Owning your own B&B offered you a slower pace of life

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I never did it for a slower pace, I worked in IT for 23 years and it was being stuck in an office 5 days a week that I wanted to escape from and I've succeeded. 

im able to do things that I would never had had the time or energy for before. I look after the village post office two days a week, I'm treasurer of the community council, I'm on the committee of the local tourist association. On those rare days in the UK when the sun shines I can spend the afternoon in the garden, on my allotment or we can go out to the country or beach, I don't have to hope that the sunshine coincide with a weekend. We can take extended holidays during the winter, we're planning 2 months down under next year. 

Life is slower, but I never had a problem with the speed. 

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Hear, hear!

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After the initial excitement of opening up, I felt like I was "on" 24/7 when I had the inn biz, since most of it fell to me. Even with a cell phone & a pager in my corporate life, I never felt so tied to a job.  And despite being pretty successful, the financial payoff to me personally was minimal.

Having said that, I loved the guests that came through the door and some of the creative aspects of the job.  I always wanted to be an innkeeper and got to experience it more in depth as an owner/innkeeper.

Slower pace....no way.

 

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Not for me.  I might be easier if I hadn't just had long, rolling breakfasts for variably 12 to 15 people for the last five days.  Loved the people, though, so it is worth it, but slower pace?  No way.  It might be easier if I had quit my old day job as was in the original business plan 5 years ago, but having the outside income (and medical) took off worry pressure about the B&B financial, so it was worth it, too, but slower pace?  In that I get to start the second job after 10, after I do breakfast. 

But no matter what circumstances, if a B&B is a viable, professional business - not just an Air - it takes great attention to details and attention to individuals.  You have to be "on" and "up" all the time.  That is not slow pace.

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Hmmm, this is interesting. The pace started off slowly, but now every year is busier than the last, so it has changed. I'm not complaining, but sometimes the pressure I put on myself to improve year-to-year makes me less relaxed than in years past. Also, I notice that I am less happy about friends and family who want to stay here for free (during out busiest time, of course), than I used to be. Maybe I need an attitude adjustment. Being successful doesn't necessarily mean making more money. I miss my more relaxed self. 

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Country Girl wrote:

Hmmm, this is interesting. The pace started off slowly, but now every year is busier than the last, so it has changed. I'm not complaining, but sometimes the pressure I put on myself to improve year-to-year makes me less relaxed than in years past. Also, I notice that I am less happy about friends and family who want to stay here for free (during out busiest time, of course), than I used to be. Maybe I need an attitude adjustment. Being successful doesn't necessarily mean making more money. I miss my more relaxed self. 

Absolutely true.

 

 

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We can really relate to this. We use a three legged stool analogy to help remind us to stay in balance. What has been interesting about that is... as we have been successful in meeting our yearly marketing goals, we have had to constantly assess how being busier impacts our health and happiness. That allows us to make adjustments before it gets out of control. We are learning to make more money in a more condensed calendar.

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Both of our corporate jobs involved a lot of travelling and customers/clients in different time zones or in jobs that required evening work as well as daytime stuff.  There's a special kind of hectic-ness involved in travel, especially these days.  We weren't less busy at the B&B but it was a slower pace.

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No.  Not only is our day full, but our social life is even more full.  Town groups, chamber of commerce, people stopping by to visit.  

But we do enjoy a cup of coffee watching the sunrise and a glass of wine by the beach in the afternoon.  We are busy, but very much "smelling the roses."

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It's a different pace. My take on it is that had we still been in corporate, dh would have had a massive heart attack on the job, leaving me very well off (double payout if you died on the job!)

Much rather have him than the money. In spite of my grousing about him. Eye-wink

 

 

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Madeleine wrote:

Much rather have him than the money. In spite of my grousing about him. Eye-wink

Now you're sounding like Gillum!

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Owning a B & B is like owning any business in a way. Yes, YOU have control - up to a point - however you now also have to do more work than you ever did "working for the man" when you could put in your 8 per day or whatever your work day was. You could go home and do what needed done or whatever you wanted to do. You could take a vacation, go to family functions, etc.

As a B & B owner, IF I am going to make the mortgage, pay the taxes, pay the insurance, pay the utilities I must put heads in beds. Keep the rooms flipped, do the shopping, get the laundry done be ready for guests. DO I do that? Right this minute - no. I am in a funk and i know not why. Have the laundry done but have not made beds not cleaned. Perhaps it is the "after conference w/full house" funk or the cancelled and nothing on the books until the weekend funk. But it is not a slower pace.

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Owning, building, and operating our B&B has given me control over the pace of my life. It is what I always sought and I'm grateful every day. I think that is what so many of our guests envy.

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Somewhat.  The nature of the work is different.  I may stress out a bit if the breakfast timing isn't exactly right, or someone shows up 2 hours early with no notice, but over all, so much less stress than former employment.  And apart from the busy times, the pace of life is much slower here. smiley

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lt's not in my nature to do things slowly so owning a B+B has highlighted my two speeds...fast and stop.   When I manage to hit the stop button, I can really kick back and do nothing.  But most of the time, owning a B+B has meant running as fast as I can to get everything done.  But hey, I'm looking at the finish line and thinking of buying a rocking chair!  LOL

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