I wanted to share a part of the manual I wrote for my thesis about homestay bed and breakfast homes
What are the advantages of Homestay Bed and Breakfast Home?
1) You are the boss
You are fully responsible and have total control over the management of the activities in your Homestay Bed and Breakfast Home.
You can decide the days you can accommodate guests, when to go on holiday, or when to take a day off. You make your own schedule and no one is dictating you on what to do.
2) You get additional income
What you will earn will serve as extra income for the family.
3) You work at home
You don’t have to be tied up in 8:00-5:00 work schedule and struggle through the daily traffic.
4) You have more quality family time
You spend more time at home which means you are home most of the time and more you will be able to manage your own family and home.
5) You can continue other interests
Having a venture of Homestay Bed and Breakfast Home gives you the opportunity to do other activities at home. For instance, you could make sweet delicacies that can be blended in your meals to the guests and souvenir items like key chains and the like.
6) You meet new and interesting people
You will have the opportunity to meet interesting people. It’s an avenue to gain new friends even if you are at home.
7) You can choose your customers
You may choose the people to stay at your home. For instance, if you are a female who live with your child and your mother, you opt to accommodate female guests for security reasons. Or if you are concerned with morality issues, you would want married couples only as your guests.
Of course, choosing your customers should be properly made known to your customers. You should mention that you only accept female guests or married couples to avoid any misunderstandings.
What are the disadvantages Homestay Bed and Breakfast Home?
1) Less family privacy
Having a family business at home makes it difficult to put a demarcation line from your family time and activities. It is inevitable that you will encounter guests that need your assistance during your family time and activities. To prevent this from happening, all the members of the family should give their full cooperation; house rules and policies should be provided to the guests.
2) Work Load
It requires you to do everything – having additional linen to be washed. Full cooperation of the family members is needed to make the work load easier for the entire family. Assignments and tasks could be given to each member of the host family.
You have to do same activities like preparing breakfast, daily updating your records, entertaining guests, and other activities.
If you are a type of person who doesn’t want to do the same things, Homestay Bed and Breakfast Home Program is not for you.
4) Income fluctuations
There will be times that you have guests and sometimes you have no guests. There will be peak and lean seasons. Sometimes your rooms are fully booked and then there will be times that you have no guests at all. This means, your income per month will vary.