B & B Know-How: How to make money from your spare room

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Random House, Dec 31, 2011 - Reference - 144 pages
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No one knows more about starting and running a bed and breakfast business than successful cook, author and hotel owner Amy Willcock. The hotel that she runs with her husband and their business partner, The George on the Isle of Wight, was described in the Daily Mail as being run 'in the way in which you imagine the hotel of your dreams to be run'. In this attractively packaged paperback, Amy reveals the secrets you need to know to make running your B&B fun and profitable. Her lively narrative takes you through all stages of the process: preparing your home, advertising, creating welcoming bedrooms and luxury bathrooms on a budget, laundering the sheets, preparing the ultimate breakfast (for even the most demanding guest) and managing bookings - all this, while keeping your profit margin healthy. Also featured are the best stockists for any products that you will need and the definitive answers to frequently asked questions. This book is the perfect guide for all aspiring B&B landlords and ladies.
 

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Contents

About the Author
BB is the best fun I love it
BB KnowHow
Introduction
Frequently Asked Questions
Getting Started
Keeping it Legal
Do your homework and keep up to date with rules and regulations
With a mobile phone you can take a booking wherever you are
Breakfast
A delicious breakfast is as important as a comfortable bed
Knowing Your Market
Good PR starts with the smile on your face as you open the door
Money Matters
Estimating the cost of everything is essential right down to the cost of each teabag
Useful Addresses

Creating A Welcome
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression
Managing Bookings

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About the author (2011)

In 1980, Amy Willcock moved from the USA to the UK with her parents to enter the world of the B&B. The project that started as a retirement amusement for her parents grew into a thriving business of three B&Bs and a hotel. When Amy married Jeremy Willcock she stayed in the business and they now own the Michelin-starred George on the Isle of Wight, a pub and two other hotels. Amy runs lifestyle and Aga workshops, and writes for Aga Links and The Shooting Gazette. She is the author of three bestselling books: Aga Cooking, Amy Willcock'sAga Baking and Amy Willcock's Aga Know-How.

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