Bouncy Castle Business

As with all prospective business ventures, thorough research of the bouncy castle market in your area is essential. Look through the local newspapers, go on the internet, look in the Yellow Pages and find out how much competition there is in your area. If you spot some competition, don’t be put off, for the fact that there are people running successful bouncy castle businesses proves that there is money to be made, and more than likely, there is still room for you to take your share of it.

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Equipment/items that you will need for your bouncy castle business

Bouncy Castle (see below for sizing advice)
Repair kit (should be included in price of the castle)
Ground sheet
Safety mat (for the front of the castle)
Rain cover
Sack trolley
Anchor stakes
25-30 meter electrical extension cable
RCD safety cut out circuit breaker
Safety instruction sheet
Terms of business
Customer disclaimer form
Local street maps
Desk diary or personal computer program (to keep note of bookings)
Ledger book (for recording receipts and payments)
Public Liability Insurance cover (rec. minimum one million pounds)
How to start out?
My recommendation is that you start out with a 12 ft. x 12 ft. (3.6 meter x 3.6 meter) bouncy castle, this being the most popular with customers. Moreover, it is easy to set up and store and will fit in most back gardens and community halls. However, you might be tempted to go for something smaller, say a 7 ft. x 7 ft. bouncy castle – it would keep costs down, wouldn’t it? This is a common mistake – don’t fall into this trap. You may think that you can’t afford a bigger bouncy castle when you start up, but you’ll be kicking yourself if you are unable to do business with people who want a bigger castle – as the vast majority will. A small inflatable bouncy castle will still make money, but not as much as the bigger one suggested, and just imagine how you’ll feel at seeing business go elsewhere because you have set up your bouncy castle business with the wrong equipment.

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Where to buy your bouncy castle?

See the list of manufacturers at British Inflatable Hirers Association There are a number of good companies that supply bouncy castles, so take your time in choosing. All the good companies will have brochures, so just give them a call and get them to send you one in the post, together with a price list. Many companies will be willing to enter into credit terms, and will even paint your trading name and telephone number on the front of the castle at no extra cost. Your successful marketing of your business starts right from the moment that you make the order for your first castle and put your name up on it. The manufacturer should offer to do this for you – but ask for it if they don’t. You will get many bookings from people who see your phone number on the castle. Your bouncy castles will be big and brightly colored, so take full advantage of your portable advertising billboard. The industry standard guarantee for a bouncy castle is 1-2 years, depending on the manufacturer.

What about buying a second hand bouncy castle?

The trouble with doing this is that – as a beginner – you don’t know what to look out for. I can tell you to look at the stitching on the bed, and at the pillars and where the side walls meet the bed, but are you confident that you will know the signs of wearing if you see them? Many second hand bouncy castles on the market are overly worn, have re-stitched bed seams, deliver a poor bounce and have to be replaced within a short while. When you are just starting out you need to be sure that you are hiring out a quality product that will last through the delicate ‘start up’ period, so go for a new bouncy castle when you start up, you can check http://bestonbouncehouse.com/bouncy-castles-for-sale/.

 

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5 Reasons To Get A Bounce House

For years, children have loved jumping on wholesale bounce houses for every occasion. It’s true that the Summer months are our industry’s busiest months. But, it doesn’t matter if the weather is 100 degrees outside or 100 below freezing (okay that might be a bit too cold to enjoy a bounce house rental), children love partying on bounce house rentals for any number of reasons. Here are five reasons that you should consider renting a bounce house this winter.

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1) Children’s birthday parties: Parties are always fun with an inflatable rental, no matter the time of year. Unlike adults, children aren’t affected by the cold so easily. Jumping in an inflatable rental burns lots of calories and helps warm the body. Besides, is it fair that only the summer birthday kids can jump and slide for their birthday parties? I say no! Equal the playing field by renting a moonwalk for your next winter birthday party. Just tell the kids to wear an extra pair of socks, and they’ll love every minute of it!

