Saturday, June 26, 2010

Groups and Conferences

What do you do? What do you like to do? If you're in innkeeper, you have to do a lot. So much so that I find it ridiculous to list "innkeeper" as my occupation when I'm filing my tax returns. That's because the skill set required to be an innkeeper is limitless. Whether you're a checkbook-innkeeper (that's an innkeeper who writes checks to accomplish innkeeping tasks), or a knuckle-buster (that's an innkeeper who does everything him or herself, from fixing leaky sinks to installing heating systems), you bring many talents to the innkeeping table.

I'm a writer, so each year I host a writers conference. Because the Auberge de Stowe is such a small place, I only have to fill a handful of rooms. But by scheduling the conference for mid-week (Sunday through Thursday) during a slow--but still nice--time of the year (mid-June), I generate revenue where before there was none.

So, what do you do? What's your passion? This is the time to indulge that interest or skill, and make a little money in the process.