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Homebased business: Balloons & Venue Decor

If you are looking for a business that is easy to start from home with low start up costs then a Balloons and venue décor business might just be what you are looking for! It’s never been such an exciting time as it is now in the industry and if you are looking for a creative venture you will be amazed at what can be achieved. Most skills required to create balloons can be learnt but it does help to have a creative streak and an eye for what looks good!

Balloon Business Types

So what types of balloon businesses are there?  Well the first one you  think of maybe a retail shop on the high street selling balloons and party supplies but you don’t have to have a shop many balloon businesses owners work from home.  You can do balloons for people to collect or you can go out to local venues and supply balloons on their own or also venue décor.  Some people also provide inflated balloons for sale at festivals and events.  Over time lots of people also add on other services such as venue décor, children’s party entertainment, hire and rental props etc but many stay as a true Balloon business. You can also decide to be a balloon entertainer making twisted designs for children and adults alike at events and keeping them entertained.

Balloon business for sale

If you are looking for an already established business then you could look to purchase a balloon business but make sure you do your homework first as sometimes its more cost effective to purchase equipment etc yourself.  Also be ware that if you are buying a business with orders in the diary that the pricing and profit reflect the sort of business you want as the industry often see’s people selling balloon businesses because they have been charging way too low and hence they can’t get their business established properly.

Balloon business names

One of the questions I see frequently is what to name the business.
From an online search perspective it really helps if you have the word
balloons and also venue décor if you plan to provide this too. Emotive descriptive words can also help if you know the type of clients you are looking for. Also choose a name that will stay with you and last as it can be tricky to change the name later.

Equipment needed to start a Balloons business

To get start you will need a basic air pump (hand and/or electric), a sizing guide, helium tank and helium inflator. You will also need some balloons, weights and ribbons. If you are starting a home based business you can purchase balloon supplies as you go depending on the orders you get. If you start a retail store you will need a lot more stock to get started as you will be looking to supply passing trade rather than just prebooked orders.

Later you may want to invest in more expensive pumps that automatically size, stands and frames but initially you will just need the basics 🙂

Helium tank rental

Helium tanks can be purchased through a Balloons and party wholesaler. Usually you pay an upfront price and then monthly rentals for every  month you have the tank on your premises. By purchasing through a wholesaler you will enjoy lower pricing than going direct to the helium company as they will have negotiated a discount based on volume.

There are a variety of different tanks on the market. They come in  different sizes (some more transportable than others) and each different make requires a different type of inflation valve so it is a good idea to do your homework on which cylinder is best for you.  A good wholesaler will be more than happy to discuss your needs 🙂 and not all wholesalers stock all types of cylinder.

If you get a traditional upright helium cylinder you will also need a cylinder trolley to keep it safe and upright and prevent accidents. The traditional helium cylinders are often quite heavy and all cylinders are under extreme pressure so if they fall they can cause injury and if the valve is damage there is potential for serious damages so they need to be stored either on a trolley or attached to a wall to prevent accidents.

The newer Genie cylinders are shorter and rounder and not nearly as heavy so do not need a stand as they shouldn’t be knocked over easily. You can get a handle and wheels for easy transport.

When transporting helium you should always make sure it is well secured. In England you are also required to have a sticker on the outside of your vehicle indicating it is onboard. Outside of the U.K. you should check what the requirements are.

 

 

Balloon Business Starter Kit

If you are opening a retail store you should be able to get a balloon business starter kit from your local wholesaler with a selection of different types of balloons and supplies to get you ready for passing trade. Qualatex also offer the opportunity to have a representative advise on what you would be best suited for in terms of start up supplies. It is also a good idea to get advice on the training courses you attend as to what you need initially to start out and keep your outgoing costs low in the initial phase.

Stuffed balloons machine

Some people start their balloons business offering stuffed balloon gifts. If this is something you would like to do research the market in your area and ascertain there is sufficient demand as the stuffers are a significant investment to make up front.

Personalisation

The ability to personalise balloons is in huge demand generally and a good early investment is a vinyl cutter to allow you to do this. A desktop size cutter is usually fine for what you will need to do. They are relatively low cost and very quickly pay for themselves in terms of orders.

