Start an Audio Equipment & Supplies Rental Business

Starting an audio equipment and supplies rental business is no joke. There are options for you but you must ensure that you pick the right one. Consider some factors so that you can make the right decision.

Oftentimes, it’s best to start your own although you may need to create a business plan so that all your actions can be guided.

Your Options

If you are planning to start an audio equipment and supplies rental business, you have two choices – start your own or avail of a franchise opportunity (when available). Starting your own business will require you to do all the work whereas if you opt for franchising, it’ll be easier for you since the franchisor will most likely extend some help. The lower cost that you will spend for the franchise is also another attractive factor. Which option are you going to choose?

Should you decide to do the work on your own, you need to conduct a thorough market research to determine if there is a need for audio equipment and supplies rental in your area. Make sure that you check the yellow pages for existing competitors. Your soon-to-be competitors will not provide you with startup tips because you are going to compete with them in the future. One good idea is to visit another place where this kind of business is offered. Talk to the owner and try to get some quick tips to add up to your knowledge. Well of course, you will also need to enhance your knowledge about the business by learning the different aspects.

Things to Attend To

Managing a business is no joke. Once you’ve identified the competition, you can now determine the services and supplies offered by the competitors. Determine the ones that they are not able to provide to clients and turn that into your business’ strength. Offer the ‘missing’ factor so that your business will stand out among your competitors. This unique element will be your key to attracting clients and customers. Advertise your business by enhancing your uniqueness so that the customers will want to check out your business.

With a business plan, you can easily start your own business. Secure the needed licenses and permits. Find a supplier where you will get the audio equipment and supplies. Always stick with reputable suppliers so that you can provide quality rental business to your clients. Finding the right location for your place of business is also vital. For starters, you can begin with a home-based business but as you expand, you can now find a business space that you will lease or purchase. With the right marketing and management strategies, you can surely succeed in this kind of business. Use the business plan to secure funding from lenders just in case your capital investment is not enough. Good luck with your business.

37 Comments

  • MITRAJIT BISWAS said on March 5, 2011
    RESPECTED AUTHORITY, i am from india looking to start an audio equipment business. how should i proceed
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 5, 2011
    @MITRAJIT BISWAS, what kind of audio equipment is your plan? Please elaborate your plans so that I will be able to guide you better. Is it a rental business or a store or a dealer?

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Dan Gibson said on January 12, 2012
    Hi, i'm looking to set up an audio supply and rental business, similar to what you describe above, is there any licensing or health and safety requirements i should be aware of? Thanks for any help you can give DG
  • Percy said on May 29, 2012
    Hi, I am from India(vasai)looking to start an audio equipment store.Where i could sell all type of audio equipment such as Speakers, DJ console's etc. How and from where do i get the stuff to sell. Regards Percy
  • STEPHEN MKWANAZI said on August 14, 2012
    I would like to start my own Sound Audio Hire/Rental Business and i need information on that. Also send me information on new Businesses that can sell or make money in modern area. Thank you
  • barry themba said on November 5, 2012
    I am barry themba from south africa(nelspruit) want to start a dj hiring equipment business, for how much I can expect to spend for start up
  • santosh abraham said on December 15, 2012
    GOOD DAY, I AM MARINE ENGINEER SAILING ON SHIP ,AND ALSO DOING FREELANCE VOICE OVER FOR T.V COMMERCIALS, DOCUMENTARY ETC, PLANNING TO START AUDIO SOLUTIONS BUSINESS IN KERALA, INDIA. I SHALL BE HIGHLY OBLIGED IF SOME GREAT TIPS BE SHARED TO SEE THE VENTURE A SUCCESSFUL ONE,
  • Mandla Mahlangu beginner adviser said on January 6, 2013
    Hi, I can help you guys start your own audio businesses if you tell me more about yourselves. I am a successful sound engineer and would help you get the right equipment for your businesses?

