If you are looking to start your own business and consider yourself a people person, one of the best things you can do is set up a Bed and Breakfast (B&B). However, if you want yours to succeed, you will need to put some time, effort and thought into how you set it up. The following is a look at a few of the key things you will need to do to set up a successful B&B.

Pick your spot carefully

For your new B&B to be a success, it will need to be somewhere that people want to stay, as well as a place that doesn’t have an abundance of accommodation already. Rather than set up in a place that is already popular, it may be worth taking a risk setting up somewhere that is just as awesome, but a little less well known.

 

Invest in good beds

One of the best ways to have your B&B stand out above the rest is by investing in high-quality mattresses, because nothing will undermine a guest’s stay more than an uncomfortable bed. If your beds are able to provide a fantastic sleep for your guests, you are sure to see a lot more repeat business, making it a smart move to invest in good beds for your B&B.

Focus on local elements

For your B&B to succeed, it needs to showcase as many of the local highlights as possible, so before you even open your doors, make an effort to get to know the area better, as this way you will be a far greater resource for your guests. Teaming up with local artists, farmers and businesses can be a smart way to provide a boost to your B&B, because whether you agree to display local art or provide all local ingredients for breakfast, embracing local elements will significantly improve the experience of your guests.

Advertise well

Your advertising will play a huge role in the success of your B&B, and while word of mouth is always best, being a new business will mean you need to focus on drawing some attention, and nothing will do this better than some good-old-fashioned great prices. Considering that your guests could be coming from anywhere, advertising online will be your best way to get on their radar, and it can be a smart move to have more than one language version of your marketing efforts as well.

Be friendly but not overbearing

Running a B&B will require that you are an extremely friendly people-person. However, remember that your guests will likely be hoping to spend the majority of their time alone, so you will need to find a good balance between being friendly and available when your guests need you, without being overbearing.

Make sure you set up your B&B as one of the best in the business, and once those guests start coming in and realising how awesome your place is, you shouldn’t have any worries filling those beds ever again.