Bed and Breakfast Owners

Bed and Breakfast Owner Serves Guests

A bed and breakfast is an inn, or small hotel, of about four to 20 rooms (although some bed and breakfasts have more rooms). Bed and breakfast owners either single-handedly, or with the help of spouse and family, provide guests with a comfortable, home-like environment. These workers, sometimes called innkeepers or abbreviated to B&B owners, clean rooms, assign rooms to guests, keep books and records, and provide some meals. They also actively interact with guests and provide information about tours, museums, restaurants, theaters, and recreational areas. According to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII), there are approximately 17,000 bed and breakfasts in the United States. Though a bed and breakfast may be located in the very heart of a large city, most are located in small towns, the country, and along oceans, lakes, or rivers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Innkeepers
Duties Operate small hotels called bed and breakfasts; assign rooms to guests; maintain books and records; clean rooms and common areas; provide some meals to guests; interact with guests
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, although the majority of inns are in small resort villages
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Internships, part-time jobs, or volunteerships
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Hands On
  • Social
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner of Multiple Bed and Breakfasts
  • Bed and Breakfast Owner
  • Management Trainee