I’ve been dragging my feet today to do job hunt related tasks such as finishing the last correspondences with Phoenix, AZ employers I interacted with during last week’s trip. Like a little kid, I’m still giddy from all the Christmas festivities. The holiday season just does that to me, but as one of my Influencers Steven Pressfield frequently writes about, I have to push through the resistance and Do the Work!
So today I’ll write about why Airbnb needs to hire me.
Though Airbnb isn’t a Phoenix based company, I feel compelled to work with them. Even before the magic trio of founders Joe Gebbia, Brian Chesky and Nathan Blecharczyk thought to monetize the homestay experience through one corporation, I’ve made it a point to stay at other’s homes when I’ve traveled throughout the world even though it’s harder to do with a physical disability. For me, it’s what makes my travel experiences so enriching and educational.
Thus far, I’ve stayed at two properties listed on Airbnb and it’s clear that the company desperately needs someone on the team to work with hosts about what their wheelchair accessible designation truly means. All the hosts I’ve contacted are wonderful people and they genuinely embody the welcoming spirit, but their interpretation of ‘wheelchair accessible’ varies wildly.
Airbnb needs me to form relationships with these hosts to help them determine what specifics about their property (door width measurements, bathroom layout, etc) make it accessible and what should be shared on their listing before a guest makes a reservation. This would save a lot of time for both the host and the potential guest with a disability who now have to spend days emailing back and forth on these issues.
I’ve got other ideas for Airbnb to improve the guest and host experience, but then if I revealed them here why would they need to hire me?
Let’s talk Airbnb!