Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-30
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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All the tools you need to start and run a profitable B&BDo 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 succeedFind a place to call home - choose the location, style, and size of your ideal B&BTransition from visitor to owner - create your business plan, secure financing, make an offer, and protect your investmentGet ready for your guests - organize your recordkeeping, set room rates and policies, furnish your inn, and market your servicesSet the breakfast scene - decide the style of breakfast to offer, accommodate guests' needs and restrictions, create signature dishes, and serve refreshments and snacksHandle day-to-day operations - take reservations, make your guests feel welcome, hire employees, and maintain your innTake your business to the next level - assess your success, expand your market, increase profit, and prevent burnoutOpen the book and find:How to transition an existing B&B or start from scratchThe biggest problems new B&Bs encounter - and how to avoid themThe best ways to furnish your innTips for saving time cleaning and preparing breakfastWhat you must know to design and update your Web siteTried-and-tested sample menus and recipesWays to guarantee a return guestHow to get extra help when you need it

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Inn the Beginning
So You Want to Open a B&B
Deciding on the Location and Style of Your B&B
Transitioning from Inn Goer to Inn Owner
Creating the Plan for Your Business
Purchasing an Existing B&B
Starting a New Inn from Scratch
Getting Ready for Guests
Organizing Your Record-Keeping
Setting Rates and Establishing Policies
B&B Marketing 101
Furnishing Your Inn
Making Breakfast a Memorable Meal
Up and Running: Day-to-Day Operations
Communicating with Potential Guests and Taking Reservations
Taking Care of Guests
Maintaining Your Inn
Getting Help When You Need It
Taking It beyond Breakfast and the Basics
Assessing Your Success and Building on It
Keeping Your Most Important Asset (You) Fine-Tuned
Looking into Your Future
The Part of Tens
Ten Cleaning Tips to Save Time, Money, and Your Inn
Ten Ways to Guarantee a Return Guest
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