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Before we look at the new game, let’s define the old game first. This applies to starting a paintball field or just life in general. The old game is waking up every day doing what you hate, go to work, come home, rinse and repeat. You were made for better than this. You are better than this!

The new game is doing what you love!  The new game is spending time doing something you believe in! Something that will not only create wealth for your family but create a better community. Do you think Southern California and Orlando Florida are better off because Walt Disney built parks there? Do the same for your community, provide a safe place for people of all ages to go and have a great time!

For the most part people are not coming to your park to play paintball, they are coming to escape their problems and have a great experience with family and friends. Tom Staggs, the chairman of Walt Disney Company’s parks and resorts says it this way. ” We’re known for castles and tea cups and cruise ships, but at the end of the day, we’re in the experience business.”  Step up and be the man or woman to provide this in your community, you will glad you did.

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What is the #1 most important step when starting a paintball field? It’s not what you think. It isn’t raising capital or finding an investor, it isn’t finding potential locations or even picking your name. The #1 step is…

Decide!  That’s right, you must decide to open your field. The Latin root word of decide means to CUT OFF or KILL , as in to cut off or kill any other alternative than to start a paintball field. Once you do this, the rest is just minor details.

Yes, you still need a name and a location and possible funding ( we we can offer by the way) but the most critical step of all for your success, is to make the decision to start your paintball field. Once you have cut off any alternative, then you can kill the nagging doubts like ” what if it doesn’t work.” etc..  Here is a thought, what if it does work? What if you make so much money you have to open 5 more bank accounts? Think about how much money you are losing by not opening your paintball field.

Take Action now and make a quality decision to start your paintball business today. We are standing by ready to help!

Many people looking to start a paintball field or looking to expand their paintball business are concerned about paying too much in interest rates. Part of this challenge is that we are bombarded with real estate interest rates all the time,  3.5% is all we see at the banks, hear on the radio and see on TV.  However a businesses loan is in a different solar system than a house loan.

As you may have heard, over 85% of new businesses fail in the first 3 years ( our Paintball Franchise has a 100% success rate, but that’s a different blog). The point is, loaning unsecured money to a business is a huge risk, vs. a car loan or a house loan. Simply because the house isn’t going anywhere and with cars they can get them back fairly easily. With a business loan it’s next to impossible to collect when someone goes out of business. For this reason, start up and working capital loans require a higher interest rate to off set the risk, plain and simple.

So, how much is too much?  I must point out that standard VC ( Venture Capitalist ) interest rates are 40% PER YEAR and they take ownership and control of your company. They do this to insure they get their 40%.  VC’s sound really exciting and glamorous but there is much more than meets the eye. A great book about this that is a fun roller coaster read is Ryan Blairs  Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain.

Recently a paintball field owner called me and said he ran the numbers on his loan that he just paid off. He said, “ Evan, I just paid over $10,000 in interest, that’s too much! “ So I said, have you ever looked at how much interest your paying on your home loan?  Then I asked him what his sales for the year was, he said “approx. $500,000.” He grew from $350,000 the year before. Then I said, don’t you think $10,000 is a small price to invest to get a thriving business that does $500,000 a year?  Plus his entire payment and interest was all tax deductible.  He then replied “ Wow, I never thought of it that way, your right, I got a great deal.” You see without his start up loan, he could have never started his business.

The bottom line is this: interest vs. opportunity. I believe the opportunity of owning a thriving paintball business is worth paying a little interest for. If your looking for start up financing for your paintball field or need working capital to expand, call my direct line at 310-750-6219 or e-mail evan@moneypaintball.org

Current paintball field owners and people looking to start a paintball field pay close attention. First off paintball insurance is really low, approx $1,500 to $4,000 per year depending on your field size, UNTIL YOU HAVE A ACCIDENT CLAIM!

