Bounce house rental business

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Good morning everyone!

I thought this would be an appropriate place to get some discussion about this.

Looking for some ideas for promoting bounce house rentals?
I've acquired bunch from an estate and my son wants to help the current part time employee setup, tear down, and build the business. I finally got around to getting it insured, and the waiver form checked out by an attorney.

We've come up with a short list to do.
- Modern website with easy booking. Allowing customers to book, and pay directly online.
- flyers/business cards in the hospital (wife is a nurse)
- contacting local schools, daycares stopping in dropping off a brochure.
- facebook groups
- craigslist
- Trailer lettering & magnet for truck

In the past, the owner didn't do any paid advertising and has actually netted pretty well from this little gig. I just want to keep everything the same, but build a more reputable online presence.

Any ideas?

EDIT: I have almost zero invested at this point so I'm open to paid advertising ideas as well
#bounce #business #house #rental
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  • You can also post free ads on ClassifiedAds.com, LetGo.com / Might also make sense to contact local sports leagues, local indoor soccer businesses, local party stores, local pastry/cake shops, tent rental companies, etc
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    • Profile picture of the author MitchHoward
      Originally Posted by craigsposterpro View Post

      You can also post free ads on ClassifiedAds.com, LetGo.com / Might also make sense to contact local sports leagues, local indoor soccer businesses, local party stores, local pastry/cake shops, tent rental companies, etc
      Excellent suggestions! Thank you for your input.
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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    Originally Posted by MitchHoward View Post

    Good morning everyone!

    I thought this would be an appropriate place to get some discussion about this.

    Looking for some ideas for promoting bounce house rentals?
    I've acquired bunch from an estate and my son wants to help the current part time employee setup, tear down, and build the business. I finally got around to getting it insured, and the waiver form checked out by an attorney.

    We've come up with a short list to do.
    - Modern website with easy booking. Allowing customers to book, and pay directly online.
    - flyers/business cards in the hospital (wife is a nurse)
    - contacting local schools, daycares stopping in dropping off a brochure.
    - facebook groups
    - craigslist
    - Trailer lettering & magnet for truck

    In the past, the owner didn't do any paid advertising and has actually netted pretty well from this little gig. I just want to keep everything the same, but build a more reputable online presence.

    Any ideas?

    EDIT: I have almost zero invested at this point so I'm open to paid advertising ideas as well
    Before I give you some ideas, please read this article:

    https://www.allenandallen.com/dangers-of-bounce-houses/

    I'm bothered by your "finally got around to it" statement. THAT should be priority one, I hope the article will give you food for thought.

    So there is a risk in this business. But it is one of the most popular kid activities out there, kids love to bounce.

    Your best move is to identify ALL the party related businesses in your area. Look for TENT rentals, party planners, get to know cake decorators in upscale areas...

    these people are PLUGGED into upcoming parties. And there is a potential for cross promotion.

    Where has the former owner done his thing? That is a valuable list, and you can contact some of them for referrals, and also for events. If they rented a bounce house for Teddy's 6th birthday, they might want one for his 7th, see?

    Churches. Always have events scheduled and they are a prime target for you business. Schools too, however, in many areas, you have to deal with the board of educations and they are becoming more and more aware of the LIABILITY of bringing in these "dangerous" activities (because more and more law firms like Allen Allen are surfacing and going after school boards. They (lawyers) have gotten rid of many a playground danger because little Danny got silly and fell from the monkey bars.

    Still, kids love these. You might want to consider doing a coop postcard mailing to a more affluent side of town, and include magicians, party entertainers, etc. where you all share the cost of the mailing and you give some nice coupons.

    I think your best bet, is REFERRALS, and the helper you've kept on might be a good source of past gigs, so start there and see if they want to book one for their next event.

    Good luck, and find some really good insurance.

    GordonJ
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    • Profile picture of the author MitchHoward
      Originally Posted by GordonJ View Post

      Before I give you some ideas, please read this article:

      https://www.allenandallen.com/dangers-of-bounce-houses/

      I'm bothered by your "finally got around to it" statement. THAT should be priority one, I hope the article will give you food for thought.

      So there is a risk in this business. But it is one of the most popular kid activities out there, kids love to bounce.

      Your best move is to identify ALL the party related businesses in your area. Look for TENT rentals, party planners, get to know cake decorators in upscale areas...

      these people are PLUGGED into upcoming parties. And there is a potential for cross promotion.

      Where has the former owner done his thing? That is a valuable list, and you can contact some of them for referrals, and also for events. If they rented a bounce house for Teddy's 6th birthday, they might want one for his 7th, see?

      Churches. Always have events scheduled and they are a prime target for you business. Schools too, however, in many areas, you have to deal with the board of educations and they are becoming more and more aware of the LIABILITY of bringing in these "dangerous" activities (because more and more law firms like Allen Allen are surfacing and going after school boards. They (lawyers) have gotten rid of many a playground danger because little Danny got silly and fell from the monkey bars.

      Still, kids love these. You might want to consider doing a coop postcard mailing to a more affluent side of town, and include magicians, party entertainers, etc. where you all share the cost of the mailing and you give some nice coupons.

      I think your best bet, is REFERRALS, and the helper you've kept on might be a good source of past gigs, so start there and see if they want to book one for their next event.

      Good luck, and find some really good insurance.

      GordonJ
      Great advice Gordon.

      I should note that I'm not actually renting these out yet without coverage. The "finally getting around to it" meant more so that I've found some time to look into this. The bounce houses haven't left my storage.

      The past owner pretty much ran the business from a facebook page, and referrals. I also have a list of his network/related vendors. I called him yesterday and asked if he'd be willing to make an introduction to those people when we're ready, he agreed.

      Good idea with the mailing - I'll make note of it.

      I do still have my concerns with the liability involved with this so I have an appointment with an attorney, and a few insurance companies.

      We've also reached out to other bounce house rental company owners around the US asking for leads on a good insurance solution. I don't mind paying high premiums to ensure maximum coverage.

      Just making sure all the holes are plugged for when the time comes, I didn't forget something.

      I appreciate the tips and the link!
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  • Profile picture of the author pramodtapu
    Get on all the social media site ,start a local FB ad campaign pointing to your services on google maps
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