A LONG time ago I said that I “wanted to change the world”.
I firmly believe that you don’t ACTUALLY change the whole world, but rather impact one person, thus changing THEIR world, and when you do that, you have succeeded…Then that person you impacted goes and spreads it, and you’ll never know what came of it, meanwhile you keep working to change another person’s world.
It’s a process that repeats in perpetuity and there is no finish line!
In a million years I never thought that the vehicle for me to execute on my ambition to change the world would be a Waterslide and Bounce House rental company! But…
When You Hit The Bounce House Lottery
What the hell is the Bounce House lottery?
Well, in this case it happened to be a 14ft enclosed trailer with 9 bounce houses in it, and we bought it for a mere $2000.
To put that in perspective, the newest slide that we just bought on July 12th 2020 was $2300 used, and a good deal at that!
So how did I score that trailer? It’s a story of hustle and people.
It was early in the week of Thanksgiving, and I had quit my job back in September.
I was driving Uber and selling old stuff on eBay and FB Marketplace to make money. I had got some old bikes from my buddy Kip to sell, and the guy that came to buy them a few days later noticed the bounce houses in the garage. Turned out he had his own business too!
We had 3 at the time…he had 28!
We chatted for a bit and then he said, “You’re a cool guy…”
I knew he was about to tell me where he buys his slides at! I took out my little journal I keep in my back pocket and he said…”Tony and Red Stick Entertainment. He sells them in bulk…”
After he left with the bikes I called Tony. No luck the receptionist wouldn’t put me through. I tried 2 more times and still couldn’t get him.
I had to drive out to Prairieville the next day to bid a job for the first business I’d ever started, Christmas Light Installation! (It’s called Lets Get Lit and I kill it on hanging lights, FYI).
Logo prob looks familiar 😉
Tony’s shop was in Prairieville too…odd coincidence. After I bid the xmas light job, we drove over to his shop (It’s a freaking warehouse actually!) and knocked on the door cold. My mom was with me b/c she was looking to invest in The Jump Off!
The receptionist was NOT happy to see me, but I talked her into getting Tony for us.
He walks through the doors a few minutes later and is NICE AS CAN BE. He leads us back through warehouse 1, full of inflatables and forklifts and games….our heads exploded, then out back to a big shipping container. He said we can have all 25 in there for $5000.
Uhhh…yeah, a bit much for us to handle.
So he said “Ok I also have that trailer back there, it has 7 inflatables in it, and you can have them for $1800. If you want the trailer too, $2000. I just want it gone.”
He only wanted cash, so we went back the next day with $2000 and bought the trailer and towed it home having no clue what was in it!
We started pulling stuff out and blowing them up when we got back home, and it was so fun!
One blows up and we yell “It’s a bear one!” or “Oh, it’s a finding Nemo water slide!”
We unfortunately couldn’t keep the trailer because we have a HOA where it’s not allowed. It was a little beat up, so I posted it for $1600 and it was gone, sold to an awesome guy named Joe, in a day.
Then we rented one unit from the trailer (after scrubbing it to death) to two different clients over Thanksgiving weekend for $200 each time…
$1600 + $200 + $200 = $2000
We were even on our investment in 5 days!
That’s how the Jump Off got to scale, and THAT my friends, is called Hitting the Bounce House Lottery!
Lesson here: Hustle is super important, but if you slow down just a tad to CONNECT with people, amazing opportunity WILL come your way!
The Jump Off