how to run a bed and breakfast business

Taking Control of Your Bed and Breakfast Business

Hello I’m Yvonne Halling of www.BedandBreakfastCoach.com and today I’m going to talk about the merging of some of the online travel agents, and how they’re taking over more and more of the bed and breakfast industry, and if this seems like a problem for you and you’re feeling like they’ve got control of you, then this video will help you. The online …

Ways to Attract More Guests Yourself for Your Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses or Inns

    Hi I’m Yvonne Halling and in this post today, I’m going to talk about the truth that no-one is coming to save you. Does this sound familiar to you? “I just received my “automatic renewal notice” from TripAdvisor; last year 475€ (for a 3 room B&B), this year 720€! I called today to cancel and was offered a …

Finding Your “Niche” to Get More Guests for Your Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses and Inns

                        If you’ve ever been asked to define your ideal guests or “niche”and you didn’t know what it was or where to find them, then I have some good news for you. It’s easier than you may think. Most people avoid this concept altogether, preferring instead to focus on just …

Managing Your Time Better So You Can Take Time Off While Running Your Bed and Breakfast, Guest House or Inn

Hello, I’m Yvonne Halling at BedandBreakfastCoach.com and today I’m going to talk about how to manage your time so you can take time off, avoid burnout and even going completely insane. The burnout is real, so we want to plan ahead so we don’t descend into it. So whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in this business for …

How to Find and Keep Great Staff for Your Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses and Inns

Hi I’m Yvonne Halling at BedandBreakfastCoach.com and today I’m going to talk about finding and keeping great staff.  This thorny topic featured highly in our recent survey about the biggest challenges owners face, so if you’re having trouble with your staff, or you just can’t seem to find anyone to help you, then I’m going to give you 3 tips …

How Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses and Inns Can Meet Their Guests’ Expectations Every Time

  Hi I’m Yvonne Halling at BedandBreakfastCoach.com and today I’m going to talk about how to make sure that you meet your guests’ expectations, plus I’m going to give you 3 things you can do right now to reduce the risk of negative reviews or complaints due to unmet needs. The main reason you may be falling short on meeting …

Owning a bed and breakfast

Whether you’re already owning a bed and breakfast or want to start a bed and breakfast, I hope today’s post will inspire you. I want to quickly share with you a success story from one of my clients, (who wants to remain anonymous) She has a fairly successful B&B business in Europe, that she has been running for the past …

Hotel or Bed and Breakfast – What’s the Difference Anyway?

Why choose a B&B over a hotel ? An interesting question and sometimes the difference between the two is not fully understood.  Here’s my take on it. A B&B is someone’s home.  The owner/manager usually lives there and sometimes has separate accommodation, but often doesn’t.  Hotels are hotels, and it’s unlikely you’ll ever meet the owner. As a B&B guest, you …

How To Fall In Love With Your B&B Business

Running my Bed and Breakfast business without the internet, as I did when I first started 11 years ago,  seems like another lifetime now, and one I would not wish to re-visit. Here’s why… Random people showed up on the doorstep late on Friday and Saturday evenings when I was either busy with my other guests or with my family.  …

Trip Advisor, Booking.com and Shameless Self Promotion

I’ve been reading with interest the comments on a forum I contribute to about how Trip Advisor is encouraging potential guests to book through their sister company, Booking.com, rather than direct them to the B&B websites.  How could that happen? First we need to understand that what they are doing is maximising their position as the leader in travellers’ reviews, …