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Old 05-06-2013, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I'm thinking of starting a business renting out bounce houses. What do I need to know?

Do I need some kind of liability insurance?

How many people will I need for set up/take down?

How long do they last, do used ones get any milage?

I will be getting some money, & I'm thinking I could start up for approx 15K. That it is seasonal is appealing to me, I don't want to work full time year-round. Although I definitely would like to have an income, I'll be okay breaking even the first season.

I don't know who to talk to about what I need to know.
thoughts??
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:13 AM
 
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Default Quite the plan...

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... That it is seasonal is appealing to me, I don't want to work full time year-round. ...

I don't know who to talk to about what I need to know.
thoughts??
Sounds like you think this is easy money, generally who ever has told you that is looking for someone even more gullible than they were.

Do you have any idea how often anyone actually rents these things out? That might be a good place to start. I'm thinking that paying several thousand dollars for something that might spend a whole lot of time earning you nothing is not really a great business idea...
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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What do I need to know about Bounce House business??

I hear it has its ups and downs.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:43 PM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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Squirl, as bad as that was, I had to rep you.


To lolagranola: Sweetie, I don't mean to sound harsh, but if you are asking questions like, 'Do I need liability insurance?', I'm thinking you need to take a few courses in business to shore up your understanding of the basics. I fear you haven't thought this out at all. There is a ton of information online, and yes, probably even at a local library. Look for trade publications in the recreation business. Actually Google the phrase, "Bounce House Business". I mean, if you aren't willing to do some simple research, I don't think you'd be willing run the business.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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Squirl, as bad as that was, I had to rep you.


To lolagranola: Sweetie, I don't mean to sound harsh, but if you are asking questions like, 'Do I need liability insurance?', I'm thinking you need to take a few courses in business to shore up your understanding of the basics. I fear you haven't thought this out at all. There is a ton of information online, and yes, probably even at a local library. Look for trade publications in the recreation business. Actually Google the phrase, "Bounce House Business". I mean, if you aren't willing to do some simple research, I don't think you'd be willing run the business.
QFT. The liability insurance is absolutely required, and will probably cost more than the bounce houses themselves.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:36 PM
 
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I hear Pouncy House is a better business.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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The bounce house biz in my area used to set up once a month in the winter in the HS gym or some other large indoor place. It looked like they were making more money than what ever they did in the summer months. Place was always packed, consessions and birthday parties.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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I own a bounce house business so maybe I can shed a little light on this for you.

You will most definitely need insurance and each state has separate requirements. I carry a 2 million policy and your rate will be based on how many items you own and your income produced. To start out it will probably cost around $1200 a year for your insurance policy. Equipment will be your major cost and to actually make it worthwhile you would need to start off with a minimum of 5 bounce house units. Then you will need truck, trailer, tarps, extension cords and other stuff. You will need a website, marketing, etc.. Lots pf people think they can buy one or two and just use word of mouth and make money but you will not make money this way and usually sell your stuff off after one season. This business is like any other real service based business..you will need dedication as you will be working every weekend and it is labor intensive!! if you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.

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Old 01-02-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: All Over
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sounds like you want easy money, this is a business in which as an owner you have to be involved, nto something you can be absent from. usually these places hire one guy with a truck to deliver these to parties and pickup at the end of the day. i usually see them paid $100 to $150 per party for the driver, sometimes rent for 2 hours sometimes they get for the full day so each bounc house could potentially do 2 maybe 3 parites a day.

you say you like that its seasonal, most business owners would say seasonal busineses suck you can only make income 3 months out of the year. this is the part that makes you sound lazy which is why i may discourage you from this business.

how are you going to land jobs? you have to be constantly marketing and scheduling jobs, you need a reliable guy or guys to deliver these houses.

the biggest issue will be liability insurance, its not going to be cheap.

i dont think this is going to be as easy as you think it will be. also now there's lots of indoor play places opening up where they have say 20 of these bouncy houses in a warehouse and throw kids parties there or let kids come for say $10 a pop for a few hours. these places are open year round and in addition to letitng you come to them they will also deliver. this is your competition. why would someoen choose you over them?
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:03 PM
 
Location: All Over
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What do I need to know about Bounce House business??

I hear it has its ups and downs.
i hear the same about hte escort business
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