How to open a business: hostel or bed & breakfast
For those who do not know, the hostel - it is something like a small hotel. How to open it? What starting amount is needed ? Is it possible to open a hostel in your own apartment?
Let's take a closer look at these questions.
To open a business in St. Petersburg, you will need to:
- convert your apartment or rent a room;
- acquire a minimum set of accessories and furniture.
As an option as a service for the provision of accommodation and temporary accommodation can offer the customer beds at low cost. This option will attract the students, people traveling in groups, people on a business trip, as they often do not want to pay large sums for accommodation.
Minimum set of furniture and equipment that is necessary for the hostel includes:
- bunk beds,
- equipment for toilet and shower rooms (usually they are shared by the guests)
To open the hostel will need a relatively small starting capital - is the biggest plus of this business. The initial cost is 500,000 rubles. The money will go to:
- repair of premises;
- Plumbing fixtures and equipment;
- website creation and advertising;
- contingencies (always remember about them, and never removes this item from your business plan).
Do not skimp on buying a bed for the hostel. Man, that has selected a hostel wants to relax, take a shower and sleep, so the bed is better to choose of the parameters of 90 cm to 200 cm, and better buy orthopedic mattresses .
Design of bed linen and quality must be selected according to the overall design of the room.
If you plan to open a hostel in the region, first of all learn the level of demand for this service:
- the level of tourism in the city;
- program of large-scale events, which take place in the city (concerts, celebrations, festivals, etc.)
f you are staying in the rental premises, remember that in the capital lease will cost you no less than 130-150 thousand. Rubles.
The most important thing - is the ability to settle relations with its neighbors, many badly accustomed to the fact that a number of people there are always new.
You will need:
- Two administrators who need to know at least one foreign language. They will introduce hostel to the guests and to make a first impression. They should be friendly and welcoming.
- Maids. They will keep order.
One of the most important items of expenditure is advertising. Your potential customers should immediately see what you offer and at what price.
A sample list of services that you can provide:
- shower and toilet;
- Free Wi-Fi (need to keep up with the times);
- also for an additional fee, you can provide a laundry service.
Do not forget that flophouse and hostel - two different things. Hostel must surround the visitor with comfort and a welcoming atmosphere.