Running a bed and breakfast can be hard work. Not only do you have to worry about serving guests, making up bedrooms and making breakfast, but you also need to keep track of your finances and get people to keep coming through your door. So it’s only natural that many bed and breakfast owners struggle to stay organised – at least during the summer months when occupancy rates are higher, and rooms need to be turned over almost immediately.
Below, we’ve rounded up five ways that you can make your bed and breakfast business more organised for 2018. These tips will save you time, money, and help you learn to relax.
1. Go digital
Make sure you have an active online presence and consider an online booking tool like Eviivo, which is the top hotel booking software, to manage your time. By making the switch to online booking and management, you’ll be able to save time and stay organised – you’ll always know which rooms are booked, who they’re booked by and how much they’ve paid.
2. Scrap breakfast
If you’re struggling to find time for yourself, then you should consider scrapping the traditional full English cooked breakfast option. Hotels around the world are increasingly looking towards continental options such as cereal, toast and fruit – not only is it cheaper to buy, but it’s quicker to prepare, and there’ll be less waste. That way, on a morning, you’ll have an extra hour or two to relax while your guests serve themselves at breakfast time.
3. Consider advanced bookings
If your bed and breakfast is quiet during the winter months, consider running a special offer or promotion and book in guests in advance. For example, if you run a hotel in London or Blackpool, offer a discounted room with breakfast and an evening meal that also includes tickets to a show or winter event. Preparing this in advance will make you more organised – not only will your guests be satisfied, but you can relax knowing you have high occupancy rates in the usually quieter months of the year where you’d have to do more promotion.
4. Buy in bulk
Sick of running to the corner shop when you run out of toilet roll or washing powder? Visit your local cash and carry once a month and buy essentials – like soaps, air fresheners, biscuits and paper towels – in bulk. Having a good supply of your most commonly used items will save you time, make you more organised and also help you to save money.
5. Use the cloud
The next time you make a leaflet or flyer for an upcoming event or write down a request from an upcoming guest, do it in the cloud. iCloud and Google Docs are great ways of keeping your data safe and secure, and the best part is that they can be accessed on any internet-connected device. No more looking for that bit of paper or your trusty diary!
There you have it – five great ways of making your bed and breakfast more organised. Whether you run a three-room establishment or a large hotel, good luck for the year ahead!