Running a small B&B in your home can be an interesting and fulfilling job. It will enable you to work from home and to accommodate family or other commitments. It’s also a good way of earning money from those empty bedrooms once your children have fled the nest. If you are widowed or retired, running a B&B will supplement your income.Bed and Breakfast accommodation is growing in popularity as an alternative to the more anonymous hotels and travel lodges. But running a B&B is not without its pitfalls and anyone thinking about setting up such a business needs to be aware of these.In this book Christabel Milner, who has run a series of small B&Bs by herself, explores the issues and shows you how to make a success of it. She covers all areas of choosing the bed linen to safeguarding personal security. Having first helped you establish the basics: What is involved? Will there be a market in your area?Will you be able to adapt your current home? Christabel then goes on to explain: How to equip your B&B; The day-to-day running of the business; How to provide a good breakfast and evening meal; How to get the word out, and win repeat customers; and, How to manage your finances.
Contents: List of illustrations; Preface; Part One: Finding out what’s involved in running a Bed and Breakfast; 1. Understanding the reality of running a Bed and Breakfast; 2. Establishing whether there’s a market for your Bed and Breakfast; 3. Ensuring your current home is suitable to be a Bed and Breakfast; 4. Equipping your Bed and Breakfast; 5. The day-to-day running a Bed and Breakfast; 6. Providing a good breakfast and an evening meal; 7. Your personal safety; 8. Managing the finances; 9. Final anecdotes and miscellaneous advice; Index