You may already have a second home. Or, you may be in the market, but afraid to take the leap. A lot of people are intimidated by renting out their second home. It’s never been easier.

For example, with a listing on HomeAway and FlipKey, they will take the credit card information for you. No need to take checks or get a credit card merchant account. They’ve done the hard work of setting up a business to take money. With just a listing, you’re in business. All you have to do is give them your bank information to send the money to. No worries about fraud or where to store guests’ sensitive information.

And, with each reservation you make through them, they will automatically update your calendar, showing that week as reserved, and populating the guests’ information so you can keep things straight. How’s that for easy?