David Krauthamer never thought he’d be running a world-class hospitality business. But when his mother challenged him — that he wasn’t truly an entrepreneur until his side gig was his sole form of income — he quit his job at AutoParts Headquarters and became a vacation rental pro.
Along with his wife Edna, David is the owner of D&E Landing in Guntersville, Alabama. Now that I live semi-nearby, I like to stop over for the evening and hang out and go fishing with David as often as I get the chance. And on this particular visit, we decided to record a podcast.
What’s most intriguing about David and his business is the precision and discipline with which he’s identified and maintained his niche: fishermen looking to hook bass on the famous Lake Guntersville. His repeat guest rate and occupancy rate are insanely high because of the homes, the cleanliness, and the service: but equally impressive is David’s work-life balance. This new breed of individual who’s finding a second professional wind in the vacation rental space.
My favorite moment of the podcast is “WITTDTJR” (What it takes to do the job right) a business philosophy that yields happy customers and 5-star reviews.
David has created for himself a job — a business — that he loves. David’s journey is ultimately what our broader movement is all about. If you are a fisherman, I would encourage you to go visit David and talk shop.
Matt Landau is the Founder of the VRMB and the Inner Circle, two online resources dedicated to helping vacation rental owners and managers generate more bookings.
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