Being Open to New Ideas: Business Ideas that Work for Kids

Balloon Flower Column

As we've told our readers in our previous post, How to Shop When You Mean Business: Why All Lemons Are Not Equal, (September 19, 2014), Balloon Zoom did one thing when it opened for business in the Fall of 2011: Twist animal balloons.

But then Dr. Roya Pilcher, who runs the friendliest pediatric dentistry practice in D.C., asked us to do somthing new: Decorate her office for Valentine's Day. Until that moment, we had never thought of doing anything beyond entertaining kids at parties. But we said yes, and then we hurried home to figure out what we needed to do to build a balloon column.

Check out this video of Noor, then 5, building our first, simple balloon column frame with supplies purchased from Tenleytown Ace Hardware in February 2012.

Balloon decor is now a cornerstone of our business. In fact, we do more balloon decor than anything else, because balloon decorations can be designed and built ahead of time, which means we can space the work out between homework, music and dance lessons. This is more and more important as our homework and responsibilities have multiplied with middle and high school. While we love working with kids, we are kids, too! We need free time on the weekends!