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Mary White is the go-to source in the bed & breakfast industry for opinions and advice. A noted expert on B&B travel, she has been involved in promoting and marketing B&Bs on the Web for more than a decade and has appeared in dozens of media outlets. Her site, BnBFinder.com, is hailed by professionals and consumers alike as the most informative B&B site on the Web.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470426829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470426821
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the Founder and CEO of www.BnBFinder.com, a leading bed & breakfast directory and the author of Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies. In 1998, I left my job as a securities broker and decided to embark on a new venture - Internet publishing. I developed a simple business model- offer consumers an exciting and innovative way to access information in an easy-to-use format. My mission was to provide a no-nonsense Web site that would effectively place B&Bs and inns on a competitive level along large hotel chains and resorts. I wanted to offer a site that embraced the unique features that make a B&B so special and to provide guests all the information that they need to select the bed & breakfast of their choice. BnBFinder.com continues to earn the industry's highest ratings and provide interesting content and comprehensive search features by incorporating the latest technology and staying up to-date with all our listed inns. In 2013 I was proud to receive the Award of Merit for long-term and significant contributions to the business of innkeeping.

I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hartford and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University. I am the proud mother of two grown children. I am passionate about my family and friends, travel, golf, yoga and being an entrepreneur. I love running my own business and working daily with traveling guests and B&B innkeepers who work tirelessly to create a unique guest experience.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Howard J. Levitan on May 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been an Innkeeper and now an Inn Consultant for 15 years. One of the things on my to do list was to put together all of my thoughts and blog articles into a book on Innkeeping which updated all of the prior ones that are no longer available. Now I am just thrilled that Mary White has written the definitive work on Innkeeping, and, of course, now I don't have to do it.

We tell our prospective innkeepers in our Seminars on Innkeeping a lot of the information that Mary has compiled, but here it is all in one place and easily accessible to everyone. Nothing left out and a clear understanding that Innkeeping is a 24/7 job with a lot of sacrifices. It is not retirement, and it is not Bob Newhart in a cardigan sweater. Mary lays it all out for the reader, clearly and with all of the downsides, as well as the joys of sharing your lives as innkeepers with some of the greatest guests that you could every hope to meet. We always said that they came as guests and left the Inn as friends. Mary has shown us all the way to do this effortlessly and with good humor.

This book will be a must read for innkeepers and prospective innkeepers alike. Great job, Mary!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Scott Thomas on February 4, 2010
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Not long ago I saw that Mary White, founder of [...], had written Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies. I was interested to see what Mary, an experienced marketer, and founder of one of the top bed and breakfast directories, would have to say.

With background of buying a b&b and operating it for four years, research from several books and an aspiring innkeeper class, and currently speaking at aspiring innkeeping classes on computer-related topics, I turned eagerly to read this book.

Running a Bed & Breakfast

In the familiar "Dummies" manner, the book uses cartoons (some very cute!) to introduce the parts of the book, and uses icons to flag tips, important information and warnings of danger. The book is organized into six parts:

1. Inn the Beginning: an outline of what a bed and breakfast is (and is not), potential marketing challenges, necessary social skills, and commitment, and a bit about the lifestyle change that a b&b brings.

2. Transitioning from Inn Goer to Inn Owner: a discussion of professionals who can help, from inn consultants to accountants, and lawyers, creating a business plan and financial forecasts, along with a discussion of buying an existing inn versus starting a new inn from scratch.

3. Getting Ready for Guests: setting up your record-keeping systems, choosing a property management system, setting rates and establishing policies, getting basic marketing in place, furnishing and decorating the inn, and even a few recipes to get things started.

4. Up and Running: Day-to-Day Operations: this section covers guest communications and taking reservations, basic hospitality (taking care of guests), handling problem guests, chores and maintenance, and getting help you need when you need it.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CaptGlen on March 28, 2013
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This is essential reading, along with our THE BREAD IS IN THE BED; How to Make More Money as a B&B Innkeeper for ANY prospective B&B owners.

We learned the hard way, and only wished these books were available BEFORE we bought our inn! Sure, you'll learn one way or the other, but innkeeping is hard enough to try to tackle every subject as it comes along. Take advantage of innkeeping veterans willing to share great advice.

B&B for Dummies outlines an incredible array of subjects facing the new innkeeper. Chapter 4 is a lengthy treatise on everything you need to consider before buying an existing inn, and Chapter 5 tells you the considerations for starting your business from scratch. Both are incredibly valuable depending on your situation, but here is where the book (by design) stops short of giving advice.

There are 18 Chapters jam packed with information,from zoning considerations to furnishing to record keeping to maintenance to staffing to marketing and even to some tasty breakfast recipes. It's a true compendium that you will keep referring to on your innkeepers bookshelf long after you buy your property.

The Dummies book is limited to outlining the massive number of OPTIONS, but doesn't actually offer OPINIONS. That's where The Bread is in The Bed comes in. It tells you WHICH of these considerations is the most important to the new innkeeper, and why. For example, should I buy a B&B or a Country inn? Why? Which is more important - Facebook or French Toast?

Another quick example of why you need both books is illustrated in Chapter 2: Analyzing What Brings Guests to the Area.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Truesdell on February 23, 2010
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The Dummies series wins again.

If you've ever left a B & B thinking that running one would be the life but have no idea where to start, this is the resource for you.

It's a quick read, but chock full of tips, advice, samples, explanations, and more. Divided into six easy-to-navigate sections, this book will walk you through the process of opening and running a B & B, from getting ready for guests to managing the day-to-day operation to making your B & B a long-term success.

Definitely recommend it for someone interested in this line of business.
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