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Aspiring Innkeeper Resources

A collection of useful resources for aspiring innkeepers who want to open a bed and breakfast. Includes inns for sale, consultants, articles, discussion boards, organizations, publications, seminars and more.
  1. Articles for Innkeepers
  2. Articles for Innkeepers
  3. Aspiring Innkeeper FAQ (36)
  4. B&B Seminars
  5. B&B Seminars
  6. Buying and Selling
  7. Buying and Selling
  8. Consultants
  9. Consultants
  10. Inns for Sale
  11. Inns for Sale
  12. Miscellaneous Resources
  13. Miscellaneous Resources
  14. Strange But True
  15. Strange But True

Running a Bed and Breakfast for Dummies
An interview with Mary White, author of Running a Bed and Breakfast for Dummies, and a brief review of the book.

Aspiring Innkeeper Worksheets
A series of worksheets to help aspiring innkeepers plan for the future, and for a wonderful opening night at the inn! These worksheets were written by a professional innkeeper.

Before You Buy a Bed and Breakfast
Buying a bed and breakfast is a big commitment, usually much bigger than buying your home. It's not something that should be taken lightly, and it would be difficult to over-prepare for this purchase.

Best Books for Aspiring Innkeepers
Becoming an innkeeper is a wonderful dream. But it's not simple, and you should do your homework thoroughly before welcoming your first guest. These books provide insight into what it takes to run a successful bed and breakfast.

Do Innkeepers Make a Profit?
Advice from professional innkeepers on whether or not you can make a profit running a bed and breakfast.

Innkeeper's Diary #1 - The Dream Begins
A first-person account of why one professional innkeeper decided to run a bed and breakfast.

Innkeeper's Diary #2 - The Search is On
The second entry into The Innkeeper's Diary -- an inside look at the life of a professional innkeeper, written by Eleanor Ames of the Bluemont Bed and Breakfats in Luray, Virginia.

Innkeeper's Diary #3 - It's All in the Details
The third entry into The Innkeeper's Diary -- an inside look at the life of a professional innkeeper, written by Eleanor Ames of the Bluemont Bed and Breakfats in Luray, Virginia.

Innkeeper's Diary #4 - We Are Open!
The fourth entry into The Innkeeper's Diary -- an inside look at the life of a professional innkeeper, written by Eleanor Ames of the Bluemont Bed and Breakfats in Luray, Virginia.

Innkeeper's Diary - Index
A collection of articles written by an aspiring innkeeper as she made the shift to professional innkeeper.

Million-Dollar Bed and Breakfasts
A look at inns being sold for more than $1 million, plus an interview with bed and breakfast real estate specialists.

So You'd Like To Own A B&B?
Want to know what you'll be getting into when you own a B&B? Learn the main obstacles you'll encounter and the attitude you'll need as you begin your quest.

The Seven Steps Of Writing A Business Plan
Before you can become an innkeeper, you have to buy an inn. As with any business, you’ll need a business plan to make sure that your dreams can become a reality.

Recent Features You May Have Missed: November 17 Update
Profiles and features are constantly changing. To save you from searching, use this page to find stories you might have missed.

Q&A with Jay: Part 1
Jay Karen is the president and CEO of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, the largest bed and breakfast organization in the world with approximately 2,200 bed and breakfasts and 400 associate members.

Q&A with Jay: Part 2
Jay Karen is the president and CEO of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, the largest bed and breakfast organization in the world with approximately 2,200 bed and breakfasts and 400 associate members.

Any Reservations About Taking Reservations?
Every innkeeper can share stories about the fine art of taking reservations. How much to take for a deposit, when to process the charge, creating a cancellation policy… While there’s no definitive reservation policy in the industry, there are some tips to know that will protect your profitably.

Who We Are: A Glimpse At Bed and Breakfasts in 2011
Considering it is such a diverse industry, it’s impressive that telling data can be collected regarding inns and innkeepers. Each year the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) accumulates facts and figures on inns, income, occupancy and more and issues it in an annual report which offers a snapshot of who we are.

Meet The Innkeepers: Donald Jones
Innkeeper Donald James and partner Andrew Kohn fulfilled a dream by purchasing an inn in March 2011. Like veteran innkeepers, they’ve already learned the realities of running an inn. From the unique perspective of a fledgling innkeeper, James discusses the surprises and successes of the Orchard House Inn.

Meet The Innkeepers: Donald Jones
Innkeeper Donald Jones and partner Andrew Kohn fulfilled a dream by purchasing an inn in March 2011. Like veteran innkeepers, they’ve already learned the realities of running an inn. From the unique perspective of a fledgling innkeeper, Jones discusses the surprises and successes of the Orchard House Inn.

Q&A with Jay, Fourth Edition
Jay Karen is the president and CEO of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, the largest bed and breakfast organization in the world with approximately 2,200 bed and breakfasts and 400 associate members.

The Name Game
Any innkeeper can tell you that choosing a name for a bed and breakfast is one of the most anxiety-producing events they’ll ever face. So, what’s in a name?

Mary White Writes A Book
Mary White, founder of BnBFinder.com used her knowledge of the industry to write an invaluable guidebook for finding and operating a bed and breakfast. “Running A Bed & Breakfast For Dummies” was first published in 2009 and has been continually updated to reflect new technologies that can help a traditional business.

PAII’s Annual Convention In Little Rock = Big Impact
The Professional Association of Innkeepers International’s annual conference is the largest and, perhaps, the most essential learning opportunity for experienced and aspiring innkeepers. PAII president and CEO Jay Karen describes why you should attend.

Susan Poole: B&B Coach
The dream of owning a bed and breakfast can be overwhelming and hard to resist – even if it doesn’t make sense financially. Helping hopeful B&B owners analyze the realities of innkeeping is Susan Poole, ‘The B&B Coach’. Using skills honed as a not-for-profit change manager, she has prospective innkeepers face facts and decide if the dream is...

Inspiring Guest Loyalty
It’s far easier to retain an existing customer than it is to gain a new one, so when a guest checks into your bed and breakfast, what can you do to ensure that they’ll return? In addition to being your usual charming self, consider some additional approaches that may catch their interest and keep you on their itinerary.

Words of 100: An e-Book Offers Advice for Aspiring, New, and Veteran Innkeepers
In your quest to own a bed and breakfast, you can take a lot of classes and ask a lot of questions – or you could have someone else do the work for you. ‘Words of 100’ is an e-book that offers the advice from 100 innkeepers across the nation – advice that can offer a shortcut to fulfilling your dream of owning an inn. And if you already do,...

Designing A Dream B&B (Part I)

Creating A Dream B&B (Part IV)

How To Write A Successful Welcome Letter As An Innkeeper
Writing a successful welcome letter is a great way to make every guest's visit more enjoyable both for them an you as an innkeeper!

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