Pedicures

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Would it be a good idea to offer pedicures in a bed and breakfast?  It would be done by an esthetician and and they would be using a professional foot product that the guest/client may purchase if they wish.  Could this be offered to the 'outside' world too?

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It has been YEARS since anyone even asked about the in-room massage.

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You would have to offer both mani/pedi for someone to be interested, and if you are considering this I would only offer it if it is part of a GIRLFRIEND GETAWAY type package.

I am not sure how you can recoup the cost on it however, gas and time etc to get to your place.

Licensed and Insured is what everyone has mentioned, as I know nail salons have been sued due to improper cleaning of tools, and people getting a cut (which happens of course) and infection. So that is something to consider. If you yourself were doing them, that is another question. The third party part is the part that is not as easy to control. Example, if they booked this whole package and the person is ill and cannot be there. Then what? Sorry folks? You will end up eating the cost, you can't tell them oh well.

But I like the thinking of ideas to bring folks in and make their stay even better, well done. Smiling

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I've been noticing a lot more 'in home spas' around here.  Their prices are less than the big fancy spas.  Atmosphere is important I agree. 

The person who would be doing the service would be also helping with the room cleaning.

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Just from my POV, as someone who gets mani/pedis on a semi-regular basis.

There are a lot of reasonably priced places around that do mani/pedis that have amenities like the big massaging spa chairs and such.   Most have the added benefit of taking walk ins rather than having to make an appointment and extended hours.   I have had a pedi at a place that didn't have that (she used a large pan of water which was ok but not as nice) charged quite a bit more than a regular place....and it really wasn't worth the extra money.    

If I were interested in having this done, I wouldn't seek out a single person operating out of a B&B's spare room.    As for would I do it if I were staying at a B&B.....getting a mani/pedi is usually something I do before I leave for vacation, not while on it.

What you should do is a standard SWOT analysis.....what kinds of local businesses offer this, how much, know WHY someone would come to your place to have that service instead of a day spa type place.   Maybe offer afternoon tea/mani/pedi package?   

Just MHO, but I think that offering in-room massage is likely to be a better money maker.

 

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the PO's to us here - she was a hair dresser and used the front (private owners lounge) for it and we do have a separate "public" toilet should the hair clients have needed it. Worked well as could be done during the day and is a nice quiet activity - guests and public could use it and was nice if say you were going for a wedding to book in a blow dry or whatever

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I think it would be a nice package to offer as well as manicures. I would buy that package Smiling

As long as you can get someone to come in to your place and do it. Make sure they are licensed and insured.  I would not offer this at a B & B to anyone other than guests. Do you want to turn your place into a pedicure spa??

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In Canada I don't believe they need to be licensed, but would need a diploma from a beauty school.

It would be nice to have a permanent little 'spa room' that offers mani's/pedis.  Who would need to hold the insurance?

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Who would need to hold the insurance?

That's a question for your insurance agent. If somebody develops an infection or some other complication, lawyers tend to come after everybody in the neighborhood, including both the one doing the work and the one owning the property. If you have to add something to your policy to protect you, I wouldn't think it would cost much, but what do I know. I know nothing about pedicures!

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What are common things guests may sue a bed and breakfast for? (I'm not referring to pedicures or manicures).

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Falls and anything else that may come to mind. Anyone can sue for anything at any time. It has been said one could sue a ham sandwich.

I dropped a HOT casserole dish on a guest's arm - he could have easily sued me and won. I was fortunate, he did not. He would not even let me wash his shirt. I had to drag him to the sink to get his arm under cold water. We to this day exchange Christmas newsletters - and they DID come back a few years later with friends. The girl who cut her finger while slicing a bagel (she was a student teacher here for a couple months) so badly her parents had her get plastic surgery on the finger. Gotta love those minister families as BOTH of them were.

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Owning your own business (whatever it may be) can be so discouraging because 'anything' can happen.  But if we all thought negatively, then we'd be in a sad state.  Accidents happen, and it's unfortunate that people take advantage of it.

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Who thinks negatively? I was blessed then and now with great guests and what will be, will be. That is why I HAVE insurance. No one has sued me. You asked what people could sue for and that was my answer - some examples. There are people who LOOK for reasons to sue. That is why we post news stories of things that happen - a la the innkeepers who turn away LBTG couples or ask if the couple is married, or refuse Service animals, etc. Unless they are drunk, high, or obnoxious - if they have money to pay for the room they get the room here. As long as what they are doing behind that door does not involve a child, destruction of property, or an animal, it is not my business

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I was talking in general about people who may shy away from owning their own business.

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Here like with massage therapist, the therapist has to have the insurance and license. I would never have one that wasn't licensed. But, you should also check with your insurance person as well...just to be sure. If you have an extra room that could be set aside for "spa room" that would be nice.

 I have friends who converted their old smokehouse into their spa room. The massage therapists comes and does them there since rooms are too small for couples to both have massages at the same time. It is only a few steps from the B & B.

If you wanted to do it for just anyone,then I see that as a whole other  and different business and would probably require you to have a different business license, and extra insurance since you would be opening to the public. And, then would this be disruptive to your guests??

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Yes, it would make sense to update the insurance for sure.  For the beginning, just offering it for guests would be best just to see how it goes. 

If/when offering it to the public, I don't think it would be disruptive because it could just be offered between 10am until 3pm while they are out.

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The massage therapist who came to my B & B to do in-room massage had to provide me with a copy of the rider on her insurance that covered performing her services at the B & B and she had to provide me with a copy. I had to get a rider on MY insurance to cover me taking people to the log house and the Historical Association gets a copy of that every year. I think it costs me about $30 a year.

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But, you are turning your B & B into a different place of business even if your guests are out. You must have someone in mind to do this...or do you?  You will have to have some sort of contract drawn up being clear about exactly what work they are performing, what kind of access do they have to your premises? How much of a cut will you make from the service. After all, you are providing the space, the power, the water etc etc. Do you have restroom facilities that are not guest related so that people coming for services have access? I think that is a requirement for most businesses.  Lots to think about and discover.

simpler just to offer a manicure / pedicure package to your guests. It could even be done in their room. But again, how much will you make from it? Will that be worthwhile? You will have to do all the scheduling etc. and have to deal with problems that arise from guests not showing in time for appts. etc. etc.

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Hm, I wonder what is a normal cut.

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