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7 Things to Think About When Opening a Bed and Breakfast

IN THE July 5 ISSUE

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Bed and Breakfast, A Profitable Endeavor
Opening a bed and breakfast is an exciting new business opportunity. You have the potential to reach so many customers and provide so much world-class service. In order to open a bed and breakfast, you really need to make sure that the facility you will use is in tip-top shape. Here are seven things to think about before opening a bed and breakfast.cottage

Hire a House Cleaner
You need to hire a professional house cleaner for your bed and breakfast business. It is simply impossible for you to do all of the cleaning by yourself, even if you have friends and family to help you. Besides, house cleaners are professionals in their trade. They are more skilled than the average person at making sure that the appearance of the house is immaculate.

Furnishings

You need to purchase your furnishings for your bed and breakfast business rather than you would for a home. You need to keep in mind that these furnishings are more likely than not to experience damage at the hands of your customers. Take mattress dimensions before making your mattress purchase. You should purchase your furnishings in bulk and at a discount cost if possible.

More so than in a personal home, you will need to make sure that your furnishings all complement each other. Because you are running a business, you need to have a very professional appearance in the furnishings of your home. You need to make sure that you have a color scheme in each room and that the furnishings and bedding adhere to this color scheme. Create a mood.

Check-Ins and Check-Outs
You need to have a system to organize the check-ins and checkouts each day. You need to have information on file about each individual who comes into the bed and breakfast. You should make it a welcoming experience, by offering a guest book at the front door. You also need to log information about the customers who come into the bed and breakfast for your own personal protection and safety.

You can make it easier to organize information about guests, by insisting that they make their reservation online. When the guests make a reservation online, it automatically stores their information in your database. You will have their phone number, address, dates of stay requested, and full legal names. You can even do background checks on your customers before they come to your bed and breakfast.

Themes
You need to have a formal theme for your entire bed and breakfast. You might want to have a color scheme in the house in order to create a feeling of continuity throughout the home. This will help guests to feel more at home as it is similar to how people furnish their own personal homes. Tell your guests about local activities going on in the community.

You need to make sure that the theme is present throughout the entire house. You may choose to have a Victorian theme or a modern life theme. You should choose decorations, wall hangings, paintings, and furnishings that reflect your theme. For example, if you have a modern life theme, you should have decorations that are angular in nature, you should use cool colors like blue and white, and you should have metallic integrated into your aesthetic. Keep true to your theme.

Being Cordial
You need to do something thoughtful for your guests after they leave. This could include offering them souvenirs to take home or even writing them a postcard that they will receive after they return home to their state. You can also do email correspondence by using beautiful graphic design and personal writing style.

Thank your guests formally for their business in your correspondence. Whether you are offering them a souvenir or a letter, the gesture needs to show them that you have gratitude for their stay at your bed and breakfast. They will remember this for years to come and it will make them more likely to refer friends and family to your business.

Personal Space
You can’t be too overly concerned with personal space in order to run a bed and breakfast. You are essentially having somebody stay in your own home. You need to be a social person who doesn’t mind talking with new people.

Persistence is Success
Business success takes time. No matter how things go when you first open your bed and breakfast, you should stick with it in order to see the fruits of your labor.

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