Balloons are used in almost every type of celebration, for commercial purposes to lure in new customers or dress up a store, or as gifts. If you've got a knack for creating one-of-a-kind balloon ensembles and you think you would enjoy working for yourself, consider starting a balloon business, which you can easily operate from your home, as long as you have enough space to store your sample creations and a studio in which to photograph them.
Things You'll Need
- Liability insurance
- Helium tank
Invent a creative name for your balloon business that is fun and catchy. Contact your county clerk to inform them that you are starting a home-based business. Your state may require you to register your business. Obtain a sales tax permit and a federal tax ID. Then look into purchasing some liability insurance.
Browse the Internet for ideas for your balloon business. Watch tutorials on how to create balloon animals, bouquets and displays. In addition, you might make balloon gift baskets and seasonal or holiday-themed balloon bouquets or displays.
Modify your home to accommodate your new business. You'll need shelves to hold your balloon creations and supplies, a well-lit area to take pictures, a work table, room for your computer and a filing cabinet to store tax documents, receipts, brochures and customer information.
Purchase your supplies. You will need a helium tank, hot glue gun, air pumps and a variety of balloons in various colors and sizes. You may also want to purchase ribbons, bows, confetti, streamers, banners and signs. Find these at discount stores, party stores or online.
Create your balloon displays. Then take quality images of your work and build brochures. Peruse online balloon stores to get an idea of what to charge.
Create business invoices for your balloon business on your computer using Microsoft Word or a similar program. You can set up a merchant account to make accounting, accepting payment and taking customer orders that much easier; however to reduce your costs, you can simply take credit card payments via PayPal or Google Checkout.
Start obtaining clients for your balloon business. Leave brochures at libraries, grocery stores, your church, day care centers, public swimming pools and local kid's stores. Attend local fairs and other events and pass out brochures. Advertise your balloon business by placing a sign in your yard (be sure to clear this with your zoning official or neighborhood association). Contact potential clients. Purchase a website. Contact car dealerships and real estate offices to pitch your balloon displays. Consider donating some of your creations to local organizations or charities to help get your name out there.