this recommendation… try leveraging Pinterest Trends and Pinterest Predicts.

  31. I don’t live in Canada, but I Googled “Airbnb management companies in Calgary” and there are plenty. Airbnb provides an estimate of what you could charge nightly on its platform (you will get a great rate near Banff I’m sure), it all depends on supply and demand (a function of season). Of course the management co can also give you an estimate and will take something off the top, and you’ll need to rely on their cleaning crew which they vet themselves. My advice? Call 5 of them and make a spreadsheet comparing key information. This isn’t my first rodeo so feel free to reach out with questions! Happy to help and also BANFF 🏔🦌🤤

  32. High-five for putting yourself out there for feedback. Here's some low-hanging fruit that you can probably fix quickly:

  33. Looking at it from a magnitude (rather than scope) perspective, one little pooch had fleas that infested my carpets. They bit the next guest horribly and shut me down for 6 weeks while I eradicated the little f*ckers. Anyone had a child who’s had that impact on your listing? 😂🦟

  34. I've experienced this as both a host and a guest. I stayed in someone's basement in Hawaii and they had 2 kids who made a lot of noise. It was very difficult to sleep and get peace-and-quiet. However, letting people know this is the case before they book will help address potential issues. You can also provide some ear plugs and a white-noise machine as a courtesy. Also, establishing quiet hours when your kids need to stay on the 3rd floor (I.e. between 9pm-7am).

  35. I think you should be direct as possible to prevent assumptions / set expectations. “Friends of {your son’s name}’s bowl free! Parents and siblings, if you’d like to bowl as well, you’ll need to purchase your own passes; however the food and drinks are on us!”

  36. Confirming my understanding here… you have an RV and want to park it somewhere cool (ie a popular travel destination). You would pay a fee to rent the parking spot and have someone manage the day-to-day for you?

  37. Not sure what you mean by this. The guest book sits on a side table. I don't even ask people to sign it. I also never meet the guests because I live 4 hours away.

  38. Just to clarify, an employer messages you and asks if they can book a stay for their employee. You say "Ok but you need either a Business Airbnb account or to add the person to the reservation at the end of the process" (Like what's described here:

  39. yes , but this is often and usually the employer is busy frustrated and can't figure out how to ad someone and also says " I do this all the time and nobody ever asks for ....this'

  40. I haven't had the issue; however, if you turn Instant Book on, you can also enable:

  41. For me, it's content marketing. Know it's kind of ironic to be asking how to find marketing clients, but I'm quite good at B2C (specialize in the content side of things, and have huge numbers to back it up). Don't really do anything B2B, so I'm always interested to learn how that side works in order to build my business up. The couple clients that I do have are extremely happy with my work, so now I'm looking to scale.

  42. I think then I would investigate fast-growing niches that haven’t hit the mainstream yet. Study the niche carefully and learn tactics for what content sells and what doesn’t. Then, reach out to some business owners in those niches and investigate their pain points around marketing. Do NOT sell them on anything yet—you’re information-gathering to better tailor your pitch (basically product research and you’re the product). At the end of the convo, ask them if there’s anyone else they recommend talking to. Now you have a start to your contacts list and you can take it from there.

  43. That's actually a great idea—just schedule meetings with folks to get a handle on it. Thanks for the input, that's a great direction that I hadn't considered.

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