Thinking of opening a field
Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:09 PM
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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:30 AM
Know your market BEFORE you start investing money. A lot of fields in MN have shut down in the last few years, for various reasons. Mostly from a lack of revenue coming in. You need to know how you are going to be better than the others in the area.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:41 PM
I'd read every word these guys have posted. Also, the Field Owners forum on PBN has a lot of great threads.
Hope that helps.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:18 PM
Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:32 AM
Going back to what I said.... research the market. There may be a reason for this. You could well find that your rent kills you off without higher paint pricing.
The ONLY reason Special Forces is still alive as a business is because they have ZERO land costs. It's all family owned land they already have/had, so they don't need to keep paying the landlord or the bank. That, and they never upkeep their field. It used to be a pretty fun place to play but it's gotten really run down.
If you're willing to drive about as far as SF is from the cities, look at Splat Tag just across the border in Hudson, WI. It's around 60/case (at least, for their big game it is) FPO but the field is about a hundred times better than Special Forces. Seriously.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 01:42 PM
If you do the math for initial start-up costs (land, structures, inventory, air system, safety equipment etc.) expect to double it. Basically if you find you need 100k to start, go ask the bank for 200k. there are a number of reasons for this. You WONT be profitable right away, I have heard fields taking as long as 2 years before they start turning a profit. Paying off the loans, gaining popularity/customer base etc. Plus if its your only job you will need some way to survive until you do turn a profit.
Paint prices: as much as we all love BYOP or at least reasonable FPO prices, sometimes it just isnt possible. You have bills, loans and field maiintanance/staff to pay for. Using the above example of 200k. If you only make $5000 a month it will take 40 months just to pay of the principal of the loan. Still would have all the interest to pay off. This doesnt factor in payroll, and the rest of your expenses. Will it cost 200k to start? maybe not, but you kinda get the idea. You wont be popular at the start of things, simply because your new. Even with top notch staff, fields and reasonable prices it will take time. I think this is why alot of fields tank is because they cant make enough to cover costs initially. They raise their prices to catch up but the attendance suffers as a result.
Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:05 PM
Another thing that can attract people, is a "hangout" area, dark side in SD had one of these, they had a ps2 hooked up for kids after school. Make it open to public viewing, allowing people to just walk in and watch some people in a game can encourage them to try it, and if you have concessions they might spend money there too. You want to be as welcoming as possible, to anyone. We once had a group of 30 Somalis, all of them understood english but I believe only 6 or 7 spoke it, it was a long 4 hours, but everyone had a good time, and there were no troublemakers.
If you have indoors you can control the climate, it may be a little spendy, but it could make more people want to come back vs go else where, also broadens the types of games you can play, like black light paintball, where you have bunkers outlined in black light paint along with markings on the field that will glow in the black light, pair that with light colored shells and it can be an awesome time.
Open play! Don't forget about having it! Its not always busy on open play days, but it helps attract new people to try it out, host special open play days to draw bigger crowds. Also not a bad idea to have BYOP with an additional charge, that way you get money from that plus they get to use their favorite paint, unless it is a type that you do not allow.. Plus! if they run out you will then be able to sell them yours.
With where our sport is, you want things to attract people as well as things to keep them coming back, something to help with that is go to other fields in the area on open play days and find the regulars and ask why they keep coming back.
Hope you find some useful info!
Posted 07 May 2013 - 03:23 PM