Starting a Business on Decorative Balloons

All price are in Php based on 2007 market price.

BALLOON BOUQUET & TOPIARY INVESTMENT REQUIREMENTS

Round balloons:

  • #11 Standard (3.00/pc) x 100 – 300.00
  • #12 Pearl (3.50/pc) x 100 – 350.00
  • #5 Standard (1.5/pc) x 100 – 175.00
  •  #5 Pearl (2.50/pc) x 100 – 250.00

Hotdog Balloons:

  • 260Q (3.00/pc) x 100 – 300.00
  • 160Q (3.25/pc) x 100 – 325.00

Printed Balloons:

  • #11 (15.75/pc) x 100 – 1,575.00

Other materials:

  • Cup #12 (3.00/pc) x 100 – 300.00
  • Clip stick (2.25/pc) x 100 – 225.00
  • Linen wrapper (17.00/pc) x 100 – 1,700.00
  • Vase (10.50/pc) x 100 – 1,050.00
  • Floral foam (9.00/pc) x 100 – 900.00
  • Curling ribbons (36.75/roll) x 2 – 73.50
  • Aluminum rod (3/16″) – 73.50
  • String 1 roll – 42.00

Sub-Total – P 7,639.00

Equipment:

  • 2 Hand pump – 357.00
  • 1 Cutter – 10.50
  • 1 Scissors – 10.50
  • 1 Bottle
  • 1 Scotch tape – 10.50

Sub-Total – P 388.50

Total Cost – P 8,027.50

PROCEDURES (Balloon Boquet Printed “Happy Birthday”)

  1. Inflate one 11″ “Happy Birthday” printed balloon using the hand pump to 10″ diameter only. Tie the neck of the balloon.
  2. Attach stick to the cap.
  3. Insert the neck of the balloon into one side of the cup. Straight to tighten.
  4. Inflate eight 5″ balloons to size 4″. Tie each balloon to the clip sticks.
  5. Form a cluster of four pink balloons. Attach it to the inflated 11″ “Happy Birthday” balloon. Secure the clip sticks with scotch tape.
  6. Wrap 260Q white balloon to a bottle to form a spiral.
  7. Inflate the 260Q. Notice that the spiral shape is formed while being inflated.
  8. Tipe the neck of the inflated 260Q and attach it to the clip stick. Secure clip stick with scotch tape.
  9. Cut 1/3 of floral foam and glue it to the vase.
  10. Tuck the spiral 260Q to the floral foam.
  11. Tuck in the middle of spiral 260Q all the inflated balloons.
  12. Wrap the vase with violet and pink curling ribbons. Secure with pink and lavender linen wrap. For added features, you can use decorative items such as stuff toys, fresh flowers, chocolates, etc.

COSTING & PRICING

A. Direct cost of materials – 110.25

B. Indirect cost:

  • Labor cost (350.00/day) x 2/100 (based on 100 balloon bouquet average daily produce of 2 skilled workers) – 7.00
  • Transportation (65.00/100) – 0.65
  • Water and electricity (50.00/100) – 0.50
  • Contingency (10% of direct cost) – 11.03

Total indirect cost – 19.18

C. Product Cost:

  • Total direct cost – 110.25
  • Add: Total indirect cost – 19.18

D. Product Pricing:

  • Production cost per bouquet – 129.43
  • Add: 10-40% of the production cost – 51.77

Selling Price per Bouquet – P 181.20
Market price per boquet – P 200.00

PROCEDURES (Balloon Topiary)

  1. Inflate one 11″ printed ballon using the hand pump to 10″diameter only. Tie the neck of the balloon.
  2. Attach stick to cap.
  3. Insert the neck of the balloon into one side of the cup. Strap to tighten.
  4. Inflate all the 5″ balloons.
  5. Tie two balloons of the same or different colors together. Make six pairs.
  6. Get the two pairs and twist them together. Add another pair to form a flower like shape. A cluster of six.
  7. Do this on the other 3 pairs.
  8. Do the same to the other 3 pairs.
  9. Get the two sets of balloons you twisted and twist them together to form topiary. Attach it to the inflated 11″ balloon. Secure the clip sticks with scotch tape.
  10. Attach all the balloons to the aluminum rod. Tighten them with the strings.
  11. Cut 1/3 of floral foam and glue it to the vase.
  12. Tuck the aluminum rod with all the inflated balloons in floral foam. Secure and tighten them with scotch tape or strings.
  13. Wrap the vase with violet and pink curling ribbons. Secure with pink and lavender linen wrap. For added features, you can use decorative items such as stuff toys, fresh flowers, chocolates, etc.

