A few things spring to mind from past discussions on the same topic:
- Most people don’t create enough storage space when they start. You will need more than you think. Carrying eight sets of sheets up three flights of stairs sucks. A linen closet on each floor will be very welcomed!
- A logo is good. A mascot can be even better, because it’s a character rather than just an image.
- From the very beginning plan to take the majority of your bookings through your own website, and develop your marketing strategy in order to achieve this.
- The more comfortable your social spaces are, the more likely people will spend their time there meeting one another and boosting your community atmosphere.
- Ask a lawyer to make sure your setup is completely legal.
- You’re going to get inspected at some point by one (or many) authorities. Contact them and ask for their help setting up your hostel to ensure that you meet all of their requirements.
- Hostels have a high employee burnout rate. Asking your team to help you do tasks rather than assigning them tasks to do will change their perspective on the work. This can reduce burnout and encourage ownership and dedication.
- Start marketing long before you open so that you will have guests from Day 1.
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