What does your business do?
We are a rage room. We allow people to come and destroy the contents
of a room with sledgehammers, baseball bats, and more.
When and why did you start the biz?
We started July 31, 2015 and we opened Dec. 7, 2015. I started
Tantrums after I was laid off in the oil industry after 20+ years.
How Many People are in your Company?
Where's your office?
We are an 1800 sq ft. office in the middle of a office/warehouse
location. We are in the middle of a neighborhood and off the beaten
path. The location is quaint and cozy. Plus we have a work cat! And
she loves the customers, too.
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The hardest part of running my business is finding employees who are
willing to actually work. This job can be physically demanding at
times and finding someone who is willing to sweat is a problem.
What's the most fun part?
Seeing the relief and happiness on people's faces after their
session is the bomb. Those that come for therapy and then hug and
thank you for being there make it all worth it. I have received
phone calls after someone's session and they thanked me because
they did not commit suicide after visiting. There are many
profound stories to tell that make it all worth it.
Anything you would have done differently?
I would have advertised sooner than I did. I should have started
advertising 6 months before I opened. I think that would have gotten
more people in the door sooner.
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
I want to expand to more cities. I want to own my own building and
design it as well. I would also like to add amusements to the menu,
such as paint ball or go karts.
What advice do you have for others?
Have a business plan. And whatever money you have allocated to
advertising, triple that number. It's not cheap if you want to do it
the right way, like radio commercials or tv. And don't give up. It
took 18 months before Tantrums could support itself.
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I am using Idea Cafe to gain insight on running and sustaining my
business. And hopefully meet other business owners with advice. Not
to mention the grants. We all know how hard funding is for small
businesses. My weakness is accounting so I am always on the lookout
for advice or webinars or classes on accounting that I can take or
participate in. And moral support is always good, too. Being a small
business owner, we are at times our own cheering section.
School (where, still in school, degree)?
University of Houston, going for degree in archeology, did not finish
Prior jobs or business?
I spent over 20 years on the oil industry. Hydraulics specifically. I
was a purchasing agent, a parts specialist, a project coordinator,
and inventory guru to name a few.
What are your pets' names?
Bloo, Daisy, and Clyde
Do any of these pets help with your biz?
My dogs visit from time to time. But they can be quite chaotic.
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
After jumping ship and going to work for a company that headhunted me
for months, I was laid off after 10 months. I was very devastated.
After a conversation I had with a friend I decided to open Tantrums.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
I would like to thank all my customers and my sister, Cynthia. My
sister has helped me through it all. And my customers have made
Tantrums a success.
1730 Elmview Dr, A
Houston, TX 77080