Having run a Serviced Accommodation business for over 3 years now, I know first-hand how hard it can get at Winter time when bookings slow down, cash flow is tight and you’re doing everything you can think of to profit.
So, apart from the obvious of making more sales (which a lot of people are posting about), as part of the Business Health Check I do for clients, we look into expenses and aim to trim them where possible ensuring no effect on business performance (as money saved is straight into your profits, whereas increased sales come with more costs).
As I have recently done this for a SA business I thought I would share some of my top tips to reduce spend over the Winter (& longer term):
Below are tips on how to reduce the Cost of Sales expenses for running a SA business:
Those are just some of the tips for savings in a SA business and all the above relate to the Direct Costs of SA income.
If people are interested, I can share further tips on the savings to be made from the operating expenses of a SA business? Just let me know.
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On the back of our recent Serviced Accommodation (SA) business milestones, we had a lot of interest for our set of automated guest messages.
In summary, the timing of our messages are as follows:
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I hope you find this useful for your business.
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All the best in your business success,
In our Serviced Accommodation (SA) Business we recently hit a big milestone and thought we would share some of our "SA highs & lows":
Last week we hit a big milestone in our SA business: our 1,000th booking.
Having operated for over 3 years and now managing over 20 properties (a mix of owned, R2R and managed across Essex and surrounding areas) we have had our ups and downs but are extremely happy with our success. So to celebrate our 1,000th booking, I thought I would share some stats, milestones & lessons learnt:
It didn't start like this, it started with 1 as a test & Catherine dealing with everything from uploading properties on to the OTAs, to checking in guests, to replying to enquiries & managing cleaners & contractors, whilst I was still in my day job.
But every time something new happens, we add it to our process list & ops manual & it's no longer the big issue it would have been when we started.
Now, with our team of VAs managing all customer service, listings, bookkeeping and admin, and an excellent Property Manager managing things on the ground (including expansion) we have truly built a business where we are the Owners and not the day to day managers.
So for all of you just starting out, keep going, it is achievable, you just need to keep systemising, outsourcing and scaling and you can create a SA business that you can enjoy.
As it has been a while since we released the last set of Tuesday Tips, this weeks is a bit more special and detailed.
We are giving away 3 free reports that are our Top Tips to leverage your business and lifestyle, and all you need to do is subscribe to our newsletter and all 3 will be sent to you over the next few days.
So, what are the Top Tips?
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This report takes you through exactly how to prepare for, find and hire the right VA for your business so you can start outsourcing more of your tasks and focus on higher value tasks or simply enjoy more free time.
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We get asked a lot about what Virtual Assistants (VAs) can do and how to manage them, especially when it comes to hiring a VA for bookkeeping and making payments.
Outsourcing your bookkeeping is like any other outsourcing you do in your business, but it seems more risky as it is to do with money and making payments. However, it doesn't need to be.
Firstly, let's look at the Outsourcing Definition:
According to investopedia.com:
Outsourcing is the business practice of hiring a party outside a company to perform services and create goods that traditionally were performed in-house by the company's own employees and staff. Usually done as a cost-cutting measure, it can affect jobs ranging from customer support to manufacturing to the back office.
Although investopedia states that outsourcing can affect certain jobs, it can also create them. For small to medium sized businesses, physical staff may not even be an option due to the cost, so the best way to begin for them is to hire a virtual assistant in the Philippines or from any country where a full time decent wage for a Virtual Assistant is not as huge a hit to the costs to the business as hiring from the UK or US.
Back to outsourcing your bookkeeping...
Here are our Top 3 Tips when it comes to Outsourcing Bookkeeping:
1. Trust & Time – as with any new member of your team, there needs to be some time to build trust within the business and time to train your VA for them to understand your business processes and systems before full rights and access is given to anything, especially financial. Therefore, start with less rights and responsibility and build it up over time.
2. Choose & Create – You need to choose your online banking & payment provider to ensure it can be outsourced & create the right user permissions. Generally, all business banks have the ability to add and manage users, however some can be cumbersome to set up (for example Lloyds lost paperwork that I had sent over from the Philippines not once but twice which caused huge delays!), so make sure you speak to people who have experience with the particular bank you want to set-up with.
Also, some may not have the level of permissions you want to implement. For example PayPal’s User Permissions (which can each be turned on or off) are as follows:
So, know what permission levels you want to give your team, and go to the bank that can give you what you need.
3. Review & Reward – Periodically review your systems and your teams progress, accuracy and achievements and reward them with extra responsibility. By staging the increase in permissions your team will feel they are getting recognised for their work, and in turn it will take more off of your plate. Win – Win.
And by reviewing your systems and automating as much as you can, you can reduce the risk of error and ensure you and your team are working effectively and efficiently.
Hope that helps.
p.s. Who out there, like me years ago, has used one of these calculators when doing bookkeeping!
Turner Invest Directors Catherine & Stephen Turner