A recent paintball field owner shared with me that his insurance just rose 10 TIMES because he had his first claim. Oh it gets better, the claim was not his fault! Some kid took his goggles off during a game and guess what, he got hit in the eye. I’m not going to bore you with the details of the claim and the attorney vs. the insurance company battles. To be clear, this paintball field owner runs a tight ship, he does 200 to 600 players a day and this was his very first claim ever.

The bottom line is this: A kid took his goggles off.   As a paintball field owner you can have the greatest safety video, the best refs and the safest fields but you can’t stop a kid from taking his mask off, or can you?

Many paintball field owners make the mistake of using the cheapest rental masks they can find. Simply because the masks and the lenses get thrashed very quickly, so why bother paying more. I believe this is a HUGE MISTAKE and one that can save you $50,000 or even $5,000,000 in paintball insurance premiums over the life of your paintball field.

In all our rental paintball packages that we offer on emoneypaintball.net we include high end DYE rental masks THAT ARE VERY COMFORTABLE and fog resistant. If the mask is comfortable there is less of a chance that someone will want to take it off. I have tried on many a so called “rental mask”,  only to rip it off my head in a few seconds because it hurts! So if your looking to start a paintball field or if your already a successful paintball field owner, choose a more comfortable mask, it’s a small price to pay to avoid the pain of high insurance premiums.

Yes, it’s true, the Denver Broncos players used paintball to help get them to the Super Bowl. As someone looking to start a paintball field or if your a current field owner, NFL stars like to play paintball. It’s one of the rare extreme sports their contract will allow them to do.  Take advantage of this!

Denver Bronco star linebacker #59 Danny Trevathan and his teammate David Bruton recently played paintball at our Franchise Paintball Field in Denver Colorado, The Paintball Park Aurora.  Danny was looking for a way to let off a little steam and have fun,  but he soon realized how paintball makes you a better leader. The Bronco defense is seeing this payoff big time.

So if you looking to start a paintball field or grow your existing one, reach out to a local NFL team or any sports team for that matter. The marketing possibilities are endless. Send me an e-mail if you need some tips with this. evan@moneypaintball.org

This is a question I get asked almost every day! And it’s a very important one. When is the best time of year to start a paintball field ?

The answer is, right now!

Now is always the best time to take action, here is why.

First off let’s talk about outdoor paintball fields but don’t worry, we will cover indoor paintball fields as well.

For outdoor paintball, in the places that actually have seasons, you want the winter months to act as your pre- grand opening phase. This way when the weather breaks in spring, you will be in full swing and able to handle the rush.

Too many people make the mistake of trying to have a grand opening in the peak season, then fail miserably because they were not ready. You need time to learn everything.

Plus things always take longer than expected when starting a paintball field. Many people try to time their grand opening for the peak season, only to run into unforeseen delays and end up opening 3 months later than expected. Don’t fall into that trap !   Plan to open now, then whatever delay you run into, is not a big deal.

Now let’s talk about starting an indoor paintball field. Our newest indoor franchise field in Colorado opened in the summer. Why?   Because when the snow finally started falling and his numbers skyrocketed, he was ready for it. He used the slower summer months to get through the learning curve at a much more relaxed pace.

With all that said, you can still start a paintball field and open during the peak season and do well. But no matter when you open, you can always do well.

Evan Money is the owner of moneypaintall.org and is celebrating his 20th year helping people start successful paintball fields. With 100% financing for start ups and Working capital loans, Money Paintball can fund your dream today.

For many paintball field owners, their favorite time of year is  September through October. Thousands of paintball and laser tag field owners are cashing in on the Halloween Haunt craze with their Money Paintball  battlewagons ( battle wagons)  and walk through mazes.

In fact one field owner in a small town of 40,000 people had 18,000 people take a $10 ride on his battlewagon ( battle wagon) in 45 days! Those are exciting numbers, no wonder paintball field owners want Halloween to be every month. Actually, it can be.

