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How To Set Up Your Homestay In The Hills And Scale It Up | Shaila Siddiqui | Seize The Time Homestay
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By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify a good location and start your homestay
  • Learn how to negotiate land leases
  • Grow your homestay by word of mouth marketing
  • Understand the complex setup of billing and budgeting

If you have dreamt of opening and running a homestay in the mountains, Shaila brings you a comprehensive workshop as a starting point. She runs a 100-year-old property and hosts guests from across the world at Seize The Time, a place where time truly seems to come to a standstill. From finding a place to running it successfully across seasons, Shaila shares some inside secrets. Here’s what you will learn:

  • Understanding the concept of a homestay
    – Finding a location
    – Identifying the facilities required
    – Negotiating and preparing a lease
    – Understanding documents required for a lease 
  • Starting a homestay
    – Renovating and remodelling
    – Planning the remodel of your homestay
    – Figuring out the layout
    – Selecting labours and suppliers
    Setting up food and beverage
    – Hiring a local team 
  • Revenue and billing
    – Understanding how to bill your guest
    – Diversifying your services
    – Maintaining accounts
    – Managing spends
    – Charging on season and off-season  
  • Marketing and creating value
    – Creating brand value
    – Promoting your property
    – Selecting the right platforms for promotions
    – Marketing your property on social media
    – Coexisting as a hostel and a hotel
    – Attracting travellers from across the world

Meet your host

Shaila Siddiqui is a traveller and an entrepreneur. She runs a beautiful 100-year-old rustic homestay called Seize The Time in the lap of the Himalayas. With evolving goals as a homestay owner, Shaila is making a difference in the lives of the local communities and bringing people from across the world under one roof.

You can follow her on Instagram under Seize the time homestay


  • How to participate: This is a live event streamed on Zoom. Please download Zoom for free on your desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Participants will not be allowed to enter the workshop after 30 minutes of its commencement.

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