Whether to buy or lease your hostel is a question that consistently comes up on the Hostel Management forum, Facebook group, and in general conversation. There’s a LOT to consider when making this decision, and no two situations are the same.
So much of a traveler’s impression of a hostel is linked to the activities they experienced during their stay. When you talk to a backpacker about their favorite hostel, they’ll likely dive into a story of an epic hike, a delicious meal, or a big night out with their newly made hostel friends.
There are many hostel lovers who fantasize about owning one themselves, though few will ever try. Owning a hostel involves a lot of work, and although they can be lucrative when successful, there are probably easier ways to get rich.
How many times have you opened up your computer to do something legitimate and suddenly found yourself on Facebook to just check it quickly? Even more relatable I'm sure: how many times has ‘quickly’ turned into a half hour out of nowhere?
It's hard enough to keep up with our own lives let alone babysitting or following up with dozens of other people. Paper to do lists are great, but how many times have you sent an email requesting information or progress on a project involving someone else, and not heard back from them?
There are 3 types of apps that can help keep a hostel manager’s sanity to a reasonable level, and the first of those is automation. If you can ever stop doing a task more than once, you should. No one wants to do the same task over and over, and for me this includes typing.
There’s a frequent feeling among hostel managers that you can never get it all done and there never seems to be enough time to try. While those realities may never change, the stress they cause can certainly be alleviated with some helpful tools.
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