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By: Matt Landau

Vacation rentals are taking the travel industry by storm of late with a new PhoCusWright study proclaiming that they will account for up to 30% of the entire US travel market before the end of 2014.

But with so much growth and success, and many new owners rushing to cash in on this booming trend, experienced veterans of the industry are taking advantage of their time-tested efforts to capitalize on monthly bookings.

Here are 10 signs that you’re operating your vacation rental business like a savvy pro: 

1. You operate your calendar like Tetris

If you shuffle around bookings, offer special discounts/upgrades, or are successful in convincing guests to reserve specific nights – all in search of the almighty flush booked calendar – you’re probably a savvy vacation rental pro.

2. You are suspicious of any renter under the age of 25

If you raise an eyebrow when a potential guest asks about the minimum age requirement or inquires about staying with “their colleagues” during Spring Break-like vacation weeks, you’re probably a savvy vacation rental pro.

SXSW (South by Southwest) 

blog-sxsw-500x280-v01Where: Austin, TX
When: March 7 – 16 (Music portion, March 11- 16)
Why: A two week party masquerading (in some instances) as a corporate conference, SXSW is the ultimate event for all types of online and offline entertainment. The Interactive portion of SXSW showcases digital innovations and a host of speaking engagements tailored to the online space and marketing professionals. The Film portion pushes the boundaries of the medium and screens film entries both big and small. SXSW Music is one of the largest music festivals of its kind in the world, with more than 2,200 “official” performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues. Stars like John Mayer, Hanson, and James Blunt have been discovered while plying small shows at SXSW Music. SXSW is all about discovering new talent all around – whether it’s the next box office smash, the up-and-coming band, or the small kernel of an idea that becomes an Internet revolution. These three tracks, but specifically the music, make SXSW a must-go event every single year.