As a bread and breakfast owner, I know that many people are curious how to run a Bed and Breakfast inn or B&B. For me, owning a bed and breakfast is a personal decision and lifestyle. Of course a person who has false expectations in this business will probably fail. And a person who doesn’t like guests living inside their home isn’t going to succeed as well.
First off, what exactly is B&B? Does it sound weird for you? To be precise, a bed a breakfast is merely a combination of a private home and a hotel. This business is basically a small home with at least four to ten rooms unlike the hundred rooms most hotels have. The owners of the B&B also live in the home and often socialize with guests and travellers currently renting their room. According to PAII or Professional Association of Innkeepers International, over 28, 000 establishments of B&B in Santa Barbara have already catered over 50 million guests.
So are you planning to establish your won B&B and curious what it takes to have one? Read below to know further.
Basically a B&B is a business, and establishing a business requires several forms to fill out before having your business out for the world. The following isn’t necessary to all state or countries, but here are some of the papers your B&B should probably have:
• Business license
• Fire Department inspection
• Accounting and Reservation software
• Certificate of occupancy
• Account for transient/lodging taxes
• State and Federal tax ID
• Business checking credit accounts
• Merchant accounts
• Safe food certification
• DBA registration
• Liquor license
• Sales tax account
• Health Department inspection
Having enough number of rooms matters in the B&B business as well. If you really want to earn a lot, having more rooms is a necessity. Getting the right necessities matters in this business too because you’re going to want to give the best possible experience for your guests. Check if you have the right bedroom available for guests. Having the right one means having a clean one including beds, tables, curtains and other amenities your bedroom will have. Most rooms differ from other rooms but this is usually what a basic B&B room have:
• Fresh sheets
• Clocks with the right time
• Fresh blankets
• Fresh robes
• New curtains
• Glass wares and beverages
• TV and DVD with remotes
• Welcome letters
• Newly stocked shampoo, lotion, tissues, toilet papers, face towels and soaps
As person running a B&B, the typical guests we have are usually divided into 4 types. These are the tourists, business travellers, couples and the university goers.
• Tourists – these are the vacationers staying in your B&B to visit local tourists’ attractions in your place like beaches and museums. In our case, tourists often visit lakes.
• Business Travellers – while most business travellers take hotels, the rising trend nowadays is renting B&B.
• Couples – when two people wants a romantic getaway, their usual choice would be a B&B. Not only it is cheaper but for couples, it is a lot safer and home-y.
• University Goers – this isn’t for most B&B establishments but if you’re located near a university or college, seasons like homecoming and graduations usually bring visitors in B&B.