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How to choose a Bed and Breakfast Coach
It is easy to do an internet search for almost anything you can think of these days.  So, with all[...]
Measuring the Impact of Running a Bed & Breakfast on Relationships
There is no way you can think about running a bed & breakfast without it having an impact on the[...]
Have You Thought About Running a B&B?
If you've thought about running a b&b, here are ten questions (and the reasons why) you need to ask yourself[...]
Considering Starting Up a Bed and Breakfast? “Timely” Information
Running a bed and breakfast is a lot of work. You'd be surprised how you actually end up spending your[...]
Opening a bed and breakfast? Finding the perfect customer
If you asked an experienced bed and breakfast owner who the perfect b and b customer is, most might tell[...]
Starting a bed and breakfast requires money
If you’re contemplating starting a bed and breakfast, financing plays a big role. And, if you haven’t found out already,[...]
5 ways to be green at a bed & breakfast
Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration released a study of 571 travellers’ view on staying in “green” hotels.  The number[...]
Knowing how-to start a bed and breakfast can be very confusing!
In many smaller towns (and even some larger urban cities), many bed and breakfasts got started because of special events[...]
Dealing with Stress – Part 2
As I mentioned in Part 1 of this post about dealing with stress, if you are running a b&b or[...]
Dealing With Stress – Part 1
In this two part series, I will be providing you with some tried and true methods for dealing with stress.[...]
3 Key Factors to consider when starting a bed and breakfast
I have found the biggest roadblock people encounter when planning on starting a bed and breakfast is the lack of[...]
Starting a bed and breakfast? Learn to set goals!
There is an ancient Chinese saying that says the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In[...]
Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates
I mentioned gift certificates as a source of revenue in an earlier blog post. They are great for putting money[...]
It’s scary knowing if owning a b and b is right for you
Since I posted my free book "3 questions everyone who wants to own a bed and breakfast asks - or[...]
Opening a bed and breakfast? How to choose a name
Getting the name right for your bed and breakfast will be one of the crucial elements to your business success. [...]
Running a bed and breakfast? It’s hard on friendships!
What do you call someone who is a chef, concierge, IT technician, plumber, electrician, administrative assistant, bookkeeper, bellboy, procurement agent,[...]
Key traits of a successful bed and breakfast owner
It is the type of person that you are that will make or break your success as a b and[...]
Questions can be a bed and breakfast owner’s best friend
Asking questions can give a bed and breakfast owner back the power to ensure all the guests around the table[...]
The Pros and Cons of Owning a Bed & Breakfast – My Point of View
I loved owning a bed and breakfast!  For me, the pros outweighed the cons and it was only ill health[...]
A bed and breakfast owner has to be prepared for anything
When I was getting ready to start my bed and breakfast, I was focused on the logistics – getting everything[...]
What is a bed and breakfast business plan?
A business plan is essentially a road map for how you will start your bed and breakfast, and then address[...]
The most important thing you need to do as a bed and breakfast owner
Jackie e-mailed me a great question the other day – “What is the most important thing to focus on when[...]
Getting Support from Family and Friends for your new B&B
Do you anticipate any resistance to your bed and breakfast plans?  If so, here are some tips to help alleviate[...]
Why it must be YOUR Dream Bed & Breakfast Business
There is a lot of advice out there on what a perfect bed and breakfast business “should” look like.  However,[...]
Don’t Overlook the Importance of Breakfast at your B&B
It is 50% of the name! A while ago, I was interviewed on Martha Stewart Living Radio about owning a[...]
How a Business Plan Can Help Overcome Fear
A business plan for your bed and breakfast provides a road map and cash flow projections are the compass required[...]
For Every Pro There is Always a Consequence (and a Solution)
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "What are the pros and cons of owning a bed[...]
10 Great Reasons to Own a Bed and Breakfast
Do you love to meet new people, cook and entertain?  Are you looking for a way to break out of[...]
5 Ways to Increase Revenue at your Bed and Breakfast
Did you know it is cheaper to get more money from an existing customer than to have to go out[...]
Can You Run a Bed and Breakfast on the Weekends Only?
I get a lot of great questions about running a b and b, and recently, several people have been wondering[...]
10 Reasons Why B&B Owners Don’t Need Gym Memberships
We all know what the benefits of exercise are!  And I have good news for potential bed and breakfast owners…owning[...]
Why I Can’t Tell You How Much Money You Can Make Owning a B&B
When I ask people who are interested in running a bed and breakfast why they want to do it, I[...]
Do You Need Financing to Buy a Bed and Breakfast Business?
In an earlier blog post “Should you consider buying an existing bed and breakfast?" I wrote the reasons it makes[...]
If I Own a Bed & Breakfast, Can I Keep My Pets?
I've been in the bed and breakfast business long enough to forget what I already know - and forget to[...]
3 Things You Need to Know About B&B Permits and Regulations
Almost daily I receive questions from people about their local regulations, by-laws and permits and where to find government funding[...]
Pictures are a B&B Owner’s Best Friend
As a new bed and breakfast owner, you will be proud of your property.  Photos of your bed and breakfast[...]
Owning a B&B – One Person’s Dream, Another’s Nightmare!
Did you know that the number one question I am always asked is about the Pros and Cons of owning[...]
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[...]
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.  [...]
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[...]