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Open Your Own Bed and Breakfast [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Notarius , Gail Sforza Brewer
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Book Description

Experience the joy-and profits-that come from managing your own bed and breakfast!
Whether you already know the magic that comes with owning a B&B or you are at the planning stage, the fourth edition of Open Your Own Bed & Breakfast-now updated with everything you need to know about online marketing-guides you through this special world. Barbara Notarius, one of America's most widely recognized and respected B&B experts, shows you how to make your dream a reality. Some of the essential information provided in this book includes:
* Your responsibilities-and those of your guests
* Financial considerations
* Advertising, the Internet, and working with a reservation service
* Evaluating your home's assets and liabilities
* Conforming to the ADA
* Legal, tax, and insurance issues, including recent changes in the tax code
* Interviews with successful hosts
* Lists of B&B associations, guidebooks, and B&B reservation services

This new edition is an informative update of every aspect you need to know in order to run your B&B smoothly and successfully. Combining a meticulous business approach with a sincere appreciation for the pleasure that comes with running a B&B, Open Your Own Bed & Breakfast is an invaluable resource.

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From the Publisher

This completely revised and expanded edition of the popular guide provides essential information on opening and running a bed and breakfast (B&B). Offers excellent advice on the initial planning stage, prices to charge for services, working with a reservation service, advertising and legal, tax and insurance issues. This revision contains new chapters on compliance with the ADA, AAA guidelines and extensive coverage on choosing between an existing inn or converting a home into a B&B. Features a new section for established innkeepers which deals with making an inn more profitable, managing employees and renovating a B&B. Includes a completely updated appendix on marketing and promoting and a new appendix listing industry suppliers of specialized equipment.

From the Back Cover

Have you ever dreamed of running your own bed and breakfast?

Barbara Notarius, one of America's most widely recognized B&B experts, provides all the information you need to turn your dream into a reality in this thorough and practical guide. Whether you already run a B&B or are in the planning stage, you'll find this handy guide an invaluable resource on: Your responsibilities--and those of your guests Purchasing an existing inn vs. converting your home Evaluating your home's assets and liabilities What to charge your guests Seminars and internships Conforming to the ADA Increasing profitability Advertising and promotion Employee management New AAA guidelines Legal, tax, and insurance issues, including recent changes in the tax code Preventing B&B burnout

Plus, this Third Edition includes a section on new marketing strategies for your B&B, and a new appendix of industry suppliers. Informative interviews with successful hosts, hospitality checklists, and a directory of reservation services, state associations, seminars, and apprenticeships make this the most complete guidebook available.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3668 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4th ed. edition (July 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471373990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471373995
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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We are looking to open a B&B that will support our family. This does not fit the author's defintion of a B&B, and this book is definitely geared toward a smaller operation. If you are looking to open a few rooms in your home to earn some extra income, this book would probably be useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good starter-kit for those who are interested August 25, 2004
Ignore the crabby reviews of this book. I really doubt such people ought to go into a public-contact home-based business!

My copy arrived from a thrift store, the original (1987) edition; I bought it mostly out of curiosity. I consult for entrepreneurs, & Barbara Notarius has come up with a book that manages to be brief yet thorough. As it was written almost 20 years ago, I am pleasantly surprised how useful it could be in answering the questions of someone who hasn't made the leap but is giving it serious thought.

Sure, it's not a turnkey guide!! You still have to enjoy people, especially strangers; you still have to have some grain of business sense (or be ready to hire someone who does); you still have to have a nice residence with some reason for guests to come looking for you; you still ought to retain an attorney to go over all the local licensing, inspection, & tax considerations.

This book is something you can read in a few evenings. It walks you through serious considerations, everything from your emotional temperament & your cleaning habits, to how well you know your own community & what you should make for breakfast -- I'll probably never have a B&B or inn, but I've swiped some of the recipes.

Of course, you ought to get the newest edition you can (it's up to its 4th) if your dead-set on opening a B&B in the near future. But if you find an older copy for a few pennies, it's a very good way to start examining everything from your furnishings to your motivations before you put too much effort or cash into something you aren't suited for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plentiful information, but somewhat disorganized. September 22, 2010
This manual is geared toward the smaller operation, a home-based bed & breakfast. It reads easily for the person making the transition from living in a home to using the home for a part-time business.

The information is somewhat scattered throughout the chapters, some is covered twice. Information could be categorized better.

I did an inter-library loan of two books. I like the graphical layout of this book much more than the others. I am now going to purchase my own copy where I can make notes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Own Bed & Breakfast, 4th Edition May 17, 2009
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This is an excellent and informative book on purchasing, setting-up, opening and running a successful Bed and Breakfast.

Ms Notarius has put her experiences and knowledge to good use for the inspiring innkeeper, and the what-to-do's and what-not-to-do's of the business.

This book was well worth the expense to purchase, and should become the bible of the Bed and Breakfast industry.
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