Opening a small hotel is a dream for many, especially those who enjoy interacting with people and have a passion for running their own business. It takes careful research, management and financial planning to run a successful self-catering hotel.
Accommodation in Essex is highly sought after, especially for businessmen and women who are looking for hotels in Braintree
that offer a home-from-home experience and great transport links into the City.
Here, we have put together some helpful tips on how to run your own self-catered hotel.
Do your research
Before worrying about exact locations, think broadly about what city or town in Essex you want to have your hotel in. Make an effort to visit the location and find out about the tourism industry in the area. As you will be running a small self-catered hotel, you will be catering for a variety of vacationers, sightseers and business trips for short and possibly long-term stays. Once you’ve conducted thorough research, and have the self-catered hotel up and running, it’s time to market it!
Marketing your hotel
If your hotel isn’t on the website, it’s basically invisible to your potential customers. Invest in a well-designed and clean website, with photos of the hotel and rooms, information and history about the hotel, any exclusive deals and a list of nearby attractions. This will persuade people more to book to stay at your self-catered hotel!
The right personality
To work in hospitality, you will possess the ideal personality traits
such as being a team leader, good at time keeping, being friendly and flexible with working hours.
What to provide
There are many things to consider when starting a self-catering business, so it’s hard to know where to start! Adding little extra touches helps to create the right impression, such as a welcome pack, milk in the fridge for tea, fresh flowers on the kitchen table and a bookcase with a selection of books and DVDs to use during their stay.
Managing hotel finances
It’s a good idea to hire an accountant to help with your financial investment and long-term project. You will need them to manage finances, including utilities, rent, taxes and equipment, to name just a few. An accountant will help you secure your financial future and keep everything in order!