One of the main draws of the haunts is not the scare factor or the special effects, simply put, it’s the fact the people are not shooting back at them! THIS IS THE HUGE DRAW MANY PAINTBALL FIELD OWNERS MISS!

There are millions of people who would love to shoot something but don’t want to get hit back! That’s why the carnivals always have a packed section where you are shooting something that doesn’t hit back. Smart paintball field owners leverage this knowledge and create ways for people to have fun “one way” shooting experiences.  Here are some great examples:

ZIP LINE WITH PAINTBALL TARGETS-  This is the best of both worlds, many field owners have discovered the added revenue stream a zip line can offer, now give them something to shoot at.

SUPER HERO SHOOT- There are many paintball field owners that really don’t like the whole blood and zombie theme of Halloween. Many of these paintball field owners choose to have you shoot Super Heroes instead of Zombies. The best part is, there is always a new Super Hero movie coming out, plan your next Super Hero shoot around the release of the new movie. Why wait for Halloween?

FLYING TARGET RANGE- Laporte, the makers of Word Class Clay Target machines have now made something really amazing for paintball field owners. A flying target range, perfect for paintball and archery, check  out the videos here: http://emoneypaintball.net/flying-target-range-paintball-archery-p-287.html

If your looking to start a paintball field of any kind, keep these ideas in mind.

#1. TAKING ACTION – You must Take Action Now if anything is going to happen, period. No Action, no business. The first action step is to make a decision. Decide that you will start your paintball field no matter what. The root word for decide literally means to cut off, so you want to cut off any other option.

Now the rest of the 9 ingredients below come from my very first mentor in life, the great Jim Rohn. There isn’t a single better person than Jim to cover these key ingredients to your entrepreneurial success in the paintball world.

2. Time.

Time is more valuable than capital. The time you set aside not to be wasted, not to be given away. Time you set aside to be invested in an enterprise that brings value to the marketplace with the hope of making a profit. Now we have capital time.

How valuable is time? Time properly invested is worth a fortune. Time wasted can be devastation. Time invested can perform miracles, so you invest your time.

3. Desperation.

I have a friend Lydia, whose first major investment in her new enterprise was desperation. She said, “My kids are hungry, I gotta make this work. If this doesn’t work, what will I do?” So she invested $1 in her enterprise selling a product she believed in. The $1 was to buy a few fliers so she could make a sale at retail, collect the money and then buy the product wholesale to deliver back to the customer.

My friend Bill Bailey went to Chicago as a teenager after he got out of high school. And the first job he got was as a night janitor. Someone said, “Bill, why would you settle for night janitor?” He said, “Malnutrition.” You work at whatever you can possibly get when you get hungry. You go to work somewhere — night janitor, it doesn’t matter where it is. Years later, now Bill is a recipient of the Horatio Alger award, rich and powerful and one of the great examples of lifestyle that I know. But, his first job — night janitor. Desperation can be a powerful incentive. When you say – I must.

4. Determination.

Determination says I will. First Lydia said, “I must find a customer.” Desperation. Second, she said, “I will find someone before this first day is over.” Sure enough, she found someone. She said, “If it works once, it will work again.” But then the next person said, “No.” Now what must you invest?

5. Courage.

Courage is more valuable than capital. If you’ve only got $1 and a lot of courage, I’m telling you, you’ve got a good future ahead of you. Courage in spite of the circumstances. Humans can do the most incredible things no matter what happens. Haven’t we heard the stories? There are some recent ones from Kosovo that are some of the most classic, unbelievable stories of being in the depths of hell and finally making it out. It’s humans. You can’t sell humans short. Courage in spite of, not because of, but in spite of. Now once Lydia has made 3 or 4 sales and gotten going, here’s what now takes over.

6. Ambition.

“Wow! If I can sell 3, I can sell 33. If I can sell 33, I can sell 103.” Wow. Lydia is now dazzled by her own dreams of the future.

