Do you love the thrill of bounce houses?
Bounce houses become more appealing and profitable during Christmas.
Christmas is a time for enjoyment and bounce houses provide the enjoyment everyone looks for during Christmas.
Bounce houses make you become a kid again while having fun.
As we age, we lose our sense of humour a lot, what better way to bring the sense of humour to not only kids but adults with a bounce house?
Bounce houses have a good rep and a long and standing preference in kids’ parties, community events and family reunions.
Bounce houses aren’t limited to theme parks and amusement parks, you can set them up in popular locations like malls.
Malls are a popular hangout spot in Kenya these days, just know your bounce house customers get limited by access.
Keep in mind when some people hear malls they know everything in a mall is pricey.
So, identify who your target customers are.
You can set bounce house for kids and have fun kids games apart from the bounce house.
Or you can set bounce houses for adults with fun adult games like video game competitions.
The more creative you get after identifying your customers, the more money and profitable your bounce house business is.
Bounce houses are attractive and in high demand.
We will talk about what bounce houses are, the challenges of running a bounce house business and why you need to have a business plan for your bounce house business.
If you run a bounce house business and feel there are challenges you can’t deal with or if you need a business plan, kindly write to me on GERTRUDE DOT AKINYI AT GMAIL DOT COM.
Is a Bounce House Business Profitable?
Before you start any business, you need to ask yourself if it is a good investment. How much profit do I want to make?
Can I make a living out of this business?
What are the risks to this business and what are the profit margins?
Starting a bounce house business is a good investment that anyone should try, either as a part-time or full-time job.
Bounce houses are on-demand today and this is a good opportunity for anyone who wants to start their own business and earn some money or make a living from this business.
A bounce house business has high-profit margins and going into this business is a great idea for any young entrepreneur.
What is a Bounce House and How Does It Work?
A bounce house is a springy inflatable structure, filled with air and looks like a four-sided building that is used especially by children recreationally.
Bounce houses are inflated with blowers that use electricity to pump air into the unit to keep it inflated during the duration of use.
With your bounce house business, you will be allowing individuals to use these bounces at a fee.
You can either go for smaller bounce houses or bigger bounce houses for your business.
If bounce houses are well cared for, they can go for up to 4 or 6 years.
How Do I Start a Bounce House Business?
Starting a bounce house business is quite easy.
You can choose to either start a rental business house business or operate a storefront bounce house business.
Once you have already made up your decision, it is time for you to start your bounce house business.
Here is what you need to do to start your first bounce house business.
Do market research
Establish the market gap in your business, look at the competition, the different pricing models and find out what is missing.
Are customers satisfied with the current business offerings?
What are their pain points?
What are your competitors doing?
What pricing are they using?
Is it fair to the customers?
How can you improve on the issues you have identified?
Once you have done your market research, you should have all the answers that you need to give you a nudge to start your bounce house business.
After getting all your facts right and formulating a plan, you can move to the next step.
Get your bounce houses ready
After establishing what you need to start your bounce house business, get the right bounce house for your business. You can choose to go for a bounce house that fits your needs.
This preference could be based on the shape and size that you want, colour, regular bounce houses or combo units.
Invest in something that you know people will be attracted to so that your business can kick off once you set up everything.
Obtain the necessary permits and licenses
Whether you are operating a storefront bounce house business or a bounce house rental business, you need to get the required business license so that you are in full compliance with the law.
You do not want to start your business and risk getting it shut down for failure to follow the government’s rules and regulations about your business.
Market your business
Once you have set up your business, you have to market it widely and promote yourself so that you can have people visiting your premises to use your bounce houses.
When you market your business, you expand your customer base and also increase your business’s growth potential.
What Will I Do as a Bounce House Business Owner?
You need to know what you will be doing and the roles and responsibilities you need to take on to operate daily in your bounce house business.
This will depend on whether you are starting a rental or a storefront bounce house business.
If you are operating a rental bounce house business, you will be in charge of the following.
- Delivery and pick up of bounce houses
- Cleaning and maintaining bounce houses
- Repairing damaged bounce houses
- Preparing customer invoices and paperwork
- Administrative duties such as answering phone calls and scheduling conversations.
If you are working a storefront business, you will be:
- Scheduling safety courses for children and your staff when using your bounce houses
- Working with vendors to ensure that supplies arrive on time and shelves are fully stocked
- Training your staff and ensuring they offer great customer service.
