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Open your own bed & breakfast
Notarius, Barbara.
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1987]

Physical Description:
v, 233 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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Experience the joy-and profits-that come from managing your own bed and breakfast! Whether you already know the magic that comes with owning a B & B or you are at the planning stage, the fourth edition of Open Your Own Bed & Breakfast-now updated with everything you need to know about online marketing-guides you through this special world. Barbara Notarius, one of America's most widely recognized and respected B & B experts, shows you how to make your dream a reality. Some of the essential information provided in this book includes: Your responsibilities-and those of your guests Financial considerations Advertising, the Internet, and working with a reservation service Evaluating your home's assets and liabilities Conforming to the ADA Legal, tax, and insurance issues, including recent changes in the tax code Interviews with successful hosts Lists of B & B associations, guidebooks, and B & B reservation services This new edition is an informative update of every aspect you need to know in order to run your B & B smoothly and successfully. Combining a meticulous business approach with a sincere appreciation for the pleasure that comes with running a B & B, Open Your Own Bed & Breakfast is an invaluable resource.

Author Notes

Barbara Notarius is a lecturer and consultant on operating a BandB. She is founder and publicity director of Bed and Breakfast Reservations Worldwide, the only nonprofit trade association in the BandB industry. In addition, she runs her own BandB, the Alexander Hamilton House, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York
Gail Sforza Brewer is a professional writer and lecturer

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: America Is Waking Up to Bed and Breakfastp. 1
Chapter 1 Bed and Breakfast Defined: Basic Principlesp. 9
Chapter 2 Is Bed and Breakfast for You?p. 25
Chapter 3 Evaluating Your Home's Assets and Liabilitiesp. 43
Chapter 4 Financial Considerationsp. 60
Chapter 5 Starting Upp. 81
Chapter 6 Public Relations and Advertisingp. 116
Chapter 7 The Internetp. 156
Chapter 8 Working with a Reservation Servicep. 178
Chapter 9 Operating Smoothly: For Hosts Who Market Themselvesp. 199
Chapter 10 Increasing Profitabilityp. 225
Chapter 11 Specialty Bed and Breakfastsp. 238
Chapter 12 Constructionp. 242
Chapter 13 Best Breakfastsp. 247
Chapter 14 Interviews with Successful Hostsp. 271
Appendix A Bed and Breakfast Reservation Servicesp. 283
Appendix B Publicationsp. 289
Appendix C State Bed and Breakfast Associationsp. 293
Appendix D Sourcesp. 299
Appendix E Online Directoriesp. 303
Appendix F Reservation Softwarep. 315
Indexp. 317