From “Ask Kit!”:
Q: I have recently become interested in opening a bed and breakfast. hat I am looking for is some information concerning the first steps to opening a bed and breakfast. Right now I have nothing financially so I need to know about what I would need to begin this adventure.
A: The first steps in opening a B&B are to take asses/seminars/workshops, read the books (my suggestions are found on my website’s Reading List (http://www.TheBAndBLady.com/reading.html), staying in B&Bs to find what you do and don’t like about B&Bs, and attending conferences. Participating in this forum is another good step for you.
The second step, relating to your financial situation is to start saving money, pinching every penny you get, and doing what it takes to create a big nest-egg. Getting into the innkeeping world is not inexpensive and takes more money than you might anticipate.
And also think outside the box. If saving sufficient funds seems or is beyond your ability, strongly consider other options like becoming a manager or taking on partners. There are lots of ways to participate in the joys of innkeeping without actually owning one all by yourself.
2 thoughts on “What are the First Steps in getting into a B&B?”
I’ve been trying to find where B&B manager positions are announced, without luck. My wife and I would like to find a B&B or Inn on the Oregon, Washington or northern California coast to manage, but other than contacting inns directly (which I suspect could be a nuisance to the innkeeper) are there any places online that post these positions?
PAII — http://www.paii.org has such a list. I can’t remember if it’s for the public or just for members though. Also check out http://www.BedAndBreakfast.com for such a listing board.
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