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We enjoyed thoroughly the beautiful, comfortable yet simple and relaxing living while staying here. Your B&B adds to the joy of...
- Ana & Bill
What a beautiful place. Enjoyed the morning boat rides. Friendly dogs and pig.  
- Scott and Joleen
What a place! Beautiful. Everything we hoped our few days here would be. Dieter you have been so helpful.
- Margaret and Graham
This is a beautiful surprising find! My hubby had wanted to stay at the Empress Hotel and we had almost checked in when I suggested we...
- Natasha and Cameron
Absolutely beautiful B&B !  We stayed here to celebrate our engagement. Our stay was wonderfully romantic. Maybe we can come back...
- Sophie & Troy
Thank you for a lovely experience, and attention to detail. We will return.
- Brian and Pauline Weir
Thanks for the blanket [Butchart fireworks] the brown bag, all the good breakfasts and your hospitality. It's 5:00 am and we're on our...
- Saunders & Allene
Thank you kindly for a lovely stay. What a nice little treasure tucked just off the main drag. So nice to be away from the hustle and...
- Scott and Erica Liljenberg
Dear Ashley and Dieter, Thanks for the wonderful stay at Birds of a Feather. This was a romantic way to spend our 30th anniversary...
- Ellen & Steve Perlow
Thank you Dieter & Annette for your excellent breakfasts, the lively conversations about politics etc. with your other guests and...
- Pat and Derek Stringer

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Course #1: How to start a Bed and Breakfast - for Aspiring InnKeepers

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Cost: $385.00 (add $150.00 for each extra person) plus cost of accommodations where required

5 to 6 hours over 1 day covers the items listed below.

All courses are taught one-on-one custom scheduled for you and usually taught on location at our B&B, or if you prefer at our QCollege.ca
 

Legalities

  • making it legal
  • a business structure
  • taxation
  • income tax
  • business license information
  • zoning regulations
  • building code and fire safety regulations
  • permits
  • identification signs
  • fire regulations
  • fire containment
  • egress
  • detection
  • suppression
  • insurance

Financial

  • write-offs
  • research costs
  • miscellaneous start-up costs
  • calculating business portion of home
  • how much are my rooms worth
  • helpful hints
  • Reservation / Booking systems

This is the B&B Business

  • where to begin
  • what's in a name
  • register your name
  • what is a B&B
  • can you operate a B&B
  • who will be my clients
  • smokers, pets, and children
  • neighbourhood assessment
  • tourist attractions
  • know your competition
  • advantages
  • disadvantages
  • skills required
  • brochures and other print material

Setting up an existing Home - if you get to me before you build, or renovate I am also available for consulting both on site at your location, and/or blueprints

  • renovations
  • bedrooms
  • extra touches
  • beds and bedding
  • bathrooms
  • hallways and stairwells
  • common areas
  • guest eating area
  • your private space
  • decorating and upkeep
  • gardens
  • house rules
  • wedding parties
  • please don't come back
  • stolen goods
  • accidents
  • asking for payment

Digital Marketing

  • This is a separtate 2-part course about social media, web sites, blogs, channel partners, channel managers, OTA's, guest reviews including TripAdvisor

Odds and Ends

  • B&B associations
  • networking
  • internet considerations
  • accreditations
  • Food Safe certification
  • casual labour versus employees
  • WCB

How To Name Your Bed and Breakfast

  1. Make a fairly long list of potential names before settling on one.
  2. Ask some friends whose opinions you trust to give honest input.
  3. Consider using your inn's location in the name. But be careful -- names like Inn by the Sea are overused.
  4. If your inn has a special history, consider working that into the name.
  5. Think about alternative meanings. For example, "Harry" sounds like "hairy" and might not always be particularly inviting.
  6. Say the name out loud several times, and have people who aren't familiar with it do the same. Names that are hard to pronounce aren't the most useful.
  7. Make sure it's fresh. Search for the name on the Internet -- if dozens of hits come up in any context, or if even a small handful of other bed and breakfasts are already using the name, throw it away.
  8. Think about how it will look in a logo. Long names can be hard to use on brochures and business cards.
  9. Look up potential URLs. If you want to be Smith's Bed and Breakfast, look up URLs like smiths.com and smithsbb.com to make sure a good one is available for you. And, since domain registration is relatively inexpensive, you may as well go ahead and reserve any domain name you might want in the future.
  10. Don't forget that someday you'll want to sell the inn. Personal names (e.g. Smith's Bed and Breakfast) generally don't pass on as well as names like Golden Eagle Bed and Breakfast.
  11. Think alphabetically. Some B&B directories list inns in alphabetical order. Apple House Bed and Breakfast scores better here than Yellow Frog Inn.
  12. Remember that naming your inn should balance all of these suggestions. AAA Bed and Breakfast might get you good placement in some inn directories, but it sounds stale and institutional.
  13. Make sure you like the name. After all, it's your bed and breakfast

 

Dieter Gerhard  Co-Founder / owner

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