How to start a BedandBreakfast?

More and more people consider giving their life a new inversion by starting a guesthouse, either in their own country or abroad. There are no simple solutions for starters: the legislation is often vague, different in each country and even in each region. Dozens of other aspects have to be taken into account which can be different for everyone. The following brochure attempts to help starters by examining at these aspects in detail.


What are the directives/conditions In Belgium?

On Flemish level there is not yet a complete regulation for the running of guestrooms or a Bed & Breakfast. If you have 4 rooms or more, you also need a hotel license. Click here for more info

For Wallonia, there is a different regulation. Click here for more info

What are the directives/conditions in the Netherlands?

Just like in Belgium, there are no local laws and rules of application in the Netherlands. There is no recognition possible like in England or Ireland. The legislation depends on the municipality in which you wish to start your B&B. For more information, consult your local tourist information service.

5 important tips for the starting up of a B&B abroad:

  • Choosing a new life as a B&B manager isn't an easy decision to make. A B&B doesn't make you rich and it's hard work in a new environment. Such decisions are made together with your partner and/or entire family after enough consideration.
  • Let a specialist who knows about the legal aspects, the tax system, social security, the pension system, inheritance taxes,… guide you!
  • There are plenty of B&B's of an average quality: try to focus on a certain target group, organize theme stays, design a special interior decoration, be original and make quality your priority.
  • The buying of a house, the designing and decorating, the maintenance and the energy are an expensive matter; costs are usually higher abroad. Keep this in mind when making the budget. Also make sure to choose the right insurances.
  • In order to make profit, you need to attract enough customers annually. Generally, when budgeting, an average of 30% of rooms rented annually is taken into account. Make sure you have enough financial resources to make it through the low season.
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