Opening a bed and breakfast was a totally impulsive action for me.
I woke up one morning, realized I was short of mortgage money, and because I’m a great fan of English novels, where aging heroines in difficult financial circumstances always open a B&B, I decided that was the route I’d go, too. (I wasn’t English, but I was of a certain age.) I’d never stayed at a bed and breakfast myself, mind you–but how hard could it be?
Hard. Fortunately, operating a bed and breakfast turned out to be one of my favorite things, but there are those of you who wouldn’t enjoy it. Here are five good reasons not to:
1. First of all, you have to thoroughly enjoy cooking eggs and bacon while simultaneously chatting intelligently with total strangers first thing in the morning. If that’s not you, then that’s the first solid reason not to open a bed and breakfast.
2. The second is beds. If you hate changing and washing sheets and making beds every blessed day of your life –not for you, alas, the bed and breakfast solution.
3. The third would have to be getting up early. If you simply can’t walk and talk at the same time before nine in the AM–sad, but you’ll have to skip the bed and breakfast thing and maybe find a job as a cocktail waiter. Or a madam?
4. Listening. If you’d rather talk than listen, I’d advise a job in radio. Bed and breakfast guests want to tell you their story, not listen to yours. Running a bed and breakfast is a gold mine if you happen to be a romance writer, as I was.
5. Last but not least, you have to trust in God but tie up your camel. Serial killers don’t usually stay at B&B’s, but you could put a sturdy lock on your bedroom door.
If none of these deter you–go for it. Put a flyer at the local Visitor’s Center, spruce up that spare bedroom, and be prepared to earn money while you sleep.