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Starting an Inflatable Bouncer Business

Written by Rayzelle Forrest Young for Gaebler Ventures

Discusses the popularity of inflatable bouncers and how to start a small business with just one or two of them.

Starting any business that caters to children under the age of 12 is a smart idea.

Parents will do just about anything to make their children happy. Whether it's equipping them with the latest gadgets and toys or making sure they've seen the latest animated movie, parents tend to make sure their child isn't the one that is left out of the fun. Keeping this information in mind, it is no wonder why many people are starting an inflatable bouncer business.

An inflatable bouncer business is one of those ideas that falls into the category of being a "no brainer." The inflatable bouncer or jumper as they are so often referred to, has become a birthday party necessity for children at the elementary school age. They are also often seen at family functions where there are a lot of kids and even at fairs and expos. This oversized jumping room for kids is used as a source of entertainment and fun at events and affairs wherever families with children will be. Businesses often use them as a marketing tool to attract families to patronize them. Since they are used in so many different ways, it is no wonder one would consider going into this business. If you find yourself wanting to start an inflatable bouncer business, here's what you need to do.

Start Small

Start your business out by purchasing just one or two jumpers. Build your business around these two jumpers before you decide to purchase more. You could start out doing a few parties on the weekend and increase your business from there. The cost varies from about $1500 to $5000 so you'll want to make sure you have already recouped the cost of the jumpers and are making a sizable profit before you decide to purchase more.

Go With a Universal Theme

Most jumpers have a child theme such as a popular animated character. It is a good idea to go with a universal theme when just starting out with one two bouncers. If you can afford two, go with a theme for a girl and a theme for a boy. Good ideas for this are a castle and a dragon, otherwise just a castle will do.

Get Insurance

You can get insurance for your bouncer at insuremybounce.com. This will need to be done before you start taking customers. When you drop the bouncer off at an event make sure the customer signs a release and rules and regulations form.

Marketing Your Business

In order to get customers you will need to market your business. Make sure you set up a website with your companies contact information and pictures of the bouncers. If at all possible, allow your customers to reserve the product right from the website. You'll also want to submit your web address to Google, Yahoo and other major search engines so your business can be found. Put flyers and business cards at local party stores and any other place children and parents frequent. Because of the high demand for this product, if you market your business continuously, you'll be getting customers in no time.

Rayzelle is an entrepreneur and writer. Based on her experiences as an owner of her own dance studio, she will share her personal tips on being a successful entrepreneur.

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  • InflatableStartup.com posted on 6/29/2010
    Shop around, usually when you purchase new equipment you can get a free dolly, and blower included. Also make sure you buy quality inflatables that will last you for years to come, don't cut corners on this - after all it is your business asset - also your investment. For advertising, also consider using yard signs, especially at your actual events, with company name, phone and web address. Make it know to everyone how to book their event, instead of having people and other guests wonder, who's providing the inflatables...

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