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Managing Your Bookings with Ease!

Written by Elizabeth Weedon
Managing Your Bookings with Ease!
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Every fall, when we meet nearly 200 clients at our Homeowner Forums, we ask how many of them take advantage of our Booking Management feature. And we are always surprised how few do! But, when we ask those who use the feature what they think of it, they say things like,

It’s great! I love it! I don’t know how people manage without it! It’s so easy to use and SO helpful!

I, too, wonder how people manage their bookings without it. I love how it enables me to keep track of:

  • my guests’ names, dates of their stays, number of their party
  • the ages of their kids (and/or dogs)
  • if they’ve been to the Vineyard (where my home is) before
  • any other information about their party that might enable me to make their stay more enjoyable
  • when to send them a reminder for a payment or the directions to my house

I love how it’s online, so I always have access to it and my guests’ contact information through my online listing wherever I am. 

I love how I can use the feature’s settings to generate weekly reminders of what needs to be sent out from me or received from my guests in the upcoming week, or when a document or payment is overdue. 

Booking Management system

And I love how it automatically syncs with my listing’s calendar, keeping it up to date and also preventing me from double booking anyone. 

And did I mention that it’s FREE?  

Honestly, it’s such a valuable tool that is so under-utilized.  

To take a look, log in to your Homeowner Center, and click on the Booking Management system link under the “Vacationer Tracking” section. You’ll never go back to papers and graphs and manila folders again! 

For more information, listen to the podcast that Tyler Pyburn and I recorded discussing the benefits of the Booking Management feature:

 

About the author

Elizabeth Weedon

Elizabeth Weedon - Although I’ve worked for WeNeedaVacation.com since 2008, I’ve been a loyal homeowner on the site since early 1998, just a few months after the website was launched by the Talmadges. I grew up summering on the Vineyard and have managed my family's rental home there since the mid-1980’s. I’m passionately devoted to the Vineyard – and to WeNeedaVacation.com, which I credit with enabling me to hold onto the special property that has been in our family since the 1920’s. An enthusiastic member of the WNAV.com Homeowner Support Team, I am particularly involved with our new listers, providing assistance with the sign-up process and advice about how to create the most effective listing to ensure their booking success with us. I have recently taken over our press and public relations needs. And, with owner Joan Talmadge, I am also responsible for editing and writing much of the content on our website, our monthly newsletters, and the blog posts. My husband and I live in Wellesley where we have raised our 2 grown kids and our Black Lab, Maisie. Email Elizabeth

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