How to Create Homestay Promo Flyer with MS Word

When you’re on a budget, hiring a professional to design a flyer for your homestay business is out of the question. One of the easiest ways to make a good-looking flyer in minutes is to use Microsoft Word’s templates.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we are going to make a simple flyer by playing around the shapes provided in Microsoft word.

Step 1. Gather Information

Before you want to design the flyer for your homestay, first you have to know what to put in there. So we have listed the things you need to prepare before design your flyer for your homestay business.

  1. Whole picture of your homestay (1pcs)
  2. Features images for example bedroom, bathroom and etc. (3pcs)
  3. Information about your Homestay
  4. Information about facilities that your homestay have
  5. Location/address
  6. Contact Person

Step 2. Starting a new flyer project

After gather all the information, you are ready to create the flyer.
Open Word (Start>Programs>Microsoft Word) and create a new flyer document (File>New>Blank Document).

Step 3. Entering shape areas

Every area of this flyer are made out of a shape. To add these shape, simply go to (Insert>Shapes) and you will find different kind of shapes available. For now let’s click on the Rectangle shapes because we are going to play around with the rectangle shapes only for today.

You can delete the shapes by selecting them and hitting backspace.

Create two rectangle shapes and place it like this.

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Creating the first shape

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Creating the second shape

You can rotate the shapes by holding the green circle on top of your shape and drag according to your preference.

By double clicking on each of these areas, you can change their outline and fill (add solid colors, gradients, patterns, pictures) or apply other effects (shadows, 3D effects) from the Format menu.

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Shape Fill

Step 4. Adding images

Now when you have done placing your shapes into the position, it’s time to add the images. To add images, go to (Insert > Picture). Browse your folders until you find the images you want. For now, we suggest you to find four images that include this whole picture of your homestay, and three special features that includes in your homestay.

Now when you have place your images into the documents, click on the image, then go to (Format > Wrap Text > In Front of Text). This will enable you to position the images freely.

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Wrap Text

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Wrap Text in Front of Text

You can also arrange your image to be in front of the text or backward by selecting your image and click on these.

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Arrange

Arrange your images to look like this.

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Step 5. Adding a logo/headline

Now it’s time to add the logo to your homestay. For this flyer we will make the logo using the shapes and text box. Firstly, add the oval shapes and place it on the center of the headline images.

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Oval shape

Now we want to make the oval shape to have a bit of transparency. To do that, right click on the shapes and select Format Shapes.

Format shape box will appear. On the Transparency bar, adjust the bar according to your need to make it transparent. For this we make it transparent to 40%. Also make the color to black and line color to “no line”.

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Format Shape

Your shape will look something like this

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Next we want to place the text into the logo. We are going to create a text box. Go to (Insert > Text box) and place it in front of the oval shape we create it earlier. Write your Homestay name on it.

Try adjust your text to look something like this.

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Demo Text

Step 6. Entering custom text

To create text, simply go to (Insert > Text Box > Simple Text Box). Then place the text box to the specific place you want. We are going to put the text box into this area.

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Simple Text Box

Next we want to get rid of the background colour on the text box. Select the text box and go to (Format > Shape Fill > No Fill). This will remove the background colour on the text box. You can also remove the line from the text box by click on the (Shape Outline > No Outline).

Shape Fill & Line Fill

Now put on the information about your homestay on there. Try to adjust the text to look like this

Text Demo

In addition, if you have the map of your location and you want to put it in the flyer. Try to place it the image of your map like this.

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Step 7. Saving the project

Click on the save icon on top of Word’s window and choose your desired document name and file format. For projects intended for printing, the best choice is to save as PDF.

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Save PDF

This is what the finished flyer looks like. It didn’t take more than 25 minutes to complete our project.

