One of the most popular trends in recreation is real life escape rooms. Also known as REGs, real life escape games, these are rooms where a group of people get locked in and must find their way out in a specified time frame using clues and solving puzzles in a themed room. Just about anything that is not nailed down is fair game in solving the puzzle and finding the way out.
Find a Location
If you think you might be interested in starting a real life escape room business in Vancouver, your biggest hurdle will be finding a piece of real estate in which to house your rooms. Next, you will want to have a concept for each room. That takes time and imagination to come up with because you will want to be a bit different from other escape rooms that may be in your area. Finally, you need to set up a website or other means of getting the word out that your escape game rooms are ready for thrill seekers.
Have Start-Up Money in Place
Before you start the business in Vancouver, work up a general estimate of how much it will cost to get off the ground. As mentioned, the hugest expense will be the piece of property in which you build your rooms. You may not need to buy something, but you will need to plan for monthly rents. Also, it is likely that you will have to stick to commercial buildings. A home may not be zoned for the traffic that the game will bring in along with the customers it will attract.
If you have the capital ready such as on a credit card, you can start looking for a property while you develop the concept for the rooms. Do not forget that you will have to time things properly because you will need to purchase all items and set them up for each room ahead of opening day.
Using credit cards is a risky form of capital for starting any business. However, if the business is a success, it could be possible to pay off the money invested in its start up in a relatively short time. You can estimate how much you will charge per person for a ticket. If your overhead is X amount of dollars per month including rent and utilities, you can divide that amount by the ticket price to get an idea of how many tickets you need to sell to break even or make a profit.
You can also raise money with the help of an angel investor. However, you may need to give a share of the business’s equity or value to that individual rather than keep ownership all to yourself.
Build a Website
Once you have the building and the rooms are in construction, build a website explaining the enticing themes of your rooms and why people should visit your attraction. Also, use social media and traditional media to create a buzz about the opening of your Vancouver exit room game.