Warranty on Our Commercial Inflatables

Warranty on Our Commercial Inflatables

The normal lifespan of an inflatable is 5 years, and we offer a 1-year warranty. 
Please note that since the warranty applies to defects in materials and workmanship of inflatables for sale,
it does not apply to damage caused by: improper usage, lack of maintenance, unusual wear, neglect or accident.
When your water slide or bounce house gets damaged and still under warranty, please take detailed pictures or 
videos that can clearly show us the nature of the damage (stitching or vinyl issues, but not man-made damage), then please contact us or the sales you contacted before, with a detailed description of the problem.
After receiving your question, we will find out the reason and reply to you as soon as possible.
If the commercial inflatable is not seriously damaged, just a minor problem, we recommend you to repair it by 
yourself, and we will provide you a repair video, then you can repair the unit by using a repair kit according to 
the repair instructions. (Before shipping out the inflatables , we will equip each product with a repair kit, which 
includes glue, PVC materials. So just in case, please keep the repair kit.)

Or if the unit is badly damaged, you can find a local repair company to repair it, and please ask for a receipt from 
the repair company. We will negotiate with you and compensate according to the damage.
Some customers ask why they can't send the inflatable back to us for repair?
Due to the distance, when the unit is sent back and forth, the cost is particularly high, and the waiting time is long, 
moreover the customers cannot rent a unit for a long time, so the best way is to repair locally,
which saves time and cost for both sides.

If you still have any questions about our warranty, please feel free to contact us.
Annie Kay
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Marketing Ideas to Promote Your Inflatable Rental Business

Marketing Ideas to Promote Your Inflatable Rental Business

From the moment that you start your own rental business, it is important that you make sure you start thinking about different ways to market your business. It’s certainly not easy but there are many ways to promote and advertise your rental business, here are some related marketing ideas


The first thing your business will require is an impressive website. It’s important that your customers can find the info they need on your website. For example, pictures of the inflatables you rent with proper description (size, quality of the material used, age etc), contact info, other social medias, FAQ etc. Post pictures of the events you have served to and have an informative section for blogs where the customers can find the answers to the questions they may have.  

2.Social media

People love spending time online, social media is the most effective way to help your business reach your potential customers, it’s easy and most of the platforms are for free. The most common platforms are Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Googl, Twitter etc,  on these platforms you can engage people attention by posting attractive pictures or hosting event online and asking them to join.

By offering a coupon code online you can track how many people found your advertisement on social media sites and how effective it was. If you want to know how effective each platform works, put different coupon codes on them.

3. Print advertising

Advertising offline is also an important job you need to do in order to spread the word about your rental business. Printing advertisements in the local newspapers, receipts, community boards, on paper placemats in restaurants, and on the noticeboard of local supermarkets, or sending out flyer in neighbourhood communities such as schools, churches, clubs, children' playgroups and nurseries etc, deliver leaflets through peoples letter boxes in your area...there are numerous ways for your rental business to promote itself.

Have your contact information written on your inflatables or vehicle, where everyone will see it. Make sure you take advantage of the space for banners on your bounce houses, it’s a moving advertisement, whenever your bounce house is rent out it will promote itself, and your potential customers know how to find you.

4. Content Marketing

Nowadays,  it’s common for companies to create articles and blogs on exterior sites intending to establish themselves as experts and advertise their businesses. This type of content can be about birthday parties, carnivals, fairs, bounce houses or picnics, and corporate functions where bounce houses might be used. It not only helps rental businesses to advertise themselves but also help them to get a high ranking on search engines.

5. Customer relationship

Never undermine the importance of maintaining a good relationship with your customers,  if your customers are satisfied with your service, you will get customer referrals and expand your customer base. Except for great quality inflatable and excellent service, you also need to pay attention to other details like customer order history, contact details, it allows you to take feedback and communicate with them instantly.

6. Charity

Rent your inflatables to the local children' home or orphanage, perhaps offering a small discount. Lend your inflatables to a charity event for FREE. All the money taken goes to the charity, but you get FREE publicity, (especially if you hand your leaflets out) and if you are lucky, you will get a mention in the local press.

There are a lot of ways to promote your inflatable rental business, these are just a few of them. Be creative and you’ll find opportunities everywhere. Good luck!  

Gabby Ji
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Buy a container of inflatables and save freight

Buy a container of inflatables and save freight

In international ocean shipping, there are two options of transportation:  Full Container Load (FCL) and Less Than Container Load (LCL) shipping.

FCL refers to shipments for which all goods in a container are owned by one party, while LCL involves multiple shippers’ goods packed together.The type of transportation we choose depends on the quantity.

LCL is the most likely option, especiall fo new customer, their first order is likey to be small because they want to check the quality before placing a bigger order. In fact, FCL is the best option for a large quantity because you will enjoy lots of benefits.

- Enjoy a 3-5% discount for entire order

We will have a 3-5% discount according to the order amount.

- Cheaper Sea freight  

FCL shipments are usually the better option for high-volume shipments, you will save a lot compared to LCL shipping.

