Not only is paintball a fun game and sport, but a very profitable business to run as well. Turning paintball into your private business isn’t as easy as it sounds. However, with the right planning, a fair amount of effort, and dedication, your business will come to life.
In this article, we’ll be giving you some helpful tips to guide you on how to start a paintball field, and how to turn your dream into an actual project.
How Do I Start a Paintball Field?
Like any new project or business, the key behind a successful paintball field is proper planning. Taking the time to think it through makes all the difference.
Starting a business in any field has its risks. Below are some of the main steps to consider when planning your business, aiming to reduce risk as much as possible.
1.’Why Do I Want to Start This Type of Business?’
Our first piece of advice is that you ask yourself this question. Knowing the reason behind wanting to start a new business is vital as it’ll get you to brainstorm different topics related to the business and broaden your area of thought.
A business like owning a paintball field is the type that’ll have continuous expenses. You’ll regularly need new guns, shields, paint, outfits, and so on.
2. Carefully Study the Industry
Naturally, you’re a paintball fan that’s been to several paintball fields before and have an idea of how it’s operated. However, that’s not enough information to run your own paintball field.
Studying the industry will require doing a lot of research and asking a lot of questions. Like ‘Who are the best equipment wholesalers to deal with?’.
Also, it’d be a good idea to ask business owners in the same field about the business nature and issues they face while running a paintball field.
This way you’ll have answers to anything that you’re not fully aware of and start building up enough information to start your business.
3. Determine a Budget
Set a goal and act upon it, but first, you need to have a reliable plan for your budget. Make a detailed budget plan for your paintball field, noting down every expense that you could think of.
Is your field going to be indoors or outdoors? Are you going to rent a piece of land or do you already own one? Are the surroundings suitable there for a paintball field? How big do you intend your field to be? How big is the capacity of your location?
One crucial tip to keep in mind if you’re still going to look for a place is to choose a location that’s away from any high-density crowd areas.
These are all questions you need to ask yourself and factors to consider within your budget.
4. There’s Nothing Wrong with Starting Small
Any business in any field will start small and gradually develop into a bigger one. Taking baby steps is much safer than taking large steps and risking failure. Always remember the classic saying “slowly but surely”.
Start buying equipment and testing them first on your own, to ensure the quality, then slowly get more equipment and so on. Get trusted friends involved, and set up for a paintball game.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a job while doing it!
Once you settle on equipment that you like and trust, you’ll be then getting larger quantities.
Now, remember, every dime counts here!
The cheapest way to get equipment is to become a retail supplier. To do that you need a business license. Once you’ve received your license, it’d be wise to study the equipment prices on the market thoroughly before agreeing with the wholesaler that you decide on.
5. A Paintball Field is No Fun Without Hiding Areas!
By now, you should have an idea for the setting or design of your field. Whether you’ve decided that you’ll build or buy barriers like fences or blocks to act as hiding places and protection shields during a paintball game, it’s not the time to do it.
Based on your budget and time you have, if you’ve decided to buy instead of building those barricades, a good thought would be to get inflatable ones.
6. Make your Paintball Field a Fun and Comfortable Place to be
Always put yourself in the shoes of your customers. Going to a paintball field, you’ll be spending a few hours there, so you’d want it to be an enjoyable experience, not a tough one!
By enjoyable and comfortable we mean to make sure to have bathrooms, changing areas and maybe a small cafeteria or snack shop.
Needless to say, your paintball field has to have a reception booth to guide players around.
7. Determine Your Target Audience
What’s great about paintball fields is that they have fans from all age categories. However, the largest category you’d want to target is the youth category.
Word of mouth does wonders, but so does active presence in schools, universities, malls, and so on.
Initiating discounted offers is always a good attraction, as well as making events like tournaments, for example.
8. Don’t Get Your Expectations Too High at First
Any start-up will have its downfalls at first. A paintball field is the type of business that won’t be making a lot of money at the beginning but will grow bigger later on.
Assuming you’d carefully studied the project field and planned your budget well, you should be well aware of that and have put it into consideration.
So, don’t get discouraged and unmotivated right away. After all, this is going to be only your first milestone!
As challenging as it could get, starting a paintball field is definitely a fun experience. Just like any new challenge, starting up a business has its risks and downfalls.
Planning wisely and carefully and investing a good amount of time to think through your business will lead you to a successful outcome at the end.
In this article, we’ve talked you through all the things to consider and look for in starting your own paintball field business and hopefully helped organize your thoughts a bit.