Business, Marketing, and Life Advice for Play-Based Business Owners

Picture Perfect: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning a Captivating Photoshoot for Your Indoor Playground Business

Mar 18, 2023

If you own an indoor playground business, you likely already know that social media is a great way to reach out to potential customers and keep your existing ones engaged. But, to make a lasting impression, you need to make sure that your photos look professional and capture the essence of your brand. 

And I just want to give some tough love for a moment.

And this is meant with 100% love, but still tough love, because sometimes we all need it.

Recently I was doing some research for a...

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The Ultimate Guide: Making Money as an Indoor Playground Owner Through User-Generated Content for Toy And Playground Equipment Businesses

Mar 15, 2023

The world of content creation has evolved at a rapid pace, with the power of user-generated content (UGC) playing an increasingly significant role in the success of businesses today, regardless of whether that business sells in-person or online. 

UGC refers to any type of content created by users, customers, or fans of a brand, including text, images, videos, and reviews. In this article we'll dive deep into how you can capitalize on this phenomenon and make money creating user-generated...

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Buying vs. Leasing a Commercial Space: Which is Best for Your Indoor Playground Business?

Mar 15, 2023

 

When it comes to finding a space for your indoor playground or play cafe business, there are two primary options: buying a commercial building or leasing a space.

Both options have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and the decision will ultimately depend on your specific business needs and financial situation. 

This is one of those areas where the BEST option will depend solely on your specific circumstances, and I’d recommend hiring a local professional...

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The 4 Biggest Mistakes I Made When Licensing My Indoor Playground Business Concept

Mar 08, 2023

 

In this article I want to talk about 4 mistakes I made with our indoor playground licensing agreement, so you can hopefully avoid them in the future. 

And these tips will be relevant whether you’re leaning towards the franchising  or licensing route. if you're not sure if licensing or franchising your indoor playground is for you-- I have another article here you can check out!

Alright, so a little background and context. 

At this point in our journey, we are...

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Thinking Of Expanding, Franchising, Or Licensing Your Indoor Playground Business? Read This First

Feb 28, 2023

When an indoor playground or play cafe business reaches a certain level of success and wants to expand its operations, two popular options include licensing and franchising.

While many of my members have opted to open a second location of their own, such as Elle from Pikopye’s Town in Austin, Texas or Renee from Mezanmi Play Cafe in Michigan–

It’s not always possible to comfortably or effectively operate multiple locations yourself due to life, time, or distance constraints....

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Prepare Your Indoor Playground, Play Cafe Business, Or Family Entertainment Center For A Recession

Feb 27, 2023

 

In this article, we are covering a bit of a heavy topic, but I know it’s one that’s likely been on your mind and heart lately- so we’re going to dive right into it.

That’s right, today we are covering recession prep. But fear not because I actually feel very strongly that if you are reading this right now and if you are constantly seeking to learn and improve and invest in your success– whether it’s here with me or with another business or life...

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Increase The Value of Your Play Cafe Membership Offer WITHOUT Discounting Other Services

Feb 27, 2023

 

 

I talk a lot on this blog and on my Profitable Play podcast about how crucial recurring revenue and specifically memberships can be for an indoor playground businesses’ long term sustainability and success.

We talked about the importance of memberships quite a bit recently in episode 169, and I also did a deep dive into memberships way back in episodes 63, 64, 65, 66, and 69. And in episode 69 I even talked about how creating a strong recurring revenue stream with...

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Book Out Your Birthday Calendar At Your Indoor Playground Business Quickly With Content Marketing

Feb 24, 2023

In episode 169 of the Profitable Play Podcast I explained one of my MOST effective strategies for giving an under-performing offer or service a massive boost in a short amount of time. And that is a super intentional content blitz.

If you haven’t listened to that episode, make sure you go back it’s episode 169 and listen to it– because it was packed with information and I’m not going to repeat all of the background strategy behind what a content blitz is and why...

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Increase Your Indoor Playground Membership Enrollment Numbers QUICKLY With A 10 Step Content Blitz

Feb 24, 2023

 In Profitable Play Podcast episode 168, I told the story of a failed launch turned multi-six-figure offer, and at the end I asked you to ponder the question question...

“Is there an offer in your indoor playground business or a specific service you launched, that isn’t quite selling as much as you’d like?”

In that episode I also mentioned that the reason behind the lack of sales MIGHT just be due to a lack of customer awareness and education, so in this article...

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Should You Hire Employees Or Independent Contractors At Your Play Cafe Business?

Feb 10, 2023

We talk a lot on my Profitable Play podcast about delegation and with that comes the entire conversation about recruiting, hiring, and retaining high-quality employees. However, as I described in more detail back in episode 163 of the Profitable Play podcast, that can be easier said than done.

(And by the way, if you'd prefer to listen to this article via audio format, it's available on my podcast here!)

Forecasts by Korn Ferry cited that by 2030, more than 85 million jobs might go unfilled...

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