In this article we will discuss from start to finish how to start a glamping business from scratch. We’ll do this from the perspective of both glamping site designers and glamping site owners, which we’re able to do as we’ve been in both positions.
What Do You Need to Start?
Technically, you can formally set up your glamping business with nothing. However there are a few things you should have before you can get in touch with Companies house and register your business.
So this is a fairly obvious one. You need somewhere to put your pods. In general, we would expect that someone planning to start a glamping business already has control of the land they plan to put the pods on. Should this not be the case, a good place to start is our glamping site land buying guide.
A good rule of thumb when deciding how many pods can fit on a piece of land is that you should have ~250m^2 of land per pod. We have seen sites with less than 200m2 of land per pod so it is possible to go smaller, but 250m^2 is a safe estimation.
So, for a typical 4-pod site, we would recommend a 1000m^2 patch of land for the site.
Another thing that is obviously essential when starting a glamping business is money. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have thousands of pounds stashed in the bank, though. There are numerous financing options for glamping businesses available that can help you get started.
The amount of money needed to start your site depends greatly on the level of groundworks required, as well as the level of finish you desire. As a general rule of thumb you should expect the entire site to cost ~£40k per pod, though it can cost much more or much less depending on your site’s specific requirements.
How to Start a Glamping Business
So you have the land and money in place.. now for the next steps:
- Register your business with Companies House.
- Set up a business bank account.
- Make sure your glamping idea is feasible and that you have planning permission for your site.
- Begin siteworks – use a local groundworks contractor.
- Order your pods, see our recommended manufacturers here.
- Revisit our blog, how to start a glamping business, to remember the rest.
- Get a website set up, this can be done here.
- Set up a channel manager for bookings to link to booking.com etc.
- Set up Facebook, Instagram etc and heavily market the site. This step is essential to your businesses success.
- Once siteworks are complete and pods are delivered, start to welcome guests.
- Clean pods between each set of guests. You can do this yourself or employ someone to do it. Expect to pay around £30 per pod clean.
- Continually post on Facebook and Instagram to get more custom.
- Remember that Glampitect can help with all aspects of starting a glamping business.
Glampitect can help with all aspects of starting a glamping business (other than finding the money and the land).
We worked on the design and set up of North Coast 500 Pods, North Coast 500 Accommodation. The image above is of their completed site. Could you picture this site on the land you are planning to start a glamping business on?
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