Flexible Solutions For Entrepreneurs
Jomres is designed to appeal to a wide variety of users. In particular, there are many features that will be of interest to people who want to build their own business based in part on the hotel and villa booking functionality that it offers.
We've spent a great deal of time listening to our users, many of whom are businessmen and women in their own rights. Around their suggestions we've build a considerable amount of functionality that gives them the ability to monetise their websites.
Who manages properties? It's your choice
We recognise that everybody is different, and they want to run their businesses in their own way. As a result, you can choose to manage properties on your hotel and villa booking site yourself, or you can invite managers to add their properties to your site themselves. Both options have their own benefits and weaknesses.
- If you choose to manage properties yourself, you have total control of how the properties are presented to prospective guests. The disadvantage is that it takes a great deal of time to manage a site like that.
- Alternatively, you can choose to allow managers to list their properties on your site (Self Managed). The advantage of this approach is that you can offer a much more "hands off" service, leaving them to set their own prices, view their dashboard and if necessary import and export booking data. If they don't have a computerised PMS (Property Management System) then this allows Jomres to double as a fully functional PMS for them too. The system is fully responsive so they can manage their properties on the go, too. The disadvantage is that initially you may need to spend a little time with each user while they familiarise themselves with your service.
If you're in any doubt about a Property Manager's veracity, it's possible to configure the system so that all newly created properties have to be approved by yourselves before they can be published. This gives you time to vet the manager through whichever methods you opt to employ.
One of our most recent developments is the creation of our new Stripe gateway. This has been specifically designed to make use of Stripe's Connect service. This allows you to deduct a percentage of any deposits paid to Property Managers into your own Stripe account.
This payment gateway is best suited to those sites who choose the "Self Managed" option mentioned above, and it shouldn't used alongside the Paypal gateway we also offer. This is because the Paypal gateway doesn't also offer "split" payments like the Stripe one does.
Before a manager can take deposit payments from guests, (S)he will need to "Connect" to your Stripe account. This allows Stripe to deduct the percentage that you have configured, so you can choose to offer a discount service with very low commission rates.
Another option available to the intermediary service provider is to charge Property Managers a subscription fee for listing their properties on your site. This feature doesn't automatically setup subscriptions to any gateway service, instead invoices are generated which they'll need to pay (both Stripe and/or Paypal). If an invoice remains unpaid then the manager's properties are unpublished. The feature allows managers to subscribe to an initial "Trial" subscription, so they'll be able to give your service a try before they buy.
This can be used alongside the subscriptions feature, if you desire. This isn't tied into any payment gateway, but it's likely to become less popular now that the Stripe Connect application fee can be used.
The commission and subscriptions features shouldn't be used alongside the Stripe Connect commission application fee functionality. In our opinion you should choose one or the other, not both.
Secure Access Levels
From the very beginning Jomres has been designed to be a multi-vendor system, so one manager cannot access another manager's properties or settings. Multiple checks are in place to ensure the security of user's data.
It's possible for property managers to import and export data through iCal files, a data format that's commonly used among by booking sites, so even if they don't have an account with a supported Channel Manager, they can still easily import and export data.
As you can see, Jomres offers a large number of features that allow the businessman or woman to generate income from a holiday booking website for a very reasonable amount of money.
It's not a standalone system, it's actually a plugin for both Joomla and Wordpress. This is a conscious decision we've made because it allows you to build unique websites, rather than forcing you to fit into a certain mould. You can take advantage of the 8,000 plugins available to Joomla and 20,000 plugins for Wordpress. So, if you want to customise the system to take advantage of any flavour of mailing list plugins, you can. If you'd prefer a different type of slideshow, you can. This puts us miles ahead of our competitors who're part of much more closed ecosystems.
If you have any questions about the software, or if you just want to chat, please contact us.
Jomres is the most flexible tool in your toolbox and we hope it'll help put you on the road to success.
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