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If you love to travel, you have probably stayed in small cozy hotels with a homely atmosphere. Such hotels are called Bed & Breakfast or B&B. Nothing extra: just an overnight stay and a morning meal. So if you want to start your own B&B business, there are a few things to consider. What are the features of B&B? What will be needed to start? Is there any software for the rental business? (Spoiler: yes, there is. For example, this one —

What is a Bed & Breakfast hotel?

Bed and Breakfasts are private mini-hotels where the owners often live on the same property as the guests. Usually, this is a family business, but some responsibilities can be delegated to incoming specialists – for example, a cleaning service. Distinctive features of B&B hotels:

  • A small number of rooms. The hotel can be located in a separate house or an apartment for 3-4 rooms.
  • Breakfast is included in the price. Lunch and dinner must either be paid for separately or ordered elsewhere, for example, in a cafe, restaurant, or lounge. Many hosts add a guide to their account, indicating interesting nearby places.
  • A homely, cozy atmosphere allows the guest to feel comfortable and get to know the flavor of the local culture. Each B&B is individual and has its unique atmosphere created by the house owners.
  • Loyal pricing policy. As a rule, the cost of living in B&B is lower than in large hotels.

Do not confuse B&B with hostels. In hostels, as a rule, a bed in a room is rented out, and in B&B — the whole apartment. Also, some B&B hotels have the opportunity to cook their meals. It is convenient, especially for people with dietary or specific eating habits.

Key Benefits of B&B Business

If you are considering starting your own property rental business, then maybe Bed & Breakfast is an excellent idea. And that’s why:

  • You can embody your ideas regarding the interior of your hotel, its atmosphere, and its image. Do you want to furnish rooms in a loft style? Great idea! Love medieval themes? Let’s bring it to life in apartment design. Are you a fan of Moomin books or Harry Potter? Make it your unique feature!
  • You can develop a business in your own home. If a separate building is purchased or rented for classic hotels, then B&B can even be arranged in your apartment! The main thing is to provide everything necessary for the comfort of guests. You can not only develop your business at home: your home will become your business!
  • Minimum investment. As a rule, the bulk of the costs at the start of a B&B business goes to equipping a bathroom in each room. However, in some small hotels, there may be only one bathroom. The main thing is that the bathroom is clean, and the guests always have the necessary bath accessories and consumables at their disposal.
  • Flexible work schedule. Most Bed & Breakfast hotels are open 7/24/365, but if you need a break, you can always do so. It will allow you to adapt the business to the circumstances of your life.

You can also realize your culinary talents. Opportunity to discover your culinary skills. Breakfast is included in the primary set of services so that you can offer your guest your favorite authentic dishes—for example, a classic English breakfast, Mediterranean dishes, or Asian cuisine. Or something author’s according to your signature recipe.

How to start your B&B business

So, how to take the first steps in the Bed & Breakfast business? If you are determined to build your successful rental company, you will start with these steps:

  • Point out your strengths: good location, facilities for families or people with disabilities. What special services can you offer guests? How can your hotel attract attention? Answer these questions for yourself. To do this, you must imagine yourself in the client’s place. You must have traveled and stayed in hotels. So you probably know what a person needs while traveling.
  • Analyze your direct competitors. Evaluate their pricing policy, conditions, and services that they offer. What makes their offer attractive? What do they offer besides bed and breakfast? What can you do to counter this? Also, think about the weaknesses of your competitors’ businesses and use them to your advantage.
  • Assess the portrait of your target audience. Who visits your places most often? Tourists, who want to relax in nature? Art connoisseurs? College students? Couples on a romantic getaway? It depends on the needs and wishes of your guests.
  • Designate your budget. How much investment will your business requirements make at the initial stage? What income do you expect to receive? It requires thought.
  • Think about ways to optimize routine processes. Special services (cleaning agencies, services of a photographer, designer, etc.) will help you with this, as well as special software that allows you to automate tasks such as responding to user messages, feedback, auto pricing, and other useful functions. You can find this software on online services. For example, here:

These tips will help you thoroughly prepare for starting a real estate rental business and increase your income quickly. And also to enjoy new acquaintances, exciting communication, and a unique atmosphere. After all, each guest has his own story, which he is ready to share. Being hospitable, good-natured, and open is essential for a successful Host.


Bed & Breakfast hotels are a special kind of property for rent. They are distinguished by a cozy authentic atmosphere and individual design. For a guest, this is a way to feel at home, and for an entrepreneur, it is a way to build a successful business, even with a small investment. The main thing is to think over all the details and create comfortable conditions for guests.

It is also important to allocate your time, delegate everyday tasks, and automate routine processes. It will allow you to focus on essential tasks, analyze the results and plan ways to develop your business. Good luck!


Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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