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Many people entering the bed and breakfast industry will buy one that is currently operating. These locations tend to be readily available. Sales listings are rarely lacking in choices. However, some people are much bigger dreamers. Building a bed and breakfast is not unheard of but it isnít easy either. If you want to build your business from the ground up there will be an array of legal requirements. Your local town or city hall should be able to give you the necessary information.




Before any ground work or construction can begin you need permission. Every jurisdiction has zoning laws for businesses. You have to obtain legal permission for building a bed and breakfast on the selected property. Depending on your chosen location you may have to apply for specific permits. Many areas will not allow construction because of residences or schools. Be clear on all aspects before going ahead with building.




Instead of building a bed and breakfast, some people use their own home. This is often the situation but it also must meet zoning requirements. Private property is subject to local laws. If you find yourself turned down in all aspects, get some legal advice. In some cases you may be able to have someone work on your behalf. There are lawyers who specialize in zoning regulation issues. Proving that your bed and breakfast would be a valuable asset to your community can often sway the decision of local law makers. Educate yourself so you know your options and rights. Everything worth having is worth fighting for.






Unfortunately, there aren't any great college courses on "How To Start A Profitable Bed and Breakfast". (And if there are, they are probably taught by someone who's never owned one!) The statistics don't lie. Most B&B's aren't making a lot of money, and are hard to sell. We became frustrated seeing unsuspecting new owners lose their dreams (and their nest eggs). Sometimes it's just a lack of insider information that causes their operations to not meet their expectations. Especially for an older b&b rookie, this can be devastating in what should be their happy twilight "smell-the-roses" years.

We have put together a special quiz so you can test and see whether you current bed and breakfast business knowledge is based on today's industry realities, a romantic notion, or b&b information and training that was valid 20 years ago. (Newsflash: times have REALLY changed!)

It is our hope that this quiz, and the answers, might stop the growing statistics of b&b owners losing their dreams. So, before you spend your hard earned money acquiring and opening your B&B, we urge you to try the quiz.
Take The B&B industry quiz (click here)!

There are very successful bed and breakfast operators. There is a HUGE number of well meaning, hard working rookie owners who simply aren't aware of the "insider secrets" to creating a profitable b&b. If you would like to know what caused us to sit down and write out this information, click here to read that story.

The Farnhams (Patricia and Robert)
(authors of "Bed and Breakfast Profits)
(We LOVE B&B's)







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Buying a bed and breakfast isnít all that you may first assume. Itís a business industry that is more than an exchange of goods and services; itís a way of life. Finding a viable bed and breakfast for sale is a bit of a daunting task. The majority of properties available are not the ones you will want t (read the complete b&b article.)




Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Successful,
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