If you’re considering running a motel or if you’re running one already and you feel there’s a better way of going about it, the following are some tips that can help you run it more efficiently, and help you to be more successful at it.
Investing In Financial Success
One of the most important aspects of hotel or motel management is the financial part of the business. Let’s face it, if you can’t keep your financial matters in order, you’ll probably wind up going bust.
Many people get confused and overwhelmed at the thought of balancing books, paying suppliers on time, meeting payroll and all the other financial aspects of running a motel. It doesn’t have to be so overwhelming, though.
Investing in a software program that will help you lay out and track all the financial aspects of your business will do wonders to clear up that confusion, and give you peace of mind that you’re competently addressing all of your financial obligations that your managerial position requires of you.
People Are The Real Key To Running A Motel Successfully
Another part of running a motel is getting people to patronize your motel. Here are a few ways of drawing attention to your business..
- For starters, make it a point to keep the outside of your motel well manicured and clean. Consider landscaping your property, and making it pleasing to the eye. If you’re talented enough, you may be able to save some money by doing the landscaping by yourself.
- You could also partner with local businesses in your area and offer package deals or discounted prices. This is a great idea if you’re in an area that attracts tourists.
- Create a website, keep it updated, and don’t forget to provide contact information so people can contact you.
- You may also want to join some kind of association in the hotel and motel industry. Doing so will provide you with ideas on how to keep up with the changing times, and you’ll also have access to seminars and training opportunities.
Final Success is in the Details
Here are more tips for running a motel – the icing on the cake, so to speak, that makes the difference:
- Keep your staff up-to-date with current hospitality management courses and training.
- Learn every aspect of the business from housekeeping to running the front desk. The more you know about the many aspects of running a motel, the more you’ll know what to look for in an employee when you hire staff.
- Go out of your way to make your customers comfortable and happy. Even if you only end up breaking even by the time they leave, they’ll definitely remember how they were treated so well and you can bet they’ll tell other people about their experience.
Finally, if you’re the overseer of the business.. then act that way at all times. There’s nothing wrong with accommodating your staff when the need arises, but it’s always a good idea to keep business and pleasure separate. Getting too friendly opens up the potential for jealousies among employees, and that’s never a good thing. It can also create apathy. Familiarity can breed casualness and a tendency to think it OK to slow up on efficiency and miss attention to detail.