What It's About
A flight attendant starts a property rental side hustle for Super Bowl visitors.
Words of Wisdom
Though she now has to compete with the likes of Airbnb, Steffanie says she’s stayed ahead of the game by creating all-inclusive packages for the renters—who get the house, transport to and from the airport and the Super Bowl venue, a concierge to help with entertainment, maid service and private party planning—including arranging private dancers, if requested.
Steffanie enlisted a celebrity spokesperson in NFL player Toben Opurum, after picking him up as an Uber driver, and she started throwing house parties where homeowners invite their friends over for free food and alcohol while Steffanie explains the benefits of renting out their homes. She also uses her full-time job as a flight attendant to her advantage carrying promotional material for her side hustle to pass on to airports, hotels and other venues.
Notes from Chris
Episode 163Forty-nine-year-old flight attendant Steffanie Rivers designed and launched her side hustle while facing some unexpected turbulence in her life. In 2010, she was let go from the previous airline she worked for and wasn’t sure what to do next. But for as long as she can remember—in fact, as early on as her Girl Scout days selling cookies—Steffanie has been a hustler. So, when faced with unemployment, she got on with it. She made it through the rest of that year working in car sales, and then in 2011 signed up to work with a company that was renting out homes for the Super Bowl being hosted in Dallas. She worked on commission for the company and saw great potential for the business model, but she was disappointed to see that the company treated both the homeowners and the salespeople poorly. She decided she wanted to take the same idea but do it better. And she set about doing just that, launching her own business ahead of the 2012 Super Bowl. Her company—TouchdownRentals.com—solves both sides of this equation. She gets homeowners paid, and helps sports fans live a “baller” lifestyle for the weekend. With the business now in its fifth year, Steffanie has landed a healthy profit, bringing in about $50,000 annually for just five to six months of work. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- TouchdownRentals.com: Learn more about Steffanie and her Super Bowl rentals
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