    mahlangum@caa.co.za || Audio Business Consultant

  • Maneesh pillai said on February 1, 2013
    All kind of PA systems, available @ affordable pricing. Dubai 00971556268446.
  • Monde Ngezana said on April 23, 2013
    good day, my name is Monde Ngezana from south Africa i am really passionate about sound, i have studied sound Technology and I want to start a sound equipment hiring business, i need an advice on how much i should rent/hire out a full pa system. thanx
  • Nathy weezyb said on June 1, 2013
    hey i am already starting my business for sound hire i want 2 improve and get a good market where i can advertise cz for now i'm dowing sam small gigs and function
  • Nathy weezyb said on June 1, 2013
    base in K.Z.N in Durban and surrounding areas in South Africa
  • Ash said on June 2, 2013
    Hi I'm from hyd and would like to start a sound rental business in my area. Please advice what are the requirements to start? will the below mentioned equipments suffice..
    1)Yamaha MG 24/14 FX Mixer
    2)DBX 234 XL Crossover
    3)DBX 266 XL Compressor
    4)DBX 2231 Dual Graphic EQ
    5)QSC RMX 2450 Power Amplifier
    6)6 Shure Mics and stands
    7)Cables and Conectors
    8)Speakers
  • mlungisi malinga said on June 13, 2013
    what are the basics needed to start a sound hire business? i'm currently in Swaziland and contemplating to venture into sound hire
  • Mandla said on July 31, 2013
    Starting an audio business could be difficult if you dont have all the ducks in a row. You need to be trained or the person you are contemplating using must be trained. You also need to have knowledge in acoustics because it wouldnt be a great idea to buy expensive equipment if you dont competency in using your equipment in different environments. I run sound serminars around the country, so if you want to start a sound system business or if you are a volunteering sound person for the Church and cant keep up with all those feedback and clipping problems embarrassing you during the Church service, please drop me an email so that I could structure a tailor made training to suit your needs at competitive cost.
  • Kazeem Akinwande said on December 3, 2013
    Hi, thank you for the open Enlightening, i am a sound engineer from Lagos Nigeria and i work as a sound engineer on a contract base for a well recognized company in Lagos, but i want to venture into sound equipment rental business such as PA live sound, broadcast and ENG kind of equipment, pls i need your advise .thanks and warm regards
  • Mandla said on December 13, 2013
    Hi Kazeem, Could you kindly contact me on this email address so that i could possibly assist you. mahlangum10@gmail.com
  • Godfrey pulle said on February 8, 2014
    i need a business plan for Audio equipment sounds for hire...help anyone
  • Karisa Ngala said on April 7, 2014
    I have a sound system that operates in the remote areas of Kikambala. My intention is to broaden the scope of hosting a show outside kikambala. Please advice
  • Risen Chikore said on May 20, 2014
    I have now bought some equipment to start a P.a System hiring business. I do mostly wedding and small church services. I would like to become the biggest supplier in Zimbabwe and eventually Southern Africa
  • Risen Chikore said on May 20, 2014
    Guys i started with 2 x EV ELX 115 and 2 X EV ELX 118 this was in June last year. I now have an additional 4X HK L115a full range speaker and 2 by HK L2000a subs. I run 2 small mixers 12 channel and channel and i do mostly weddings. I think thats not a bad way to start
  • larry harrison said on June 11, 2014
    phx az tontobasin az 70 miles north of phxs
  • Bob Cohencious said on August 13, 2014
    Leesburg, virginia. I've owned my video production company since 1989. Would like to expand into the av and pro equipment rental business. Any suggestions on a business model?
  • Nhlaka said on August 18, 2014
    Whatsapp 0843348944 I'm at S.A (DURBAN) pineTown I'm Willing To Assist Everyone... With Audio Hiring I can Market It And Work As Well.. The Reason I'm Saying This is That Outside World is Tough So plan B'4 u do it!!! Name of the Company Mthex'Sound cc. #thanks#
  • Deejay Tadpole said on October 7, 2014
    Hi I'm from RSA North West Brits I would really love some advices on how to start a sound hire business and how to draft a business plan. Kindly respond to me by email: tpdjtadpole@gmail.com
  • Mandla said on January 16, 2015
    Hi everyone, I will be running a sound engineers crash course on the 22 March 2015 at Centurion, starting at 10am until 4pm with lunch included. The cost per delegate would be R695.00 per delegate. To book and more information, please email me on the aforementioned mail. Yours Sincerely, Mandla, Sound Engineer
  • elelwani said on March 22, 2015
    Hi, we have sound to hire so i want to know from you Mandla how can we meet personal because we have problem with our sound. and we had that we must register our sound, where we can go to register? thx
  • siyasanga said on March 24, 2015
    Hi i am Siyasanga in Joburg and i want to start my own PA hiring business i would also like some advice regarding which equipment to buy from which suppliers. your help would be much appreciated thank you
  • Cassie said on September 8, 2015
    Business location: Namibia Windhoek. Hi my Name is Cassie and me and my family have already started up an Audio supply and rental business. We have put in a lot of money but the promotion of the company is the main problem. How is the best way to promote a small audio company and get out name out there Hope to hear from anyone soon. I really need the help
  • Krishnamohan said on October 30, 2015
    Hi i'm krishna . i'm planning to start audio equipment rental business in my city kollam, kerala. Any one please advice me to how to do the paper works means what are the essential documents and what are the tips to start it. And also tell me what are the needed equpments at first to start the business. i'm waiting all ur's replay...thank you...my email : krishnaachu.km@gmail.com
  • Alex said on February 4, 2016
    hi guys am in botswana and wanna start my own sound hiring company, anyone to help with business plan please.
  • Mutisya Kitungasi said on May 6, 2016
    Hi, I am mutisya and would like to start my own PA system for renting out. What equipment should I buy for a complete outdoor public address? I will appreciate any advice.
  • Mandla said on August 26, 2016
    Hi everyone, if you need audio equipment from start ups to line array installation please do not hesitate to email me on mahlangum10@gmail.com
  • Michael said on October 9, 2016
    Hi I am Michael by name I wish to start a sound rental business from scratch
  • saul said on October 13, 2016
    Hey my name is Saul and I am interested in starting sound system rental pls help looking forward to your reply
  • M AUDIO said on December 28, 2016
    PA available for rent with Sound Engineer in Dubai/Abu Dhabi call +971543870945 or email : malgadaliyas@gmail.com
  • Mos said on March 14, 2017
    I own a Record Label (Indie Record) and I now want to start a Sound Hire business. Any advice please. Whatsapp number 0790543828

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