How many inflatables should I start off with? This question needs to be answered by each person. You need to take into consideration your budget and how much you can afford. Generally you should at least start off with 3-5 inflatables, this way you will have a variety for customers to choose from. If you are to purchase only one bounce house then you lose the client base that is looking to rent moonwalk combos, inflatable slides, obstacle courses or interactive inflatables and eventually you lose business. Once a customer sees you don't have a variety to choose from more likely than not they will go to some other company. This is where most startup companies fail. They either start off with the wrong number of inflatables or with the wrong styles.
The most proven successful strategy is to go with one or two regular bouncers, both of which should be a generic theme that will be good for any party or event, this way you do not limit your client base. Besides these two bouncers, you also want to get one combo with a bounce and slide, and one interactive inflatable or obstacle course inflatable. If you start off by buying specific themed inflatables like a Disney themed character, then you really limit yourself to ONLY those customers that are looking for that theme specifically. Another inflatable you MUST have is a water slide. Water slides are one of the most popular and profitable inflatables to have in your moonwalk rental inventory. Having this variety of inflatable products will put you in the right road for becoming successful and profitable.
However, if you do have the finances to purchase more inflatables than it is advised to do so. The best way to grow your business and keep customers is to offer them a variety. It is essential to have a variety because people have parties for different events and themes, and if you cannot offer them an inflatable with a relevant theme to complement their party or event then you lose their business and they turn to another company with more variety and themes to choose from. So keep these in mind and start off your business in the right direction by choosing a variety and going with generic inflatables, rather than more specific ones.