My brother and I are wanting to start a company in WA together that during the beginning would advertise single pitch rock climbing trips (Vantage Leavenworth Exit 38, etc), backpacking and snowshoe tours. I’m pretty new to the idea of small business in the outdoor industry... I was wondering if anyone could give me some ideas on their thoughts what they think a successful company would have. Also insurance seems to be a big issue. Anyone know of any good providers. Do certain insurance providers require certain certifications. If so what are they? Thanks in advance! Any information will help.
I hear most guides are wealthy people in their own right already. And right now, business is tough. I also hear insurance takes most of the fees, up to half as I heard. You need to get a special use permit annually, and that is not chicken feed, either. Then accountants, attorneys, business advisers, tax preparers and more.
You'll need advertising and maintenance of your office and now, web expenses. You'd probably have to have clients lined up already, do not expect to have climbers running to you. I've been out of the scene looking at what climbers will do, but many of them have gone out of business or even got killed doing this. You might try to run it out of your home, say online requests only, but do not expect to earn very much. Most guides do it because they love doing it. If you see it as a job, you'll probably fail. You need clients coming back for more climbs, and I hear from some that the customers are so bad they gladly give up any more business from them!
I'd take a course in basic business ed, you need to be aware of the laws.
Me, I get no one even for free, and though I led easier peaks for the SC as did others, we are failing as far as getting up a good group to do any of this!