What Do I Need to Start a Bounce House Business?
As you start your bounce house business, you need to make a list of the items or requirements that you must meet for your rental business or your storefront bounce house business.
If you are starting a rental bounce house business, these items will be of utmost importance.
Inflatable bounce houses.
You need to find good quality bounce houses for your business and the best place to buy your bounce houses will be eBay, Alibaba and Amazon.
A vehicle/ truck so that you can make delivery and pickup of your bounce houses easy
If you are building an establishment, you will need the following things.
- A piece of land to build your business
- Party rooms
Other requirements include:
- Having a website
- Business licenses
- Business insurance
What are the Expenses for a Bounce House Business?
You will incur both initial startup costs and ongoing expenses for your bounce house business.
I will provide you with a list of these expenses so that you do not fall short when making a financial budget for your bounce house business.
For the initial startup costs, you will need to budget for the following:
Cost of equipment. This includes getting the bounce houses, blowers and generators to inflate your bounce house.
Maintenance and repair costs in case your equipment gets damaged.
Cost of cleaning supplies so that your bounce houses may not mould or rot and give out a bad smell.
Charges for business licenses and permits. Check with your local authorities to know what these charges are.
Business insurance costs so that you may not be liable to the risks that you will be facing in your bounce house business.
Fuel costs and vehicle repair if you have a rental bounce house business.
Marketing costs to promote your business both online and offline.
How Much Does It Cost to Start a Bounce House Business?
Depending on whether you’re buying a new bounce house or a used one, expect to spend more than a million shillings on purchasing quality bounce houses.
How Do I Make Money With a Bounce House?
You will make money from a bounce house business in these two ways.
- Renting your bounce houses to people at a fee. You can charge them by the hour of them using your bounce house.
- Operating a storefront where you charge an entry fee to children or adults who want to use your bounce house facility. Check to see the rates that you can offer individual persons or a group of kids who are there for a party.
How Much Should I Charge Customers?
The amount of money you charge your customers will be dependent on these factors.
- Quality of the bounce houses. High quality bounce houses are expensive. You need to charge a fee that you are sure will accumulate to your cost of equipment after some time.
- Amount of time. You can charge an hourly rate for your bounce house business. The longer your customers rent your bounce house, the more they will have to pay you.
- Competition. You also have to consider your competitor’s pricing models and see if they are fair and profitable. You can use their pricing model as a base to come up with your fees.
If you are renting out a bounce house you can charge Ksh. 5000 per weekend per bounce house and if you are operating a storefront bounce house business, you can charge a fee of around Ksh. 200 to Ksh. 500 per head.
How Much Money Can I Make With a Bounce House Business?
The amount of money you make depends on the number of bounce houses you have, the location of your bounce houses.
Market your business to keep attracting more and new customers.
To reduce marketing costs, offer the best customer service and customer satisfaction.
Expect to make at least 100k a month and more.
Legal Requirements for a Bounce House Business
As you start your bounce house business, you have to look into the necessary permits and licenses that you need to obtain so that you do not land on the wrong side of the law.
You may start your business and it gets shut down because you are not in compliance with the local authorities.
This is what you will need.
- Certificate of occupancy, if you are going to lease a space or build your bounce house business on it.
- Business insurance
- Inspection of bounce house equipment may also be another legal requirement by the state.
What is the Best Location for a Bounce House Business?
Finding a good location is one of the most critical things you need to focus on when you want to start a bounce house business.
Here are some of the things you need to consider for the location of your bounce house business.
You do not want to start a bounce house business in places where competition is stiff unless you have something unique to offer customers. Otherwise, you need to tap into low competition areas with demand for your services.
Your bounce house business should be in an accessible area so that people may drive to your rental business or come into your storefront bounce house business easily.
You need to find a place with good parking space so that your customers may get to safely park their cars before they walk into your premises with their children.
Start your bounce house business in places that have high foot traffic so that you can increase your chances of people seeing and visiting your business.
Understand the customer demographics in the area you have chosen so that you may know their needs and wants as well as how you can offer them the best services in your bounce house business.
The best location for a bounce house business is probably in places that have community events and are jam-packed with children.
What Skills Do I Need to Start a Bounce House Business?
There are certain skills and qualities you need to have when starting and running a bounce house business.
These are traits that a great bounce house business owner should have.
It is very important that you interact with industry experts and participate in local and community events.
Networking exposes your businesses to people who may want to visit your premises later.
