How Much Does it Cost to Open a Baseball and Softball Businesses?
A lot of visitors come to this site looking for info on how to open a new baseball or softball facility. I think batting cage facilities have a special appeal to aspiring entrepreneurs because:
- there’s usually a big demand for them in our communities
- they seem more FUN to invest in than your typical franchise, especially for former players
- the batting cage business model seems simple and easy to manage, especially if you plan to focus on rentals
There’s a lot of appeal in those reasons. But the idea of running a fun, simple business can cause some serious problems when it masks harsh business realities.
My eSoft Planner clients who own sports facilities typically fall into two categories.
- They already own a business or have a demanding day job, and they want to open a baseball facility as a side business, often because their own kids needed a place to train.
- They’re coaches or former players who are passionate about instruction and are opening their own facilities after years of working for others.
The the first group tends to underestimate the work that their new business will require, and their plan to focus on low-maintenance rentals makes it difficult to make a profit. The second group is ready for the workload, but tends to rely too much on their own passion for the game and skimp in the business area, with disastrous results.
I wrote my (free) series on creating a business plan for your sports facility to help people from both groups get started the right way.
But thanks to reader feedback and reviewing my search engine data, I realized that I had to go deeper. People were coming to the site searching for “statistics on operating a baseball cages facilities” and “startup costs for indoor baseball facilities” and wanting for specific numbers, and my email subscribers were asking for details on how they should get the money to get started.
So, I wrote posts that go into more depth on how to acquire space and equipment, and how much cash you need for operating costs as you’re just starting out.
The first step if you’re considering opening a baseball or softball facility is to definitely finish your business plan, because that determines whether you have a viable business model. Next, you can take these steps:
- How to Choose a Location for your Sports Facility
- How to Purchase the Space for your Sports Facility
- How to Choose and Purchase Equipment for Your Sports Facility
- How to Calculate Your Operating Cash Needs
Finally, you’ll add up the costs for your location, equipment and operating cash and get your final upfront number.
Those of you who found this page hoping for concrete startup numbers might be disappointed, but there’s no magic, one-size-fits-all number that will give you the green light. Depending on your business model, you might need as little as $30K upfront or as much as $300K. The good news is that you can definitely come up with a ballpark estimate after you go through those steps.
GOOD LUCK! If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me.
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