This site (partnered with the British Inflatable Hirers Alliance - BIHA.org.uk) offers resources, support and forums for owners & operators of: Bouncy Castles, Inflatable Slides & Obstacle Courses, Bungee Runs, Sumo, Rodeo Bulls, Gladiator Duel, and much, much more....
home | To many inflatable hire companies we . . .
 

Raining? Make more money

To many inflatable hire companies wet weather can be a major problem and income can be reduced...BUT if you "plan" for wet weather (and use some creativity and "tricks of the trade") then you can keep your income high and even increase it during wet weather..Here's how...

When I was a full-time inflatable hirer (1992 - 2006) I deliberately "planned" for bad weather and invested quite heavily in equipment that was in high demand when it was raining. Examples are very small bouncy castles (e.g. I had a range that were 6ft x 6ft, 7ft x 7ft and 8ft x 8ft that could easily go in someone's living room when it was heavy rain. OK - the older kids were not at all impressed, but the younger ones loved it because they had it to themselves, and number of users was naturally restricted.

In addition, these very small bouncers could double up as ballponds. Also, none of my competitors had castles of this size.

More times than I care to remember, these tiny castles stopped the party from being cancelled due to inclement weather.

Another example is mini-marquees and full-sized marquees (20ft x 20ft and above) See pic to the right.

It goes without saying that when it's raining (or threatening to rain) then anyone organising an outdoor event will seriously consider hiring a marquee. They can be an excellent money-earner when its raining.

Third example: I also invested in other non-inflatable hire items (e.g. Garden games, tables and chairs etc.) which could be used indoors (and in halls) when it was raining.

IMHO, the best thing to do when it's raining is to contact customers and try and rescue the booking by suggesting to the customer that they hire a community hall or similar (if they haven't already done so).

Some operators have a comprehensive list of halls on their website which their customers can look at as soon as the weather is looking dicey.

I also maintained a good relationship with several caretakers of halls and many a time I was able to call in a favour and get a hall cheap, and last minute for one of my customers. Sometimes, the main hall was booked, but smaller side halls were available in an "emergency".

Interestingly, when the weather was very wet, my takings sometimes stayed the same (or sometimes more) because I hired out more mini-marquees and standard size marquees (which had a higher rental fee than inflatables).

The real enemy of my hire business was not really the rain, it was high winds, because then neither inflatables nor marquees could be used outdoors.

  •  |tip bottom|
  •  Sponsors
  •  |survey bottom|
  •  Commercial FORUM
    • Forum for manufacturers, suppliers, repairers, testers and anyone else supplying goods or services to the inflatable hire industry.
  •  Survey
    Survey
    • How many seconds does it take for your main bouncy castle website to fully load up on the small screen of your mobile phone (smart phone).
      1 - 4 seconds
      5 seconds
      6 - 10 seconds
      11 - 15 seconds
      16 - 20 seconds
      21 - 25 seconds
      26 - 30 seconds
      31 - 50 seconds
      51 - 60 seconds
      More than 1 minute

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Do you hire out mini-marquees (AKA Gazebos, instant pop-up-shelters) and/or full-size marquees alongside your inflatables to boost cash-flow and profits?
      No
      Thinking about it now after the wet 2012 summer
      Yes - but mini-marquees and gazebos only
      Yes - we hire out full size marquees only
      Yes - we hire out all sizes of marquees

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • You discover that one of your competitors is illegally hiring out domestic "toy" bouncy castles to the public - which could cause a serious injury to a child as they are not robust enough for commercial hiring. What action would you take?
      Just warn them that they are breaking the law
      Call Trading Standards but warning them first
      Call Trading Standards without warning them first.
      Do nothing, but wait for others to report them.