Since you will be working mostly with children, you should be open and welcoming to them so that they can have an amazing experience with your storefront business.
Great interpersonal skills are also needed to handle clients for your bounce house rental business.
You need to do good market research and analysis so that you can understand the demographic you are catering to and invest in equity that will meet their needs.
Promoting yourself and your business is important if you want to see your business grow.
Remember, you want to beat the competition that is available so that you can come out the best and have more people visiting your business.
Running a bounce house business may be hard so you need to be able to motivate yourself and be dedicated to your work so that your business may succeed.
Who are My Customers and How Do I Attract Them?
Your customers are mostly parents and their children who have an active lifestyle.
These are the people that you should target to attract to your business.
This is how you can find your first customers for your bounce house business.
Examine the prospective customers that you have and prepare survey questions for them.
Ask them what they want from a bounce house business.
This will allow you to generate new leads.
Ask for referrals
Have a referral program, whereby if a customer is satisfied with your bounce house business, they can recommend someone else to seek your services or visit your bounce house.
Use social media
Use the connections you have built online to showcase your bounce house business.
Go to Facebook or Instagram and have your business advertisements set up so that people will contact you.
Have a business card with good branding, business details and contact information that you can give out in the community events that you will be attending.
Your clients will know how to reach you when they want to visit your premises.
Word of mouth
Be the best business everyone knows about and within no time, people will start visiting your business.
How Do I Promote My Bounce House Business?
You shouldn’t stop at getting your first customers.
Remember you need to expand your customer base.
You only do that by having solid marketing strategies that are going to influence and tell more people about you and your business.
This is how you will market yourself and your bounce house business.
When you give the best services to your customers, you will build your brand through it and get more clients this way.
Leverage the connections you have on social media and use that to showcase your projects on Facebook and Instagram, share relevant content and create promotions and advertisements to create more sales and leads.
Business Listings and Directories
Make your bounce house business available on sites such as Google or TripAdvisor so that people can come to visit for recreational activities.
Create a business profile and ask for customer reviews if you want to make it in these directories.
Donate your facilities or your inflatables for school or a church. You will get more clients and leads in this way.
Connect with industry experts and participate in local and community events and meet new people.
Postcards / Flyers / Door Hangers
By now you should know who your target audience is. Use postcards and flyers with good branding, details and contact information.
This will increase your chances of getting customers for your business.
Advantages of a Bounce House Business
These are the benefits of starting a bounce house business.
A bounce house business has very high-profit margins and you can make a lot of money from a single bounce house, especially during the peak seasons.
It is not time-consuming
Operating a bounce house business is going to demand a lot from you but you do not need to spend an entire day in your business.
You can hire workers to help you in your business.
Bounce houses are thrilling
Kids love bounce houses. They are attracted to bounce houses.
For this reason, a bounce house business is very valuable because you get customer’s fast. Invest in bouncing castles and water slides to have an even greater appeal.
Little overhead costs
Your ongoing expenses are going to be minimal once you have a dynamic that you will be following in your business.
Experiencing different types of parties and events
You may be needed to host different kinds of parties including kid’s parties, graduation parties, family reunions, business events etc.
Meeting and creating new relationships
Through the different parties and events and having different people coming into and out of your business, you will be building and maintaining good relationships with your customers.
Disadvantages of Bounce House Business
These are some of the problems and challenges that you will face when you are starting a bounce house business.
Seasonal and climate issues
The first thing you need to know about starting a bounce house business is that you will not be operating your business all year round.
There are times when there will be harsh climates like too cold and you will not get customers.
Accidents may happen
Sometimes children may get scrapes or bump their heads into each other.
You have to get insurance over this and also have a first aid kit to control this situation.
Continuous adult supervision
Children cannot be on their own in the bounce house business so it will take a lot of your time to supervise how these kids are going about their activities in the bounce house business to avoid any mistakes.
Your equipment may get damaged because they are subject to wear and tear over time.
You may need to repair them or get new ones, which is expensive.
It will be difficult to transport large bounce houses so you need to have a truck to deliver your bounce houses to your customers.
This incurs additional costs which are also expensive.
Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Bounce House Business
If you are starting a bounce house business, you should know the mistakes that other bounce house business owners have made before you so that you can correct them soon.
You do not want to start a bounce house business and end up failing at it.
These are some of the common mistakes to avoid in your bounce house business.
Wrong bounce houses
Buying the wrong bounces will not bring you customers.
