How to avoid exhaustion and burn out

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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  1. Janet Swift says:

    You’ve really opened my eyes to the unreasonable expectations of some of your guests – cheese platters at 3.00am – and it’ll ensure I’m a considerate guest next time I stay in a B & B! I’m passing your details on to a friend who is currently preparing to open her B & B because I think you’re just the lady to help her avoid the pitfalls and lead her to a successful business model.

    • Yvonne says:

      Thanks Janet for taking the time to comment on the blog. I appreciate that. I think that putting boundaries in place is crucial in the B&B world. Most guests are reasonable, but there’s always one isn’t there! And those one-offs are sent to test our strength, and so we must rise to the occasion and say “no”, which is always difficult, not just in the B&B world. I’m interested in what you think about that. 🙂

  2. Yvonne
    What a difficult job you have, balancing serving your guests with serving yourself and your family.
    Lovely post – look forward to reading some more and here’s to your ongoing business success

    • Yvonne says:

      Thanks Allison for taking the time to comment. Yes, running a Bed and Breakfast is demanding work, and that’s why it’s so important to have our boundaries in place, and to learn to not allow them to be violated. I think this is a skill which has to be learned, and sometimes it may take a boundary violation for us to realise what is happening. The trick is to notice it, and then take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again easily. I believe this is true with any path we choose to take, not just in the B&B world. Would you agree? Thanks again 🙂