If you’ve ever been to a small town and seen the manager behind the counter, you know there’s a mom and pop business with a friendly face behind the counter.
Surprisingly enough, many couples don’t realize being the manager of a motel or inn requires 24/7 attention. This doesn’t mean there are not opportunities to leave the property occasionally but not every motel has a relief manager or an owner willing to stand in.
Although many of the motel management positions have housekeepers and laundry services, many of the smaller operations require the couple to do laundry, clean rooms, check guests in and out and do all the maintenance in exchange of living quarters and a small salary.
The range of salary depends on the establishment which can be anywhere from $500 – $2500 a month. Federal standards do regulate the position as $455 per week per person employed as long as they meet the conditions of a salaried motel manager.
WorkingCouples.com and Indeed.com are the two most useful sources of jobs in the field of couples management for motels. As you look through the listings, you will see not all of the positions require prior experience or a degree in hospitality.
To gain experience, you may have to settle for a position which has a lower pay rate, stay there for a bit and move to another either desired location or increase in salary.
Being a manager of a motel is simple if you’ve ever been to a motel yourself and seen what you like and what you don’t like about the room. Attention to details and NO HAIRS ON THE FIXTURES! is appreciated by guests.
One thing to keep in mind is there are many job scammers in this field and it is best to get a contract or email of some sort prior to moving to any location. Check the establishment and the owners to make sure you’re actually getting all the information. Call people in the area and see if they know anything about the current owners and how many managers they’ve had in the past. Do not be afraid to ask the owner why the current manager is leaving – be cautious if they don’t answer.
Put together a combined resume and submit to according to the job description. If any phone numbers are provided make sure to call them and follow up with the owner later.
It’s persistence that counts and you’ll find yourself managing a motel before you know it!