If your hobby and passion is golf, you might want to turn it into a business by opening a virtual golf place. Virtual golf is played indoors. The player hits the ball against this giant screen and there are gadgets that measure the height, the ball flight, speed, spin and more. A virtual golf business is feasible at locations that have long winter seasons where an avid golfer could not go to golf courses. You can use this article to help you start your business.
The location of your business is one of the most important aspects. A mall will be an ideal place since people go to these places frequently. Ideally, it should be near golf accessories stores or within recreation centers. Consider the rent expense when looking for a place. You need to think there might be a need one more pair or two of these simulators if it gets in demand.
Buy your golf simulators from companies that will include training for your staff who will handle the equipment. Also inquire about after-sales policies like repair and maintenance. Simulators also come with different features so make sure you choose the features that will benefit your customers the most. You might want to consider buying an existing business if this proves to be more practical in the long run. Just make sure that you inspect all the equipment to make sure that you maximize their efficiency. Ask for quotations from known virtual golf companies like Holiday Golf USA, IST Golf and Virtual Golf. Compare not only their prices but also their after-sales services to make sure you get your investment worth it.
Start promoting your virtual golf business in golf courses in your area, then slowly moving out to nearby towns. Place an advertisement or have it featured in the sports section of your local magazines. Organizing a virtual golf tournament will definitely help promote your business, not only to golf enthusiasts, but also for potential people looking for a hobby. You can also print out a business card to bring along with you to help you get more people to know more about your business.
Social media plays a very important role in businesses these days. You can create an account with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Ping.fm. Start talking about golf and eventually, you will have followers and start to talk about golf with them. Create a blog and post entries like tips on how to swing, something you discovered about virtual golf.
Study the demand once you are getting customers. If you noticed that your simulators get being booked more often, then it is time to buy another simulator. Do not wait until you have to turn down reservations. This will impact your business negatively, since you might lose customers that are just getting into the hobby because they might find your place inaccessible, and slowly lose interest.
This should get you off to a good start on your virtual golf business. Do not miss out on opportunities. Make sure you are ready for winter if your business is located in these places. If you see that there are players even if it's off-season, make sure you purchase that extra simulator even before the winter season starts.