Thursday, 5 September 2013

BED AND BREAKFAST THE EASIEST HOME-BASED BUSINESS




There's an exciting new "down-home" kind of business springing up



among homeowners all across the country. It's called Bed and



Breakfast.





Basically, this is a transplant of European Hospitality, adapted



and refined to the American way of doing things. To foreign



visitors, it's the comfort and hospitality of home---staying



overnight "with people of the land" and enjoying a hearty



breakfast---without the traditional gaudiness and plastic



feelings visitors get from most big cities in the United States.



To U.S. citizens, it is a welcome alternative to the same old



hotel/motel circuit.





Now, all it takes is a spare bedroom, a good cook ad an outgoing



personality. Prices per night range from a low $25 to $100 or



more.





If you have an extra bedroom, a large home, or extra space in



your farm house, you have the necessary beginnings to start



making extra income as a Bed and Breakfast Inn. One of the



beautiful aspects of this idea is that so long as you're hosting



"overnight visitors" on a small scale no licenses will be



required. It's always best, however to check with your local



authorities just to be sure.





Naturally, your "visitors" will expect a clean, neat and



comfortable home. So assuming that your home meets these



prerequisites, and you have a spare bedroom, simply 'doll it up"



a bit. Make sure it's painted brightly, there's an outside



window, lots of room, closet space and bureau, and perhaps a



small writing desk, and a large comfortable bed, or twin beds.





Most foreign visitors will expect and appreciate a "quick tour"



of the interesting sights in your area. However, as your



particular popularity as a B&B Host grows, you'll find that a



lot of American tourists and business people on the road will



begin availing themselves of your hospitality. Certainly with



these people, it won't always be necessary to give the "Red



Carpet" visitors treatment.





Which brings us to the basic appeal of a Bed and Breakfast Inn.



Travelers seem to be looking for, and appreciate a quiet



"home-style" place to stay. Generally, they enjoy visiting with



the people off the superhighway and want to get away from the



sterilized atmosphere and sameness of hotels and motels.





Most people will either write to you ahead of time, inquiring



about the possibilities of staying at your home while in your



town or city. This means a bit of advertising on your part, or



listing your availability with a B&B broker. Some people will



check the local telephone listings, and the newspaper



advertisements when they arrive in a strange town. And some



people will just be driving across the country, come to a town or



city they think is interesting, and start driving through the



residential areas looking for Bed and Breakfast Inns.





Thus, you should have a small sign posed either in your front



yard or on the front of your house. This sign needn't be much



more than about two feet wide and about ten inches deep. It need



only state: BED AND BREAKFAST--Inquire Within or Call 123-4567.





For newspaper advertising, a similar listing in the personal



column of your local paper, particularly on Thursdays, Fridays



and Saturdays, will be all you'll need. But when it comes to the



yellow pages of your telephone and business directories, go with



a small display ad that describes in greater detail the comforts



and pleasures of your service.





Be sure to list your services with all the travel agencies in



your area. A brochure or a short synopsis of what you offer will



most assuredly give the travel agents an idea for steering



visitors your way. At the same time, listing your services in a



number of national travel magazines --particularly those that



cater to women--- will bring customers in for you.





Listing your services with a broker usually won't cost you



anything up front, but they will expect a certain



percentage--usually about 25% of the total bill. This same



arrangement applies with travel agents.





Now, suppose you're organized and ready to receive your first



customers. You greet them as host or hostess and offer to assist



them in getting situated in the room or rooms you have for them.



If they'd like to take a drive around your area and see the



points of interest, you do that. And then in the morning, serve



them a big, delicious breakfast.





You'll probably find that foreign visitors will want to stay



several days. With most people of this country who are just



travelling through your area, it'll be a one-night stopover.



Whatever, if they want to sleep comfortably through the night,



eat breakfast and be on their way, so be it. If they want to stay



around after breakfast and plan an itinerary for a compete visit



in your area, your assistance and help will be greatly



appreciated. (Remember those recommendations)!





That's it! The complete how and why of this tremendously



profitable business that's becoming more and more popular. It's



called Bed & Breakfast, and it's very definitely a low investment



idea. And you can parlay it into a very interesting and



comfortable income producing business--all from the comfort of

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