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Just Six Guests 3e: First-hand, Encouraging Advice on How to Set Up and Run a Small Bed & Breakfast Paperback – 16 May 2008


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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; 3Rev Ed edition (16 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845282795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845282790
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'We found this book very useful, it gave us simple guidance where we were unsure and even answered questions we had not yet thought about. We had wanted to start a B&B but had always been put-off, as it seemed a bit too daunting and complicated. Now, having worked through this thoughtful book, we feel ready to take the first steps.' A reader"

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B&B is generally regarded as a low risk activity that anyone with commonsense can undertake. Nevertheless, it can still be a daunting prospect inviting members of the public to effectively share your home and success is also dependent on achieving certain quality assured standards

I was prompted to write this book when, on approaching retirement, we toyed with the idea of using two of our bedrooms to accommodate guests but couldn’t find any general book which drew together all the aspects we needed to consider. Eight years down the line, running what we consider to be a successful B&B, I feel qualified to comment on our experience and include information that we have found helpful.

Just Six Guests is a "hands on" account aimed at the small or hobby operator who will be hosting a maximum of six visitors, thus taking advantage of the "six guests" rule which excludes much of the red tape which applies to larger ventures.

The legal aspects apply to the UK only but the general comments, relating to the premises and handling the public, are universal. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. A. Wilson on 28 Nov 2008
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This is basic beginners guide to running a small B&B. It does focus a lot on keeping at 6 guests and below to avoid problems such as VAT and fire regs this is done in a helpful and simple way in a commonsence no nonsence approach. I think if I knew nothing about the trade I would do a bit more reading than just this book before starting out in business but I think that this is a good place to start. The book is written as if you know nothing about the trade and starts from scratch so if you are thinking of going into the B&B business from knowing nothing this would be a good start. I would also like to point out to anyone thinking of going into the B&B trade if you think you will be liable for business rates you can have the Valuation office do you a quote of how much it would be before you comit to anything this is a free service.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A. Gardiner on 2 May 2006
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We found this book very useful, it gave us simple guidance where we were unsure and even answered questions we had not yet thought about.

We had wanted to start a B&B but had always been put-off, as it seemed a bit too daunting and complicated. Now, having worked through this thoughtful book, we feel ready to take the first steps.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hergest on 8 July 2009
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This is a good book to read if you are thinking about setting up a B and B. Clearly written and amusing.
My only criticism would be that this book, like a number of others, presents a rather 'standard' model...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Reynolds on 19 Nov 2010
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I found this book very easy and enjoyable to read. It's given me everything I need to get my B&B idea off the ground. Buy it now!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. du Toit on 8 Nov 2010
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We intend to start a B&B within the near future and were looking for some practical guidelines. This book provided just that and exceeded our expectations. It even provides some templates for some of the products required.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Muriel Irvine on 5 Aug 2008
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This book really was a great find. Full of practical advice about setting up a B&B covering all the things I needed to know and right up to date too! It's real strength is in it's presentation which is so simple and clear to read. The author is a genius.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone thinking about setting up a B&B or to anyone already running a B&B.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By steve on 9 July 2010
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This book was written in simple easy to understand language. It gives practical advice based on the writers own invaluable experience. I would recommend this book to anyone contemplating running a B&B business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cooke on 31 Dec 2012
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Gave good clear advice on what to expect for anybody starting to look going in to starting a B&B. Some of the advice is common sense but if you are looking at this as a new line of work there is a lot of good advice within the book.
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