Running a Bed and Breakfast For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 16, 2009 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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Learn to:

  • Choose a location and make it your own
  • Create a profitable business plan
  • Decorate and renovate your property
  • Market your property for maximum occupancy

All the tools you need to start and run a profitable B&B

Do you dream of owning a B&B? This friendly, practical guide shows you how to make your dream a reality, with expert advice on everything from writing a business plan and finding the right location to handling situations you will encounter as an innkeeper. You'll make your guests feel at home, keep your inn in tip-top shape, and ensure your long-term success!

  • Understand B&B basics — get an overview of the business and see if you have the skills (and the desire!) to succeed
  • Find a place to call home — choose the location, style, and size of your ideal B&B
  • Transition from visitor to owner — create your business plan, secure financing, make an offer, and protect your investment
  • Get ready for your guests — organize your recordkeeping, set room rates and policies, furnish your inn, and market your services
  • Set the breakfast scene — decide the style of breakfast to offer, accommodate guests' needs and restrictions, create signature dishes, and serve refreshments and snacks
  • Handle day-to-day operations — take reservations, make your guests feel welcome, hire employees, and maintain your inn
  • Take your business to the next level — assess your success, expand your market, increase profit, and prevent burnout

Open the book and find:

  • How to transition an existing B&B or start from scratch
  • The biggest problems new B&Bs encounter — and how to avoid them
  • The best ways to furnish your inn
  • Tips for saving time cleaning and preparing breakfast
  • What you must know to design and update your Web site
  • Tried-and-tested sample menus and recipes
  • Ways to guarantee a return guest
  • How to get extra help when you need it
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
So You Want to Open a BB
9
Deciding on the Location and Style of Your BB
25
Transitioning from Inn Goer to Inn Owner
35
Purchasing an Existing BB
57
Starting a New Inn from Scratch
79
Getting Ready for Guests
103
Setting Rates and Establishing Policies
119
Up and Running DaytoDay Operations
217
Taking Care of Guests
235
Maintaining Your Inn
253
Getting Help When You Need It
271
Taking It beyond Breakfast and the Basics
283
Assessing Your Success and Building on It
285
Keeping Your Most Important Asset You FineTuned
305
Looking into Your Future
313

BB Marketing 101
141
Furnishing Your Inn
167
Making Breakfast a Memorable Meal
189
Ten Cleaning Tips to Save Time Money and Your Inn
327
Index
335
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About the author (2009)

Mary White is the go-to source in the bed & breakfast industry for opinions and advice. A noted expert on B&B travel, she has been involved in promoting and marketing B&Bs on the Web for more than a decade and has appeared in dozens of media outlets. Her site, BnBFinder.com, is hailed by professionals and consumers alike as the most informative B&B site on the Web.

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