and Breakfast for Sale
by Emily Burson
Are you tired of your job? Tired of seeing the same people every
day? Tired of the corporate world? If so, chances are you have
thought about chucking it all and opening a bed and breakfast
It sounds like a great plan, but make sure you really
know what you’re getting into before you call the phone
number below the “Bed and Breakfast for sale” sign.
A Bed and Breakfast for Sale sign could mean many things. Maybe
the family that started the B & B is just tired of doing it.
Maybe there has been a death in the family, a divorce, or a new
child that takes up more time. Maybe they just got tired of the
food and laundry and less than polite guests and threw the Bed
and Breakfast for sale sign in the front yard. Whatever their
reason, make sure you know it clearly before signing anything.
Unlike starting a new B & B, a Bed and Breakfast for sale
means that it has been there before. It is something that people
have visited, and may even have a reputation of its own. It is
already designed to be a B & B. There are a proper number
of bedrooms and bathrooms, and a kitchen with seating capacity.
This takes a lot of the work out of your dream to operate a Bed
and Breakfast! Some of the hardest work has already been done!
So, why is the owner selling? If there is a personal reason that
led to the Bed and Breakfast for sale sign, then consider the
purchase. If the price is right and you and your spouse feel good
about it, go for it. But, what if the “Bed and Breakfast
for sale” sign is the result of a lack of interest? Unless
you are a marketing genius, and even if you are, you cannot make
people come to your B & B.
Case in point: I am from a small town in Northern Indiana. There
is really nothing noteworthy about my hometown that would draw
outsiders in, unless they are visiting family or moving to the
area. However, someone decided to try their hand at a Bed and
Breakfast. With no reason for people to visit my little town,
they soon found themselves without business and with a large,
empty home with too many bathrooms for 3 people. I can still see
the “Bed and Breakfast for sale” sign in the front
yard. Someone did buy it, but they quickly converted the Bed and
Breakfast back to a regular home. No matter how great the acreage
and how nice the site, if people do not have a reason to visit
the area, they won’t.
Buying a bed and breakfast is a big decision. No matter how great
the deal looks on the “Bed and Breakfast for sale”
sign, make sure you know why they’re selling and what their
experiences were before you hand over any cash. You could be trading
the stress of corporate life with the stress of B & B life
without even knowing it!
Emily Burson is a 2001 graduate of Indiana
University in Bloomington, Indiana. She has worked as a copywriter, is an avid scrapbooker,
and loves to travel. She's been to Costa Rica, Venezuela,
and Honduras, as well as many U.S. states.
If you would like to contact her about her writing, craft
ideas, or book reviews, email her at erburson@ gmail.com.
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