The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running Your Own Bed and Breakfast (American edition)

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9780028640006: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running Your Own Bed and Breakfast (American edition)

This book holds all the secrets to opening and running a successful inn. It gives you guidelines for choosing a profitable location and describes a day in the life of the average inn owner. You can find information about how to write up a business plan, what to include on you Web site, what "house rules" you need to set up to keep your guests and your investment safe, and how to use your own personal touch to make your inn unique.

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Park Davis is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a travel counselor who left Long Island, New York, and "washed ashore" at Provincetown, Massachusetts, eight years ago. With a bit of money, the kindness of strangers, and a healthy dose of blind ambition, Park set out on a course of buying, rehabbing, and selling guesthouses. He now concentrates his efforts on his luxurious Benchmark Inn & Central in Provincetown, where he hopes to have the pleasure of welcoming you.

Susannah Craig, a Connecticut native, worked for six years in both the editorial and marketing sides of book publishing. She currently is a full-time freelance writer and researcher whose other book projects include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Smart Landlord.

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Book Description Alpha Books, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: I. HOME SWEET HOME. 1. Open, Sez Me! The Tradition of Welcoming Strangers. Do You Have What It Takes? This Is a Test; This Is Only a Test. Hosting 101: Improve Your Score. Common Misconceptions. More Than Making Beds and Breakfast. Finding Out the Real Deal Firsthand. The Best Decision You Ever Make. 2. Big Things in Small(er) Packages. B&B vs. Inn: What's in a Name? Insights into a Booming Industry. B&B Owners: A Growing Breed. Best Areas to Raise the Roof. Growing Pains. The B&B Appeal. You've Got Personality. All the Rage. The B&B Guest. 3. What It's Really Like. Staying Positive at the Get-Go. Dealing with the Work-at-Home Way. Say Good-Bye to Saturday Night. Considering Family Members. What You'll Gain Besides Income. A Day in the Life. Totally Devoted to You. Finding Time and How Much You'll Need. Balancing Your Life. 4. The B&B of Your Dreams. Working Up to Perfect. Your B&B-to-Be. A Sound Structure. What Services Will You Offer? The Absentee B&B Owner. Best Spots for B&Bs. When Traffic Is a Good Thing. Trapping Tourists. Off the Main Road. Near an Event Center or College. Startup Overview. II. TAKING THE PLUNGE. 5. Knocking Down Those Walls. Turning Your Home into a B&B. Potential Profit-Maker or Money Pit? Don't Live in the Basement. Checking in with Officials. Buying a House. Make Sure Your Turnkey Isn't a Turkey. Converting a House. Fine-Tune Your Layout. Getting to Work. Sturdy as She Goes. Do-It-Yourself Renovations. Letting Professionals Take Over. Saving Your Sanity During Renovation. Ease on into Business. Not That Wall! Using Your Time Wisely. Keeping the Neighbors Happy. Work on Your Hammer-and-Nail Skills. 6. Legalities and Liabilities. Rules of the Locals. Local Regulations. Getting Legal. Get in the Zone. In-House Safety Check. Local Bylaws. Local Taxes. Americans with Disabilities Act. State Policies. Getting Good Insurance. Becoming a Good Risk. Protection from Loss. Must-Have Coverage and Then Some. 7. All About Room Rates. Pricing Your Product. Take a Clue from the Competition. Location, Location, Location. Rooms Have a Lot to Offer. One Lump or Two? Service Please. 'Tis the Season. Charging for Extras. Other Income. Raising Prices. Changing Your Mind. 8. The Business Plan. Yes, You Really Need One! Who Sees Your Business Plan? Buying an Established Business. Basic Components. Opening Lines. Main Objective. Detailed Description. Business Management. Market Research. Marketing Plan. Financial Projections. Business Timeline. Financial Projections: Uncut. Determining Start-Up Costs. The Income Operating Statement. Estimating Income. 9. Setting Up Your Business and Financial Structure. How Much Cash Will You Need? Determining Your B2B (Business to Be). Sole Proprietorship. Saddling Up a Partner. Going Corporate. Getting Start-Up Capital. Setting Up Money Accounts. Keeping Solid Records. Shoe Boxes Are for Shoes. Charting Accounts. Detailing Expenses. Recording Income. Money Payments. Taxes and More Taxes. When Buying an Established B&B. III. GETTING THE WORD OUT. 10. Marketing 101. Before You Write That Brochure. Research: Not Just for Grad Students. Word of Mouth: Promotion You Can't Buy. The Marketing Plan. Put It on Paper. Working with the Locals. Seasonal Marketing.</P. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0028640004

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