Acquire Knowledge of The Best B&Bs Through Travel


travel-and-exploreIf you would really like to make the best Bed and Breakfast you can it is important to experience all the good things for yourself. If you would like to be able to give the best service and experience to your guests, you must first experience it for yourself. Pieces from your travels are also good decors for your first bed and breakfast, it allows your guest a feeling of being welcomed by a well-traveled person. Research is essential when it comes to a successful business, and sometimes pictures and sheets of data won’t cut it, so you have to do it the old fashion way, travel and explore.

When you experience new things that are positive in your life, you apply the lessons you learn from it, the same way for business, when you are starting one you need to see examples of what you are trying to achieve, in this case a bed and breakfast. You don’t need to go to exotic places and spend too much money, just start out with the best B&B in the state or something, just explore as many good ones as you can, study them and learn what makes them so good. Though, when you can travel to farther places, do so, as it is good for you and your business when you travel to explore new ideas. Do this even when you already have a good running business, as it is important to grow and evolve with the times.

During your travels it is good to get a little something for your B&B back home, nothing tacky, just something unique that would catch the eye of people. These little trinkets might seem like it wouldn’t do much, but having them will allow your image to be uplifted and people will have the perception of you as a person who travels to learn and perfect whatever art you practice. The pieces will also be good conversation piece between you, the staff, and the guests, which will make everyone feel more welcome at your B&B.

Food is also something you can explore while traveling, as having a good menu that is not always the same every week. Find new recipes that you can make with the fresh ingredients available at your B&B’s local market or supplier. These will give your place an edge as you serve the guests food from different places as well as local recipes.

In any art or skill, it is an essential thing to one day explore and study what lies beyond the horizon of your home, for how can you develop if you do not continue to learn. So explore and travel, allow yourself to learn the good and the bad so that you can give what is truly great.

There was a time when more people were like this, they were daring and adventurous, they built great things and made wondrous discoveries, they were great men and women, and above all they were informed.

Dumpster Waste Management for B&B owners in NJ


Starting a bed and breakfast is a dream most of us have. Imagine having a cozy place to entertain people and offer a respite from the city buzz of New Jersey.  Every bed and breakfast offers a distinct personality and reflect the taste of the owners. Be it romantic country home to a no-frills backpackers place, no bed and breakfast place will ever be truly alike.  The privacy and intimacy can never be matched by even the top hotel chains.

There are so many things to consider in starting a bed and breakfast. From the over-all design and ambiance up to the tiniest detail of the linens to be used, it is easy to be carried away by these nitty-gritty details that we forget about one of the most basic need every living spaces have–waste management.

From the moment we break ground to construct that bed and breakfast, a lot of debris is accumulated and thinking about it takes away precious time spent from just planning about the finer details of your dream bed and breakfast. And it does not end there. Once you are done with building, you have to contend with the waste that naturally come from cleaning after your guests and keeping your property in pristine condition day in and day out.

It is tricky to maintain a dumpster of your own aside from the numerous city ordinances to comply with. In fact, your plate will be too full to keep your place running and still deal with the trash.  To solve this mundane task, why not get a rental dumpster?

New Jersey has a lot of expert dumpster rental services that are available to you as early as the next day you of your order. It also offers different sizes to suit your different needs and price points. It is a life-saver because all you need to do is dump your garbage and the efficient personnel of the dumpster rental service will gladly take it away from you.

By doing so, you free your mind from the non-sense tasks and focus on what matter most, entertaining your guests and keeping your bed and breakfast feeling and smelling brand new.

There are several dumpster rental services available in New Jersey that you can choose from.  All of them are offering services such as disposal of construction debris, yard and general household waste. They accept basically every kind of waste as long as it is not hazardous in nature, such as toxic chemicals and materials.

You can keep the rented dumpster for 21 days or as the rental contract states.  You can also opt to immediately schedule a pick-up of the dumpster once you need it to be hauled away. It is as easy as that. Payment is also a breeze because most of the dumpster rental companies in New Jersey accept major credit cards and can be paid online or over-the-phone.

Imagine all the other work you can do once you partner with a dumpster rental service in managing the waste from your bed and breakfast. It should be a part of your list of must-haves when you decide to pursue this kind of business. It is indeed your partner for success.