2) Winter festivals at church: Tons of churches across the nation (and world for that matter) are gearing up for their winter festivals. Moonwalk rentals, along with inflatable slide rentals and other inflatable games are a perfect way to make your winter festival a smash hit! You will draw a larger attendance to your church event when you offer inflatable rentals for the children to play on. Why? Because children love them, and parents love having safe alternatives for their children during this hectic time of year.

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3) Winter festivals at school: Bounce house rentals are perfect for school fundraisers. By charging per child that uses the jumper, you can generate some serious money very quickly for your school. Of course, you may choose to just charge for admittance to the event, and not have someone collecting money and/or tickets at each inflatable ride. Or, maybe you just want the kids to come and have a good time. It doesn’t matter the reason. Children will flock to your school event when they learn that you have rented jumpers and other inflatable equipment.

4) Corporate Team Building: Much like school and church events, corporations are always looking for a way to entertain their employees and their families at this time of year. Bounce house rentals are a great way to bring the entire team together for a great cause; your company!

5) Just because: The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of year. Shopping for the “perfect” gift is time consuming and difficult. Maybe you and your family just need an afternoon break from the hustle and bustle of this holiday season. Get a couple friends together and relieve some stress by jumping and sliding for hours.

No matter what time of year it is, bounce house rentals can make your special event, well, special! If you are in or around Fort Worth, Texas, check out Bounce and Slide Texas next time you’re ready to rent a bounce house.

Bounce and Slide Texas asks the question: “Why just bounce, when you can bounce AND slide?” That’s why all of our bounce house rentals come with both a jumping surface as well as a sliding surface! We have top-quality inflatable party rental equipment ready to be rented in and around the Fort Worth area. Check us out at http://bestonbouncehouse.com/  and http://bestonbouncehouse.com/wholesale-bounce-house-for-sale/to schedule your party online!

 

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How to Start and Run a Profitable Bouncy Castle

Renting out bouncy castles and other play inflatables for childrens parties, and family events etc. is a great home business to be in either full time or part time, and the profits can be high, as well as the fun element! You own the business and all the equipment, there’s no need to pay any franchising fees or licencing rights. For example, operating just three bouncy castles for sale part-time at weekends, at £55 ($US88) per day per bouncer will bring in around £330 ($US528) per weekend, or over £1,300 ($US2,080) per month. Assuming expenses of around £300 ($US480) per month, this leaves over £1,000 ($US1,600) profit! Not bad for just a few hours work!

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Children have birthdays every single day of the year. In the summer and autumn, their parents can hire a bouncy castle for the back garden or yard. In the winter and spring, parents can hire a community hall to hold the party and accommodate the bouncer.

To run a successful bouncy castle rental business, you don’t have to give up your full time job, and also you don’t need any large capital investment. This article will show newcomers how to start and successfully run a bouncy castle/inflatable hire business from home and avoid the mistakes that others have made in the past.

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1: Research.

When thinking about starting a bouncy castle hire business, the first thing to do is to look through all your local newspapers, (classified sections), Yellow Pages, and online. See if there is anyone else in your town advertising a bouncy castle hire business. If you do spot a regular advertiser, don’t be put off – there’s still room for you. In most towns the demand for bouncy castles far exceeds the supply of them especially in the summer months. You will have a very clear idea of the competition in your area. In a busy area, rival companies will very often pass over enquiries and even bookings to other companies when they are too busy to fulfill the booking themselves. If you are very fortunate, there may be no rivals operating in your area.

2: Equipment needed.

Below is a list of equipment which you will need to start a bouncy castle hire business:

a) Bouncy Castle, rain-cover, electric blower, and anchor stakes.
b) Ground sheet to protect underside of bouncer.
c) Electrical extension cable (25 – 30 meters long).
d) RCD circuit breaker. (safety cut-out device).
e) Safety mat to put at front of the castle.
f) A sat nav or local street map of your town and its surrounding area.
g) Large A4 size desk diary for taking bookings (1 Page to a day).
h) Ledger book for recording takings and expenses etc.
i) Public Liability Insurance cover. We strongly recommend one million pounds as the absolute minimum.
j) Safety instruction sheet and customer disclaimer form.
k) A sack trolley.

