When I tell people I work from home, the first thing that comes to their mind is that I do transcription. Nope. I work for VRBO® – Vacation Rentals by Owner. The next thought is that I book vacation rentals for travelers. Nope. VRBO is a venue for advertising for individual property owners and for property managers on their behalf and is not involved in the reservation process. All communication regarding rental properties is done directly between the traveler and the advertiser. There is a physical office in Denver that we use for meetings and training, but the bulk of my work is done in my own home. They’ve supplied a laptop, a second monitor, and a phone. I save on wardrobe, gas, and vehicle wear & tear. They save on overhead since they don’t have the high rent of an office space large enough to accommodate all of us.
There’s also our “home office” in Austin, TX. That’s the HomeAway® headquarters, which is our parent company. You’ll see a commercial for the company during the Super Bowl! You might remember the Griswold vacation commercial from last year’s Super Bowl. That’s us! There’s another U.S. brand under HomeAway, and that’s VacationRentals.com. It doesn’t stop there, though! No! We’re worldwide:
So what exactly do I do here? Well, I can’t really tell you everything I do now that I’m in the Trust & Security department. Yes, it’s that important! 😀 I love it, too! So I’ve really only answered the first question in the title of this post. You’ll have to live with that. Just know that I’m not doing transcription and I’m not making sales calls all day. Sales … BAH! Not my forté! Couldn’t do it.