How to start a bed and breakfast
Have you been dreaming about owning a bed and breakfast?  Are you getting to the point where you want to[...]
What key traits help make a B&B owner successful?
Many potential bed and breakfast owners are worried that their cooking skills won’t be good enough, that their home might[...]
Thinking of adding a gift shop to your bed and breakfast?
Many existing and potential B&B owners consider the option of incorporating a “gift shop” as part of their bed and[...]
How Often Should Your Breakfast Menu Change?
In a previous post I talked about using breakfast to promote your B&B – “Breakfast is More Than a Meal[...]
What is “Refreshing” a Room?
After the blog post “How to Clean Like Martha Stewart” I got a lot of questions about how much time[...]
Dealing with Special Diets at Bed and Breakfasts
As a follow-up to the post Breakfast is More than a Meal You Serve, this post addresses guests who have[...]
The Pros and Cons of Accepting Credit Cards at a Bed and Breakfast
If you read Think “easy” when starting your bed and breakfast, then you know that making it easy for the[...]
Starting a Bed and Breakfast Business? Plan for the future – now!
Marketing is the number one activity that will help you make money for your bed and breakfast business.  And to[...]
5 Warning Signs You’ve Got Troubles at Your Bed and Breakfast
Frequently I get contacted by bed and breakfast owners who have run into problems because they didn’t think through their[...]
Top 3 Mistakes Aspiring Bed and Breakfast Owners Make Before Starting Their B&B – #3
Mistake #3 – Not planning for zero The majority of people who want to own a bed and breakfast tend[...]
Top 3 Mistakes Aspiring Bed and Breakfast Owners Make Before Starting Their B&B – #2
Mistake #2 – Not understanding your potential guests There are three common mistakes that have long-term impacts on the success[...]
Top 3 Mistakes Aspiring Owners Make Before Starting Their B&B – #1
Mistake #1 – Not understanding the local marketplace There are three common mistakes people make before starting their bed and[...]
What type of Bed & Breakfast owner will you be?
Recently I did a survey to get followers' input into my planning for 2019. Needless to say, some of the[...]
Financing is one of the hardest steps for aspiring Bed & Breakfast Owners
Financing for a bed and breakfast is one of the most difficult roadblocks to overcome. Several of the questions I[...]
Having Your Own Zen Spot is Critical for Bed and Breakfast Owners
Why paying attention to your own living quarters is important to a B&B owner's success. If you are like most[...]
Pros and Cons of Building Your Dream Bed and Breakfast Business
What happens when you ignore reality to pursue your dream bed and breakfast business? The pros are: You have exactly[...]
Is THIS the reason you aren’t running your bed and breakfast yet?
Owning a bed and breakfast is like getting sick, dealing with a loss or passing gas… there is never a[...]
What’s the perfect location for a bed and breakfast?
Almost every day I have a conversation with the people who describe what they think is the perfect location for[...]
Think “easy” when starting your bed and breakfast
A lot of times bed and breakfast owners develop ways of running their B&B so that it is easy for[...]
Breakfast is More Than a Meal You Serve
If you want to own a bed and breakfast, chances are you have a collection of breakfast recipes you keep[...]
Making Lemonade – The Thing to do When the World Hands You Lemons
On February 20, 2016 my day started off with a little trepidation... then my world fell apart – although I[...]
How to Clean Like Martha Stewart
What type of cleaner are you?  Do you get under the beds and furniture every time you clean?  Or are[...]
Living the Dream in Austria
Hi, my name is Sylvia and I thought I would share with you my experience of starting a B&B in[...]
Should you consider purchasing an existing bed and breakfast?
A lot of people wonder what the advantages of buying an existing B&B are. That’s easy to answer – MONEY![...]
How to make sure owning a bed and breakfast is right for you.
Owning a bed and breakfast is a great lifestyle – if you are prepared for the reality of it.  Having[...]
From Burnout to Bed & Breakfast Owner
Let me take a moment to introduce myself – I’m Susan Poole, and I am known as The B&B Coach. [...]
Routines make the daily running a bed and breakfast easier!
Many people ask me what it takes to run a bed and breakfast.  Since 60% of my guests stay only[...]
Does this sound like you?
Talking to many people who are contemplating opening a B&B, fear is one of the biggest things holding them back[...]
Single and wondering if you can own a bed and breakfast?
There are a lot of single people (especially women) who ask me:  Can I own a bed and breakfast by myself?[...]
How can I get hands-on experience at a bed and breakfast?
Editor's Update:  If you are looking for looking for a long-term experience working at a bed and breakfast, check out[...]
Starting a bed and breakfast in Europe: Key figures and tips
Dreaming of owning a bed and breakfast in Europe?  Check out these important facts and figures about the reality. If[...]
How to run a bed and breakfast – successfully
Focusing on priorities helps you to figure out how to run a bed and breakfast successfully…here’s an example from my[...]
Bed and Breakfast Owners Need to “Insure” They Don’t Lose Their Shirt
Bed and breakfast owners face many challenges when starting up their new business.  It isn’t always just the lenders who[...]
Owning a Bed and Breakfast is all about Trade-offs
Having a clear picture of what you want from owning a bed and breakfast will help you determine if the[...]
The best advice I was given before starting my bed and breakfast
Establishing how you will handle family and friends’ visits during busy times at your bed and breakfast will help prevent[...]
Can you run a B&B with small children at home?
Running a b&b with small children requires you to first determine whether your ideal guests would want to stay in[...]
Is your bed and breakfast business ready for guests?
Networking is a key way bed and breakfast owners can promote their B&B locally.  Here are some suggestions for ways[...]
The #1 Question every Bed and Breakfast Owner Needs to Be Able to Answer
Bed and breakfast owners need to be able to answer the first question potential guests always ask - how far[...]
Financing a Bed and Breakfast – it ain’t easy Getting the Green!
Find out more about CCN that helps American bed and breakfast/inn owners and aspiring owners with sourcing funding for the purchase[...]
How to create brochures for your bed and breakfast business
The other day I got the following question via e-mail: "We are developing our new brochure and just wanted to[...]
Running a b and b is a balancing act
There is no right or wrong way to run a bed and breakfast.  You have to do what is right[...]
The shocking truth about owning a bed and breakfast
Owning a bed and breakfast isn't always fun and games.  It is a lot of hard work and you need[...]
How much money can you make owning a bed and breakfast business?
After wanting to know what the pros and cons of owning a bed and breakfast are, the number 2 question[...]
5 Pros and Cons to Owning a Bed and Breakfast
There are pros and cons to owning a bed and breakfast.  Although you are your own boss, you are still[...]