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Running a Fireworks Tent Business: The Series

So, you’ve decided you want to run your very own fireworks stand.

First, we want to congratulate you. Running a fireworks stand can be a very rewarding (and very tiring) endeavor that you’ll remember for a long time. We’ve been in the fireworks business for over a decade, so we know how amazing it feels to find a spot to sell your fireworks, organize a schedule, buy all the permits, hire staff and work hard before, during and after July 4 and Dec. 31.

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Second, we want to warn you. Even though this can be one of the most fun experiences you’ll ever have, it’s a job that requires tons of details, all kinds of laws and regulations and a huge checklist of things you  need to do to be legal, well-positioned and, ultimately, successful.

The Superior Fireworks Guide to Running a Fireworks Stand

Over the next few weeks we’re going to do our best to help you reach the success you want. We can’t guarantee that you’ll make all the money you hope you do, but we can guarantee that you’ll have a solid base of information you can use to get your stand under way and set yourself up for some decent sales, long days and a ton of fun.

This post is the first part of our series. We’re covering a few general principles you need to keep in mind as you make plans to have your own stand.

You’ve Got to Approach It Like a Business

One of the biggest misconceptions about running a fireworks stand is that it’s pretty easy or, at least, it seems pretty easy. There’s usually one or two guys hanging out in a tent that covers a bunch of tables laden with fireworks. You pick out a few interesting looking products, pay for them and then you leave. Pretty simple, right?

Well, like we said, it seems easy when you’re a customer, but the moment you step to the other side of the table and become owner, everything changes.

You can’t just be a guy who likes fireworks and is trying to make a little cash selling them. A nonchalant attitude like that isn’t going to bode well. You’ve got to approach it with the mind of a person who is running a small business. Because, basically, that’s exactly what you’re doing, even if you’re doing it for a few weeks out of the year.

We know this sounds like a lot of responsibility, but you can get the hang of it. We suggest you head to the Small Business Administration’s website to read their guide on starting a small business. They’ve got a great checklist that walks you through the basic steps to starting a business (we’ll give you a  few more later in the series):

You’ve Got to Remember What You’re Selling

Never forget that fireworks are a consumer-level explosive. There are regulations for just about every item you’ll feature in your tent. A good example of this is sparklers. Everybody loves them, right? But did you know that, technically, children aren’t supposed to handle sparklers?

This is a great example to remind you that you aren’t just dealing with toys; thousands of people across the country deal with fireworks injuries every year. They’re explosives, and to be successful as a businessperson in this industry, you need to maintain a healthy respect for your product.

Looking Ahead: Getting Started With Your Business

Next up in our series is how to get your stand off the ground. We’re going to give you an overview of what kinds of expenses you can expect, along with other important aspects of your business launch.

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31 Responses to Running a Fireworks Tent Business: The Series

  1. rosemary boen June 15, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

    whom do I contect, if I’m interested in opening a firework stand in Nm

    • Superior Fireworks June 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

      Hi Rosemary, we’d love to talk to you more about this. We’ll send you an email with some information, but it would also be good to call us at 904-213-0615. We look forward to working with you!

  2. Christina Cornelison June 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    High School Cheer Team interested in opening a firework stand in OR.

    • Superior Fireworks June 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

      Christina, we cannot currently ship fireworks to Oregon. However, you can still learn a lot about how to run your fireworks business here on our blog. You’ll just need to find a wholesaler or tent operator in your area that can get you set up.

  3. Jesus June 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    Hi Superior Fireworks, i have 1acre of land and I want to know more information on how to be part of your team and which permits do need to get to be able to open a stand in Austin Tx. Thank you

    • Superior Fireworks June 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

      We would be happy to help. Someone from our team will follow up with you shortly.

  4. Claudia Herrera June 25, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    We were interested in open a firework stand on our land in San Antonio, what would be our first step to do so?

    • Superior Fireworks June 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

      Hi Claudia. We have a lot of great information in this series about starting your own fireworks business, and we hope this will help you get a solid grasp of the basics. Beyond that, we will certainly follow up with you and help you take those first steps. You can expect someone to email you shortly. Thank you for reaching out!

  5. Carla Hickman June 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    Do y’all have tents in Indiana?

    • Superior Fireworks June 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Carla, we don’t currently have any customers selling fireworks in Indiana. Are you interested in starting your own tent, or are you looking for a local shop to buy our fireworks?

      • Candice Anderson July 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

        I am interested in starting my own tent in Indiana

      • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2017 at 11:09 pm #

        Great! We look forward to talking with you more about this. Someone will follow up soon.

  6. sean June 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi. I am very new to the industry yet 100% dedicated to everything necessary to run a PROFITABLE stand and maybe more if the introductory year is successful. I am reaching out for help in understanding how to “nail it”.
    Thankyou, Sean

    • Superior Fireworks June 30, 2017 at 10:18 pm #

      Sean, we’re happy to help! Someone from our team will reach out.

  7. Joshua July 1, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    I am interested in opening a stand in Lawrence KS what all do I need to get started

    • Superior Fireworks July 1, 2017 at 9:55 pm #

      Joshua, we’ll definitely reach out and get you some information. In the mean time, we encourage you to read through this series to learn a lot of the basics. Talk to you soon!

  8. Kathleen Kincaid July 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    Would be interested for next year..

    • Superior Fireworks July 1, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

      That sounds great, Kathleen, we’d love to work with you! We’ll follow up by email soon.

    • Superior Fireworks July 13, 2017 at 11:38 am #

      Kathleen, can you call or email us? We sent you an email but it bounced back as undeliverable. We look forward to speaking with you: sales@superiorfireworks.com or 904-213-0615.

  9. Javell Cosby July 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    I would love to be apart of the team and get guided correctly into the business. I am optimistic in regards to learning all that I can learn. My location will be Fayetteville NC. As I’m a Sergeant in the Army so Fort Bragg will be Ideal as well.

    • Superior Fireworks July 3, 2017 at 8:55 am #

      Javell, we would love to work with you. We’ll follow up soon to talk with you more about running your own fireworks business.

  10. Jeff Shannon July 2, 2017 at 11:50 pm #

    Looking to open up a firework stand next year. While it is a year out, what can I do now to start preparing for next year. Any advice would be great. What restrictions are their in KS? Please advise

    • Superior Fireworks July 3, 2017 at 8:56 am #

      Jeff, we’d be happy to help you with this. Our team will put together some information for you and reach out shortly.

  11. Ray S July 3, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    I’m interested in information to open a stand in the Kansas City area.

    • Superior Fireworks July 13, 2017 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Ray, sorry for the delayed reply. We’ll definitely reach out with more information to get you started.

  12. Paul July 4, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

    So are you simply a supplier helping people get set up?

    • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

      You are correct — we’re a consumer fireworks distributor that works with people across the country who run their own fireworks business.

      • Paul July 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

        I’d be interested in some details.

      • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2017 at 11:09 pm #

        No problem. We’ll get someone to reach out and talk with you in more detail.

  13. Brent cormier July 5, 2017 at 12:54 am #

    Interested in opening one next year in collinsville TX. Any advice would be great!! Thank you

    • Superior Fireworks July 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      No problem! We’ll be in touch.

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