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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How to Make more Money and Have More Fun – Seriously

Isn’t it wonderful running a bed and breakfast business?  Meeting new people, sharing stories and anecdotes, making a beautiful home and entertaining? I know I love all that, and I bet you do too. But that’s not the whole story is it?  There’s so much else to do behind the scenes that no-one really sees, [...]

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Help! I need somebody

“I found you a couple of days ago online, having just received my "automatic renewal notice" from TripAdvisor; last year 475€ (for a 3 room B&B), this year 720€! I called today to cancel & was offered a reduction, to 525€ which I am not going to accept, I am still going to cancel. I [...]

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It’s already August, what are you doing to finish strong this season ?

We’re almost half way through August, and in case you’re worried about not making your financial goals this year, I want to help you with a couple of easy things you can do now.  Sometimes a little thing is all it takes to make a huge difference, and I know from my own experience and [...]

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Are you struggling to make the numbers this year?

If you're worried about not making your financial goals this season, then I have some good news for you. I know that you're working hard, you're dedicated and you're doing everything you know how to do, but for one reason or another, you're just not getting the guests through the door and the numbers are [...]

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Loops, Dead Ends and Purposeful Marketing

One of the tragedies of marketing, is that very few people realise that it has a purpose.  Yes, they vaguely know that if they don't do any marketing, they won't get any guests, but as to the bigger picture of regular communications and relationship building, it's not exactly clear. What surprises me most I think [...]

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The Death of the Independent Bed and Breakfast Business

Yesterday I ran a webinar called "The Death of the B&B" and in it I highlighted the reasons why we have come to a crisis in our industry. Here's a comment I received from Tom who attended.  He said... "Congratulations!   It was outstanding.  You were singing my song.  I have been bedeviled by the fact [...]

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