How to Start and Operate Your Own Bed-and-Breakfast: Down-To-Earth Advice from an Award-Winning B&B Owner

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Macmillan, May 15, 1994 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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Here is an informative guide chock-full of essential information for all those who are interested in earning supplementary income by running part of their home as a bed-and-breakfast. Martha Murphy vigorously debunks common misconceptions about the ease of running a B&B, emphasizing that it is indeed a job, albeit a job with part-time aspects. She gives much good advice on start-up costs; preparing the house, bedrooms, and baths for guests; safety features and house rules; and rates, advertising, and reservations. She suggests when, where, and how to serve breakfast and offers a week's worth of menus and recipes.
 

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Contents

1 So You Want to Open a BedandBreakfast?
1
2 The BedandBreakfast House
21
3 The BedandBreakfast Bedroom
39
4 The BedandBreakfast Bathroom
57
5 Public Rooms in the BedandBreakfast
75
6 Breakfast
89
7 House Rules and Safety Features
111
8 Rates Advertising Reservations
129
9 The Art of Hosting
157
10 Staying in Business
171
Appendix Resources
181
Index
191
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Martha Watson Murphy is the owner of Murphy's B&B in Narragansett, Rhode Island. She teaches a seminar based on the book at Brown University's Learning Community.

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