Here are 2 examples:

1.An order of 10pcs bounce houses shiped to Houston, USA.

- Cost of inflatables: $6200
- LCL Freight: around $2400
- Port charges and duties on arrival: around $1200
- Final total around $9800

Shipping freight & port fees are $360 on each unit on average.


2. An order of 60pcs bounce houses shiped to Houston, USA.

- Cost of inflatables: $36080 ($1120 off)
- FCL Freight: around $15000
- Port charges and duties on arrival: around $1000
- Final total around $52080

Shipping freight & port fees are $270 on each unit on average.
You save $90 for each unit plus a $1120 discount.


In general, FCL shipping rates are more stable in comparison with LCL shipping rates.


- It's safer to ship your units in a container

FCL shipment tends to be more secure because it has exclusive rights to the entire container, it avoid the risk of damage or contamination from other merchandise.




Gabby Ji
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Power shortages in China hit homes and factories prompting global supply fears

Power shortages in China hit homes and factories prompting global supply fears

Factories were closed to avoid exceeding limits on energy use imposed by Beijing to promote efficiency.

Widening power shortages in China’s north-east have left homes without power and halted production at numerous factories, while some shops operated by candlelight as the economic toll of the squeeze mounted.

Residents in the north-east, where autumn temperatures are falling, reported power cuts and appealed on social media for the government to restore supplies.

Rationing has been implemented during peak hours since last week, while residents of cities including Changchun said cuts were occurring sooner and lasting for longer, state media reported.

China’s power crunch, caused by tight coal supplies and toughening emissions standards, has hurt production in industries across several regions and poses a risk to already strained global supply chains.

Manufacturers face existing shortages of processor chips, disruptions in shipping and other lingering effects of the global shutdown of travel and trade to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

In the north-east, factories were idled to avoid exceeding limits on energy use imposed by Beijing to promote efficiency. Economists and an environmental group say manufacturers used up this year’s quota faster than planned as export demand rebounded from the coronavirus pandemic.

In the city of Liaoyang, 23 people were hospitalised with gas poisoning after ventilation in a metal casting factory was shut off after a power outage, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The suspension of production at some factories prompted concerns over the possible shortage of goods ahead of Christmas, including smartphones and devices.

Apple components supplier Eson Precision Engineering said on Sunday it would halt production at its factory in Kunshan, west of Shanghai, until Thursday “in line with the local government’s power restriction policy.”

Eson said the suspension shouldn’t have a “significant impact” on operations.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a question from Associated Press about the possible impact on iPhone supplies.

The impact on homes and non-industrial users comes as night-time temperatures slip to near-freezing in China’s northernmost cities. The National Energy Administration has told coal and natural gas firms to ensure sufficient energy supplies to keep homes warm during winter.

Liaoning province said power generation had declined significantly since July, and the supply gap widened to a “severe level” last week. It expanded power cuts from industrial firms to residential areas last week.

The city of Huludao told residents not to use high energy-consuming electronics like water heaters and microwave ovens during peak periods, and a resident of Harbin city in Heilongjiang province told Reuters that many shopping malls were closing earlier than usual.

The power squeeze is unnerving Chinese stock markets at a time when the world’s second-largest economy is already showing signs of slowing. The Chinese economy is grappling with curbs on the property and tech sectors and concerns around the future of cash-strapped real estate giant China Evergrande.

China has vowed to cut energy intensity by about 3% in 2021 to meet its climate goals. Provincial authorities have also stepped up the enforcement of emissions curbs in recent months after only 10 of 30 mainland regions managed to achieve their energy goals in the first half of the year.

The ruling party also is preparing for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, and the nearby city of Shijiazhuang in February, a period when it will want clear blue skies.

The power pinch has been affecting manufacturers in key industrial hubs on the eastern and southern coasts for weeks.

At least 15 Chinese companies have said in exchange filings that production had been disrupted by power curbs, while more than 30 Taiwan-listed firms with China operations had stopped work to comply with the power limits.

The fallout of the power shortage has prompted some analysts to downgrade their 2021 economic growth outlook for China, and also warned of possible global supply shortages to textiles, toys and machine parts.

With Reuters and Associated Press

Source: The Guardian for 200 years

Gabby Ji
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Tips before importing inflatables from China

Tips before importing inflatables from China

Looking for some commercial inflatables from China? As an inflatable manufacturer exporting inflatables worldwide for years, we have some helpful tips for you to save your money and time :) 

1. Choose a direct manufacturer instead of a foreign trade company. 

A manufacturer makes and sells their inflables, but a foreign trade company only buys them from somewhere else then resell, quality control is not their concern, most of their customers are one-time customers.


2. Know about the raw materials.

You need to know the kind and thickness of the materials before you purchase, thicker materials make more durable inflatables. There are some great PVC supplier in China like Plato Chemicals, Hailide, etc. Stay away from inflatables made of nylon/oxford fabric.


3. Learn more about the details of the inflatables.

Are the inflatables double stitches?

Enough zippers to drain or deflate?

Detachable pool?

