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It has romantic qualities to it, and it seems the perfect business for someone looking to get away from it all and leave the rat race behind. Also, like any other business, there are plenty of people who have gotten in over their heads, lost money, and even ruined their lives trying to make it work. Above all else, running a Bed and Breakfast is a people business. You get rich with people and their stories. But if you tend to be more introverted, shy, and deeply attached to your own privacy, you could end up your own worst enemy. The best way I can explain it is to think about the amount of work you put into having a party — all the preparation and clean up required — and then think about doing that each and every day during peak season.
Are you thinking about opening a bed and breakfast? Are you ready to escape the daily grind of your job? We look at the pros and cons so you can make the best decision. This is the very first question you want to ask yourself. Take a look at some common reasons people uproot their lives and purchase an inn:.
As a bed and breakfast owner for over seven years now, I have had a lot of guests sit around my breakfast table and tell me that they think they would like to own a bed and breakfast. All they see are the fun parts — like getting to meet new people and having an appreciative audience to enjoy the cooking and decorating. However, there is a lot more to owning a bed and breakfast than that! To really understand what the pros and cons for you as an aspiring bed and breakfast owner might be, consider the following questions:. Having the right personality is one of the biggest success factors any bed and breakfast owner can have. If you read online reviews on sites like TripAdvisor or BedandBreakfast. Therefore, besides the usual cooking, decorating and meeting new people, you need to:.
Why Do You Want to Own a B&B?
By Elizabeth Arneson. One key ingredient in running a successful bed-and-breakfast is the ability to get along with all types of people who will be staying at your inn. When you operate a bed-and-breakfast, you become the host not an owner who greets and welcomes guests not clients. Hospitality is your business. A successful bed-and-breakfast operation builds its reputation on the hospitality it provides. Repeat business and referrals often come as a result of your interactions with the guests. Guests who frequent bed-and-breakfasts usually seek the enjoyment of getting to know their hosts and sometimes develop close friendships with them.