All you need to know about start­ing a B&B

Vuk'uzenzele - - Toyuoruitshmfmocounsth - Dale Hes

Do you want to earn an in­come from pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion to tourists, giv­ing them the best pos­si­ble stay dur­ing their visit to your area? Bed and break­fast (B&B) es­tab­lish­ments are one of the most re­ward­ing ways to be­come a busi­ness owner within the tourism in­dus­try. Be­low is all you need to know about start­ing your own B&B.

What is a B&B?

Ac­cord­ing to the Tourism Grad­ing Coun­cil of South Africa, B&Bs pro­vide in­for­mal ac­com­mo­da­tion with limited ser­vice that is pro­vided in a pri­vate home.

Each room must have ex­clu­sive use of bath­room fa­cil­i­ties, and break­fast must be in­cluded in the ac­com­mo­da­tion rates. In ad­di­tion, ser­vic­ing of the room should take place ev­ery day of your guests' stay.

B&Bs can only have a max­i­mum of three guest be­d­rooms. If you of­fer more guest rooms, then your es­tab­lish­ment should be de­scribed as a guest house.

What pro­cesses do you need to go through to start your own B&B?

The first step you need to take is to ap­proach your lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity to ap­ply for zon­ing per­mis­sion to use your prop­erty as an ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ment. You may also have to gain per­mis­sion from neigh­bour­ing prop­erty own­ers, and to dis­play no­ti­fi­ca­tions to in­form the pub­lic, should they want to lodge ob­jec­tions.

When you do get ap­proval from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, you will be re­quired to meet cer­tain le­gal re­quire­ments.

Im­por­tant things to con­sider

Lo­ca­tion – The lo­ca­tion of your bed and break­fast is ex­tremely im­por­tant. If you live in an area that doesn’t at­tract tourists, it will be dif­fi­cult to make a suc­cess of your busi­ness.

Fi­nances – Tourism can be highly sea­sonal, so you will need to have suf­fi­cient sav­ings to carry you through quiet pe­ri­ods of the year.

A new life­style – Your life­style will change dra­mat­i­cally when you be­come the owner of a B&B. You will of­ten have to wake up early and go to bed late, and you will have to adapt to guests shar­ing your home. You will also need to pay at­ten­tion to main­te­nance and keep­ing your guests sat­is­fied at all times.

Mar­ket­ing your B&B – The ac­com­mo­da­tion in­dus­try is highly com­pet­i­tive, so you will have to in­vest some time and money into mar­ket­ing your B&B. You will have to think about cre­ative ways of ad­ver­tis­ing your busi­ness.

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