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Monday, January 21, 2008

Aspiring Innkeepers - Is this your dream?


Do you think you want to run and B&B and become an innkeeper as a profession?  It is a great dream and can become a reality if you are willing...but there are some questions you should ask yourself before deciding if innkeeping is for you.  

Do you have what it takes to greet strangers every day and turn them into paying guests (and sometimes friends) or are you more solitary in your home?  Do you like to make breakfasts and entertain?  How do you feel about cleaning (and yes, I mean toilets too), ironing, laundry, etc?  What about grocery shopping?  How much do you like to mingle and market your property?  Will you employ people to help?  Have spouse that shares your dream?

Running an inn is not just a job, it's an adventure (and a way of life).  It is very rewarding and you will be your own boss.  That is the good news and the bad...now you can decide to live the dream, or just keep staying at inns as a guest.  

We purchased the Albert Shafsky House B&B in Placerville after reading, and staying at several B&Bs, until we were confident that it was not just a dream, but the reality we really wanted.  And have not regreted it for a moment.

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