What materials are the inside baffles made of?


4.  Be award of the hidden costs.

Make sure you know about all the costs like shipping freight, customs fees and import duty. 


5. Confirm whether the accessories are included or not.

 For example, sang bags, stakes, tarps,straps,etc.


6. Make sure the inflatables are manufactured to the local standard.

For example, EN-14960, ASTM F2374, AS3533.


7. Confirm if the inflatables are in stock or need time to be made. 


If you need more info about importing inflatables from China, please feel free to contact us :) 



Gabby Ji
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Coronavirus outbreak in China caused container delay & higher shipping cost
Should I buy inflatables manufactured in China? Yes you should!

Should I buy inflatables manufactured in China? Yes you should!

As a manufactuer company in inflatables industry for nearly 10 years, we have heard a lot of questions when it comes to importing inflatables from China.  While some business owners are inclined to get their inventory in the local, more and more business owners get to know us and choose us to be their supplier. 

There are some facts that you need to know about the Chinese inflatables manufacturers.

1) Not all inflatables made in China are poor quality

Inflatables can be of poor quality without quality control, but it not only happens in China, but also happens in other countries. 

When you decide to get your inventory from China, It's important to choose an experienced and reliable manufacturer. Take us as an example, our main market is the US, Europe and Australia, we know well how to meet the product requirements of different countries in case they past the test.

As a top inflatables manufacturer in China, we will supply you the most durable inflatables with the best raw materials, strong thred, tight stitching, high quality zippers, every inflatable pasts the quality inspections before they are sent out from our factory.

Try not to choose a company who offers a super low price, or who sells a large range of related products, they are not professional enough and won't pay enough attention to the quality control. 

2) You can enjoy the factory price

Many so called "Made in USA” inflatables are actually manufactured in China, but their prices are double or even triple when they are in the the local market. Our inflatales are high quality while budget-friendly, you will save quite bucks if you order from us directly, even with the shipping freight and all the port fees.

3) Custom designs are available

In most instances, you can only choose the current designs on the website when you buy from the US, but if you buy from a Chinese manafactuer, you will be happy that you can get your own custom inflatables with different sizes, themes, colors and materials.  A professional manufacturer company like us has their own design team to make new designs, and they are able to make your imagination come true, we are more than happy to do that because customer satisfaction is our top priority.

4)  Import process is easier than you think

Is it complicated to get the inflatables from a Chinese company? Do I have to find my own shipping broker?  

It's not that complicated, all you need to do is to follow us and provide the information we need,  we will guide you step by step and we have our shipping broker taking care of the shipping process until you get your order.


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Gabby Ji
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What are the Buyers and Sellers Responsibilities under CIF Incoterms?

What are the Buyers and Sellers Responsibilities under CIF Incoterms?

CIF is the shipping incoterm we use when exporting our products, it stands for Cost, Insurance and Freight.  Under this incoterms, we will pay the costs and freight includes insurance to bring our products to the port of destination. 

What are the Buyers and Sellers Responsibilities under CIF Incoterms?

Sellers Responsibilities

1. Export Packaging: Ensuring the cargo is adequately packaged and ready for export. In some instances, exporting countries require specific markings on their products or packaging. This party is responsible for ensuring that the cargo can be exported appropriately. 

2. Loading Charges: Any costs associated with loading the shipment onto the first carrier from the sellers’ warehouse. 

3.  Delivery to Port/Place: All transportation costs associated with delivering the cargo from the seller’s warehouse to the port.  

3. Export Duty, Taxes & Customs Clearance: Any customs costs associated with exporting the cargo. In the event of customs examinations and additional fees, the responsibility falls on this party.

4. Origin Terminal Charges: These are handing charges at the loading port.

5. Loading on Carriage: Charges associated with loading the cargo onto the vessel.

6. Carriage Charges: The cost of freight to move the shipment from the port of loading to the port of destination. 

7. Insurance: Under CIF Incoterms, the seller is responsible for obtaining insurance policy on the shipment, up until the port of destination.


Buyers Responsibilities

1. Destination Terminal Charges: Also known as Destination Handling Charges, or DTHC, these are all costs associated with unloading to transferring the cargo within the terminal. 

2. Delivery to Destination: Organizing the logistics to move the cargo from the port to the final delivery destination. 

3. Unloading at Destination: Once the cargo arrives at the delivery destination, any costs associated with unloading the cargo for the truck. 

4. Import Duty, Taxes & Customs Clearance: All import requirements, including customs clearance, duty, and taxes. In the event of a customs examination or issue with the importation, this party is responsible for rectifying the problem. 

Gabby Ji
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Shipping and Delivery

1. Shipping Method?

Our oversea orders are noramlly delivered by ship, it's the most common and cheapest shipping method for the big units.


2. How much is shipping?

Here is an example of 5 bounce houses shipped by sea to Houston, USA.
- Cost of 5 bounce houses: $704 x 5 = $3520
- Freight: $800
- Port charges and duties on arrival:  around $800
- Final total is around $5120

Please keep in mind, shipping costs are determined by the package size of the inflatables you order and your location.  Please add the units you want to your cart and check out on our website, we will add shipping freight within 12 hours and send you an invoice.  


