The aim of the study is to determine the motives of starting a business on the Lublin catering and accommodation services market and entry barriers undertaken by enterprises providing catering and accommodation services on the basis of studies carried out in years 2007 and 2013. The time has caused a reevaluation of motivators. The largest importance gained the economic motives associated with the desire to improve the material being of entrepreneurs. The owners of points and catering establishments and accommodation facilities during starting a business faced and still face barriers arising from the macroenvironment of their businesses. It has been changing, however, the strength of their influence, which proves that the environment is turbulent.