If you’re thinking of starting your own bed and breakfast service there are (as with any new business) a number of things to consider before you open the doors and let the world in. Plenty of people begin their venture and fall flat, perhaps due to poor planning or simply a lack of foresight. Here we’re going to take a look at a few tips that will hopefully help you to ensure that this won’t be a problem you have to deal with, or of it is you’ll be able to do so without having to close. Opening your own B&B can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be a daunting one, so let’s try to put you at ease.
The first tip we have is a basic one. You’ve set your place up, all the rooms are ready, you’ve made sure they are as clean as possible and everything is in working order and you feel like you’re ready to go. Before you decide everything is hunky-dory it’s always worth testing every one of your rooms. That means sleeping in them, washing in them and testing out everything for yourself. This is the only way to truly know how a customer will experience the room, and bizarre sounds or stiff pillows will certainly become evident after a night there yourself.
There are a number of services that you will be provided that will certainly need perfecting before you open up to the public. First off you need to make sure that your breakfasts are always up to scratch. Naturally a bed and breakfast will need a good breakfast so make sure yours is all the time, there really is no room for error here.
The same goes for your cleaning, whether you’re hiring a cleaner or doing it yourself you must remember that a bed and breakfast runs on its checking in and out times. You need to make sure that no matter how many rooms need cleaning they are all done before check in and to a high quality, a customer will always notice an untidy room or a dirty shower.
Always be aware of your stock levels, whether you’re running low on eggs or Persil you must always make sure you have a system that notifies you if this is the case. Running out of any can be detrimental to business. Also make sure you have enough room to store it all neatly. The more organised your storage is the sooner you’ll be aware of any issues.
In this day and age most (if not all) people will find their place to stay online. Make sure you’re registered on the appropriate sights. One sight which can majorly boost business is TripAdvisor. I’m aware this can seem risky due to bad reviews but fear not, as long as you reply politely and professionally this really isn’t a risk, after all everyone gets a bad review or two. The benefits of this site are major and if you’ve followed these tips, I’m sure you’ll have plenty of great reviews in no time.