Where you store your inflatable equipment is a big decision for your business and one that will need to be re-evaluated periodically as your inventory changes. You have two options when storing inflatable equipment; you can store it in your home, or in an off-site facility.
If you have the space and opt to store the equipment in your home you will first need to check your local zoning laws to ensure this type of storage of business equipment is allowed. Keep in mind that inflatables, even when deflated and rolled do require a lot of space. You may find it necessary to build a shed or extension onto your home to store the equipment. Before going through this process you will want to make sure the cost savings of storing the equipment in your home will justify any modifications you will have to make.
Because of these limitations many inflatable business owners store their equipment in an off-site location. The right storage area for your business should be based on cost, location and size. You should also consider whether you are planning to add to your inventory in the near future. If so, consider a storage space with a little room to grow instead of having to move all of your equipment each time you purchase a new product.
Some inflatable business owners choose to rent a large warehouse to store the equipment they purchase. Of course, this type of decision will depend heavily on your budget and how much equipment you already have in inventory. Additional considerations for storage are whether to buy or lease the location. This decision again depends heavily on your budget, equipment in inventory, and the volume of your inflatable business.
You will also need to consider the distance of the storage area from both your home and the areas where the majority of your events are being booked. The cost of fuel and time spent traveling should be key factors affecting your decision of storage areas.
Security is another issue you will want to consider. Make sure the storage area is in a safe, well-lit area. Keys, security codes or keypads should be used. Your equipment is the most critical aspect of your business, not to mention a big investment, so it goes without saying that it is imperative that you keep it safe.
Whether you choose to store your equipment in your home or an off-site location make sure the area is dry and well-regulated for humidity, free of rodents and pests, and without extreme temperatures. Extreme heat can make an inflatable retain excess moisture, leading to mold and mildew issues. On the other hand extreme cold can make the unit difficult to handle, leaving it susceptible to brittleness and cracking.
Keep in mind that regardless of where the equipment is stored, how the equipment is stored is an even more critical aspect. Always clean and dry your equipment thoroughly before putting it in your desired storage location.