3.  How long does shipping take?

Sea shipping takes around 25-40 days depending on your location.


4. When Will My Order Ship?

When your order is done, we will send you some pictures and the final invoice to pay. Your order will be shipped after we receive your balance.


5. How Can I Track My Shipment?

There's no tracking number for sea shipping, but the the shipping company will provide an ETA (estimated time of arrival) after the ship sails, we wil llet you know.  Our team will follow your order and keep you updated until you get your order. 





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How To Start Your Inflatables Rental Business

How To Start Your Inflatables Rental Business

Start an inflatable bounce house business by following these 10 steps:

You have found the perfect business idea, and we've compiled this simple 10-step guide to help you set-up, operate and grow your own profitable inflatables business. So let's get started!

1. Start with research:

Your first step is to do some research on the competition. This will give you a good idea about how much money you can make and how many other people like you are offering a similar service. If you have a phone book, that’s a great place to start. The categories to look under include “Party Supplies” or “Party Planning.” You should also do a Google search with your location and the category. For example, if you lived in Azusa, you would put the following terms into Google to search: “Azusa Party Supplies” or “Asuza Jumpers.”

Gather as much information about the companies in your area that are renting inflatables. Either visit their website or call them on the phone number listed. Try to answer these questions:

  • How many companies are listed?
  • How large are their ads?
  • What types of products do they offer? (Jumpers, slides, obstacle courses, play zones,)
  • How much do they charge, and is it the same for Saturday, Sunday and weekdays?  Is a deposit required?
  • What payment methods do they accept? Are they able to take credit cards or checks?
  • What hours do they work, and which time slots do they offer (2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours)? How early do they deliver, and how late do they pickup?
  • What other items do they offer (cotton candy, snow-­‐cones, tables and chairs, balloons, )?
  • In which areas do they deliver? Do they deliver to parks?
  • Are they insured?
  • Do they have anything available for the upcoming weekend?
  • Do they leave a company attendant?

Your goal is to get as much information as possible about all of the existing businesses in your area, so that you can determine how you can best fit into the market. Understanding how others are operating will give you ideas about how to set up your business structure, pricing, etc. Ideally, you want to find something these other companies are not doing (or not doing well) that you might be able to do better!

2. Set up and organize your business:

There are many decisions to make on how to set up your business. The following is a checklist of issues that need to be addressed in order to start a business.

a. Choose your company name

When deciding on a name, pick something unique! You want something fun, colorful and upbeat that will be easily remembered by customers. Many customers like to incorporate their own names in the title for example: Jenny's Jumpers, Smith's Inflatables, or Mike's Moon-­‐walks. Another idea is to use names from children's fairy tales or nursery rhymes like, Bo Peep's Bouncers, Jumping Jack's or Tom Thumb's Tumbler.  Stay away from trademarked or licensed names.

Consider your choice carefully. Settle on something you are happy with and won’t change. If you do change your name, it can be confusing to customers or they might think that a name change implies that you have changed your services or raised your prices. If they are returning to you, they want the reassurance that you’re still offering the same reliable service and the same great units.

b. Establishing a place of operation

The best place to store your inflatables is your garage, because there is no additional overhead, and you can spend your money on growing your business instead of paying rent. You might be able to write off part of your home expenses as long as they are business-related. Check with your accountant to see which expenses apply.

If you live in an apartment or in an area with a homeowners association you might need to rent a storage facility. A storage unit is less expensive than a warehouse and requires no additional overhead such as electricity, water, gas, etc. Check with the storage rental companies in your area regarding their time restrictions. You might need to negotiate the hours in order to accommodate your weekend schedule.  Storage companies are generally very flexible.

c. Getting a business license

You will need to purchase a business license for rental equipment. City halls or town halls are the usual locations to purchase a business license.  Normally it costs around

$45.00 -­‐ $65.00 per year for a standard business license, but it varies from city to city. Look in your blue or government pages under the listing business licenses. You can also go online and search for your city name and business license. Most city websites will have detailed instructions on how to obtain a business license.

The type of license you get depends on the type of business you will set up. If you are opening the business on your own or with your spouse, you are considered a sole proprietor. If you plan to have a partner (who is not your spouse) then your business is a partnership. Make sure to indicate which type of business (sole proprietorship or partnership) on your business license application.

d. Insurance

Liability insurance requirements vary by city and state. Additional insureds may be required by larger companies, schools, or parks. What this means is that they have a copy of your policy listing their name as an additional insured, on your policy.

Insurance companies will either charge for this service in one flat fee or per addition, it depends on the carrier. Ask in advance about the charges for adding additional insureds. You will need from 3-­‐10 additional insureds per year, and as your business grows so will that number. The best place to start looking for insurance is your local insurance broker; however, there are many national insurance brokers that handle inflatables insurance. You can search online for a local broker and ask for rates.

e. How many inflatable units should you start with?