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Flyer Complete

How To Install Softinn Booking Engine On Blogspot

Get your free booking engine here http://mysoftinn.com/Signup

Even if you have a great blog website for users to view but they cannot do any reservations then it will not benefit you. Follow these simple steps to add Softinn Booking Engine to your blog or view this video.
1. Sign In to your Softinn Extranet account.

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2. Click the More tab and choose Sell.

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3. Click Install Direct Booking Engine which will direct you to the booking page. You can also click Check this guideline if you are lost.

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4. Copy the link of the booking engine page.

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5. Copy the code below and put your booking URL into the space provided.

http://[Your%20Booking%20Engine%20URL]

It should look something like this after putting the booking engine link in.

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6. Open your Blogger account. Select new post and click HTML. Paste the code with the booking engine URL into the new post.

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7. Then click Compose to view and this is how it should show up in your blog. Then click Save and Publish.

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Here is how it should appear on your blog when you click Preview.

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Now you can add booking engine to your Blogspot account for your homestay reservation. Your customers can now do booking anytime anywhere. Hope this helps!

How To Create Homestay Website Using Blogspot

 

Many online users today visit blogs to get more information on a specific product or service as blogs are easier to access and are user-friendly. For homestay owners, starting a blog for your homestay is as great as making a website for it. What’s more interesting is that, anyone can start a blog and it is totally FREE-of-charge. So why not start one today?

These step by step guide will help you start a homestay website. Any blog hosting is fine but for this tutorial, we are going to use Blogspot.

 

  1. Got to Blogspot.com

You only need to login to a Google account for blogspot. If you don’t have a Google account, create one for free. Google account is not only used for blogspot but for other websites such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps etc.

For first time users, you will see two options to use Google+ profile or limited Blogspot profile. It is better to use Google+ profile.

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  1. Create New Blog

Once you are redirected to your blogger page click on the New Blog button.

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  1. Name Your Blog­

You should name your blog and web address according to your homestay so that it is easier for visitors to search for it online. Next, choose a template according to your liking. Do not worry if you do not like your current template, you can change it anytime or you can get reference on how to choose your blog template from here. Then hit Create blog button.

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  1. Add Pages

Now that your blog is created, you can start writing posts but it is better that you create pages so that it is easier for users to navigate around your website.

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Homepage is the first page your online visitors will see. Therefore, a nice home page creates a good impression. Include a nice picture of your homestay or you can visit here to know how to take a better picture of you homestay. Your contents are up to your creativity.

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Preview:

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You should also add an About page to brief visitors about what your homestay. It is statically proven that the About page is the most viewed because customers are interested to know about your homestay.

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Preview:

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Another page you can create is the Contact page so that visitors can contact you if they are interested in knowing more about your homestay.

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Preview:

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Feel free to add other pages such as Gallery so that they get the view of your homestay.

 

  1. Make Your Pages Visible

After writing a few page it doesn’t automatically appear in your blog therefore click Layout. Then click Cross-Column to add page.

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A pop up window as shown in the image below will appear. Click the pages that you want them to appear in your website. You can even change the arrangement of your navigation bar by dragging them. Then click Save and your pages will appear at your blog website.

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  1. Writing Your Website Content

Click on Posts to start writing your content. Then click Create a new post.

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This page will appear. You could write about your upcoming promotions that would attract other customers.

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Then select the post you just wrote and click Publish.

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Preview:

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  1. Add Social Links

By adding your Homestay Facebook account or other links, guests will be able to leave reviews about your homestay for your future improvements.

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Then go to sidebar-right, footer or anywhere you want your link to appear depending on your layout. Click Add a Gadget.

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Then this pop up will appear. Then click HTML/ JavaScript.

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Link your Facebook Page and click save. Feel free to add other social links using this method or you can use image as a link.

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  1. Keep your blog updated.

Be hardworking and constantly update your website by posting new promotions or photos of your homestay to show that your homestay is well-maintained and active!

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Preview:

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That is all you need to know on how to create a homestay website using Blogspot. Happy blogging!

 

(Credits: Instructables)