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.
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!