Balloon training

I would absolutely recommend get training early on. There is some available online but hands on practical advice is especially helpful early on. Balloon inflation is susceptible to changes in temperature and float times vary depending on the types and makes of balloons.  Correct
inflation technique is also essential to making sure the balloons you sell are of a high quality and inflated to last once your customers have taken them home or for the event at the venue.

Insurance and taxes

Other things to consider when starting a Balloons business is that you have the correct public liability insurance and that you have informed the tax man of your intention to trade. Depending on where you are in the world you will have different regulations to follow and you should check locally what you need. You may also need to inform your vehicle insurers if you intend to use your vehicle for work purposes.

Marketing your balloon business

There are so many reasons why people need balloons. Check out our free resource below to give you an idea of the types of balloons you could make and supply in your business. You will want a website for your business. A free one would be fine whilst just starting out. You will also be wanting to market your services on social media such as Facebook and Instagram. You will also need to investigate traditional marketing methods and networking to get your products out there and start to grow your business.

HERE ARE SOME FREE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU GET STARTED!

FREE eBook 20 Ways to Market Your Local Business

The secret to growing your business is to get the RIGHT types of  LOCAL customers into your business who are ready to buy from you.  Sometimes it can feel like this is easier said than done! Let’s face it learning to make balloons often feels a lot easier than learning to run a business – am I right?!

 In this free eBook I talk you through 20 ways that you can get your business visible to the right types of customers so that you can build a strong local customer base to grow your business.  It’s a wonderful resource that will help you skyrocket your growth so that you can build a business that not only pays the bills but a few of life’s little luxuries too!

As well as getting access to this amazing resource  you will be added to the wonderful Balloon Biz Academy Community eMagazine, you are free to unsubscribe at any time if it’s not for you AND I absolutely promise I wont send you off down a funnel of automated emails, I am not spammy – Its all about tips and advice to help you grow your balloons and venue decor business – and I keep your details super safe.

FREE Mini MASTERCLASS 3 simple steps to Quickly & Easily Calculate Your Prices.

I am on a mission this year to help thousands of balloon biz owners really come into their own and grow their business so that they can live their dreams for their business and their family.  The key to ensuring growth is to get the fundamentals right and pricing is essential!  With so many variables there is no RRP for inflated balloons so what can we do?  There are job cost forms and spreadsheets available but what if you want to price on the go?  In this Mini Masterclass I share the system I have used in my business to be able to quickly and easily price on the go!  If you do one thing this year to grow your business ensure its getting your pricing sorted to give you enough profit to build a sustainable business!

As well as getting access to this amazing resource  you will be added to the wonderful Balloon Biz Academy Community eMagazine, you are free to unsubscribe at any time if it’s not for you AND I absolutely promise I wont send you off down a funnel of automated emails, I am not spammy – Its all about tips and advice to help you grow your balloons and venue decor business – and I keep your details super safe.

FREE eBook 200 REASONS PEOPLE NEED BALLOONS OTHER THAN BIRTHDAYS

Filling your diary with the right kind or work is key to ensuring you have a profitable business without the peaks and troughs in cash-flow.

There is absolutely LOADS of opportunities out there if only you tap into them.

In this free ebook I have brought together over 200 reasons people need balloons other than just Birthdays.  It’s a fabulous resource to get you thinking about what other designs you could provide for customers all year round!

  

As well as getting access to this amazing resource  you will be added to the wonderful Balloon Biz Academy Community eMagazine, you are free to unsubscribe at any time if it’s not for you AND I absolutely promise I wont send you off down a funnel of automated emails, I am not spammy – Its all about tips and advice to help you grow your balloons and venue decor business – and I keep your details super safe.

Hi I am Sonia!

Having spent the last 7 years growing my balloons and venue décor business I am on a mission to help other small business owners grow their local business. I have seen too many local businesses close before they have even got started and it’s such a crying shame. Learning to run your own business is often so much harder than creating the products you sell. With 10 years in sales and marketing coaching  I share my experience of the key things that really fast track business growth so that your business can give you and your family the life you dream of!

 

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