Hello, Everyone! I’m Juan, and I want to help. Being a techie at heart, I’ve done my version of Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Current Gig: Blog Writer, Entrepreneur, Consultant

One word that best describes how you work: Efficiently – Nothing honorable about putting 20 hours if it could be done in 2

What’s your passion? My overall passion is helping independent hotels. The ones that are not part of a chain and are trying to build themselves up. My blog is geared to show them ways to better themselves, my consulting work predominately focuses on them, and my secret project is going to help them.

What’s your workspace setup like?

Always a wireless keyboard and mouse. Headphones to listen to music. Delights box for sweets and storage of change. Coffee and Water to fuel me throughout the day.

Best advice you’ve given to a hotel?

I think the biggest misconception with independent hoteliers are that they are in competition with other hotels and therefore can not be friends. The best advice I’ve given to an independent hotel was to work with other independent hotels in the area. Overbooked hotels happen all the time. You can benefit from those overbookings and make an impact on those guests. This is direct bookings so you save 10-15% from the OTA’s and the amount of effort to get them was zero. Partnerships like this will help you even when you are overbooked.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a hotel?

There was a hotel owner who decided to put different colors in the rooms. One of the rooms was completely Purple! Many things in life can deviate from the norm but there is no place for a purple room.

Best time-saving shortcut/work hack?

I use IFTTT for as much as I can. My article on how you can use IFTTT to automate your hotel is one of the most popular posts. Everything from social media to automatic backup of photos on Instagram. It’s a great tool and it’s FREE!

Fun personal fact about yourself

I love cooking. Making friends with many amazing chefs like Nina Compton, Michael Pirolo, and Joshua Marcus, I have been infatuated with what it takes to make a great meal. I find cooking therapeutic.

Thanks for visiting Starting Hospitality!