Running a Bed and Breakfast is a full-on occupation, and can be exhausting, especially without any help at all. You may have been running your B&B quite well without any help, perhaps there’s just the two of you taking care of everything.
I know that I started out like that, running a hobby not a business, and when my B&B started getting busy, I somehow resented the guests coming and spoiling my lovely house, taking all my time, and wanting something when I was with my family. I was up to my eyes in laundry, cleaning the toilets, hoovering, shopping and cooking. I had no time for marketing, and so my so –called business didn’t grow much, and consequently didn’t make any money which meant I was doing all that for nothing! Sounds crazy doesn’t it, but it’s true.
All that changed when I realised what was happening, and I needed to learn the skills required to run a business. I learned that business is a team sport, and so I had to have a team. I hesitated for some time, because my perception was that I couldn’t afford any help. And yet without any help, I couldn’t find the time to attract more guests. It was a vicious circle.
I had to take a leap of faith, and trust. I advertised for a cleaner, and two young girls showed up. I wasn’t used to managing anybody (other than my children, but somehow I discounted that skill), but after a very short while, they took over all the cleaning, and boy, what bliss!
I couldn’t do without them now, and with that little hurdle behind me, I started to look at what else I could outsource. How about you?