Please note: This information was sent at the beginning of April - there have been improvements since then!
You know that whole saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade?”
Sometimes that just isn’t possible.
After a successful launch of my pilot course “Learn How Much Money Your Future B&B Can Earn”, participants confirmed that it definitely showed them how to answer their questions about bed and breakfast ownership.
Since it was a pilot, my students were encouraged to provide feedback throughout the process. While the materials provided the information they needed, the format of the course - doing it live in 5 weeks - was just too quick for most people. For myself, I missed spending time working with people one-on-one to make sure they were getting the outcomes they needed. With that learning under my belt, I had planned to deliver the same information in a new format starting in April.
I had scheduled 2 weeks off to have my knee replaced…and this is when the lemons started being lobbed my way.
Three weeks and three surgeries later; a bone infection requiring continuous intravenous antibiotics and the news that I cannot return to my home and B&B until the end of May has thrown my plans awry.
What does this boil down to? It means that I am unable to offer the course at this time; return e-mails; requests for a consultation for answering my survey; comments on my blog; return phone messages, or send out my newsletter.
For this, I am very sorry.
I will not be able to do anything with The B&B Coach until after I get through the upcoming season at my own bed and breakfast - and deal with how I can do it, as I am used to running the B&B completely on my own. Rest assured - I will definitely share my journey and the lessons I learned with you.
In the meantime, please don’t give up on your dream - continue to pursue the information you need in order to make an informed decision!
My bed and breakfast has three guest rooms, each with an en-suite bath. 60% of my guests stay only one night, and 35% only stayed two nights. That means I have a high turnover!
This past season, I calculated that I that I had made breakfast for 650 guests, cleaned 319 bathrooms and did 478 loads of laundry. (I waited until after the season to figure that out!)
Now, don't forget, I've been in business for 10 years, so it's almost second nature to me on how to get everything done, and to estimate how long things are going to take. And having that routine makes life so much easier!
My daily routine (not including any of my personal tasks) includes:
Yes, it is a tremendous amount of work!
However, most bed and breakfasts have seasons - in my case, peak season is two months long where I run at 80% occupancy; the shoulder seasons (June, September and October) I have approximately 55% occupancy.
What gets me through?
There are a couple of things:
There are 15 things I must do every day that take me 15 or more minutes; plus the little things that I do on the fly – not including the 7 weekly tasks that take me two or more hours to complete. Having a routine, some help and knowing that it’s not 365 days a year is what gets me through!.
Are you interested in some of the great opportunities that come with owning bed and breakfast? Check out these 10 Great Reasons!
Susan Poole is the owner of 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast and The B&B Coach and works with people who really love to meet new people, cook and entertain and want to turn those passions into owning a bed and breakfast.