How to find the “right” location for your Bed and Breakfast

Welcome to today’s conversation on how to find the “right” location for your B&B. This question is one that comes up a lot for those who are new to this business, and are searching for property. And as there are a LOT of new and aspiring owners in this Facebook group, I want to help you get clear on how …

How to Channel Your Inner Queen

 This week the United Kingdom is celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, which means she’s been our Queen for 70 years. She’s now the longest reigning monarch in British history and despite all the chaos and scandal that regularly surrounds her family, she seems to have remained above it all. Regardless of what we think about the idea of …

How to Stop Relying on Online Travel Agents Forever

If you’re a B&B owner guest house owner or innkeeper and you’re here watching or reading this now, you’re clearly interested in reducing your reliance on OTAs, so the question I want to ask you is WHY? WHY do you want to stop using OTAs for bookings? Without a good reason, you won’t really be motivated to do anything about …

How to manage your time to prevent burnout

Last weekend I went away on a yoga retreat.  I love yoga and go to at least two classes every week early in the mornings.  It sets me up for the day, helps to regulate my nervous system and keeps my body fit and flexible. I especially like the meditative state you go into with the deep breathing These things …

How to Attract International Guests to Your Bed and Breakfast

Attracting international guests to your bed and breakfast is my sweet spot, because at my B&B in France, I focused only on international guests, and didn’t try to attract any French people whatsoever.  Not because I don’t like French people, in the same way as I didn’t take children, not because I don’t like children either, but because I had …

What to do when you need bookings TODAY

3 things you can do today in your Bed and Breakfast to give yourself a good chance of generating bookings right now    First, here’s what I recommend you don’t do Drop your prices Run a free giveaway or a competition Post generically or anonymously on social media – what do I mean by this?          No picture of …

How to Double Your Rates

Two of my recent clients have doubled their rates and I wanted to share with you how they did this, despite local competition and one of them owning their business for many years What do you feel it would take for you to raise your rates considerably or even double them? There are two elements to increasing your rates Practical …

Website Review

  Bed and Breakfast Hosts are brilliant at hosting and making people feel welcome and comfortable, but not so good at websites, online marketing and social media Here are some do’s and don’t’s that might be helpful for you, if you’re in the process of doing your annual review before the season starts, or if you’re in the process of …

How to position yourself for travellers in a post-COVID world

I was recently invited to participate in “Covid 19: The Road to Recovery” webinar with Little Hotelier and here are the highlights for you.  You can watch and listen to the whole webinar (90 minutes long)  here People are travelling! Bookings are up, up, up and still rising.  Now is the time to communicate with your past guests to let …

How to Optimize Your Photos

This week I went to the “More Bookings Direct” event in London, and I was reminded of the importance of using images in conjunction with your Google My Business account, YouTube and Google Images to get maximum exposure for your property. I’ve made a quick video tutorial for you which you can watch below   If this video was helpful …