Inflatable / October 5, 2018 / Laetitia Beauchesne.
The next option requires a slightly bigger operation. It is the full-time event inflatables rental company for personal or business use. This inflatable company type requires you and a group of employees (or family members) to run events such as church VBS groups corporate picnics and kids events school carnivals and other such happenings. The process is similar to that of the backyard rental company except you can buy bigger and better inflatables. Ive seen these companies have everything from a giant slide to a full-scale bouncy obstacle course. Of course these events must be manned by a staff of inflatable operators to make each even possible which means employees and a different tax bracket. Also you will need vehicles to haul the heavy inflatables equipment to maintain them and process repairs advertising and marketing efforts in your area and a lot more time than a weekend or two a month. Next there are the pay-for-play companies.
Many of these companies make up their start-up costs in only one season! Plus the advertising is done for them as each public event draws in more and more people. The downside is that the cost of a rental space combined with paying a full-time team of employees can be pretty high and more accidents are prone to happen to your inflatables in a large crowd of people. And finally there is the indoor inflatable play center option. Family fun centers are popping up all over the United States and are doing surprisingly well. Children of all ages enjoy coming to locations with a series of inflatables vendors and video games.
These are a step above the event rentals but with the same basic concept. Instead of renting inflatables and choosing some employees to man them this company targets specific carnivals fairs and public events like the California State Fair. They set up a permanent location at these events pop up a large inflatable and people purchase tickets to enjoy the inflatable area for a certain period of time. For this company the wear and tear on the inflatables is less sporadic and more of a full time concern. However they make a constant stream of money during the events unlike the one-day rental options.
Inflatables should also never be used during rain or thunderstorm. Playing in an inflatable during a rain or when it is wet can create the surface to be extremely slippery and thus lead to a participant injury. Also you dont want to use the inflatables when the weather is extremely hot. Inflatables can get pretty hot especially during the summer heat and thus cause heat stroke or worse. Since inflatables take a lot of energy out of participants it is vital to keep participants hydrated so they do not experience dehydration or heat stroke. The person renting the inflatable should ALWAYS be trained and instructed how the inflatable works so there is no confusion about the functionality and how its supposed to perform.