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Running a Bed and Breakfast for Dummies


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Introduction. Part I: Inn the Beginning. Chapter 1: So You Want to Open a B&B. Chapter 2: Deciding on the Location and Style of Your B&B. Part II: Transitioning from Inn Goer to Inn Owner. Chapter 3: Creating the Plan for Your Business. Chapter 4: Purchasing an Existing B&B. Chapter 5: Starting a New Inn from Scratch. Part III: Getting Ready for Guests. Chapter 6: Organizing Your Record-Keeping. Chapter 7: Setting Rates and Establishing Policies. Chapter 8: B&B Marketing 101. Chapter 9: Furnishing Your Inn. Chapter 10: Making Breakfast a Memorable Meal. Part IV: Up and Running: Day-to-Day Operations. Chapter 11: Communicating with Potential Guests and Taking Reservations. Chapter 12: Taking Care of Guests. Chapter 13: Maintaining Your Inn. Chapter 14: Getting Help When You Need It. Part V: Taking It beyond Breakfast and the Basics. Chapter 15: Assessing Your Success and Building on It. Chapter 16: Keeping Your Most Important Asset (You) Fine-Tuned. Chapter 17: Looking into Your Future. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Cleaning Tips to Save Time, Money, and Your Inn. Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Guarantee a Return Guest. Index.

About the Author

Mary White is the go-to source in the bed & breakfast industry for opinions and advice. A noted expert on B&B travel, she has been involved in promoting and marketing B&Bs on the Web for more than a decade and has appeared in dozens of media outlets. Her site,, is hailed by professionals and consumers alike as the most informative B&B site on the Web.

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