"Owning a bed-and-breakfast might not be as romantic as you're envisioning. But don't worry, it doesn't mean it can't be fun — it just means it's a lot of work. If you're thinking about turning your home or another property into a bed-and-breakfast, start by asking yourself a simple question: How serious are you? While hosting wine and cheese nights and sleepovers in your home might sound fun at first, innkeeping is a never-ending job — you have to be on 24/7."Nu är ju det här Amerika och allt kanske inte kan översättas till ett svenskt eller franskt B&B. Men visst fanns det en del intressant i artikeln.
- Have a great location in mind
- Have money saved with worst-case scenarios in mind. While there's no magic formula to help you figure out how much you need to start a bed-and-breakfast, it's best to overestimate — according to Hart, reserve funds are necessary to weather the low occupancy rate that's common during a bed-and-breakfast's first three years.
- Be prepared to provide personal service. Personal service is what differentiates a bed-and-breakfast from a hotel or a homestay. "Running a bed-and-breakfast is much more about taking care of the guest," says Karen. It's a highly competitive part of the business.
- Make the Internet your best friend. Marketing is key to a bed-and-breakfast's success.