My partner and I run a small company of renting beachside bungalows to tourists.
It is seasonal work, as you might imagine, with 6 weeks of heavy company followed by 6 weeks of almost no company at all.
During the tied up season the two of us both stay booked always. My partner handles the bookings and the paperwork, while I am the handyman and make sure all of our properties stay in tip-top condition. Last Summer was our second year in business, and our busiest season to date! There were a lot of complications, though, including a rash of system thefts that cost us a lot of money. You know how in major hotels the rooms all have sizable systems built right into the walls? Those are genuinely costly, however worth it because they are the best for cooling down a small space, and they are almost impossible to steal. In our beachside bungalows the walls are too thin, and the power grid too weak, to support all of those Heating and A/C units. Instead the two of us use the small, portable systems that you can mount in a window using simple brackets. These are low in cost and provide reasonable cooling for the guests, so everybody wins! Recently the two of us l received the major negative of these units, that being how small they are makes them genuinely straight-forward to steal. It is not our guests stealing the systems, of course, it is people stealing the units from the outside. Being mounted in the window sill means that the systems are exposed to the outside, and straight-forward to rip off the brackets.