Get the right size, shape and colour of bounce houses that your customers want.
For a storefront business, you can invest in gender-neutral bounce house colours while for your rental business, you can use a variety.
Failure to know competition and pricing
Please do your due diligence and find out what is going on in the industry before you start your bounce house business.
You will get a clear perspective this way.
Failure to build a customer base first
You can build your customer base first by seeking out community events and finding a way to volunteer your bounce houses in their activities and get your first customers this way.
Starting too large
Do not start too large until you examine all prospects.
Understand the risks. If you start too large and you did not do your due diligence, you may end up failing too hard in your business.
You need a crew to help you attend to your customers and handle deliveries.
Doing things alone may become cumbersome for this type of business.
Lack of marketing and advertising
If you do not market your business, you won’t grow your customer base.
The turnout will be so low and you will not make any income like you want to.
How Can I Run a Successful Bounce House Business?
Starting a bounce house business is not enough. You have to make sure that you can operate it in a way that sees you achieving success.
These are some of the ways you can run a successful bounce house business.
Let your pricing be fair and profitable if you want to start and run a successful bounce house business.
Place your bounce houses in great location areas with good traffic so that you can have more clients walking in your business.
Check to see the competition and the area and don’t go for high competition areas of you cannot match up with your competitors.
Always promote your business. Employ good marketing strategies that you know will put you and your business out there.
Hire good staff
Since you will be handling a lot of customers, you can hire people to help you out in your bounce house business. The activities will be more manageable this way.
How to Make a Bounce House Profitable
When you start a bounce house business, your goal is to make as much profit as possible.
There are some tips and advice I will share with you when you start a bounce house business so that you can make more money in your business.
Here are a few things you can do in your bounce house business to make more profit.
- Run special events like day camps especially if you have an indoor establishment. You can arrange these day camps during seasonal holidays like Christmas or during the summer.
- Offer additional party services like interactive games, face paintings, carnival attractions and give tents, chairs, sound equipment and concessions.
- Selling food and drinks. You can sell food and drinks to kids such as candy treats or soft drinks when they are hungry and make more money this way.
- Hosting cool events. You can host cool gaming events such as laser tags, game arcades and slide races at a price to your customers.
Popular and Creative Bounce House Business Ideas
There are different types of bounce houses you can try for your business today.
Do not go for the normal inflatable bounce houses that people use.
There are unique bounce houses that you can use in your bounce houses business.
They are very attractive and appealing to children and adults as well.
These are some of the best bounce houses you can try for your business.
- Water slides
- Princess castles
- Combo bounce houses
- Castle slides
- Inflatable basketball courts
- Inflatable obstacle course
- Astro Jump bounce houses
- Moon bounce
FAQs on How to Start a Bounce House
- Is a bounce house business profitable?
YES, bounce houses are profitable.
2. How much does it cost to own a bounce house?
Bounce houses cost from 100k to 300k to millions depending on the size of the bounce house.
3. What insurance is needed for the bounce house business?
You need general liability insurance to help cover your business from any unexpected events.
4. How do you advertise a bouncy castle?
You advertise bounce houses by:
Ask schools to bring your bounce houses to schools
Go to sporting events
Ask to place your bounce houses in hotels
Promote your bounce houses during weddings and corporate events.
5. How long will a bouncy castle last?
A bounce house can last up to 7 years with proper care and maintenance.
6. Do bouncy castles ruin grass?
Yes, if bounce houses are out for long they ruin the grass.
7. What’s the best material for a bounce house?
The best material for a bounce house includes nylon, polyester Oxford and heavy PVC.
Resources on How to Start a Bounce House
Bounce House Business Plan in Kenya
People love to have fun on Christmas and of the fun ways to spend Christmas is bounce houses.
A bounce house business is lucrative and an awesome side hustles not only during Christmas but on holidays and events.
Market your bounce house ad show how not only kids but adults can use bounce houses.
Additional services make you more money.
Additional services in a bounce house include vending machines, video games and fast food.
Do you want to start a bounce house business?
If the thrill of working a few hours a day entices you, then a bounce house is a good business investment.
You need to employ people to help manage your bounce houses if you install many of them.
Don’t buy any bounce house advertised to you, buy one with quality material.
Bounce houses get abused and misused so don’t buy cheap quality stuff if you want to run a profitable venture.
Ensure to get insurance for your bounce houses because accidents happen and you can get blamed for unexpected events.