A good amount of inflatables to start with is 2 to 4 units. One person can easily handle that number, and it's enough to keep you busy when you start. When deciding how many units to purchase initially it would be good to first look at what you are planning to use to deliver. A small pickup (Ford Ranger or a Chevy S-­‐10) can easily accommodate 3 jumps at one time. A large truck (Ford F-­‐150 or a Chevrolet half-ton) can accommodate 5 jumps at a time. While a smaller truck can return to reload, a larger truck when full will keep you busy all day. (Units aren't necessarily only rented once per day; if the times are well slotted they can be rented up to three times per day.) If necessary, a trailer will accommodate many more, depending on the size trailer. A good rule of thumb is to only schedule one delivery per hour or one pickup per hour, even though it is sometimes possible to do more. It takes a minimum of 10 minutes to set up a jump if it's clean and the location is easy to get to. It takes a minimum of 20 minutes to clean a jump, deflate it and get it into the back of your pickup.

f. Determine how much to charge

When determining what to charge many questions will be answered by the initial research you did in step 1 when planning your business. The going rate is determined by what the local market will bear. As the owner of the business, the pricing will be set up and determined by you. However, it is wise to offer the customer several different price points. For example, if you have licensed equipment you might want to charge extra for the use of that specialty unit. Some customers will want the most expensive unit that you have to offer.

g. Determining chargeable and free delivery areas

Determining the parameters of your delivery area is depends on how densely populated your area is and how far you're willing to drive.  Most of your day will be windshield time. First look at the map of your area and figure out how far you can go in any direction from your business location in twenty minutes. If it takes longer than twenty minutes to get there then add an additional $20 to $100 dollars for delivery. (If there are areas of the community that you feel are unpleasant you may want to remove them from your delivery zone immediately.) The best way to determine delivery charges is to find out what is currently being charged by your competitors.

h. Setting up business bank accounts

Finding good bank rates requires time on the phone. Try at least 4 banks to find the best rates, paying particular attention to monthly fees and any minimums they require. Credit unions offer very good rates, but not all credit unions handle business accounts. If you belong to a credit union, call them first.

i. Determine what type of payment you will accept

Many inflatable businesses start off taking only cash. Most start off taking checks and cash. Accepting credit cards is an expense, but makes it very convenient for the customer. Accepting credit card payments will cost you a percentage of your sale— typically 2-­‐4%. Exactly how much of a percentage is determined by several variables, including the rate given to you by the payment processing service. If you decide that you want to accept credit cards, call around for merchant services. Pay close attention to the monthly fees and remember that fees are negotiable.

j. Set up phone services

You can easily change your home number to a business line just by calling the phone company. The advantage of doing this is that even if you don't purchase an ad you will still be listed in the yellow pages under the business category heading, usually “Party Supplies.” Having a business line will cost you around $10 extra a month, but the first rental that you book will more than cover the cost. You might consider adding an additional phone line to your home to accommodate your business calls. Answering your phones yourself is preferred since you can respond to any questions the customer might have and schedule their party immediately. If you intend to use your home phone, instruct family members to answer with the company name. For example, have them say, "Hello this is Susan with 'Susan's Jumps', how can I help you?" Cell phones have become an industry norm and keep you mobile. You can use your cell number for your business line and list it in the yellow pages.

k. Contact your local parks

Parties are often held in the city and county parks. Requirements for set up in parks can be obtained through the recreation and parks department in your community.

Contact your local parks department and ask them the following questions:

  1. Do they allow inflatables?
  2. Are there any size restrictions on inflatables?
  3. Do the parks require you to add them as an additional insured?
  4. Do they have electrical outlets and can they be used for inflatables?
  5. What are their hours of operation?
  6. Can they provide you with maps of the parks?

If your local parks do allow inflatables and have electrical outlets for the customers' use, you need to inform the customer that the blower requires a dedicated outlet. If they intend to plug in anything with a heating element to the outlet where your blower is plugged in it could blow the circuit. If the customer requires additional power suggest they rent a generator.

l. Purchase additional equipment needed

The following is a list of equipment you will need in addition to your inflatables.

  • Truck (or vehicle with tow bar and trailer)
  • Heavy-duty hand truck with fenders (1 per truck)
  • 5-pound sledgehammer (1 per truck)
  • Sandbags (4 per inflatable)
  • 100 ft. heavy duty extension cords with reels (1 per lower)
  • Legal-size metal notebook (1 per truck)
  • Handheld vacuum 1.5 hp with 20 ft cord & power strip (1 per truck)
  • Clean rags
  • Diluted cleaner (approximately 1cup per gallon of water)

3. Purchase your inflatables:

You need first to decide how much you have to invest when buying your inflatables to rent. Starting with 2-4 inflatables is a good place to start, but make sure to invest in your marketing strategies as well.

Some customers opt to use credit cards to buy their first inflatables to rent. While the downside is that you are using credit, the upside is that you can begin making money right away on your investments. If you intend to use credit cards make sure your rates are reasonable.

