Starting a business is exciting as well as scary–there are so many different things to think about. Here at Southeastern Skate Supply, we have a pretty good handle on all that you need to know before you open a roller skating rink. Hereâ€™s a short list of some of the major things you need to consider when making your business plan. Remember that a full list of subjects, with in-depth coverage of each, can be found in our Roller Skating Business Resource Manual. Â
- Capital. How are you going to gather the initial investment to start your business and keep it running until it starts to turn a profit? Savings? Loans from the bank? Investors? A combination of factors? This often requires a substantial amount of money, so make sure you are totally clear on where itâ€™s coming from.
- Building, Flooring, Lights and Sound Equipment. These are by far your biggest expenses, and the most important decisions youâ€™ll make. How your skating rink looks and whether the equipment works is going to determine how customers respond to it, and whether or not they come back.Â
- The Snack Bar. Food service brings its own challenges, including complicated health and safety regulations, dozens of vendors, seasonal variation, and changing trends and competition.
- Safety and Security. Donâ€™t overlook this important subject, or leave it for last! When youâ€™re starting a business for families, you need to really think about how youâ€™re going to help those families stay safe.
So many small businesses fail within the first few years–donâ€™t let that happen to yours. The Manual has all the information you need, about all of these topics and more, to start the best roller skating rink you can.