15 Jun The Operating Costs of a Float Centre You Need To Know
Opening a float centre can be a great income generator when executed properly.
Like any business, however, there are some important costs to consider. It’s essential to the process of opening a float centre that you understand these costs. Knowing them will help you determine whether you’re ready to take on this exciting new career challenge.
The Float Tank
Pretty obvious, right? The float tank is the centrepiece of opening a float centre because without one, well, it’s kind of impossible to run the business.
A sensory deprivation tank is not a small purchase, and it takes a lot of time and careful research to find the best one to suit your float centre’s needs. You should start off by asking yourself questions such as: what kind of tank do you want in your float centre? How many do you need? What float tank is the best value for your money?
There are tons of options, and you can go about buying a float tank in many different ways. For example, if you’re looking to save some money, you can look into purchasing a used float tank. Sites for classifieds like Kijiji and Craigslist can be great resources if you’re looking to go down that route.
While used float tanks are definitely an option, they’re not always a sure thing. Nothing can really beat a brand new float tank that’s had no prior owners or mechanical issues. The last thing you want to do is buy 3 or 4 used float tanks only to find there are immediate issues with them that have been ignored.
With all that in mind, the actual cost of purchasing a new or used float tank can vary greatly. You’re looking at a vast range from as little as $2,000 all the way up to $30,000, depending on the model you choose.
You should also keep in mind shipping costs as they can be quite significant. Float tanks are generally quite large and need to be shipped by truck as well as professionally installed. Shipping can cost up to $1,000, depending on the area the tank is being shipped to.
Spice Up Your Water
One of the most integral ingredients of any sensory deprivation tank is Epsom salt, and accounting for the cost of it on a recurring schedule is crucial.
Filling up a nice bath with Epsom salt is one thing, but running a business where you need large amounts of it all the time is quite another. Epsom salt enhances the sense of weightlessness in your float tank and is absolutely necessary for your float centre.
Don’t make the mistake of driving to your local grocery store to stock up on Epsom salt. Make sure you purchase it from a bulk supplier to ensure you’re getting a good quality grade for your clients and some savings for you.
While maintenance costs aren’t too high on a sensory deprivation tank, there are still some things that need to be addressed on an ongoing basis.
In order to properly heat your float tank, you’re going to need electricity. That, in itself, is a recurring cost to consider as your utility costs may fluctuate depending on how much electricity you end up using for this purpose.
Additional supplies you might need are a hydrometer, PH Up and PH down, Hydrogen Peroxide (preferably 35%), test strips, and a water skimmer. These are available at most big-box stores and online.
Keeping all these costs in mind will help you make a well-informed decision about opening a float centre. Whenever you’re ready to take that step, contact us for a free quote and we’ll help get you started.