7. Faith.

Now she begins to believe she’s got a good product. This is probably a good company. And she then starts to believe in herself. Lydia, single mother, 2 kids, no job. “My gosh, I’m going to pull it off!” Her self-esteem starts to soar. These are investments that are unmatched. Money can’t touch it. What if you had a million dollars and no faith? You’d be poor. You wouldn’t be rich. Now here is the next one, the reason why she’s a millionaire today.

8. Ingenuity.

Putting your brains to work. Probably up until now, you’ve put about 1/10 of your brainpower to work. What if you employed the other 9/10? You can’t believe what can happen. Humans can come up with the most intriguing things to do. Ingenuity. What’s ingenuity worth? A fortune. It is more valuable than money. All you need is a $1 and plenty of ingenuity. Figuring out a way to make it work, make it work, make it work.

9. Heart and Soul.

What is a substitute for heart and soul? It’s not money. Money can’t buy heart and soul. Heart and soul is more valuable than a million dollars. A million dollars without heart and soul, you have no life. You are ineffective. But, heart and soul is like the unseen magic that moves people, moves people to buy, moves people to make decisions, moves people to act, moves people to respond.

10. Personality.

You’ve just got to spruce up and sharpen up your own personality. You’ve got plenty of personality. Just get it developed to where it is effective every day, it’s effective no matter who you talk to – whether it is a child or whether it is a business person – whether it is a rich person or a poor person. A unique personality that is at home anywhere. My mentor Bill Bailey taught me, “You’ve got to learn to be just as comfortable, Mr. Rohn, whether it is in a little shack in Kentucky having a beer and watching the fights with Winfred, my old friend or in a Georgian mansion in Washington, DC as the Senator’s guest.” Move with ease whether it is with the rich or whether it is with the poor. And it makes no difference to you who is rich or who is poor. A chance to have a unique relationship with whomever. The kind of personality that’s comfortable. The kind of personality that’s not bent out of shape.

And lastly, let’s not forget charisma and sophistication. Charisma with a touch of humility. This entire list is more valuable than money. With one dollar and the list I just gave you, the world is yours. It belongs to you, whatever piece of it you desire whatever development you wish for your life. I’ve given you the secret. Capital. The kind of capital that is more valuable than money and that can secure your future and fortune. Remember that you lack not the resources.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

It’s no secret the NEW YORK JETS NFL football team is in need of some serious team building. So what did head coach Rex Ryan do a few weeks ago. He took the whole team out to play paintball. We recently helped Harvey start his own paintball field in NJ, Hard Core Paintball. He decided to Take Action and go after team building groups. I’d say the New York Jets are a good group!

What better way to get the word out about your field. What better way to add credibility and attract attention for your field? If your thinking about starting a paintball field or you already own one, have you contacted your local pro sports team? The only thing you have to lose is the next big group playing at your field.

If your looking to start a paintball field or paintball business, you will need financing ( which we provide) or money upfront to get everything off the ground. Many smart people hire me to consult them when starting a paintball field, simply because we have done it over 1,000 times around the world.  One question that comes up every time is ” should I buy land and or building or rent/ lease?” Great Question!

We do not recommend buying land or a building to start and this is what I tell all my consulting clients.  The 3 big reasons not to buy land are:

#1. You don’t know if you really have a great location. You can do all the research and still be wrong, you never know if you have a great location until you open. Renting or leasing land gives you options, so your not locked in if a better paintball field location opens up for less money.

#2. The current Real Estate market. We recommend doing a lease with an option to buy, this way you have the best of both worlds. If the market goes up you have an option to buy later at a low price. If the market goes down, you are safe and you can buy for the lower price.

#3. The out of pocket cost. As a start up paintball business “cash is king” , you need to preserve your cash on hand. When doing a lease in today’s market we have successfully negotiated  4 to 8 months free rent for our clients, saving them thousands upon thousands of dollars. We can do the same for you, call our office at 310-750-6218 and ask for Evan Money.