Hi there! I'm so glad I've found a place where I can ask some newbie questions without too much embarrassment.
I just established a small rental company, looking to begin taking orders for this spring. After being a customer (renting for school and church events) for many years, I was frustrated that I could not find what I wanted. Everyone had the same stuff, and out of many companies, only a few had *clean* stuff in good condition. For insurance reasons, I stopped renting (as a customer) bounce houses a few years ago, and that meant an even smaller selection of rentals available. So I decided to start my own company and try to provide more variety.
The first thing I'm wondering is what percentage of business comes from things that aren't large inflatables - i.e. carnival games and concession machines? Is it worth investing in those?
Second, I know that the larger companies in the area work together when one needs something they don't have, but I'm not sure how that works or how one approaches another company and asks to borrow (rent), say, a popcorn maker.
Last, I originally planned on having only inflatable games and other types of non-bounce house interactives, but now I'm worried that I won't get any business. Do you find that people are set on bounce houses and combos, or do inflatable games rent well also? I am thinking of SAFE Archery and the interactive light system from JB Inflatables with an inflatable dome.
I am also considering purchasing a small (but beautiful) obstacle courses from Eyecandy Inflatables, although I don't know if I want to deal with large inflatables and all the maintenance and safety issues. I'm just having second thoughts about the possibility of getting business without some large inflatables.
Looking forward to any advice! Thank you so much in advance!