Start Your Own Bed & Breakfast: Your Step-by-step Guide to Success

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Have Your Coffee Cake and Earnings, Too!

Do you dream of escaping the rat race by becoming the proprietor of your own bed and breakfast inn? The lure of leaving the 9-to-5 grind behind to live, work and play in a beautiful home nestled in a resort or small town is a powerful one. When you can spend your days puttering about in the kitchen or garden, meeting new people, entertaining guests in a lavish and enviable setting, and collect an income ...

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Have Your Coffee Cake and Earnings, Too!

Do you dream of escaping the rat race by becoming the proprietor of your own bed and breakfast inn? The lure of leaving the 9-to-5 grind behind to live, work and play in a beautiful home nestled in a resort or small town is a powerful one. When you can spend your days puttering about in the kitchen or garden, meeting new people, entertaining guests in a lavish and enviable setting, and collect an income while you're at it, who wouldn't leap at the chance?

This guide, based on the experience of scores of successful B&B operators, will tell you everything you need to know to make that dream a reality. We've interviewed lots of people out there on the front lines of the industry-all around the country- to learn the nitty-gritty, hands-on tasks, tips and tricks to successful B&B innkeeping. We reveal valuable secrets:



  • Finding the right location

  • Buying property

  • Licensing

  • Setting pricing policies

  • Promoting the business

  • Hiring good people

We've also packed out pages with helpful tips so that you can get up and running on your new B&B as quickly as possible.

