Making Your Bed and Breakfast Look Professional
Bed and breakfast establishments are at the heart of the country’s hospitality. Providing a personal, distinguished and different look from one guesthouse to the next, every bed and breakfast is what the owners make of it, and can be a welcome retreat from a typical hotel in the nearest city centre.
However, even though every bed and breakfast provides a unique selling point, professionalism in any area of hospitality is important, and can make the business more popular to those visitors wishing to stay there – and could improve the general running of the B&B for the owners. Through simple ideas such as having a well-organised filing system to professional looking brochures for the visitors to look through, these touches can make a real difference.
At the heart of any business, an effective filing system is very important. Having the right equipment to do this will make any business less stressful, and easier to manage. Having correctly filed and labelled document boxes to put health and safety information, documents regarding finances and general information about the visitors’ length of stay can stop the owners from sifting through piles of paper, for example, to try and find the amount needed for a couple’s weekend stay. Including this, having plastic folders and ring binders can also do the same job, for more recent documents needing to be accessed easily.
Also, having certain equipment to present information to the people wishing to visit the establishment can also increase the professionalism of the business. Having professional looking health and safety information in the rooms or the menus for the next morning’s breakfast via high quality ring binders can automatically raise the profile of the bed and breakfast, and bring a sense of order and experience to the B&B. As well as raising the professional level, having high quality equipment will also raise the lifetime of the equipment and may last for a long time before having to buy new versions. Even something as small as obtaining id badge holders, to present the owners’ names can make a difference – radiating a welcoming atmosphere and dissolving any awkwardness if the visitors need to ask the owners for assistance at any point in their stay.
Lastly, having portfolio folders to promote the business (and any other businesses that are involved in the bed and breakfast) can contribute to a sense of professionalism – including well-designed posters, restaurant menus and information about the type of attractions in the area. Even presenting the visitors with their information in a document wallet may give them a sense of comfort, in the fact that the bed and breakfast presents itself in an organised and expert manner. Having the right type of equipment will raise the profile of the small business, and help the bed and breakfast to being a comforting stay and a relaxing getaway – for both visitor and owner.