How to avoid exhaustion and burn out, while running a busy Bed and Breakfast business
Running a busy B&B is a full on occupation, which demands a lot of energy for sure, and if we’re not careful, we can become exhausted.
Statistics show that most B&B owners suffer from burn out or exhaustion after about 3-5 years, and that’s a real shame, especially when they started out living their dream.
How can we avoid this happening to us? Here’s some suggestions based on my own experience:
Setting boundaries and laying down some ground rules is essential.
Allowing ourselves time out during each and every day will give us time to re-charge and feel refreshed and ready to handle even the most difficult guests.
Letting guests know when and when they can’t call upon you.
Putting a sign outside saying when you’ll be “back” even if you’re not “out” means that you’ll be left alone while you’re busy on other chores or simply relaxing.
Writing up a guide to put in each room, letting guests know what time you serve breakfast, lock the doors (or not) and only in emergencies should they call upon you.
Being asked to deliver a cheese platter at 3am is not fun at all, so ensure that guests know that these kinds of demands will not be met.
Be the leader in your B&B and gently lead guests into the experience you wish for them to have, while maintaining and managing your own energy levels to ensure that you deliver on their expectations.
Setting expectations at the outset, so that no-one will feel embarrassed or unsure.
You deserve to have a life too, despite running a busy B&B, or even because of.
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