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Some of the pros to starting an inn:

  1. Living in a beautiful home in a vibrant city, small town, or peaceful country setting.

  2. Meeting fascinating people from all over the world.

  3. Renovating and decorating the house of your dreams.

  4. Serving meals that look as good as they taste.

  5. Having the freedom of being your own boss.

Some of the challenges to starting an inn:

  1. Taking on multiple, and potentially new, responsibilities, e.g. marketing, sales, cleaning, cooking, repair work, etc.

  2. Learning how to balance your life with a 24/7 business

  3. Getting all of the facts including things like, the benefits of a certain location, understanding your target market, licensing and insurance, etc.

Before taking the plunge, be sure to visit multiple inns in multiple cities. Get a feel for the various styles of innkeeping out there and think about what your niche would be. Also, look for your local B&B associations and read through articles on innkeeping forums to get familiar with some of the issues that innkeepers face.

Being an innkeeper can be a fun and fulfilling dream job. Use some of the resources listed below to make sure that this is, in fact, a dream job for you!

BedandBreakfast.com Inns for Sale - Browse currently available listings worldwide

Professional Association of International Innkeepers - This national association can point you in the right direction

 

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