Hostel Marketing Blog
Welcome to the HostelManagement.com hostel marketing & development blog.
So you’re onto your 2nd glass of Jameson, and it’s only 4:00 on a Tuesday. No judgement, but if that has anything to do with the stress of managing people, I’d read this blog as you sip. As I said in my previous post, there are many factors that can contribute to this stress. So what can you do about it?
I was tempted to call this blog “Managing People: Why Wine & Whiskey Exist.” I don’t think I’d be the first person to say that managing the operations of a hostel is far easier than managing the people who help run it. A lot easier. Like, “I’d rather have the sink leaking and fridge not working than figure out why the kitchen is still dirty 2 hours after I asked for it to be cleaned” easier. That may sound drastic, but at least the first two have clearer steps to fixing it and getting it right. And if you can’t do it, you can call for backup (i.e. pay someone else to deal with it).
There are many important aspects to running a hostel, but without having guests, few will matter.
Just days away from November, I’m sure many of us are are scratching our heads, thinking “When did that happen??” For many of you coming off high season, now is the time to breathe. You did it! And now with all of your extra free time (ha), you can check out HostelManagement’s awesome upcoming features!
Breaking Tasks Into Smaller Bites
I use Trello, a free project management app, to keep all of my to do lists and tasks organized. Any task I come across gets put onto Trello.
How can you as a manager achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort, time or money ?
The struggle is real - Most Hostel Managers have long to-do lists and limited time to get through all the various tasks. We had a panel of hostel professionals from our global community share their insights, challenges and ideas when it comes to avoiding time waste and being efficient in your role as hostel manager.
This Panel Discussion was streamed live August 26th. In case you missed it or want to refresh your memory of the useful 'tricks' and lessons learned about the topic of efficient time management then (re)watch a recording here.
If one of my biggest struggles in life is managing my time, then a close second is not wasting it to begin with. I chose this month’s topic of “Efficiency” because August is high season for many hostels and it becomes even more important. I also chose it because, like carbs and sugar, I never feel like I have enough of it. So this was as much a challenge for me to discover what keeps me from utilizing my time well, and to identify the tools I’ve learned over time that help me.
Hello hostel community.
Like any organization, HostelManagement.com has a presence on Facebook. Over time, this has become a fairly strong following, to the point where some forget about or don't realize that HostelManagement.com is first and foremost a full website and massive resource for hostel owners and managers. Which is a great shame, since the forum on HM has over 25,000 posts. Using Facebook to connect with other members of the HM community is not a bad thing, but some issues do arise.
In the last 10 years I’ve lived in 5 different countries, and traveled in many more. I’ve taught English to monks in Thailand, tagged sea turtles in Greece, au paired in the Netherlands, taught pilates to one of the King’s 13 wives in Swaziland, and 100 other things in between. A decade of adventure left with me life changing experiences, and absolutely no money. I wouldn’t change it for anything- it’s also been a hell of a lot of fun- but at least financially, that time has come. I’m about to turn 30, and my biggest dream is still a dream. I decided to change that, and that decision took some serious work.
ILH, the Israeli hostel network, recently finished the sixth installment of their Hosteliers and Entrepreneurs Workshop, a two day seminar designed to prepare anyone interested in starting a hostel for the challenge of organizing and opening their business.