Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In Which Snickers Tackles the B&B Industry.

The Book:

Title/Author: Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies by Mary White.
Published: April 13 2009 by Wiley Publishing, Inc.
How I Got It: I happened across it at the library.
Why I Read It: In the simplest terms, I felt like it.

The Review:

The only reason why I didn't give Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies 5 stars was for the simple fact that I have no intention of actually owning a B&B myself. Hence, I have no outlet with which to practice White's insights and tips - and she includes a lot of them!

Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies is extremely user-friendly. It's organized in such a way that if I wanted to skip ahead to access certain information, I could - I didn't have to read the entirety of the book in order to get there.

Not only did this book give great insight as to how the B&B industry operates, it also has excellent marketing and bookkeeping strategies that could be applied to businesses outside of innkeeping. The idea of accounting software hadn't occurred to me, and I certainly could use help in that department! It even includes great cleaning tips and recipes.

Even though I read this book more or less for kicks, I visited some of the online directories and some of the websites of the various B&B's  mentioned, and I've discovered quite a few inns I'd like to visit!

In short, if you're thinking about starting up a bed and breakfast (or have nothing else better to read), give Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies a shot. It'll be worth it, I promise.

The Rating:

4 stars.


  1. Haha Snickers..this is a very RANDOM book to read if you don't want to own your own B&B. haha I love it! :)

  2. Ha ha! I love that you reviewed this book. I'll keep it in mind next time I consider opening my own bed and breakfast ...

  3. This has got to be one of the most Random reviews I've read - and yet, you review it in such a way that it makes me want to read it just for the heck of it all! :)


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