Is your business model skewed?

One of the many reasons I didn’t make any money from my little B&B hobby business, all those years ago, was because I didn’t understand the concept of a “business model”. I’d heard the term, for sure, but I thought business models were for big corporates, not for little businesses like me. After all, I’m [...]

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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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