Starting your own glamping business? Curious to know how to start profiting from a luxury space to camp? Guess what. With FDomes dome kits you can start easy within just 21 days! This checklist shares with you everything we have learned about setting up glamping business from scratch, even if you don’t have much time or money, or lack inspiration. Let’s get to it!
Glamping business is a fabulous way of earning money through renting out luxury tents.
No matter if you want it to become your new full-time job, or just a side business to land you extra income, here you will find a step-by-step checklist on how to convert your land into a glamping site in less than a month.
Please remember, though, that each country has its own laws and set of criteria covering planning permissions. It’s good to contact your local authority and apply for any permissions you might need properly in advance, so that when they arrive at your desk, you will have all other things sorted.
Let’s get started then!
DAY 1: Buy 2-3 luxury glamping dome kits
Go to online shop and configure your domes. Choose the sizes (each unit has a floor area between 20 sqm to 75 sqm) and add accessories: stove, chimney, insulation panels, solar-powered fan system, etc. Complete order. The domes will be shipped to your location in 2 weeks’ time, so you will have enough time for other preparations.
DAY 2: Plan the infrastructure
Once your dome kits are on their way and your location is sorted, sketch out the services and facilities that you will offer. Plan and arrange field kitchen, toilets, bathrooms, onsite facilities (if any): reception area, laundry room, game room, hot tub, swimming pool, etc.
DAY 3: Create site checklist
Enlist and start organizing all the items that are necessary for creating the actual glamping site. This includes: electrical installation, waste disposal facilities, fire safety, gas storage, sanitary facilities and glamping amenities including furniture, lighting and heating.
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DAY 4-5: Apply for permissions
Contact your local authority and apply for any planning permissions you might need in order to start. Permissions are sometimes required but when you consider using semi-permanent tents for your accommodations, the paperwork should be much lighter than in the case of permanent structures. Please remember, though, that although we have taken on board all feedback we have received from the authorities, each country may review site using a different set of criteria. These may include: type of accommodation, your location, road accessibility, traffic flow, topography, the economy size of site, impact on infrastructure, etc.
Apply for site license. It will depend on the number and type of units, spacing between the units, washing and sanitary facilities, drainage, water and waste systems, gas storage and fire safety, access roads and footpaths, electrical installations. You must have planning permission for the luxury campsite before you apply for a license.
DAY 6-9: Add special G factor
You already have one advantage: your unique structures with glamping accessories are on their way. Also, you may have a land in fabulous location. If you feel like there are some other choices to be made in terms of adding unique flavor to your glamping site, think about upscale services, attractive discounts, exotic cuisine, spa/yoga treatments, side events or festivals, etc. Start organizing them. Also, purchase all necessary high-end furnishing and amenities for your accommodations: a comfortable bed, candles, lamps, rug (see previous checklist).
DAY 10: Promote your site
Spread the word. Let people hear that you are setting up a unique glamping site and make them an offer they can’t refuse. Open a dedicated website for your business. Create and distribute leaflets (if you choose FDomes, we can help you out and send you our free promotional templates with lovely graphics, just give us a shout). Create accounts and make good use of online listing sites such as Glamping Hub, Booking, Airbnb. Promote your site on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram) and camping/lifestyle websites. Launch a Google Adwords campaign.
DAY 14-21: Set up a glamping site
Assemble all the structures on platforms and onsite facilities. Add furnishing, insulation and heating. Install electricity, waste disposal units, fire safety, gas storage and sanitary facilities. (see checklist). Voila! You are ready to welcome your first guests!
Please use this checklist as a guide book, not a rule book.
Don’t forget to report back on your success!