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Do you charge your customers a "booking deposit" when they book an inflatable with you either through the phone or online? (E.g charge their credit card or ask them to send in a cheque, bank transfer or PayPal payment)
      Never - we're happy for full payment on delivery
      Sometimes - depends on the booking
      Yes - but only if they are a new customer
      Yes - for every booking, unless very short notice
      Yes - we won't deliver without a deposit up-front

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • How many bouncy castles and other play inflatables do you own which you hire out?
      1
      2
      3 - 5
      6 - 8
      9 - 10
      11 - 13
      14 - 16
      17 - 19
      20 - 29
      30 or more

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Which is your most popular add-on hire product?
      Jenga (all 3 sizes)
      Connect-4
      Croquet
      Giant Chess
      Giant Drafts
      Didi Cars
      Pitchburst
      Boom Blasters
      Giant dartboard
      Basketball Shooters

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Do you charge a little extra for hiring bouncy castles to weddings? (and other very special events?)
      No, we keep the same hire price
      We charge an extra £10
      We charge an extra £20
      We charge an extra £30
      We charge an extra £40
      We charge an extra £50
      We charge an extra £60
      We charge an extra £70
      We charge an extra £80
      We increase price in accordance with their budget

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Do you use Facebook and/or Twitter as a marketing tool to reach your local prospects and customers?
      Yes
      No

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • There are 10 main benefits of your membership to the BIHA and this sister site (BCO). Which one do you find MOST useful?
      Learning about Health & Safety / Legislation etc.
      Getting help & advice from the Discussion Forum
      Displaying the BIHA logo to increase your prestige
      Learning from the mistakes (& successes) of others
      Directory listing of your business on BIHA website
      Receiving ideas to help increase your hire profits
      Saving money on PL insurance and other services
      Getting the FREE Tip of the Week from this site.
      General sense of belonging / Less loneliness!
      Hearing about special deals etc.from manufacturers

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Which payment methods do you accept from your customers who hire inflatables?
      Cash and Cheque only
      Cash, Cheque and PayPal only
      Cash, Cheque, PayPal and Credit/Debit cards

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Do you ask your customers for referrals when they are happy with your inflatable hire service?
      No, never.
      No, unless the customer recommends me to a friend
      I sometimes ask for referrals
      I always ask for referrals at every hire
      I have a system to collect referrals at every hire
      I have a system & they get rewarded for referrals

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Should hire prices of your inflatables be included on your website?
      No, I prefer people to call me to discuss prices
      Yes, but only one price e.g. From £50 per day
      Yes, all my prices are displayed on my website
      Cannot answer as I don't yet have a website

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • How much do you charge for a standard 12ft x 12ft bouncy castle (including 12 x 12's with a 4ft+ safety step) delivered LOCALLY in your town.
      £35 per day
      £40 per day
      £45 per day
      £50 per day
      £55 per day
      £60 per day
      £65 per day
      £70 per day
      £75 per day
      £80+ per day

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • What is your most profitable type of inflatable which you hire out?
      Childrens bouncy castles
      Adult bouncy castles
      Small inflatable slides (Max 6ft to platform)
      Large inflatable slides (incl. mega slides)
      Castle/slide combis
      Sumo/super hero suits
      Bungee runs
      Rodeo bulls / surf simulators / multi-rides
      Bouncy boxing / Gladiator duel
      Activity centres / Obstacle courses

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Do you reduce hire prices in the winter?
      Yes
      No
      Only if the customer wants additional hire items
      Sometimes

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Do you own an Apple iPhone (e.g. 3G, 3GS or 4)
      No
      Yes

    • Show Survey Results
    • Show All Surveys
    • Has The Soaring Price Of Fuel Made You Stop Taking Bookings Further Afield?
      Yes
      No

    • View Survey Results
    • View All Surveys
  •  |foum bottom|
  •  Calendar
    Calendar
    • Previous Month
      September 2017
      Next Month
      S
      M
      T
      W
      T
      F
      S
       
       
       
       
       
      1
      2
      3
      4
      5
      6
      7
      8
      9
      10
      11
      12
      13
      14
      15
      16
      17
      18
      19
      20
      21
      22
      23
      24
      25
      26
      27
      28
      29
      30
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Bouncy Castle Hire
  •  |Members Directory bottom|
  •  Stolen Inflatables Forum
  •  Recomended Websites
  •  Example Websites
  • What do you think of this site and it's discussion forum?
    I love it!
    I find it helpful
    It's ok I guess
    It's nothing to write home about
    I am not keen

  • Show Survey Results
  • Show All Surveys