In this article I will teach you the top 3 things you need to do in order to start your fishing or hunting guide service. Be sure to read all of the way to #3 as I will be sharing with you the top way to ensure that your guide service will be successful.
Like many of you I have a great passion for the outdoors so I would like to share these tips with you so you can start and grow your very own profitable guide services, now let’s get started!
The first thing you need to do to get your guide service started is understand that starting a guide service is starting a business. This means that to be successful you must do what any successful business hunters insurance does including deciding what type of business type you are form such as a sole proprietorship, LLC or partnership, you must market your business, you must track your expenses and earnings and get insurance to protect your customers and yourself.
I like to remind our clients who are thinking about going into guiding that guiding is a business. This is because many outdoor enthusiasts think a career in guiding would be great so they can get paid doing what they love but they often times they forget about everything else that goes into guiding careers. There is no doubt that guiding can be a great career but you need to keep in mind that there are many business aspects that go into guiding outside of taking people into the outdoors.
The next thing you need to do is ensure you have the proper skills and education to become a guide. Some of the key skills necessary to be a successful guide are good communication skills, well organized, ability to work with diverse groups of clients and willingness to teach others effective hunting and fishing techniques.
Education required is something that varies greatly by state. Some states require some type of formal training such as hunting guide school, fishing guide school or certifications while other states have no required training’s. We encourage you to contact your state’s wildlife office to see what training requirements, if any, your state has for guides.
Finally, the most important part to become a successful guide and it is providing excellent customer service. The best guides often book 80% or more of their business as repeat business because they understand the importance of customer service and they know that it is much easier to book repeat business rather than finding new clients year after year.
So what are some ways hunting guides and fishing guides provide excellent customer service? First, show excitement when getting bookings. Next, follow up with your customers via phone or email a week or so prior to their trip to ensure they know all of the final details and have an opportunity to ask any outstanding questions. During the trip ensure that you spend time teaching your clients effective hunting or fishing techniques. A quick training can make a big difference in the experience and success your clients have on their trip. Finally, follow up with your clients a few days after the trip via email or letter and thank them for their business.
These are all simple things but each one of them goes a long way in satisfying your customers and ultimately if your customers are happy with the experience you provide them they will book again and they will refer others to book with your guide service as well.
Now let’s take a quick minute to review how to become a guide. Understand that starting a guide service is starting a business. Ensure you have the proper skills and education. If necessary go to fishing guide school or hunting guide school. Last but not least provide excellent customer service.