Bed and Breakfast
If you live in a historic old house, if you have a large home in a lovely neighborhood or if you are a large traveled area in a large house, you may have a perfect work from home solution at your fingertips. You could turn your home into a thriving bed and breakfast.
You will need to register your business with your local city and get any licensing required to start your business up. You will also want to check with your insurance company and find out if you need to upgrade your policy to a bed and breakfast.
You will want to prepare your rooms for guests so you need to clean out any personal items and make them more like a hotel room. A nice bed with nice bedding, nice curtains, fluffy towels and of course the usual shower or bath accessories. Perhaps a small desk and a dresser. A closet is nice as well. Some provide a television and others do not. It’s all up to you and how fancy you want to be.
Pricing should not be too difficult. Simply look around your community for other bed and breakfasts and find out what they charge for a variety of room sizes and amenities. Price yours accordingly.
If you have any special facilities, you should be sure to charge them as well. Example: a room with a jacuzzi tub will rent for more than a regular room without a jacuzzi tub. Rooms that do not have a bathroom attached but share a bathroom will be less expensive than other rooms with bathrooms attached.
You will need to include breakfast with your room rental. You may want to have a continental style where guests enjoy themselves, or you may want to make it more restaurant style and a full course breakfast. Homemade treats are good like muffins or breads.
Some bed and breakfasts also serve a dinner meal as well. It’s up to you but make sure the proper licensing for the meals you will be serving. You will be examined by the health department and many need a commercially designed kitchen for these services so sure to check out the time.
If you live near a ski resort, golf course, amusement park etc. You could run a package deal where you work together with ski resort, golf course etc. and give low price tickets in exchange for people renting rooms from you. Ask around at your local Chamber of Commerce to find out what other vacation packages are being offered in your community.
Some offer an afternoon tea with iced or hot tea served between three or four or four and five. This is a nice touch if you have the time. A little plate of cookies goes well with this afternoon.
Now that you know what you are doing, you will want to find out your local laws on your new business. You will want to plan your room decor and secure all the licensing and insurance required. Enjoy your guests.