Big Ideas, Big Screens, & Big Business

LED Display Rentals – Coming to an Event Near You

Remember the last time you were at a concert or music festival and got to view your favorite performers on the big screen? I sure do. And the folk in the back row really appreciate these screens more than anyone; they give them a front row seat to the action!

Most people aren’t aware of what these screens are actually called—LED screens (or LED displays, Jumbotrons, LED video walls, and a dozen other similar names). These screens first debuted at the World’s Fair back in 1985 and were called “Jumbotrons” and since then the term has become a genericized trademark (sort of like Kleenex for tissues). In the late 80s and on through the 90s these screens were insanely expensive. Right around the turn of the century, they started becoming more affordable, and by affordable I don’t mean rent one for a backyard party affordable, I meant $50k for a one day event affordable. This of course is still light years away from what your typical event could pay, however stadiums started installing them for daytime video.

An LED screen up close

An LED screen up close

In the past 5 years LED technology has made huge strides and now you can rent these screens for smaller events. You might have even seen one at a local concert, fair or festival. There are two major types of these screens when it comes to the rental market.

You have mobile LED screens which are the type that are mounted to trucks and trailers and allow for easy setup. These are very popular with short, one day events and are very simple with regard to setup. They are usually turn-key, and most come with on board generators and production rooms of varying sizes.

You have modular LED screens which are the type that are constructed onsite from individual panels. These screens can be built any shape or size, as they do not come assembled. Most often, you will find these screens being made up of panels that are approximately a foot and a half to two feet square or rectangular. There are two different types of modular screens, indoor and outdoor, which I will explain further.

Indoor LED screens are made (obviously) for indoor events, or events where there is not a lot of ambient light. Indoor LED screens are not as bright as outdoor LED screens, and for this reason their “pixels” can be closer to one another, without causing heat displacement issues.

Outdoor LED screens are the type that are used at outdoor events, however can be used at indoor events as well. The main difference between the two is outdoor LED screens are much brighter than their indoor counterparts, and are also usually weather proof. These screens can handle anything mother nature has to throw at them, and then some.

In the coming years we are sure to see more and more LED display rentals at events, as they are becoming incredibly popular around the United States. Next time you here a friend say, “Jumbotron” you can confidently inform them that unfortunately they’re incorrect, and are actually called LED screens. What could be more fun than that?

New Business Example – Renting Tents to Events

Starting a new business doesn’t have to be as difficult as you hear about. Granted, it isn’t easy, and will very likely take long hours and possibly some startup investment. The question is, is it worth the time and money? Only you can be the person to make that decision, however I personally would much rather spend my time making my dreams come true, rather than spend my time making someone else’s dreams come true. The following is an example of a new business that started up out of a home, and has since spread all over the nation: Find Me A Tent. I had the chance to speak with the owner, David Longacre, to ask him about the business.

Find Me A Tent is in the tent rental business, which consist of party tent rentals and wedding tent rentals, mainly. It started up when David, the owner, was at a friend’s wedding. He showed up early to help set chairs, and ended up meeting the owner of a local tent rental business. After speaking with him about how busy he was, David decided to start his own business, renting these tents to local graduations, corporate events and of course, weddings.

Frame Tent

A small frame tent.

Since then, Find Me A Tent has literally exploded, and is now offering tents to several states, and planning on more expansion soon. Find Me A Tent started out offering San Francisco tent rentals and shortly added their second city offering tent rentals in San Diego. “Both cities really took off quickly” David commented. Apparently, because of the size of the cities and the reasonably good weather year round, they were a perfect fit for the company.

As far as expansion goes, what has really helped is their strong internet presence. That combined with a pension for client satisfaction has really given them the strength they need to grow and prosper. Not only are they offering tents, they’ve also gotten into offering other party needs such as tables, chairs and various other equipment. “I kept having people ask me for chairs, fencing, and other items and figured why would I send a paying customer away, I might as well handle it all,” mentioned David. When asked how he sees the next five years playing out, he was cautious, but definitely optimistic. “If we can add another 10 states to our business, I’d be very happy.”

