The popularity of bed and breakfast establishments in South Africa has increased phenomenally, with numbers growing from 300 in 1993 to an estimated 9 000 in 1997.
Many people consider that starting and running a bed and breakfast business would be fun, but bear in mind that it involves a lot of hard work and long hours. “You have to be a people’s person, be patient and diplomatic. Professionalism and a fair level of business acumen are essential. You need composure and the ability to treat people well. Above all, you must enjoy hard graft.” (Source: “Bed and breakfast anyone?” – see Publications below.)