I own land and want to get into glamping

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June 7, 2019
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I have some land, so how do I get into glamping?

This is a hot topic and a burning question right now. If you’re brand-new to glamping and seeking to invest some spare capital you have for a financial return, then read on. Below are some pointers to ask yourself to get the ball rolling. Likewise, if you want to boost your existing business and grow it to the next level.

Start with a vision and do your market research

Start with an idea and do your market research. Any new venture is exciting but, at the same time, challenging. It’s fun to find a way to make money for you and your family. If you’re up for that be willing to stretch your thinking. Be prepared too, to be out of your comfort zone and face the odd fears.
Having a vision of what you want to do is the fun part but, you need to as your research as well. It’s vital to check out if gearing up a great-glamping-gig will work and be a money-maker. You’ll need to choose: the right product, at the right price. And use the right promotion to attract the right glamper guys and girls.

You need to offer a solution that makes holidaying easy and memorable for your glamper-customers. Keep in mind they pay good money to stay at your glamping-gig. If you get this right, they are likely to come back year-after-year. Designing a glamping-gig is more about what ticks the box for your glamper customers, not what sounds great to you.  Remember the old sales analogy, offer what you can sell that people want to buy, NOT try to sell what you can offer.

Budget, budget, budget

There is a vast range of glamping-gig-cribs options out there: from Teepees to a Shepherd’s Hut, from Wooden Log Cabin to Tree House etc. They all come at different costs to buy and install. So, use pros ‘n cons and cost matrix like a simple spreadsheet. It’s super-easy then to compare all your options. You can then track costs and return on investment too. For example, the effect on revenue, running costs, cash flow, and of course, you return on investment. It might sound tricky, but honestly, it’s easier and quicker than you might think and remember the key is to take action – don’t put this off! Get some help from a friend (or a teenager) that can help you with the numbers if that’s hard for you.
Some options will require a relatively modest investment; some may be eye-wateringly expensive. But, it’s not just about costs. Even modestly-priced products may not yield a decent return if you don’t attract (enough of the right) glamping-customers.

You’ll also need to research who is your neighbouring competition, and what are they offering? It’s vital you have a product offering that customers are willing to spend their hard-earned money on. They want their vocation to be their ‘holibob-hit’.
So, offer what you can sell and carry out good marketing all the way through.

Planning

You will certainly need to apply for (or revisit) planning permission for ‘Change of Use’ of the land. In the UK, it is a legal obligation to obtain land use consent. Contact the planning department of your local council. Also, check out regulations set by The Environment Agency. And, contact your regional water authority for water and waste removal.
Planning can be a tad complicated. Therefore, enlist the help of your solicitor. Remember they cost money – so, budget for this. But their advice will save you money in the end. Don’t commit precious funds to a venture which you cannot gain planning permission or it doesn’t stack up commercially.

Depending on what glamping-gig-crib option you choose, your holidaying guests may want a home-from-home experience with a difference. So, they will generate whiffy-waste (sewage) that you will need to deal with in some way. This is one thing they don’t need or want to know anything about.  In glamping, this is more important than you might think.

As a general guideline, if you dig a hole in the ground for a new building or accepting a waste tank (for example), you will need planning permission. But don’t just take our word for it - consult with your local planning office. Interpretations and permissions do vary regionally too. Some glamping-gigs may be interpreted by planning officers as fixed buildings; some may be seen as temporary structures.

For example:

A £15,000 glamping hut installed over a septic tank will be treated differently - by the planning authorities - from a £5,000 movable shepherd’s hut using a portable waste tank.
Also, keep in mind that the location you would like to use may not ultimately be the location for which you are granted planning permission. You may need to change your plans if, for instance, your fishing holiday-themed glamping idea does not get planning permission to be located on your river bank. So, will it attract the customers you want? Do you need a different strategy? If yes, that means back to re-envisioning and more research.

Whiffy-waste logistics

The location and glamping-gig-crib you have selected needs to be suitable for delivery, installation, the connection of water and waste supplies and for ongoing maintenance. A large septic tank, for example, is a bulky item to deliver. It may also require specialist equipment to offload. Or it may require a large hole to be dug for installation. You will need sufficient drainage capacity within the ground for all that whiffy-waste to run away (back to planning permission again). Remember too you will need access for a septic tank. An emptying vehicle needs to take away all that whiffy-waste from time to time.
So, can the delivery vehicle get to and from the intended site?
Is the ground solid enough to accept a large waste tanker?
Can it get to within 50 feet to do its stuff?
If it’s wet, can the waste tanker get to and from the site without being stranded or bogged down?

Where do we at Glampsan come in?

One area of our expertise is the supply of flat, plastic waste tanks that usually slide comfortably underneath glamping units. They collect toilet, kitchen and shower waste. You can see a range of different flat-tank locations on the above graphic too. Alternatively, they may be positioned at suitable points to collect waste from portable camping toilets. And there’s more too: our #flattanks and products give you the flexibility to move locations. So, as your glamping-gig grows, the waste solution can adapt. Perhaps you need to capture chemical toilet waste, where septic tanks, mains connection or cesspools are not an option.

In fact, we believe we make (probably) the most awesome Flat Tanks in the universe. But perhaps we’re biased!
Our additional products range from water supply pumps, cesspools and septic tanks to underground pump stations, which collect the waste from several sources and pump it away to a suitable disposal point.
We help #Glamping businesses with awesome whiffy-waste solutions that make holidaying easy.

#Glampsan, we’ll do you proud.

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Sincerely,

JT,

The Flat Tank Guy

0800 999 6010

https://www.glampsan.com

http://bit.ly/Glampsan part of Plastic Solutions based in Aldridge.

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