How to Open a Professional Carnival

Opening a professional carnival can be extremely fulfilling and lucrative for business owners. And while there are hundreds of thousands of customers who pay for carnival rides and games each season, balancing your investment and income can be very challenging. Most people who run a professional carnival have been in the business their entire lives and learned it from their parents, but that’s not to say a newcomer can’t be successful in this line of business. Read the following steps to find out how to open a professional carnival.

  • 1 Spend a season working with a professional carnival. This way, you’ll learn how to set up and break down the rides, how to attract customers, how to deal with unexpected problems and more.
  • 2 Construct a business plan for your professional carnival that outlines the necessary investment and projected income.
    • Determine which rides and games you want, and how much each costs.
    • Budget for trucks to transport your equipment from place to place and generators to provide reliable power sources.
    • Decide how many employees you need. You’ll need a crew to set up and break down the carnival, as well as a maintenance crew and employees for every ride when the carnival is open.
    • Find out which licenses and permits you need, and how much they cost.
    • Discuss how much insurance you’ll need for your professional carnival and plan this into your overall budget.
  • 3 Discuss your business plan with investors and raise the necessary capital to open a professional carnival.
  • 4 Buy the rides and games you’ve chosen, as well as all other necessary equipment. If buying everything new is too costly, look into buying second-hand equipment.
  • 5 Interview and hire experienced personnel who know how to handle the equipment and conduct themselves responsibly.
  • 6 Get insurance for your professional carnival. This is likely to be a significant amount of money, so take your time and look around for the best deal with adequate coverage.
  • 7 Plan winter storage for your professional carnival equipment between the end of December and the beginning of April.
  • 8 Plan your professional carnival’s itinerary and apply for the necessary local licenses and permits. Choose locations that offer sufficient customers to make your time there profitable.
  • 9 Start an advertisement campaign that includes posters, flyers, and advertisements in local papers and on the radio.
  • 10 Make sure all of your carnival rides comply with legal safety requirements.
  • 11 Open a professional carnival at the first location on your itinerary. Be sure to get some press and offer some extra festivities, as the publicity will attract more customers. Advertisement