Whether you have a spare bedroom or are looking for a small inn, this guide can help you earn a comfortable income by welcoming a steady stream of new friends into your home. You can bask in the warmth of your guest's praises and the rewards of hard work well done. You'll earn a living doing something you love- and that's priceless.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Chapter 1 The Breakfast Club 1
Best of Both Worlds 2
Popularity Poll 3
The Powerful Lure 3
Coffee Cake and Earnings, Too 4
The Profit Factor 5
Size Matters 6
As the Snow Melts 6
Building a Rep 6
Start-Up Bread 7
Host with the Most 8
Multitask Master 9
All In the Family 10
Industry Nightmares 10
The Right Stuff 11
Love at First Site 11
Twenty Reasons Why 12
Air Force to Farmhouse 13
Seaside Seasons 14
Kismet 15
Breakfast Forecast 16
Chapter 2 B&B 101 17
B&B Chronicles 18
George Washington Slept Here 18
B&B Defined 20
With Reservations 21
The Screening Room 23
Minks and Umbrellas 24
Rating the RSO 25
Apple PAII 25
Restore America 28
Chapter 3 Dreaming On: Market Research 31
Business or Pleasure 32
Specialty of the House 34
Will They Come? 36
Healthy Competition 37
Statistics Central 41
Mail Mania 42
Focal Points 42
Chapter 4 This Old House: Buying, Remodeling, and Modifying 49
The Old Homestead 50
Curb Appeal and Character 51
Personal Space 52
Remodeler's Revenge 52
Picture Pretty 53
Good Home Hunting 54
Cruising the Streets 54
Looky-Looing 55
Casing the Joint 56
The Money Pit 57
Checkin' It Out 57
Negotiating the Deal 60
Renovations 62
Generals and Contractors 63
Buying an Existing B&B 64
Surfing for Sales 65
Private Investigations 65
A New Lease Inn Life 67
Chapter 5 The Roof Over Your Beds: Legal and Business Structures 69
In with the Inn Crowd 70
Name of the Game 70
Giving You the Business 72
Zone Out or Zone Inn 72
Parking Signs 73
Be & B Healthy 73
General Safety 74
Building Department 74
Architectural Review 75
Americans with Disabilities Act 76
Taxing Issues 77
Paying Staff 78
Out of the Woods 79
Bed and Breakfast Imagery 79
Laying the Foundation 80
Expert Counsel 81
Up with Insurance 81
Chapter 6 The Front Desk: Your Office Start-Up Costs 83
The Reservations Center 84
Front Desk Fun 84
Net-cessity 86
Web Basics 86
Digitally Mastered 87
Print Perfection 87
The Fax of Life 87
Power Loss Protection 87
Surge Safety 88
The Phone Connection 88
Telephonics 89
Going Cellular 89
Charge It! 90
Office Furnishings 91
Office Supplies 93
Members of the Club 93
Plugging In/Adding Up 94
Chapter 7 Fix-Up Central: Purchase, Renovation, and Furnishings Costs 99
Buying the Dream 100
Mountain High 100
The Cost of Buying 101
Back to the Future 102
Taking a Bath 102
Sprucing Up 103
Cleaning Up In the Kitchen 104
And Such As That 104
Outside Spiffing 104
Love and Panic 105
Updating the Homestay 106
The Fun of Furnishing 107
Porches and Verandas 107
Common Areas 108
Into the Bedroom 109
The Linen Cupboard 112
Bathing Beauties 112
The Kitchen and Dining Area 113
Laundry and Cleaning Center 114
Chapter 8 Getting Up with the Bank: Figuring Your Bottom Line 123
Room Ratings 124
Everybody's Doin' It 125
Changing of the Rates 125
Weekday Cheapskates 125
Occupancy Rates 126
Estimating Earnings 127
Cost City 128
On Commission 129
Call Your Shots 129
Mail Call 130
The Well-Dressed Office 130
Getting Webbed 130
Hooked On Utilities 130
Auto-Matic 130
Keeping House 131
Throw In the Towels 132
Good Eats 132
Helping Hands 132
Inn the Money 132
Banking On It 133
Friends and Family 133
Going Plastic 134
Chapter 9 Breakfast in Bed: Daily Operations 145
Reservations Please 146
Spin City 146
Make a Date 147
Delineating Deposits 147
Party of Five 148
The "Bed" in Bed and Breakfast 149
Pet Parade 150
Check It Out 151
Make a Note 151
You're Confirmed 152
Welcome Wagon 153
The Grand Tour 154
Payment Politics 155
Heavenly Hosting 156
Feeding the Multitudes 157
Time Zoning 158
Walking Guidebook 159
King or Queen of Clean 160
Sharing the Load 161
Chapter 10 Inn-Ternal Affairs: Employees and Staff 167
Helping Hands 168
Many Tasks, Many Hats 168
You're the Boss 169
Going for the Gold 169
Sorority Sisters 171
Home Help 172
Independents Days 172
Sitting Inn 172
Manual Labor 174
Choosing the Best 175
Advertising for Expertise 176
Inn-Terview Basics 176
Chapter 11 Booking Up: Advertising and Marketing 179
Getting Acquainted 180
Mail Rooms 181
The Guest List 181
Rousting Up Rosters 181
Going for Brokers 182
The Price of Selects 183
The House List 183
Brochures and Other Brilliance 184
Savoir Sales Letters 186
Pillow Talk 189
Wish You Were Here 189
(Inter)Net Yourself a Guest 192
Surfing Sites 193
Going by the Guidebook 194
Breakfast Ads 195
It's Classified 196
Going Public 197
You're the Guest 197
Charity Begins with B&B 197
Romancing the Writers 198
Chapter 12 Inn the Money: Managing Your Income 201
Reality Check 202
Charting a Course 202
Feeding Uncle Sam 202
Plumping Your Pillows 203
Going for Gifts 204
Local Hang-Out 205
Wedding Bell Greens 206
Makeover Magic 207
Chapter 13 Booked Solid or Bare Rooms 209
Advice for the B&B-Lorn 210
Martha Stewart's Rival 210
Sweet Dreams 211
Get Naked 211
The Test Drive 211
Something Smelly at the B&B 211
The Best 212
Hummingbird Magic 212
The Nicest Couple 213
The Psychic Paycheck 213
On Your Own 213
Appendix Bed & Breakfast Resources 215
Glossary 219
Index 223
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