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The Daily Telegraph: Starting And Running A B&b: A practical guideto setting up and managing a Bed and Breakfast business Paperback – 1 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857038835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857038835
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Over 30 years continuous relevant experience in any profession ought to provide a wealth of knowledge and information not easily available elsewhere or by other means.
Since 1970 I've worked in the tourism industry, with various posts of responsibility, including that of Marketing Manager of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Throughout this entire period the B&B sector has been a significant part of my responsibilities and therefore a major interest and specialism. Hence my
involvement in this particular publication.

For many years there has been no fully comprehensive, single item of literature addressing all the facets and requirements of a B&B 'businesss'. Until now.

Starting & Running a B&B covers all the many and varied aspects you need to know about if you are planning to run a B&B. Whether it is setting up a business plan, using the internet, getting to grips with finanical issues and taxation, or understanding the legal structure and implications - it's all explained in straightforward, realistic terms. We have also covered such important issues like renovating and decorating a building to make it suitable for guest keeping; bookings and advance bookings; payment, including vouchers; record-keeping and banking; fire safety and First Aid, catering and liquour licences and even some new recipes. All the suggestions in Starting & Running a B&B have come from someone's own, first-hand experience 'in the field'. I hope this book will help you to enjoy your new, exciting and immensely rewarding venture. - Nigel Jess

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Not only has the interest grown in becoming a B&B proprietor, so has the interest by the public in the B&B as a viable short-break option. With this rise in popularity come expectations, and that is where this book comes in. It will help you; decide whether you would like to enter the market; determine who your customers are; manage the necessary financial tools, ready your house for B&B or help to buy or build a new one; successfully market your property; and ensure you make a profit from your enterprise. In short, everything you need to know to make your B&B a truly special place to stay!

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By omnigadrum on 19 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
There seems to be quite a lot of evidence emerging that more and more people are interested in designing their own holidays - putting together schedules and itineraries which meet their needs, rather than becoming enmeshed in the rigours of a package holiday. At the same time, more and more people are finding themselves happy to work from home or to use their home as a workplace and source of income. Hence the popularity of B&B - a format which seems to satisfy both supplier and user.
Getting started in running a B&B is not something you should do lightly. This is, first and foremost, a business, so you need to know how to run a business, need to understand the principles of cash flow, of marketing, of planning and organising your workplace and the product you supply: once you make your home into a B&B establishment, it ceases to become just a home, it is now a product, to be consumed by strangers. You had better appreciate not just the economic and business demands and skills required, you must also recognise the emotional consequences of alienating part of your house.
There are many books available on the subject of running a B&B. I would urge you to read as many as possible - each will bring a different perspective and provide different forms of advice. Assimilate as much as you can, talk to your local tourist board and council, absorb as much information as possible.
Whyte and Jess provide an interesting take on the B&B business. Stewart Whyte works in the tourism industry; he is not an authority on what it feels like to run a B&B, but he knows a lot about how they are run and how they fit into the bigger picture. Your own home, your own B&B may be your world, but to a visitor, it is only a paragraph in a brochure.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By G. Thulbourn on 3 Mar. 2004
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If you are thinking of starting your own B&B then this isn't the place to start your research.
It just seems wrong from start to finish, having the feeling of being written by a researcher into the field and not an actual player.
It is also unforgivable that a book called "Starting & Running" has to refer you to TWO separate books to find details on:
1. The analysis process to see if your B&B idea is viable
2. How to write a business plan
These are core to the whole process of setting up and running your own B&B and should be covered fully in this book. A lot of the book seems to be filler so there should be room for this. The other books are (coincidence?) by the same author.
The book also gives over a section on e-commerce to the provider of an e-commerce package, who gives a very biased view of the market.
This also raised my suspicions since this is an American company, and I have a general feeling (although no proof) that this is a 'localised' version from an American book: this is fine, but I kept coming across things that seemed to have been skimped on, possibly because the author wasn't local.
Finally, there is a section about the web which (my being a head of operations in a web development company) is in my opinion out of date and incorrect in the UK: it even refers to software that is over FIVE years old.
In summary, spend your money elsewhere: although not targeted at B&Bs get a good overview of starting your own business from something like "The Daily Telegraph - Starting your own business" by Michael Becket, and get help from the excellent government Business Link service.
Good Luck!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Lambert on 17 Sept. 2005
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I bought this book on the basis of the contents page, which was featured on Amazon. It looked very comprehensive, covering all aspects of the business from "Are you the right person to enter this market" to housekeeping, food, tax, the law and business skills.
I appreciate that this is a lot to cover in detail, but I feel that the book omitted essential elements and missed the key point at almost every turn. Frequently, it does not inform but instructs you to look elsewhere for that essential nub of information, (including 2 of the author's other books!!!) Comments such as "contact your local authority", "your accountant" and most annoyingly "ask other B&B owners" for more detail appears with monotonous regularity. Thank you, but the kind of advice that I would get from other B&B owners is exactly the reason that I bought the book!
The list of useful addresses is anything but. It comprises mainly of the address of every single tourist information centre in the UK and NI, information which is freely and easily available to even brain-dead aspiring B&B owners via the internet or yellow pages. It omits completely to mention the excellent government websites that give crucial and much more up to date detail on tourism trends around the UK.
More useful addresses would be contact details or at least an indication of how to track down things such as the mystical B&B Associations that are mentioned so frequently, or suppliers of the commercial bed linen and crockery that is recommended, or trade press for B&B owners. If running B&Bs is so popular, I can't believe that a "Small Hotel and Guesthouse Owner" magazine has never appeared on Have I Got News for You, but none of these details are given.
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