Getting Started in the Holiday Let Industry

Getting Started in the Holiday Let Industry

Getting started with your new Holiday Let business can be both daunting and exciting. It is of course a booming industry and a great one to get started in. But where should you start?!

What are the main benefits of starting a Holiday Let business?
  • An extra source on income, ideal if you already own a second home you would like to rent out for some of the year. 
  • A flexible source of income, although it takes a lot of work it is work that can be fit around another full time career.




What you should consider before starting a Holiday Let business

So, you own a property or a glampsite and you are ready to start your Holiday Let business - but what are some points you need to consider which you may not have thought about previously? 
  • You will need to make the decision of whether you will accept pets into your property or not. With Bookalet, optional extras such as an additional fee for dogs is a very easy option to set up, but before you do this you'll need to decide whether you want it! Many people looking to book a holiday let in the UK are doing so because they want to take their dog on holiday with them. Not allowing guests to bring a fury friend along will cut down your market potential and is something that needs to be considered.
  • If you don't live locally to the property - who will be your guests emergency contact? If the shower breaks or a light stops working - make sure you have a local person available to help if something goes wrong during a stay.
  • Organising who will be doing the housekeeping, whether this is you or a professional team - they need to be able to clean your property to a high standard.
  • Deciding your changeover days will depend on the flexibility of your housekeeping staff. If they are always available, Short Break pricing with check-in days being any day will be fine. However, if you can only get a housekeeper in on a Friday; your changeover day will have to stick to a Friday only. 
  • Ensure that all gas appliances have been checked by a registered professional.
  • Get a professional fire safety assessment taken before you welcome any guests.
  • Plan and create marketing strategy - from an email mailing list to your Facebook page; create a plan for how you are going to promote your new business. 

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