How to Start Lodging Business

How to start a lodging business? You will learn in this article the basic steps in starting a lodging business.

Many travelers prefer to stay in lodging house instead of hotels. It is cheaper than staying in a hotel but the experience is homier.

If you intend to start a lodging business you start by creating a business plan. This is your guide all through out the operation of your business. You can hire a professional business plan expert but you will need to pay the services of this professional. You can opt to make a business plan on your own. You can also brainstorm with family, friends and business partners to be able to come up with an effective business plan. You can also attend seminars and forums regarding the lodging business. This is an avenue for you to be able to meet those people who have already made it big in the business. During these seminars and forums, guest speakers will be able to share with you their knowledge and their secrets to success. It is best that you study and learn the business before investing your hard earned money into the business.

Where will you establish your lodging business? If you have a property where you can establish your lodging business then you can use it instead of buying a parcel of land. This will be more expensive. You can lease, make sure to read the contract carefully and study all the provisions stated in the contract before signing. Target a location where tourist always come and go. Highways are also a good location for your lodging business. A lot of motorists prefer to stay in lodges overnight instead of driving the whole night to avoid any vehicular accidents.

Get the required business permits and licenses to make you lodging business legal. It is better this way to avoid issues that may arise once a random inspection has been made by your state or local licensing division.

Do not forget the exterior and interior decoration of your lodging business. Focus on the details of these two aspects of your lodging business. Not to elaborate but too plain just enough to be able to attract customers. You can also create a theme for your lodging house. But in this case you have to live up to the name of your lodging business. For example The Featherbed Railroad lodging house in Northern California. They have nine luxuriously redecorated railroad cabooses as bedrooms. Either way, think of a plan that you can keep with regards to your lodging business.

Who will cook for your guests? If you know how to cook then you are spared from paying a chef but if you think you’re not up with the job then it is wise to hire one. It is not only the comforts of the rooms in your lodging business that can make customers come back but also the meals that will be served to them during breakfast, lunch or dinner.


  • Mohamed Ameen Fawzur Rahman said on March 9, 2011
    I would like to start a lodging business in sri lanka in colombo city. I want to know is this possible this city?. can you clarify about that. Thank you.
  • Rindie said on July 12, 2012
    I want to start a lodging business I am in the northern cape in south africa I want to know if goverment grant is availible and someone to guide me threw the proses
  • Anton Kave said on July 23, 2013
    I'm planning to build a lodge in my country. I'm at the the prime location of my country, near the highway and beside the lake, my country is Papua New Guinea in the Pacific. I really need helpful information to help me to start this Lodging set-up. My Government is prepared to assist us with finance through Small & Medium Enterprise grand (SME). I'm looking forward to get more advice from your web site. Thank you
  • octavia mgenge said on August 12, 2014
    need tips to start a loading business in Umlazi in Durban at Kzn
  • musa mgabi said on November 15, 2014
    would like to start a lodge business i umlazi durban what are requirements i have two bedroom house and outbui;ding i was renting the house its not worth it pls help
  • gomolemo said on February 18, 2015
    I have a place where I can start the lodging business but the I need to know where I can obtain the start up finance. South Africa, North west Brits
  • thembi ngubane said on February 25, 2015
    I need to open a lodging business the only thing I need is a space I'm from durban, I'm looking for a space at tongaat location pls help.
  • Chris Chafunya said on August 23, 2015
    My wife and I want to start a lodge business in Malawi along the lake in Mangochi. What's your advice? The buildings are there but needs to be touched the lodge is a on a distance of about 4km from tarmac road.
  • Floyd said on December 21, 2015
    I need to start a lodge business in midrand. I need help please advice.
  • Musiwana said on May 9, 2016
    I need help on how to calculate the occupancy rate of the lodge when writing a business plan. If one is starting with five rooms air conditioned rooms with a kitchen a one six sweater dining table for the guest, what will be the basic requirements and the staff levels?
  • shak said on December 24, 2016
    I need to start a lodge business in India(Maharashtra). Need Advise about - Document / Property and all basic things.
  • Happy said on December 12, 2018
    want to start a resort. do I need to register a business and how do I get funding to start, please help me.
  • Erie Baker said on March 20, 2019
    I need to open a lodging house for veterans in MA. I need some help with licensing and where to go.
  • Santosh Ratnakar Dond said on August 12, 2019
    My Hotel named Ranjit Hotel, Garden Restaurant is located on NH 160 near Rahuri factory 413705. I want to start a lodging business here. Where I should get a lodging business license. Please Guide me and give me the contact number and address of licensing authority. My mobile phone number is 7020311752. My hotel address is plot number P-1 Rahuri midc, Rahuri District Ahmednagar 413705. Thank you.
  • Andrew Kgasi said on November 14, 2021
    I have access to 50 hectares of land on which I intend to build a lodge, conference centre. Finance is not an issue. I need help to create a business.
  • Cynthia said on November 28, 2021
    i am interested in starting the logding business in Benoni South Africa, where and how can i get funding for it.


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