There are so many good reasons to start running a Bed and Breakfast – all the convenience of working from home, utilising the space you have in a large house, offsetting some of household running costs against your business… the list goes on. Whatever your reason for opening up your home or annexe to guests, it is often difficult to get over the initial hurdle of where to start and how to attract those first year customers and launch your business with conviction and economic sense.
Having guests to stay in your home means you meet a huge range of interesting and varied people, many of whom will return to stay with you again and become friends. However, you will want them to respect your space and privacy whilst they’re staying with you and I will help you manage that process.
always try to exceed their expectations
There are great differences between accommodation providers in towns to those in the country. City B&Bs will attract business as well as tourist visitors while those in the country tend to attract customers looking for quiet breaks away or guests wanting to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities which your locality affords. Wherever you’re situated you will need to know your local area and tourist facilities like the back of your hand and have information on tap to help your guests enjoy their stay – always try to exceed their expectations. I have learnt that it is so often an alertness to the small details, thoughtfully proffered information or the use of local knowledge that changes a standard stay to a memorable one.
A number of legislative issues have to be complied with – fire safety risk assessments, 3rd party insurance, PRS music licence, compliance with Environmental Health, and access statements for your website amongst others. I’m able to help you with all these issues.
The following websites might be useful to you:
Out of Eden for linen, bedding, cleaning supplies, small furnishings, soaps etc.
Mitre Furnishings – for bedding, towels and linen
For information about Fire Safety Legislation and Risk Assessments http://www.communities.gov.uk/fire/firesafety/firesafetylaw/
The Guest House Insurer for third party insurance
Norris & Fisher for third party insurance