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

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

Martha W. Murphy

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0805029036

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Down to earth advice from an award-winning B&B owner. Illustrated with charming line drawings and lightened by real-life anecdotes, this is an easily accessible guide to an ever growing small-business niche.




















It should have a couple of wooden hangers for suits and coats, and the rest of the hangers should be plastic and all of the same make and color. Do not use wire hangers! If the closet is large, it should have a light. Luggage Rack If you don’t supply your guests with luggage racks, they will put their suitcases on the bed. Luggage will soil and tear bed covers, and without a luggage rack, guests are forced to find a spot on the floor for their suitcases when they go to bed. If you have

you like to cook, how well and quickly you cook, how much time you’ll have in the morning before going off to another commitment, and whether or not you have a preference for one or the other as a traveler yourself. (Another factor that could affect your decision is whether the zoning in your area restricts you to a continental breakfast only, as is the case in some places.) Whatever kind of breakfast fare you decide to offer, make it something special. This is your time to shine. Attention to

you decide to offer a buffet continental breakfast, let your guests know what hours breakfast will be available, say between 8:00 and 10:00 A.M. and set everything out for them just a few minutes before the earliest seating. If you have a small B&B, you should be able to set out a thermal carafe of coffee, cream and sugar, a basket of muffins, butter and jams, a pitcher of juice, and so on, and then be free to go about your business for the morning. If yours is a larger operation, you’ll need to

Most B&Bs put a limit on check-in times; quite often brochures will read, “Check-in between 2:00 and 10:00 P.M.” Of course, guests who are forced to arrive later will still be allowed to check in, but by establishing some kind of limit, you are laying a ground rule that most travelers will be able to follow, and in the process you will be helping create a schedule for yourself or your helper. These are the kinds of things that you’ll put in your brochure. Undoubtedly, you will refine your rules

are people who are rude, thoughtless, selfish, or snobbish. Fortunately, there aren’t many of these types among B&B enthusiasts, but when you get some staying under your roof, they may rankle you. There are ways to lessen the irritation. If you’ve properly made a schedule for yourself that allows you some time away from the business each day, use this time to complain about them, laugh about them, and get them out of your system. Remind yourself that their stay is limited; they haven’t moved in

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