After speaking with David, I was nothing short of impressed at his vast knowledge regarding best business practices. It would be hard to imagine Find Me A Tent not dominating the tent rental market, as well as party supply market, in another five years. Already they’re in over two dozen states, with many more on the way. If you’d like to find out more about them, just visit one of the links I put in the beginning of the article.

For more information on starting a business, I always recommend checking out Forbes, as they typically give a lot of good advice on that site. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!


Real Estate Buying Tips

Real estate is known to many as houses or buildings though in a broad aspect it means land and all that is in it such as building, crops, minerals, water and landscaping among others. In real estate one is either an owner or a lease-holder, the difference between the two is the degree of ownership. A lease holder is not in a position to transfer ownership of the estate but an owner has all the legal rights to use the estate whoever they choose.

Many a times people want to purchase real estates and become legal owners to enjoy all the property rights. Some want estates for rent, for living and for resale at a later date. What are the real estate buying tips? We all have budgets that we have to follow when making financial decisions to ensure we do not land ourselves in legal tussles or even in financial crisis. This should be one of the paramount real estate buying tips as one should not buy an estate beyond their financial capabilities.

Majority of buyers prefer mortgages to avoid foregoing a great deal. It is important for one to consider a mortgage with reasonable rate and also do the total of what the estate will cost them. Real estate firms are better compared to dealing with individuals, though they should be legit and experienced firms with genuine positive reviews. Involving legal professionals is one of the real estate buying tips that you have to consider. It is important to get a lawyer as some contracts may be very difficult to comprehend, real estate attorneys handle all the paperwork involved thus legality of the ownership contract is guaranteed.

When dealing with an old house, the buyer needs to know why the seller is selling the house. Some reasons may be a cause for alarm. The physical location of the estate is a tip to consider in reference to security, social amenities, infrastructure, communication network and resources such as water and electricity among others. Some of the things that one needs to watch out is whether the place is prone to natural calamities and also wild animals. Buyers often think price as one of the major real estate buying tips but in reality price always does not guarantee quality. It is vital to look around and do research whether buying a vacation house, rental or a living estate to get the best and avoid regrets or losses.


How to start a home business

I have been dreaming to start a home business for years. The reason is, I am no longer interested in corporate job. I don’t want to work for other people anymore. So, after 10 years of working in 9 to 5 jobs, I decided to launch my own woman’s bag brand. Where I designed, produced, and sold the product myself from home. The beginning stage is very critical, you design your over all business plan and take care of your financial to make sure that your business have a healthy cashflow. You will learn a lot and work harder than before when you were still an employee. It was very though. However, if you can pass all the obstacles of being a self employee, it is for sure will become a rewarding personal journey. My handwork is paid off after 2 years of focusing myself in the business.

Now I can see the money is coming to replace the salary I used to have and even more. So, How to Start a Home Business? I would suggest everyone who asked me this question to first of all knowing your passion in life. Do you have a hobby that you can turn into a business? For example, maybe you like a handcraft. You can offer a craft course at your home. Or maybe you like to cook, then you can do a catering business from your home or offering a cooking class. There are ton of hobbies that can turn into business ideas. Find your hobby and passion and start your home business from there.

Create a Business Plan No matter how small your business is, try to make a plan. This will help you to see a business in a big picture. How do you see your business in the next 2 years? What actions do you have to take to get there? What products or services do you want to sell and offer to your potential customers? How much capital do you need to run the business? Who is the competitors and how to make your business different from other.

Just Do It After all, after knowing what you want to do in the business, the next step you have to do is taking an action. It is very normal to have a fear, but don’t let your fear put you down. Take the risk, enjoy the process and commit to work professionally for your business even though you are working from home.