Please meet IT consultant Sam Anderson, the mind behind the success of Bouncy Castles For Sale Europe, a classified website selling new and used bouncy castles…
Asked about his favourite ‘bouncy castle’, Sam has no doubts: “It would have to be an ‘assault course’; the different obstacles offer more of a challenge and more fun than just jumping around.”
Challenges do not seem to discourage this Kent-based IT consultant; and how could they when Sam perfectly juggles an important career for a firm in London and his own online business?
In London, Sam looks after the internal IT systems for a large Oracle consultancy firm while also providing support for some bespoke Oracle eBusiness Suite software currently in use in some of the top fortune 500 companies.
Despite having worked as an IT consultant his whole life, Sam has never really forgotten his passion for the bouncy castle industry, a passion which started almost 20 years ago:
“A family business started up approximately 30 years ago; it first set off as a small bouncy castle operator and then it grew in size to become one of the largest dedicated hire operators offering bespoke inflatable attractions. I started out as their “chief tester” for new units then moved over to “map boy” (no sat navs in those days). I remember sitting in the van giving directions to the driver for the next route on weekends and during school holidays… then, over time, I got more and more involved in the day to day operation, installs and operating the units.”
With such a significant experience, it was impossible not to build a national, business like Bouncy Castles For Sale Europe; and, despite running through the obvious challenges of having to launch a business from scratch and building a reputation, the satisfactions have absolutely outdone the obstacles on Sam’s path:
“One of the biggest satisfactions has been receiving great customer feedback as well as the pleasure of having helped someone to either purchase some new equipment or to sell an item.”
It has helped having strong ethics and customer values; values, which according to Sam, can only be translated in “practising my profession with integrity, honesty and truthfulness while also inspiring others into believing that anyone can be successful with hard work and determination.”
Determination and never, ever, forgetting to do your ‘homework’ about your market; this is what Sam would advise to other aspiring ‘bouncy castle’ business owners:
“Do your homework, do your market research. Over the years I have seen many people start and fail because they didn’t do any market research; you need to understand the customer and always fulfil their requirements. Attend trade shows and speak to other operators and different manufactures as most of them offer plenty of advice.”
With Bouncy Castles For Sale Europe having recently developed a more affordable classified marketplace for all types of inflatable attractions including slides, interactive games and side stalls, it is crucial for Sam to keep providing an amazing customer service and, according to him:
“It is vital to listen to your customers because even the negative comments can be used as constructive feedback to improve your services.”
With so much going on, it is easy to see Bouncy Castles For Sale Europe becoming even more successful in five years time and Sam certainly has big expansion plans:
“Five years from now a lot of things can certainly happen, especially when you put your mind to it. I would like to take the website to the global market as bouncy castles are used worldwide and I am sure operators in other locations also face the same challenges UK operators do when it comes to locating new and used equipment.”
Wow, no wonder that, when asked to describe himself in one single word, he replied: “motivated”.
Offering a modern and user friendly classified marketplace, Bouncy Castles For Sale Europe is a proactive company with a growing online and social media presence; it’s free to join; and clients can list items for sale free of charge for the first 60 days, all this, without the hassle of transaction fees.