Five Things a Bakersfield Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper Told Me


bed-and-breakfast-bedroomLast summer, I headed to Bakersfield because I had a food processing business meeting to attend to. I arrived at Kern County one day early for the business meeting so that I could a rest a little bit and read through the details of the nearing discussion. For the meantime, I looked for a decent bed and breakfast for the night stay. I eventually found something nearby the meeting’s designated venue and it was a pretty decent to me. There were only a few people staying, but the standards of the place were good enough.

The bed sheets and pillows smelled fresh and clean, all of the light switches and bulbs worked, the drawers and tables were dust-free, and the bathroom included a hot shower. I was in such comfortable slumber the whole night that I had a smile on my face when I woke up. All the amenities of my stay were worth the pay. After breakfast, I got all my things packed and ready. But then, the business meeting was going to happen in the afternoon, and the bed and breakfast service is until 11 AM. I went to the front desk and saw the innkeeper there drinking his morning coffee. He saw me and immediately asked me if I needed anything. I replied that I don’t need anything more, and that I just wanted to thank him for the nice stay. He smiled at me and said that I don’t have to thank him. He also joked that I paid him to do those things, so it was reasonable he did his part.

Then I told him, partly joking, that he made me think of establishing my own bed and breakfast. I was shocked when he said that a lot of customers say that and he was willing to give me tips if I was serious about it. I thought to myself, why not? I had a lot of time and it wouldn’t be a waste to get some tips. He told me a lot of tips for starting one, but these five things really stuck to me both as a businessman and a human being:


#1 Ask yourself why you want to start a bed and breakfast. 


People started their own business for many reasons, and usually the main reason is to earn a lot of money. But the innkeeper admitted that the inn keeping industry was not really a high-paying one, and that he didn’t start for the bucks. After an early retirement from an office day job, he decided to practice cooking again after a long hiatus. Later on, he decided to convert his house into an inn since there were several extra rooms unused. He thought he might as well earn some money with the extra space and the cooking, so that’s like hitting two birds with one stone.


#2 Think about how to measure your success. 

Again, the innkeeper told me that the success of the B&B isn’t always about the profit. For him, the success of his own are based on two things: the number of people who have stayed within the whole five years it was established, and how many people compliment the food. I immediately complimented the food. It wasn’t a fake compliment though, because the food tasted like it was from a five-star restaurant. The innkeeper laughed and thanked me for the nice words.


#3 Find family members and friends that will emotionally support you. 

During my whole stay, I only saw the innkeeper—no one else but just two other employees who changed the bed sheets and cleaned the rooms. The innkeeper said that he had a family but they were staying in a nearby house from the inn. Even though they don’t visit the establishment often, they supported his decision of starting the business through and through. His friends also congratulated him when they saw that his B&B does pay well. As he said, nothing beats your motivation when a lot of important people encourage you to do what you want.


#4 Be prepared for expenses and maintenance. 

This was true for all the businessmen out there, but is a very serious thing to think about. The innkeeper told me that a lot of owners forget that the business is not always about profit. There could be unforeseen damages and equipment would wear out in time. He also told me one time when he had to call on the Bakersfield pest control services because some of the rooms got infiltrated by bugs. The innkeeper said it was a good thing they were always available and their service was worthwhile.


#5 Assess yourself if you are ready for self-employment. 

Starting your own business means you are your own boss, and that would be a very tough position especially for the newbie. The innkeeper told me how he struggled at first on deciding which kind of services he was willing to offer, maintaining his different kinds of insurance, maintaining assets, setting up some book keeping, and eventually finding a financial advisor. It took him about a year to get things straight. The first year was full of nights full of headaches and information overload from over reading accounting manuals, but learning all the basics was more than worth it in the long run.

I never expected such brilliant ideas from a seemingly ordinary innkeeper. I felt how his words were a part of how he lived his whole life, and how he really wanted to strive in the inn keeping industry. It was a life full of struggle and trials, but it seemed that he successfully fought through everything. It was already time for me to leave when we finished talking, so I got my bags out and thanked him again for his ideas and time. I walked out of the inn thinking about when I should start my own.