COSTING & PRICING

A. Direct cost of materials – 150.10

B. Indirect cost:

  • Labor cost (350.00/day) x 2/100 (based on 100 balloon bouquet average daily produce of 2 skilled workers) – 7.00
  • Transportation (65.00/100) – 0.65
  • Water and electricity (50.00/100) – 0.50
  • Contingency (10% of direct cost) – 15.05

Total indirect cost – 23.20

C. Product Cost:

  • Total direct cost – 150.50
  • Add: Total indirect cost – 23.20

D. Product Pricing:

  • Production cost per bouquet – 173.70
  • Add: 10-40% of the production cost – 69.48

Selling Price per Bouquet – P 243.18
Market price per bouquet – P 250.00

Tips and Tricks:

  1. Balloon bouquets and topiary are highly customizable.
  2. Your bouquets and topiary can be created with imprints like Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Smileys, etc. You can add a special 18″ foil “Message Balloon” than fits the occassion.
  3. You bouquet and topiary can also adapt to heights as you can also customize how high it will stand.
  4. You can add more items and food of your choice such as chocolates or candies or you can mix them up to suit the order of your customers.
  5. Balloon bouquets and topiaries are perfect on dining tables head table buffets, bar or to designate areas of interest. This could mean that balloon business is not highly seasonal and occasional.

BALLOON COLUMNS/ARCS INVESTMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Round balloons #11 (3.00/pc) x 100 – 300.00
  • Linen wrapper (17.00/pc) x 10 – 170.00
  • Curling ribbons (36.75/roll) x 2 – 73.50
  • Base plates (94.50/pc) x 3 – 283.50
  • Aluminum rod (3/16″) – 73.50
  • Aluminum tube (1.5″ diamater) – 147.00
  • String 1 roll – 42.00

Total P 1,089.50

PROCEDURES (2 Meter Balloon Columns/Arcs)

  1. Inflate all the balloons and tie them in pairs.
  2. Get two pairs and twist them together, making 8 sets of twisted balloons.
  3. Get the string and tie it to one of the sets.
  4. Get another set and pile it at the first set, tie it with string (strap around each balloon in the second set af the string in S-Direction). Do this to the rest of the sets.
  5. Attach heavy duty double adhesive tapes if the bottom of the base balloons to adhere it to the floor. Also attach adhesives at the side balloons to adhere it to the wall.
  6. Same procedure can be done when making the arc. Ths can be easier if you have base plates and stand (arched).
  7. Just twist around the balloons at the stand and make sure that the balloons are in a twirling arrangement.
  8. Put ribbons or linen wrapper for additional decorations.

COSTING AND PRICING

A. Direct cost of materials – 1,089.50

B. Indirect cost:

  • Labor cost (350.00/day) x 2/100 (based on 100 balloon bouquet average daily produce of 2 skilled workers) – 7.00
  • Transportation (65.00/100) – 0.65
  • Water and electricity (50.00/100) – 0.50
  • Contingency (10% of direct cost) – 108.95

Total indirect cost – 117.10

C. Product Cost:

  • Total direct cost – 1089.50
  • Add: Total indirect cost – 117.10

D. Product Pricing:

  • Production cost – 1,206.60
  • Add: 10-40% of the production cost – 482.64

Selling Price per Bouquet – P 1,689.24
Market price per bouquet – P 1,750.00

For more information, contact:

Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED)
3/F Oppen Bldg.  349 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Tel: 890-4968; 897-7596; 897-1693
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.dti.gov.ph

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