Archive for December, 2012

Cotton Candy Vending Machine

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 | Permalink

There couldn’t be a better time than the present to consider the possibilities of a vending machine business. With the state of the economy becoming more questionable by the minute and the possibilities of vending machines profits remaining steady, it just makes sense. The benefits of vending have become more worthy of consideration as the possibilities of being laid off, having your pay cut and just not having enough cash become more real. Even if you aren’t worried about your job you might just be bored, and owning an electronic vending machine is a great way to start a business and be your own boss.

A cotton candy vending machine business could potentially become your full time job. Check out for used cotton candy vending machines.

Most people start a vending machine business because they want a source of passive income to supplement their salary, but some people turn it into a full time business that serves as their primary source of income. While 65 percent of these industrialists start out using their vending machines profits as a part time income source, 80 percent of those will eventually build the business into a full time job. If you start with one electronic vending machine you can eventually use the profits from that to buy another, and continue doing so until you have vending locations all over town making money for you.

If you want to turn a vending machine business into your primary source of income, you will need to start out by writing down a business plan so all of your ideas will be clear and uncluttered. Then you will probably have to evaluate your capital investment and analyze the areas where you are going to allocate your time and money. The vending locations will be extremely important. You want to place your machines in areas that are crowded with foot traffic where people might feel the need to stop for whatever it is that you are selling. Also make sure to buy your electronic vending machine from a reputable dealer that offers vending machine guarantees and warranties.

cotton candy vending machine business could potentially become your full time job. Plan carefully and act wisely, and you could be your own boss in no time.


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Bouncy Castles

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 | Permalink

Recognizing a well run bouncy castle

Before giving into your child’s pleadings to go on inflatable bouncy castles, spend a couple of minutes checking out the operation. We recommend parents ask themselves the following questions:

  • Is the bouncy castle securely anchored? All anchorage points should be used and if situated on hard ground, mooring straps should be affixed to solid points.
  • Are impact absorbing mats positioned at the open side of the bouncy castle, extending a sufficient distance forward to ensure sufficient protection? (Mats may not be necessary on soft ground).
  • Is there at least one person constantly supervising the children on the bouncy castle? An attendant who is collecting money cannot also supervise the activity.
  • Does the bouncy castle seem overcrowded? If children are constantly knocking into each other, the attendant may not be following the maximum load recommendations.
  • Are children of different ages/sizes mixed? If the demand is great the attendant should operate a rota to avoid larger children crushing smaller ones.
  • Are children instructed to remove sharp articles of clothing like shoes, buckles, and jewelry and is the rule enforced?
  • Is there evidence that the attendant is controlling the children? Horseplay should not be allowed, and children should not climb on the walls of the inflatable.

Thinking of hiring or using your own bouncy castle?

Before deciding which firm to hire a bouncy castle from, ask them for detailed guidelines which should include information relating to the following:

  • The selection of an appropriate site for the castle, plus additional measures such as cushioning hard ground at the open side.
  • How to perform an inspection of the castle.
  • Inflation and mooring of the castle; stakes should be at least a foot long. NEVER hire one without means of anchorage if the inflatable is for outdoor use.
  • Recommended maximum number of children that can be safely accommodated on the castle at any one time. This will be influenced by the age and size of the children who are to use the inflatable.
  • Advice on the use of additional equipment such as perimeter barriers.
  • What to do in the event of wet or windy weather.
  • Proposed supervision arrangements – a responsible adult should supervise and manage children at all times while it is being used.
  • Implement rota systems which avoid the mixing of different ages or sizes.
  • Appropriate behavior of children (Children should not climb on walls, attempt acrobatics e.g. somersaults, or take food or drink onto the inflatable).
  • How to protect children and others from electrical equipment.

Important notes

  • Extra insurance cover may be necessary if you hire a bouncy castle.
  • We recommend that adults and children should not be on bouncy castles together.
  • Adults should only use bouncy castles made specifically for adult size and weight.


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