Overview

Experience the joy-and profits-that come from managing your own bed and breakfast!

Whether you already know the magic that comes with owning a B&B or you are at the planning stage, the fourth edition of Open Your Own Bed & Breakfast-now updated with everything you need to know about online marketing-guides you through this special world. Barbara Notarius, one of America's most widely recognized and ...
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Open Your Own Bed and Breakfast

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Overview

Experience the joy-and profits-that come from managing your own bed and breakfast!

Whether you already know the magic that comes with owning a B&B or you are at the planning stage, the fourth edition of Open Your Own Bed & Breakfast-now updated with everything you need to know about online marketing-guides you through this special world. Barbara Notarius, one of America's most widely recognized and respected B&B experts, shows you how to make your dream a reality. Some of the essential information provided in this book includes:
* Your responsibilities-and those of your guests
* Financial considerations
* Advertising, the Internet, and working with a reservation service
* Evaluating your home's assets and liabilities
* Conforming to the ADA
* Legal, tax, and insurance issues, including recent changes in the tax code
* Interviews with successful hosts
* Lists of B&B associations, guidebooks, and B&B reservation services

This new edition is an informative update of every aspect you need to know in order to run your B&B smoothly and successfully. Combining a meticulous business approach with a sincere appreciation for the pleasure that comes with running a B&B, Open Your Own Bed & Breakfast is an invaluable resource.

A nuts-and-bolts guide for anyone interested in opening a bed and breakfast.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470350027
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/2/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

BARBARA NOTARIUS is a lecturer and consultant on operating a B&B. She is founder and publicity director of Bed and Breakfast Reservations Worldwide, the only nonprofit trade association in the B&B industry. In addition, she runs her own B&B, the Alexander Hamilton House, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
GAIL SFORZA BREWER is a professional writer and lecturer.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: America Is Waking Up to Bed and Breakfast.

Bed and Breakfast Defined: Basic Principles.

Is Bed and Breakfast for You?

Evaluating Your Home's Assets and Liabilities.

Financial Considerations.

Starting Up.

Public Relations and Advertising.

The Internet.

Working with a Reservation Service.

Operating Smoothly: For Hosts Who Market Themselves.

Increasing Profitability.

Specialty Bed and Breakfasts.

Construction.

Best Breakfasts.

Interviews with Successful Hosts.

Appendix A: Bed and Breakfast Reservation Services.

Appendix B: Publications.

Appendix C: State Bed and Breakfast Associations.

Appendix D: Sources.

Appendix E: Online Directories.

Appendix F: Reservation Software.

Index.
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