From experience, we highly recommend that your first bouncy castle is 12 foot by 12 foot. (3.6m x 3.6m) with a 3 or 4 foot (Approx. 1 metre) safety step at the front. This size is by far the most popular with customers and is easily handled and stored, and when inflated will fit in most back gardens and community halls.

There are many excellent companies selling bouncy castles. Most new bouncy castles come with a one year guarantee, while some manufacturers offer a two year guarantee. Make sure that a minor repair kit is included in the price of your bouncer.

If buying new, make sure that the inflatable has a certificate to say that it has been manufactured to the recognised Standard which as at January 2010 is: BS EN 14960:2006 (UK and Europe).

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3: Where to get customers.

Fortunately, children are born every single day of the year, so there is a virtually endless supply of prospective customers. Most parents prefer to use their own back gardens, or the local community hall to hold the party. As well as private childrens’ parties, there are several other places where you can hire out your bouncer e.g. playgroups, nurseries, pubs, hotels, after-school clubs, shopping malls, school fetes, car boot fairs, shows and galas, charity events, football clubs, barbeques, beach parties, christening parties, wedding receptions, tennis clubs, cub and scout groups, brownie and guide groups, business promotions, open days etc.

4: How to get bookings.

In order to get your first hires, I recommend that you do the following: Firstly, tell everyone that you know who have young children, that you have a bouncy castle for hire. Offer to let them rent it at a discount, if they are prepared to tell all their friends and relatives.

Secondly, you need to place an advert in your local newspaper, and in your local yellow pages directory. This advertising will attract enquiries, and providing your telephone manner is polite and helpful you will get bookings virtually automatically.

You should also consider registering for free with Google Maps, so that your potential customers can easily find you when they type out the name of your town and bouncy castle hire in the Google search engine. (It is a very good idea to have a website, but it is not essential to have one, in order to have your company listed in Google Maps for free.

Initial enquiries will take several forms, most callers want to initially know the cost of hiring a bouncy castle, what sizes are available? how many children can use it at the same time? Up to what age group can use it? When a customer calls, the first question you should always ask is what date is the party on? Secondly, ask what age the children will be? Armed with this information, you can suggest a size of bouncy castle, 90% of the time it will be a 12ft x 12ft bouncer. If the children are very young i.e. aged 1 – 4, it may be better to suggest a smaller bouncer, or even a bouncy ballpond (a small semi-enclosed bouncy castle filled with multi-coloured plastic balls).

Also, tell the customer that you can deliver the castle, set it all up, and collect it at the end of the party. Tell the customer, that you will ring them a couple of days before to confirm the delivery time etc. This approach helps to develop trust with the customer, which should bring them back next time.

Always tell the customer that there is a rain-cover included in the price.

5: Promotional Items and referrals.

It is very important to take advantage of your first bouncy castle bookings. For example – a parent has just rented your bouncy castle for their son’s birthday party. You’ve just taken fifty five pounds or so. But it doesn’t end there. At this party, there will be parents of other children, and these children will have birthday parties as well, so you need to promote your company as much as possible. The best way of doing this is to hand out A5 size leaflets. It is also a good idea to get some business cards printed, and given out.

Always remember, customer satisfaction is the number one priority. You really want their party to be a success, and their children to have a really enjoyable time. That way, the parents are more likely to recommend you to their friends, and hire from you again and again.

6: Safety.

Obviously with children, safety is absolutely paramount. We strongly recommend that you give your customers a safety instruction sheet. We have produced some templates for you. You can find a copy of this on the BIHA website homepage (see link below). Also, you should familiarize yourself with the legal requirements and codes of practice which apply to the operation of bouncy castle s. (See: The BIHA website link below http://bestonbouncehouse.com/bouncy-castles-for-sale/)

7: Basic Book-keeping.

It is very important to keep track of all the money you receive. Also, of course, your expenses regarding advertising, printing, fuel, telephone calls, etc.

8: Expanding your business.

After you have your first few hires under your belt, you will probably start to think of other types of inflatables that you can invest in such as inflatable slides for sale and bouncy ballponds. Don’t forget that the corporate market can be very lucrative (E.g. local councils and big companies in your town). More

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