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More Money, More Problems

Even though most money transactions seem to be digital these days, there are still those holdouts. People use cash for emergency transactions, to give their credit cards a rest, and because they just like the feel of paper leaving their wallets (anyone else?).

And, everyone knows that counting the cash drawer is one of the most tedious aspects of closing up every night. Thankfully, we just made that step easier for you. Counting the cash drawer is now easier and intuitive, so anyone can do it. Now, if only we could make those credit card fees go away…

Watch the video below to see exactly how our cash count function works.

If you want to learn more about how easy our trampoline park software is to use, give us a call at (888) 500-2618 to schedule a demo.

New Year, New Business Goals

Ah, the last day of November, which means that the shopping panic will surely strike us all right in the heart tomorrow morning. The holidays are truly upon us, and we hope you’re out enjoying yourself instead of stressing about how you missed all the Black Friday sales. Maybe you’re like us and just taking a few extra jumps at the family entertainment center to blow off steam.

Instead of worrying about shopping, take some time to plan out how your 2019 is going to go. And, chances are that you’ve taken the time to understand your market, scope out the competition, and solidify your business plan already. But, does your three- or five-year plan have all the details you want to focus on this year? Take some time to dial in what you will work on this year in order to reach those goals. Keep reading to see some great suggestions and get your brain working.

  • Adopt new equipment or technology

    We promise that we didn’t choose this one just because we make the best trampoline park point of sale software on the market. Hand-to-our-heart, upgrading your technology or equipment can help you get the edge on your competitors. And, the nicer and safer your park looks, the happier customers will be. So, take a look around and see if you need to upgrade foam cubes, dodgeball balls, trampoline springs, tables, or anything else that isn’t doing it for you.

    Of course, you should look at your point of sale software and birthday party booking software. If it’s a hassle to use, isn’t intuitive, or makes your life harder, you’re wasting time on a tool that isn’t cutting it. We believe that tools should be adjusted to the task at hand, and not the other way around. We make your park run smoothly, so you can get back to your other tasks.

  • Reach new target audiences

    If you know there are customers out there that haven’t visited you, this may be the year to find them. Whether you hire a consultant or experiment with social media marketing, finding new customers is a great way to grow your business.

  • Improve employee benefits

    If you’re just starting out, you may not have the ability to give your employees the raise they deserve. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t give them anything. Providing leadership training can help them boost their resume, and snacks in the break room can help them stay in a people-pleasing mood.

  • Develop your long-term plan

    If you don’t have a five-year plan for your business, it’s time to sit down and get serious. Prevent mistakes by having a clear roadmap for the future, and make sure everyone involved is on the same page. You can include a plan for retaining customers through stellar customer service, boost your PR by being involved in the community, and how to increase revenue.

  • Improve your finances

    Be strict with your expenses, and separate all business expenses from your personal ones (if you haven’t already). Look at expenses that bring your business down and brainstorm ways to improve that area. For example, if you are constantly throwing out food that doesn’t sell, order less, or donate that food to a non-profit. You may even find some tax benefits you overlooked before.

No matter what you do, having a clear framework will help you move toward your goals in 2019. If you want to learn more about our trampoline park pos and how we can help you grow your business in 2019, give us a call at 1 (888) 500-2618 today.

How to Take Advantage of Holiday Time Off School

Though it feels like Corporate America started the official holiday season the day after Halloween this year, the truth is, you should be thinking and planning that far ahead, too. Even farther, when it comes to behind the scenes work. When it comes to business (not just trampoline parks), it’s the people who are organized and plan ahead that often succeed. So if your business model is more of the “winging it” or “we’ll figure it out later” type, well, we have a resolution for you. And, we also have a trampoline park point of sale system that can help you streamline and understand your business better, by the way. ;)

Being able to take full advantage of the holiday season doesn’t require too much. A little forethought and time spent understanding who your customer is and what makes them happy will go a long way. Keep reading for one key thing you need to know to keep your family entertainment center thriving.

Who (or What) Is the Competition?

Identifying your competition is key to a successful campaign. Why are people choosing that option? Alternatively, what would keep them from choosing that route? Knowing where you fit in the picture gives you your “in.” And though you likely know your competition, you may not have realized that it can change with the weather. Whaaaa?

