As a small accommodation provider, you need to spend your time and your money wisely. That’s why a whole host of business apps have emerged to help you do your jobs!
Here’s a quick hit list of the best business apps that you can start using today (most of which are free).
Type: Email Software
What do you do with your guests’ email addresses after they leave your small property? Add them to your mailing list, of course! Keeping in touch via email is the key to getting more word of mouth referrals and repeat guests.
You can send your small hotel’s newsletter with TinyLetter. It’s a completely free offering by MailChimp, a hugely popular email marketing tool for businesses.
You can personalize your signup form, send a link to the page, embed the form on your site, or invite readers to subscribe directly from Twitter.
Type: Timesheet Software
Cost: Free (up to 3 users)
Small accommodation providers like to be very hands on. However, it’s impossible to do everything – especially when your time is better spent on high value tasks.
To help you manage your workload, you hire additional staff, like a cleaner, a gardener, or a receptionist. But how do you keep track of their hours?
A static spreadsheet simply isn’t reliable enough, especially when a free option like WeWorked is available. You can easily pay your contractors and streamline your timesheets on the web.
Most companies who use it reduce the time to prepare for payroll by 50%!
Type: Social Engagement Software
Cost: Free (up to 5 accounts)
Small hotels are quickly adapting to the need to embrace social media, using its power to engage with guests and drive more bookings. However, it takes time to post to and monitor all of your social networks.
Streamline your social networking with HootSuite. You can schedule posts in advance, as well as monitor and reply to other users, all from one easy to use interface.
You can also use it for industry research, because you can search for specific keywords and hashtags to see what people are saying about a certain topic.
Type: Web Meeting Software
Cost: Free (up to 4 people)
For those times that you need to work remotely, online meetings are a must!
Run your conference calls with AnyMeeting for free, via a desktop or tablet device. You can even schedule conference calls directly from your email or calendar, by inviting their email address to the meeting.
Type: Legal Advice
Cost: Starts at $7 per month
There is a lot of legal work involved in starting your bed and breakfast. When you’re not sure where to start, head over to RocketLawyer. This website connects you to tons of legal professionals who are more than capable of helping you with your legal documents and legal advice.
Attorneys that you contract through this site can help you with everything – from registering your business, answering your questions, and making sure your business is compliant with the latest applicable laws.
This service is only available in the United States.
Find an all-in-one hotel reservation system that is suited to small hotels, like Little Hotelier is.
Make sure you take a free trial of each of the systems you look at – they are standard in the industry. You want to play around with it to make sure that it is truly the easiest and most comprehensive solution for your small property.
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