How to Start a Snowball Stand

by Contributor - Updated September 26, 2017

How to Start a Snowball Stand. So, you have decided that you would like to start your own snowball stand. Who doesn't love a cold, sweet snowball on a hot day? Opening a new business requires a lot more than just a building and a snowball machine. If you're not quite sure where to begin, there are a few tips to follow that will help you get started off right.

Decide what type of stand you would like. Small stationary stands are generally quite successful and are great because if the location doesn't work, relocating is relatively easy. If you are wanting to work events like festivals and concerts, a smaller and completely mobile unit is probably best.

Scout a location for your snowball stand. Once you have decided where you would like to put your stand, you should contact the proper state and city government agencies to register your business and get hold of all of the permits required.

Equip your location or mobile unit with everything you need, such as an ice shaver, a block ice maker, a freezer, flavored syrups and additional supplies.

Organize the layout of your stand. Its best to place the shaver to the left of the window where people can watch their Snowballs being custom made. Place syrups, cups and other serving containers where they can be easily reached.

Decorate your stand. Its best to paint with bright colors, because you a snowball stand is a colorful type of business and you want to grab impulse buyers. Remember that signage is also very important; you want your customers to know immediately what you have to offer and how much it costs.

Light your snowball stand well, at night, as it helps to make customers feel safe and attracts more people after the sun has gone down.


  • If you decide not to purchase a block ice maker, you should contact local ice houses and verify that they can supply your stand with solid block ice.

    Jump-start your business by giving free samples on the first day of operation.

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