Hi all, Just wondering if anybody knew of a place around the metro that rents ice houses for the day/weekend. Only place i can find some is on craigslist and they are very limited. Anybody else waiting for spring? I'M DYING!
That's one hell of a business model. Fpr a minimal investment ($2,000?), anybody living near a good fishing lake could easily do this and probably at least recoup his investment. Maybe make considerably more. A lot of guys probably have most or all of the equipment already. I'm gonna write this guy and invite him to MFP.
Seems to me cities like Minneapolis that have good fishing lakes should have big community ice-houses with porta-potties attached. They could charge people $10 apiece for a couple hours and probably make a couple thousand a day. And if they added concession stands, maybe a lot more. Be good aeration for some of the city lakes too.
I have thought about it many times.. I had a buddy who designed a cool portable ice house. Cost him less than $60 to build when buying materials in bulk. He did production runs of 25 ice houses and sold them for $150 each... The work was considerable though and it wasn't profitable enough when labor was considered.
Take those houses though and use them to generate recurring income through the life of the ice house... that could be worth while.
Details, por favor. How big were the houses and what did he make 'em out of? What was the design and how were they anchored to the ice? Were they transported onto the lakes by truck, toboggan, . . .?
You could probably store 'em in some farmer's shed or field for a nominal sum during the summer. Probably some reason people aren't doing this with their permanent houses on metro-area lakes like Minnetonka and Prior Lake already. DNR regs maybe.
And you'd probably need insurance in case somebody sued you for hooking themselves or other nuisance lawsuits. Probably better to do it as an LLC or something similar to limit liability and the exposure of personal assets.
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