About This Episode

Mike Hicks, the founder of Wander Chatt, a collection of unique stays across Chattanooga, TN and beyond.

Mike started his entrepreneurial journey at just 19 years old after dropping out of college to learn how to work for himself.

Mike got a job with a real estate developer helping to clear lots and doing an array of labor-intensive construction tasks.  Mike worked long hard days for this developer but after work Mike and the rest of the crew would be invited out to go fishing.

And it was during these moments that he started asking questions…how do you determine a good deal?  What should you look for when purchasing a lot? Etc.

In this conversation Mike and I discuss:

  • How he bought his first house as a 19 year old
  • Why he moved into short-term rentals after nearly two decades of buying, renovating, and renting traditional long-term rentals
  • Why he pivoted away from traditional vacation rentals and went all in on unique stays when founding Wander Chatt
  • How he “interviews the land” before buying a lot
  • His thoughts on the biggest opportunities for hospitality entrepreneurs today
  • And so much more

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About the Show

Behind the Stays is brought to you twice a week by Sponstayneous — a free, biweekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  

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Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.

About the Host

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Zach Busekrus

Co-Founder of Sponstayneous

Zach is the Co-Founder of Sponstayneous, a weekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb. When COVID hit, he and his wife Gabby broke out of the lease on their 750-square foot apartment in Washington, DC to beta test the digital nomad lifestyle. Zach and Gabby have spent the past year living full-time on Airbnb — they've stayed in 50+ homes to date! 

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