If you intend to finance through a leasing company, expect to pay the same rates as you would with a credit card. When starting in the inflatable rental company, the leasing company will be looking at your personal credit, since your business has no credit history. On the upside, the loan is completely tax-deductible and some leasing companies can offer very competitive insurance rates which include replacement value of your jumpers. Leasing doesn't tie up your revolving credit line. Many financing options allow you to defer payments for three months or more. This allows you to start building up your business and making money before any payments are due.

4. Plan your daily operations with a process and business forms:

Running an inflatable business is not complicated, but having a process in place to manage orders and schedule deliveries make it much easier. Here is a sample process that anyone can utilize to manage daily operations. Sample forms are included as well. Forms are an important component when running a business. They structure your conversations and keep you focused. Your process should go something like this.

a. Take the call and review your reservation book or calendar. The customer will initially call you for pricing and availability. Check your rental book to see what you have available.

b. Reserve the inflatable and fill out an order form. Reserve the inflatable as requested by the customer and fill out a delivery order form with the customer's information while you have them on the phone. After the call transfer that same information to your rental book and your database.

c. Confirm a few days before the event. At least three days before the event, call all of the customers you have scheduled in your rental book and verify their orders.

d. Map out all of the deliveries. It will be necessary to map your delivery day's activities by scheduling your deliveries on a flow chart. (Thursday is a good day to fill out paperwork for the weekend.) Print a map on the back of the delivery order form, so that you have a copy of your original agreement. Fill out the rental agreement form.  Staple the delivery order form map side up to the rental agreement form. Put all your forms in the order that you will deliver witha copy of the flow chart visible on the other side.

e. Deliver and provide forms to the customer. Deliver the inflatable on time; have a customer sign the rental agreement form, and provide them with a copy.

f. Pick up and clean the unit in a timely manner. Thank your customer.

g. Send your customer a friendly periodic reminder. Contact your customers on a regular basis to see if they are having any events that you can provide inflatables for. The minimumamount of contact should be once per year, but every 3 months or 6 months is ideal. Use the information provided on your delivery order form or in your database.

The delivery order form is a worksheet. It's what you fill out when gathering information about your customer. This information will be used to file in your database for customer profiles and used the following year to send out postcard reminders for the customer's upcoming birthday party. It's a good idea to have these preprinted to fill in, then flip over the original to print a computer-generated map on the other side, that way you have all the information when doing the actual delivery. Always ask for 2 phone numbers. If you're delivering to a park make sure you get a cell number.

Sample Rental Book 

Just like a day‐planner, your rental book will help you organize your day at a glance. It reminds you which units are available or rented and tells you where you need to be and at what time and helps you determine if you can re-­‐rent units.

Sample Flow Chart

The flow chart is used to look at your day in brief and easily see where you need to be and when you need to be there without flipping through your forms to find out at what time your pickups and deliveries are scheduled. It's important to be familiar with your area. Fill out the flowchart with recognized landmarks and cross streets so that you are aware of how much time you have in between deliveries. As you become more comfortable with the distances, set-­‐up times, and breakdown times you will be able to plan your deliveries closer in sequence. As you grow larger this document becomes more and more important.

Sample Rental Contract

The rental contract is the most important form you have.  It is the legal agreement between the lessor (you) and the lessee (your customer). It outlines the responsibilities of both parties and provides that the lessee must take responsibility for both the inflatable unit and the children who play on the unit. This document must be signed before the equipment is released to the customer and prior to the event. It saves time to have this form filled out before the delivery.  It is advisable that you provide a copy for the customer.

5. Hire professional help when needed

Although there is an abundance of accounting software on the market, nothing beats an accountant to walk you through the process of keeping your books in order. Even if you merely use them to set up and do your taxes monthly, it will save you lots of grief, not to mention penalties and fines for late and incorrect payments.

Attorneys are also highly recommended when setting up the legal aspect of your inflatable rental business. It is recommended that you have an attorney read your rental agreement form (even if you intend to use the form provided here) to make recommendations for changes. It is also good to have an attorney to call in case you receive a bad check. You might want to sign a contract with a collection firm to handle bad checks, but an attorney usually has more impact.

6. Set up a database to keep track of customers

Keep track of your customer information by creating a simple database. Customers should be categorized by month of rental in order to contact them the following year with a reminder card. Databases are essential to maintain your customer contacts. Customers like to feel that they are important to you. In turn, they will respond by giving you their business year after year and referring you to their friends. You don’t need special software to set up a database, but programs like Microsoft Excel or Access make it very easy to input and locate records.

Add the following information to your database:

  1. Month and date of rental
  2. Customer name including spouse name
  3. Customer address
  4. Customer phone numbers
  5. Inflatablerented
  6. Children and their ages
  7. Birthdate

7. Advertise your services 

To start generating business, you need to start advertising and getting your new business name out to potential customers. It’s all about reaching the right audience with the right message. Start with family, friends, neighbors, co-­‐workers, and associates; these are all potential customers. Plus, every time your inflatable goes up its great advertising for your business. The market for your business will be families who want to throw large parties or business and organizations who what inflatables at their events. Examples of organizations that rent inflatables include churches and schools, grocery stores and chain stores, flea markets and swap meet, and car dealerships.

