Betül Önen grew up in the northern districts of Izmir. After graduating, she worked as a literature teacher at various private teaching institutions and schools. She gained experience in the tourism sector by working at the Yıldız Koy Arkadia campsite with the friends she met in university. Önen took up beekeeping after taking courses at the Gökçeada Public Training Center and the Aegean Agricultural Research Institute. She currently practices beekeeping with her father in the region near Eski Foça and the village of Belen.