Renting inflatable bounce houses, slides, and obstacle courses is a great way to make money and have fun. Some people have inflatable side businesses that provide supplemental income, while others make it a full-time career. Inflatables are in high demand, and you can choose to cater to one type of clientele or have a business that appeals to as many people as possible. There are several ways to run your inflatable rental business. Here is a brief summary of the pros and cons of each so you can decide which type of business makes the most sense for you.
Birthday Party Rental Company
Some people choose to focus their inflatable rental business on backyard birthday parties for kids. These are generally small companies with part-time staff who work mostly on the weekends. Renting inflatables for birthday parties may help you earn a steady supplemental income, but you might need to keep another job a few days a week to make ends meet.
Inflatable Rentals for Corporate, School, and Church Events
Many people start out working birthday parties and later expand to other types of events, such as corporate parties and school and church events. The benefit of doing this is that many of these events are held during the week. That means you can work more days and earn more money. You will also need to buy more inflatables and trucks, hire more people, and advertise more to promote your business. All of this will cost more money, but you have the potential to earn a hefty profit.
Rentals for Carnivals and Fairs
Some inflatable rental companies set up bounce houses, slides, or obstacle courses at events such as carnivals and fairs and require people to buy tickets to use them. Depending on the number of people at the event, you may earn a substantial profit for a day’s work. Events such as carnivals and fairs are usually heavily promoted on TV and social media, so you could get hundreds or even thousands of customers per day.
Indoor Inflatable Play Center
Some people get tired of setting up and taking down inflatables and driving all over every day. If that type of work doesn’t appeal to you, you can stay in one place and set up an indoor inflatable play center. Families can come to your location to play on the inflatables and pay a set fee for admission. You can have the center open to the public at certain hours and rent it out for private parties at other times. If you choose this option, you will need to find an appropriate building and pay monthly rent, but you won’t need to pay for trucks and gas.