1. InnSpiring Forums
A forum for B&B owners is the ideal place to share concerns or ask questions. Many of the users will have firsthand experience of running a bed and breakfast – they have been there and done that, so naturally they are your greatest resource! Find tons of advice from looking at old discussions or get answers directly by posting your query. Check out InnSpiring for plenty of active users.
The home of honest reviews of your competitors, TripAdvisor can be an excellent window on the B&B business from the customer’s perspective. Read what has been admired about other B&Bs and what has fallen flat, and be sure to keep an eye on B&Bs in the area that might affect your own business model. A little research here is a sure fire way to get your B&B start-up on the right track.
3. InnGenious Planning
If you’re serious about starting a B&B, you’ll need the paperwork and business plans to prove it. Download free planning forms and goal setting questionnaires from The B and B Coach. InnGenious, meanwhile, has a handy spreadsheet with example figures and profit margins already plugged in to help you get an idea of the potential income from your B&B.
4. B&B Bookshop
The internet can be overwhelming sometimes – if you want plenty of good information all in one place, why not go all old fashioned and buy a book? Bed and Breakfast for Sale have helpfully compiled a list of useful titles here at their B&B bookshop, from how to run a B&B day to day (‘So You Want to Be an Innkeeper’) to how to write a business plan and improve your customer service.
5. A B&B Consultant
Sometimes, the best way is to call in the professionals. This guide on How to Choose a B&B Consultant from Heather Turner will help you find the top person for your needs.
Don’t forget to check out the articles here at BnB Edition, too!
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