For example, if you’re located in a cold state that gets a lot of snow, your trampoline park may be competing with the great outdoors. Sledding, skiing, and ice skating all become way more popular this time of year, if only because you can only ski in the snow (unless you’re “ a creative” maybe). Going further, understand who is and who isn’t taking advantage of that weather. You may find a perfect market in families with kids too young to go skiing. Or, alternatively, your target market could end up containing all of those people who transplanted to your cold weather city for work, and never liked the snow anyway.

You might also be competing with the influx of movies that hit the theaters right around this time of year. Whether it’s the third remake of a kid’s holiday movie, or a nice refreshing action movie with an impossibly fit star in his 60’s (our personal fave), the movies that earn millions year after year sometimes leave us scratching our heads. But, alas, the heart wants what it wants. If your trampoline park’s location is near a movie theatre, consider teaming up with that theater to offer discounted tickets or spruce up your signage to lure in patrons just leaving the theater.

Let’s just say that you’re going after the shoppers this time of year. That can be tricky, if you’re looking at it from a straight-forward perspective. We’re definitely not going to suggest that parents leave their kids unsupervised at your family entertainment center so they can shop, so how can we convince them to spend a few precious hours with you? It’s easier than you think. Suggest that multiple families team up for an afternoon at your trampoline park. That way, some parents can stay and watch the kids, while others can go get some shopping done. Let’s face it, a lot of dads would rather play dodge ball on a trampoline than spend four hours shopping anyway. Not everyone thinks of things like this, so suggesting it can be a real help for guests. A sandwich board in front of your location, a social media post, or a small flyer can all help spread the word.

When in doubt, don’t be afraid to experiment. The last-minute deal might become the tool you use again and again. Once you’ve gotten your post-Thanksgiving deals under control, give us a call. Our trampoline park point of sale software can help you plan ahead for busy days and keep your employees sane. Call us today at +1 (888) 500-2618 to schedule a demo.

Books to Get You Ready for Your Entrepreneurial Goals

Are you confused why everyone is crowding the malls, shopping until they max out their credit cards? Some of us take a while to get to the place where we realize we want something more out of life. And though we all still need clothes to wear when it gets cold, we don’t all need all the stuff.

This becomes much more apparent when you’re ready to start your own business. Suddenly, you may find yourself scouring the bookstore shelves to learn how to secure funding or the best ways to manage people. We’ve read almost everything we can get our hands on, and our family entertainment center software reflects that expertise. But, maybe you’re just starting out. Looking for books to read to get you going? Keep reading for a list of classics and new kids on the block.

Self-Employed by Joel Comm and John Rampton

This book is a little bit of a test. Essentially, the book contains stories about real entrepreneurs who made it happen, and asks you to relate. If you don’t? Well, we’re not saying you don’t have the skills, but starting your own business may be easier with them. We all have to choose at some point whether we want to work for someone else or strike out on our own. This may help you decide which kind of person you really are.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Ah, social media: the ultimate time-waster. This book teaches you how to avoid social media, email chimes, and other distractions that keep you from getting important things done. Being able to dive deep into the work is the goal here.

What If It Does Work Out? by Susie Moore

Passionate about trampoline parks? You know we are. But are you? Moore helps motivate and inspire you to take that leap of faith, and turn your passion into a business. She includes plenty of tips and strategies to get you moving.

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

This behemoth contains highlights and interviews that Ferriss touches on in his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. By digging into the minds of some of the most successful and influential, Ferriss allows us to see how other people think. Ready to pick up some new routines and tactics? Grab this brick and attack it over the next year.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

This book explores how habits influence everything we do in life. So, whether you want to quit smoking, or just understand why you put off the things you want to do, this book could be the answer. And yes, this does include tips on how you can change and create new habits to be the person you want to be. But, no, it won’t help you run your trampoline park (though we can help with that).

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

You know how people say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”? Well, that’s pretty much what Manson says in his hilarious book. Embracing the things that you do well is important, but so is understanding what you’re not so good at. Nice.

You are A Badass by Jean Sincero

Looking for some motivation? Go out and get this book. Sincero aims to give you that shot in the arm you’ve been needing with lines like, “Never apologize for who you are. It lets the whole world down.” Ready for someone to give you a hug and tell you you’re amazing?

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Looking for more? How about less? This book aims to help you trim the fat and focus on what’s important. So, no more multi-tasking and no more distractions. If it’s not the most important thing, don’t let it take up your time.

What else should be added to the list? Anything we need to read in the new year?

If you’re ready to dive in and start your business next year, we wish you all the luck. And, let’s face it, you’re going to need more than luck. So call us to learn more about the best trampoline park point of sale software in the biz today.