Month: February 2017

Escape room franchise or buy escape room scenario

Many people are looking for ways to start their own business and escape room franchise might be the thing they are looking for. Perspective, flexible working hours, the possibility to earn money while having fun, more time for your family – these are the things that attract people to have escape room business.

So, the first thing many will do is to google ‘escape room franchise’ thinking it will be cheaper and easier just to find some company that will give them everything. And if you do your research carefully, you will see how wrong you were.

Let’s just take two minutes of your time to compare the difference between buying escape room and escape room franchise.

NAME OF THE COMPANY

In most of the cases if you choose to buy escape room franchise,  you will have to take their official “brand” name of the company. And in some cases this might be good. You will attract more people if the name of that brand or company is so famous and popular. You should know that you can count on fingers of one hand companies that are this popular, and it usually requires a lot of money to make their escape rooms and that is not always an option for beginners in this business.  On the other hand, if you decide at any time to create something on your own, after learning more about making escape rooms, you will not be able to do that, at least not under that company name.

If you choose simple to buy escape room (either as blue print on paper or even with the items and equipment) you will be able to choose your new company name and to decide whether and from whom you are going to buy new rooms or to make your own.

IT’S SAVING YOUR MONEY

You know how when signing contracts in the bank you don’t read small letters because you don’t think it’s important and after a while you realize that they are taking your money because of these small details. It’s the same in escape room business.  When choosing a escape room franchise you are obligated to pay monthly fees, either as percentage from each game (around 10-20%) or fixed monthly installment. Ok, I know what you think, it’s not that much, it’s a reasonable price, but let’s do one example:

Imagine that you are paying just 200 dollars a month  per escape room and that you have two escape rooms that you bought from a escape room franchise company.

200 x 2 (rooms) x 12 (months) x 5 (years) = 24000 dollars of your money!!!

You can save all this money by choosing to buy escape room from a company that will not ask from you any additional fees.

People say that escape room owners are special kind of people, open minded, smart and wily, so then just listen to your common sense and I am sure you will make the right decision.

Escape room that already exists or custom made escape room

This is the first article of our new blog and hopefully there will be many more as we will try our best to provide good advice from our experience in the escape room business.

One of the most important questions for any person who wants to become an escape room owner is what to buy? Should you choose an escape room that already exists or to ask for custom made escape room?

There is no right or wrong answer or rule in this matter. It’s as if you are asked whether you like strawberries more or raspberries, but here are some facts that are interesting to know before making any decision.

COST & TIME

In making custom escape room with the theme that you choose you don’t  know exactly how much it’s going to cost at the end. You can certainly predict according to your budget, first with design and after that by making one game after another, but there are many factors that are not easy to predict such as service of a carpenter, electrician, painter etc. Most of the things you will have to do by yourself if you choose a room that is not complicated to make, which is definitely good advice for a start. Also, if you plan to use electronics and mechanisms, you will not be able to know how it’s going to work in reality if you haven’t made it before. And all of this will take more time, and time is money, your time that you will spend in setting up your escape room, time while you are paying rent when your escape room is not working. Bottom line, it will definitely take more time to make custom made escape room than existing one, and sure you can make something great and unique but you will need to put more effort and that’s going to cost you, which is not always desirable for a start, when every dollar counts.

INFORMATION IS THE KEY

So you want to start something new but you don’t know where and how, or if it’s something good or not. Most of the times you are buying something that exists only on paper (blue print) and you will have only verbal guarantee from owners that something is good. Well, times have changed, and now you can find more information about any company or the rooms they are providing. By choosing an escape room that already exists in a different country/region/city, you will have more information about the room itself. You can check how successful that escape room is (by checking how many groups they have per day and in a month, by comments on tripadvisor and facebook etc.) how much money it costs to make original escape rooms, how much time you need to make it, how many electronics and mechanisms you need to set up and so on… You will also know if that particular escape room can be adjusted to the space you have or plan to rent.

YOU NEED TO SEE

The best thing about choosing an existing escape room is that you can actually play it (if it’s close) or ask the owners to show you some details from that room using pictures or live skype presentations, so you can see general atmosphere and design. And I know most of the owners won’t, as they want to protect it, or just don’t want to share their knowledge before selling it, but we will show you almost everything, except the games, of course. This way you will be able to see whether you like it or not, before making the final decision.

ASK PARTNERS

This is really important for everybody to make sure that nobody will deceive them. You can just see who are their partners, search for their email address and ask for their opinion about working with that company. These people are usually open minded  and won’t hesitate to tell you if something is good or not and by their answer you will be able to see a lot.

As you can see there is no right or wrong answer to the question: “should I buy something that already exists or order a custom made escape room”, but speaking from experience and putting myself in the position of somebody starting a new business, it’s maybe better to start with something that’s already proven to be good and profitable, just in different location, than buying something completely new but not very certain.