Hovercraft Tour Business
Hovercraft tour business? We think Hov pod offers a unique opportunity and product, we’re the experts in the field, because turning passionate nature lovers into profitable hovercraft tour businesses is something we have done since the year 2000! So we thought we’d ask the tough questions, share some of our insights, and give you the chance to do a self-assessment to see if starting a hovercraft tour business is right for you.
First, we need to ask you a few questions:
• Do you have a passion for adventure, nature and ecology where you live?
• Do you want others to love your adventure, nature and ecology like you do?
• Do you want to make a living from doing something that you love?
If you answered yes to all of the above, then there’s a good chance that the idea to start your own Hovercraft Tour Business is a good one. However! Like any life decision, there are a few things you need to consider beforehand to make sure it’s actually the right decision for you.
Hovercraft Tour Formalities
Second, and almost the most important thing before taking even one more step further, you’re going to want to contact your local government-run tourism body to understand what, if any, rules and requirements they have in place for you to operate a hovercraft tour business in your city, county, territory.
For most places, if you are doing a all-terrain or amphibious Hov Pod tour around your local wildlife, park or off road area, you will find there are very few restrictions to getting started legally. Some cities, Counties, states or countries do, however, have rules around guiding tourists and actually require the completion of a course. It’s best to have all of this information before you get too far down the line, as you don’t want to get knee deep before realizing you’re not properly licensed…
Okay, you understand where this is going.
Are You Passionate About Your Venture?
Next, ask yourself the following question and answer out loud. The first question we ask anyone who approaches Hov Pod about becoming one of our business partners is to tell us about their surrounding terrain. It generally only takes me about two sentences to determine what someone’s likelihood of success is, and here’s why: it’s incredibly hard to fake passion and honestly, if you don’t have passion, then starting your own hovercraft tour company isn’t the right move for you. Your customers will feed off your passion and the way you communicate it, and if they aren’t getting energy from your enthusiasm, then everything will be just a bit, ordinary. Trust us, we know. It won’t be the Best. Day. Ever. for them or for you, and in our world, that’s reason enough to stop right now and go no further.
But now, we know you are passionate about this, then keep going! The next step is to break that passion down into bite-sized chunks. What is it in particular that you love about area, that you think will give others a quick, but deep, appreciation for what you see through your own eyes? Is it the lush landscape? Or the rouged terrain? Are there unexplored areas? Is it dry and desert like? Are there lakes, or rivers? Ocean or islands? What are the things that make you sit back and think – wow, I love this place, no place else could you see that. This part is very important – it’s here where the first nugget of tour inspiration comes from.
Create a Story That Narrates Your Hovercraft Tour
So now, take your favorite locations, paths, vistas, sights, finds, terrain, stops and work out a story with narrative that has an introduction, a middle, and a conclusion. Sound familiar? Just like writing a story or an essay, right? Remember you are an entertainer, don’t worry, this is about as academic as it gets get, but it’s important: in our experience, the best tours are the ones that tell a compelling narrative: a simple and easy-to-remember story filled with history, experiences, jokes, wow moments that raise people’s eyebrows and capture their attention. You want people to love the story so much that they go home and tell it to their family and friends. Think about it this way: you‘re creating the stories that will be shared at dinner parties around the world. Cool, right?
So now, take your most favorite hike, trail, trek, off-road experience, ocean path, island picture using your Hov Pod to make it more exciting, to go further, make it more extreme and interesting. Example, if sunset is your passion you might look at how the route you take travels through breathe taking landscapes near wild life, in and out of the water and has plenty of peaceful stops, with a high point of your favorite view of the sun set. Include your absolute favorite wilderness spots, that no tourist would ever find, might be plants, trees, rivers, waterfalls, birds and animal encounters. Through your story explain how the land has changed, or the animals have adapted or how man has affected the ecology in a way that gives the visitor more than just of what they are seeing, it gives them some context as to why it all looks this way now. Augment your story by playing around with different weather, the climate and the seasons related to related experiences, or recent events and natural phenomena. Now you have a great story to tell that matches, the beauty, the diversity and the ruggedness of area you’re visiting.
A Unique and Interactive Hovercraft Tour
The final piece of magic is to bring other real local history into your story that your group can interact with. Taking a wilderness example, by choosing your hard, fast, all-time favorite local nature spots where you could only arrive by Hov Pod where you guest know have been seen by few people that extra bit of magic that add that last level of depth to the overall experience.
Okay – are you inspired yet? Ready to start your own tour business? By now you should have a decent idea as to whether or not you have what it takes to create a great product that people will buy and love. If you don’t have sleepless nights thinking of all the different possibilities for the killer hovercraft tour adventure, of your beautiful nature, ecology, breath taking views, then, well, maybe starting your own tour company isn’t for you. It probably also isn’t for you if you freak out over the next step, which is……commitment. Remember, what we’re ultimately talking about here is starting a business. Without commitment, the business will fail. Nothing is surer. We promise. There is no such thing as a ‘part-time business’ – that’s just a hobby.
Picture Yourself As a Hovercraft Tour Owner
Take a little time and really look deep into yourself and your life to determine the answer to these final questions:
• Is this what I want to do?
• Am I willing to give this a real go?
The reason you need to be honest with yourself is because when you start a tour company you will be challenged early on and from our experience, it’s pretty easy to lose focus. No business starts today and is successful tomorrow, and there’s no exception in tourism. All businesses require work. Your great hovercraft tour idea requires execution and part of that execution is selling your hovercraft tour and yourself to anyone and everyone who will listen. In the beginning, you won’t have customers every day, but that’s okay – in many respects it’s the most important time for your business, because when you do have customers every day, it’s hard to find time to continue to do sales. You need to be prepared to go out and talk to your local council, local tourist information office, park officials, hotel and tour desks, and go to Meetups and Adventure Travel events. You also need to be prepared to market yourself online by building a social media presence for your business, particularly through capturing and showcasing your beloved nature and your superior local knowledge in images posted on social media, Instagram, Snap chat.
If you’ve considered all of this and are still thinking, “Yes I can do this! This is the life I want!”, then the next step is simple. Get in touch with us and we’ll make this happen together.
You Have a Great Advantage. Hov Pod
At Hov Pod, we give passionate people everything they need for their dream to start a hovercraft tour or adventure business. Your Hov Pod is your start, we also help our partners their put together booking and reservations system, their local website that can take online bookings, access to global markets through our distribution, professional marketing resources and a global marketing team to draw on, peer support of hundreds of others who are doing the same thing and share your passion in cities around the world, training and professional ongoing support, and a whole lot more.
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If you’re ready now, ready to start a tour company, we can help you make that happen. Consider the above, ask yourself the tough questions, and if you emerge victorious, please contact us for a demo. Don't settle for a hovercraft, own a Hov Pod.