Do You Have What It Takes to be a Great Innkeeper?

The Bridge Inn

Are you thinking of running your own bed and breakfast? To many people this can seem like a dream life. Owning a beautiful home and making a living out of welcoming guests to stay can seem like a very attractive life style for many people. However, do you have what it takes to be a great inn keeper? Or is it just a dream that will never turn into reality? Here are some things that you must ask yourself before you take the first steps to running your own bed and breakfast.

Do You Have the Personality to Run an Inn?

A lot of the success of running a bed and breakfast comes from the location and the building itself. However, the personality of the inn keeper is a crucial element of the success of any bed and breakfast. Even a famous talk show host had trouble running her inn.  You can have the perfect location and a beautiful home, but if the owner isn’t suited to running a bed and breakfast it is unlikely that the business will work.

If you look at reviews of bed and breakfasts you will often see that guests comment on the personality of the owner. This can be both positive and negative!

You must have a genuinely enjoy meeting people. People book a bed and breakfast instead of a hotel as they are looking for a unique experience with personal attention. A good inn keeper will be able to talk easily to people and put them at their ease.

You must also know when to simply leave people alone. A friendly host is a great host. An overly familiar one is not. You must be able to recognize that people want their own time and space as they are on vacation, but know when to step in because they need some assistance.

Will you be able to deal effectively with difficult customers? You will be providing a service and the thing about the vacation industry is that a lot of people complain. You need to ask yourself whether you would be able to deal with this. Not every guest is going to think that your bed and breakfast is a wonderful place to stay and you must consider if you are the kind of person that can deal with this properly.

Do You Know How to Run a Business?

A lot of people want to own a bed and breakfast, but have no idea of how to run a business. This is a recipe for disaster. You can have the most idyllic place to stay and be the perfect host. However, if you do not have any customers you will not make any money. If you have plenty of people to stay, but you do not know how to make it profitable, this is also a big problem.

Make sure that you explore everything from the business side before you set up your bed and breakfast. Many businesses fail. You may be putting a lot of your personal money into the bed and breakfast, or getting into debt to set it up. Either way, if it doesn’t succeed as a business you could lose a great deal of money. Be sure that you get proper advice and know exactly what you are getting into before you open your doors as an inn keeper.


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