Why B&Bs don’t make money, Part 1

This is Part 1 in a series of 5 where I explore the reasons why most B&Bs are not making money I’ve been helping a small group of B&B owners recently, and I’ve noticed a few common threads as to why they’re not making the kind of money they deserve,  and so I’m going to [...]

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Why Bed and Breakfast Owners are Struggling, Part 2

Hello again and welcome.  It’s Yvonne here, with a couple more reasons why Bed and Breakfast businesses don’t make enough money.  So let’s get started with number one for today: Lack of personal and business boundaries.  I see this a lot with B&B owners, and because it’s really like having house guests, we sometimes feel [...]

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Four reasons why Bed and Breakfast Owners Struggle

Hello and welcome.  I’m Yvonne Halling, and I run a B&B just like you.  And until a few short years ago, I was struggling to attract the right guests and make enough money, and maybe that’s you too.  In my time as a B&B owner myself over the last 12 years, and more recently as [...]

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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. [...]

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Bed and Breakfasts and Booking.com

Third party booking engines – are they right for B&Bs ? If you don’t yet know how to identify and market to your target guest, then I suppose those large booking engines such as booking.com are useful.  Many of my mentoring clients tell me that they bring lots of business to their B&Bs, but at what [...]

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Bed and Breakfast Money Management

Key financials for busy B&B owners A common theme amongst B&B owners that I’ve noticed recently is that they are not sure if they’re making any money or not.  Many people who open a B&B are not business people and are running a kind of hobby business, but still I believe it’s necessary to know [...]

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Bed and Breakfast Exhaustion or Serenity?

Extreme Self care for the stressed out B&B owner Taking care of myself has become my mild obsession of late, and what I’ve noticed is that the more I take of myself, the more relaxed I am, and the happier the guests who write glowing reviews for me on Trip Advisor.  Strange, and perhaps contrarian, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Features, Benefits and WIIFM

Did you know that the words your prospective guest reads within the first 7 seconds on your site can make or break the sale?  So it makes sense then to grab their attention as quickly and as easily as you can. And we do this using benefits, not features and we relate those benefits to [...]

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