Schools and churches have parent groups PTO's or PTA's, carnivals, festivals, classrooms, and congregations full of children. Every child in that school or congregation is a potential client. Your objective is to persuade those potential clients to rent from you. Provide the PTA or Church with a coupon that offers a $5 to $10 discount on a jump rental. That $5 isn't for the customer, but a donation for the church or the PTA.

Grocery stores have grand openings, events, remodeling, and holiday events. If you don't know your local grocery store manager, get to know him or her. (All mothers shop at grocery stores.) Ask the manager if you might schedule a morning (double coupon day if available) to set up a jump. You can either charge the store or if not just volunteer the unit. (You might need to add the store as additional insured to satisfy the corporation.)  Take plenty of business cards.

If you live near a flea market or swap meet to make a trip to visit it on a Friday or Saturday evening and see just how busy it is. Some businesses have been built solely on the referrals they get from flea markets. Set up a jump, (it's a good idea to take folding chairs, people are always looking for a place to sit) and charge a dollar or two for kids to jump, and while they're jumping pass out business cards to the parents.  Take your reservation book.

The bane of car dealerships is children. Children can make or break a deal. Bored children often become restless and distract potential buyers. On the weekends when the traffic is heavy dealerships will be more inclined to spend the money on inflatables. These are just a few examples of organizations to start with to begin building up your business.

  • Website

Setting up a website, even if it’s just a very simple page with all of your contact information is essential. It will add credibility and professionalism to your business. The ability to see the bounce house before it is delivered and possibly schedule the unit on-­‐line at your leisure is very convenient for your customers. Having a web site for your business will cost very little per month, after the initial setup.  It is a very inexpensive form of advertising.

  • Search Advertising

When you did your initial research online you found maps of your area with all of your competitors listed. When a potential customer searches for inflatable amusements in your area, you want to show up on this search, too. Make sure to list all of the cities and communities that you serve on your website. This will help you appear in searches for particular areas. To do paid search advertising, you can sign up for Google AdWords and pay a flat fee for each click on your ad.

  • Social Media

A very inexpensive way to start getting your business name out there is by using social media. Start by setting up a Facebook page for your business. You can add photos of your inflatables for rent, detailed information about your services, prices, and more. Share the page with your friends and family, and ask them to share with their contacts as well.

  • Business Cards

As a sales tool business cards should not be underestimated. It is the most requested, easiest form of advertising you can carry, and if you fail to provide it, more than likely you will lose potential customers. You can easily turn your business card into a refrigerator magnet by purchasing business card sized adhesive magnets at an office supply store.  If you plan to do this have your cards printed in full color so the customer will be more likely to display them. This advertisement reminds the customer who they rented from and saves them the trouble of leafing through the yellow pages, and seeing the ads of your competitors.

  • Thank you & Reminder Cards

Make the most of the database you created and keep in touch with your past customers. They more than likely are happy to hear from you and remember the great event you helped them with. Send them thank-you notes, reminder postcards, and ask for referrals to friends, relatives, and co-­‐workers. The most effective thank you notes are done by hand.  They should be sent out the week after the event. Postcards are cheaper as reminder notes than letters.  They can be colorful, fun, and feature your newest units. Reminder cards should be sent out a month prior to the previous year's rental. For example: If Billy Brown had a jump delivered in September of last year for his birthday, you would want to send out a reminder in early August. The reminder should read something like this, "It's Billy's 7th birthday party on September 14th.   Let's make a date! Happy Birthday Billy, Susan's Jumps."

There are many forms of paid advertising including Yellow Pages advertising, coupon advertising, television, and radio advertising. As discussed previously, the Yellow Pages are initially the easiest way to get your name in front of the buying public. The size of the ad initially should be small, no larger than a 16th of a page. Even if you buy eight or more jumps, ease yourself into the business, become familiar with it before aggressively marketing yourself. Consider establish your style of operation and familiarize yourself with the industry prior to pushing for growth.

  • Print Advertising

Contact your local newspapers and community publishers (those that send out newsletters, magazines, flyers). Ask them what they charge for a print ad. Usually a quarter or 1/8th of a page will be a reasonable cost. Coupons can be inserted into a newspaper or packet of coupons that are mailed ads that can be costly. If you go with a mailing publication they will charge based on the delivery area. Your salesperson can provide you with the demographics of the area that they will mail to. Make sure that you are targeting areas with families and small children.

Print flyers and ask local merchants if you can leave several of them on their counter or near the door. Many local businesses are happy to help promote other local businesses. Make sure to build a relationship with the merchants in your community. You might also offer to have an inflatable outside of their store in exchange for some free advertising, especially if it’s a store that has a lot of traffic from families that might be your future customers.

