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What budget do you need to start a marquee hire business

This is a question I get asked often and my response is nearly always the same – don’t throw a large amount of money at it to start with.

Now this might be a little surprising considering my position, surely it’s in our interest to sell someone as much equipment as possible? Well yes, but we take a longer term view -if we look after you then when you expand or need to replace stock you’ll come back to us for more. If you turn tound afte a year with a lot of stock that you’ve never used then you won’t think much of my recommendations!

Basically I’d suggest something around £4000 to start with if you’re starting it up on a part-time basis:

Website builders such as Wordpress/Squarespace/Wix/Godaddy can be an easy way to set up your own website or your can hire a professional

Google Ads now offer £400 free advertising credit to new customers - this can be a great way to get in the first few jobs (website required first)

A Google My Business listing is a free google listing that will make your business appear in the local area searches and on google maps

This is based on someone starting a business slowly and buying more marquees as needed – when our delivery time is generally 2-3 days from stock it makes life a lot easier to expand!

If you need a large return straight away and you’re doing this full time then obviously you’ll need more marquees to start with (this is what our gold package is aimed at).

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