Hi, I'm Karen - the one without the beard!
I'm the founder and owner of Bed and Breakfast Academy. I'm an experienced B&B owner, trainer, head cheerleader at the Yellow Duck Collection, dog wrangler, avid knitter, proud mother and wife to Rob - the one with the beard.
I worked for British Airways for 16 years, where I was an IT manager, trainer, coach and facilitator.
When we decided to escape the rat race, move to the countryside and set up my own B&B in Shropshire in 2004, there was very little support or information available for anyone starting a B&B. And I made an awful lot of expensive mistakes along the way.
I decided to combine my training skills with what I'd learned about running a B&B ( the hard way ... ouch ) to create a training course to help aspiring B&B owners like you create your best B&B life and to make sure you don't make the same expensive mistakes I'd made!
And Bed and Breakfast Academy was born in 2006.
It lovely to meet you!
I'd rather be walking the dogs than cleaning, so why did I start a B&B?
Back in 2004 I was burnt out in my corporate career. I wanted a more relaxed way of life, to be my own boss, be there for my daughter, live in the countryside and spend time with my dogs.
I hadn't always wanted to run a B&B. It was a way of making some income that allowed me to live in a beautiful part of the countryside and work from home.
But much to everyone's surprise - my Mum called it my wendy house 😂 - I turned out to be rather good at running a B&B and I enjoyed it.
Well, I enjoyed most of it ... I don't like cleaning - I'd much rather be spending my days lying in a field with my dogs - and I'm not great at early mornings.
But I found I loved creating something special for guests who, much to my surprise, kept coming back. About 70% of my guests are repeat customers.
👉 If you aren't yet running a bed and breakfast, you'll find find out more about the B&B course when you click here
👉 If you're running a Bed and Breakfast already and want help in attracting more of your favourite type of guests, you can join our friendly, super supportive B&B Marketing Community here
If you have any questions, please get in touch!