Innkeeper to go, what is your background? marketing? hospitality? degrees / experience in one or the other? how long have you been interim innkeeping?.
I worked for 20 years in organization development in a range of industries before I began working in hospitality. I've lived/worked throughout the US and Europe as well as in Central Asia doing leadership development, sales and marketing training, and team-building/process improvement work. Through the course of that work, I was asked to develop training programs for both management and staff at some of the leading hotels in Europe. That was almost 15 years ago and when I began working in the hospitality industry. I've never looked back.
I began working with B&Bs about 10 years ago, helping them achieve their goals through a combination of marketing, process improvement, and staff training. I work as a consultant, innsitter, and interim manager.
So I do have some good solid experience to back up my work and, granted, that does help a lot.
But you're a former inn owner so you also have a background owners will be interested in.
What's your particular experience in the industry? What are your strongest skills? Where can you really impact an inn's bottom line as well as its operation in general?
Inn owners have spent a lot of energy creating a place that is unique; they'll be especially interested in your unique skills and personality.
Pay more attention to selling those things about yourself than to any specific advertised requirements. Those requirements can fluctuate pretty quickly for the right person.
It's your job to tell the owners why that person is you and make sure you lay that out for them both simply and clearly.
It's really just like selling your inn to prospective guests. Tell them why you're special, create a vision for them of why you're perfect for them. It won't be the right fit for every inn out there. But you only need to find one perfect inn for yourself.
You can do that.
If you're interested in doing innsitting, look to the inns that are for sale. They are staying on the market far too long these days and the folks selling them are generally ready for a rest already when they decide to sell. They often need transitional help - or just a good long break. Don't wait for them to come to you or to advertise; look for them. That will not only give you income while you look for the longer term job you want, it will diversify your experience. Let other innsitters know you're available. Remember that as innkeepers themselves, they tend to be both gracious and generous. They'll refer folks your way if they can, generally speaking.
Make a plan for which area of the country you really, really want to end up in. Learn everything you can about the inns there. Make sure all of the owners of all of the inns know you and know that you want to live and work there. It won't take long for you to get someone willing to give you a try and once you have that first shot into an area, you'll find the job of your dreams.
You can do this, seashanty. There's an owner out there just praying to find someone exactly like you.