You should also contact a local real estate attorney to discuss your responsibilities and liabilities as a homeowner and landlord.
If you have a family member nearby, sometimes they can help out; thus making renting on your own easier. It is (or can be) a lot of aggrivation. The important thing is to get a good tenant. Run a credit and/or background check on whoever you put in there. Call prior landlords and see what kind of a tenant the person has been. then, make sure your property is in tip-top shape. You just might get lucky!
I am a Realtor, but have several rental properties. Feel free to reach out to me via my website if you would like additional information.