  • Television & Radio Advertising

Television advertising is expensive but effective. You will get business from it, but initially, you won't have the equipment or staff to accommodate all of the events or the calls. Cable TV advertising is a better choice because it offers time slots at a fraction of the price. Radio advertising is also expensive, but if you can barter with them to offer your inflatables at their next event, they may be willing to help you advertise. Radios frequently broadcast from locations. They are paid to air their programs from these locations by the merchants. The job of the radio stations is to use their celebrity to draw customers to that location. Offer the radio advertisers a supervised jump whenever they are broadcasting from a mall, toy store, car dealership any event that can be construed as child-related, and their part of the deal is to tell consumers who are providing the inflatable and let you pass out business cards to advertise your company.

  • Giveaway & Promotional Items

Shirts, car panels, pens, and other giveaway items are fun to have but not the most effective advertising. T-­‐shirts or polo shirts are a form of advertising that not only reminds customers who are providing their jumper but also adds a touch of professionalism to your business. If you use T-­‐shirts to advertise, make sure you keep them clean and pressed, toss the old ratty ones out. Only use magnetic door panels on your vehicle to advertise if you have an attractive vehicle to attach them to. A door panel can be a mobile form of advertising and every bit of advertising counts. Pens may or may not be effective advertising for you. You do need pens and they add to name recognition.

8. Take orders & payments

Once you start telling people that you are in business and start advertising, you can expect to get phone calls. It’s a good idea to have a system for how to handle general phone inquiries. "What do you have available?" "What are your prices?" The two most commonly asked questions in the inflatable rental business. It's easy to rattle off the themes you carry and your prices. It takes a little salesmanship, enthusiasm, and belief in your business to convince a customer that they found what they are looking for.

For example, Joe Customer: "What themes do you have available?" You: "We have lots of fun themes to choose from. What is your event?" Joe Customer: "It's a birthday party." You: "Wonderful, is it for a little girl or a boy?" Joe Customer: "My son." You:  "Does your party have a theme?" Joe Customer: "I think my wife said it's going to be Harry Potter." You: "Excellent, I have the perfect unit for your party. We have a green dragon with big red toenails and a ridge of orange tips down his back he's fun, whimsical but not scary and couldn't be more perfect for a Harry Potter theme." Joe Customer:  "Let's do it."

Customers are looking for a reason to stop calling around. You have convinced them that they just found the perfect inflatable for their party or event. The rest of the call is fairly easy after that. Fill in all the blanks on your delivery order form, repeat all the information back to the customer, and promise to give them a reminder call a few days prior to the party to reconfirm their reservation. Reminder calls are very important; they remind the customer that they have an event coming up. If they have had an emergency and aren't going to have the party, after all, you'll know. That gives you several days to find another customer for that time slot and inflatable.

9. Deliver your inflatables

The organization is key to the rental business. If your events are scheduled for the weekend, get all the paperwork for your deliveries ready by Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Flow charts should be done by Friday afternoon at the very latest. Plan a dry run before you set out on your first delivery. Choose a location and determine the time it takes from load up to set up. You need to allow for any unexpected issues that might arise or if the customer is late or the setup location is difficult to get to. Many things can happen to slow the delivery process.

Being early by at least a half-hour is a good habit. Most business owners will tell you they'd rather be an hour early than 5 minutes late. Customers will rarely complain about an early delivery but will expect a discount if you're even a few minutes behind schedule. If you are more than a half-hour early call the customer to okay the delivery time and to confirm that they will be at that location to accept the delivery.

Just as key as being prompt for the delivery, picking up a unit on time is very important. A prompt pick up demonstrates the professionalism of your company. Particularly when delivering to a park, you need to watch the clock. Generally, when a customer has given a time for the pickup they are ready to leave either at that time or prior to that time. Giving them your cell number is helpful, but explain that it may take you some extra time if they call the last minute to request an early pickup.

10. Tell everyone you're in business

Once you officially start your business, it’s time to tell everyone. Let your friends, family, and co-­‐workers know you’ve started your own inflatable business. Ask them to refer business and tell their network about your services. And consider telling your completion as well. Getting to know your competitors is both the most difficult and the most constructive thing you can do to move your business ahead. There is a certain amount of apprehension when one considers the prospect of calling up your competitor and saying, "Hi I just went into business and noticed that you were doing the same exact thing. I'd like to get to know you and find out what you're doing and how it's working for you."  You might hear a click or you might be surprised, and they might have a very enlightening conversation. This business owner may regard you warily at first, but as time goes on they might begin to trust you and eventually be helpful to you. You might someday use each other's generators when you have exceptionally busy weekends or occasionally do a pickup for each other. Of course, this won't happen overnight and certainly shouldn't be suggested in the first conversation. But when that competitor runs out of equipment for the weekend, don't be surprised if he doesn't spend that extra business your way.


There is hardly an industry that is more fun, more satisfying, and more profitable than that of inflatable rentals.  It is doubtful that you will ever find a business that is so affordable to get into, with so much potential for revenue.   In today's demanding market there is yet the promise for more growth. The industry has expanded tremendously in the past ten years and if the enthusiasm of the customers is any indication, it will continue to do so. So let’s get started!





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