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If you own or manage an indoor play center, play cafe, indoor playground, family entertainment center, mobile soft play rental business or really any business that serves local children and families, and you want to operate with more EASE and JOY, all while making the living you dreamed of– I created the profitable play podcast just for you. Join me, your host, Michele Caruana, for small but mighty tips every single weekday that will all add up to a BIG impact on your mindset, your business, and your bottom line. Stick with me to keep the PASSION and GROW the profit in YOUR play-based business

The Profitable Play Podcast Michele Caruana

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 124 Ratings

If you own or manage an indoor play center, play cafe, indoor playground, family entertainment center, mobile soft play rental business or really any business that serves local children and families, and you want to operate with more EASE and JOY, all while making the living you dreamed of– I created the profitable play podcast just for you. Join me, your host, Michele Caruana, for small but mighty tips every single weekday that will all add up to a BIG impact on your mindset, your business, and your bottom line. Stick with me to keep the PASSION and GROW the profit in YOUR play-based business

    291: Recording Coaching Call With Play Cafe Owner Jessica From Little Hart's Play Cafe in Indiana

    291: Recording Coaching Call With Play Cafe Owner Jessica From Little Hart's Play Cafe in Indiana

    FREE "Hire Your Kids" Guide: https://bit.ly/hireyourkidsguide
    "Hire Your Kids" FULL Toolkit (Step-By-Step): https://bit.ly/hiringkidstoolkit 

    Indoor playground owner business coaching call with Little Harts Play Cafe owner Jessica!

    In today's episode, you get to listen in on a recorded coaching call with indoor playground owner Jessica who will be opening Little Harts Play Cafe later this year.

    In this conversation, we discuss...
    ... Potential layout solutions for a 3,000 square foot space
    ... Combining two smaller spaces into one
    ... Private birthday parties versus semi-private
    ... Fundraising strategies like merch sales, crowdfunding, and crowd sourced loans
    ... Drop-shipping/ no inventory merch sales
    ... Better accommodating Dads and male caregivers in an industry that seems more woman-focused
    ... Website design and marketing priorities pre-opening
    ... Reasonable costs for website design and ongoing maintenance
    ... What to focus on FIRST when it comes to marketing

    Go behind-the-scenes of the process of opening an indoor playground or play cafe business in this coaching call!

    P.S. Want a pre-launch step-by-step marketing plan? Here you go : https://www.michelecaruana.com/marketingchecklist

    Little Harts IG: https://www.instagram.com/littlehartsplaycafe/
    Website coming soon!

    RESOURCES:
    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    What's Working 2024 Guide: http://bit.ly/3GwXQAS
    Web Design Services- Book A Free Call: https://www.michelecaruana.com/play-cafe-business-web-design-services
    Fund Your Indoor Play Business: http://bit.ly/38KbYbz
    Courses & Consulting: http://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    Indoor Playground Business Courses: https://bit.ly/37yCxAC
    Michele’s Instagram: https://bit.ly/3Ia4PTK
    Michele’s Website: https://www.michelecaruana.com
    YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/3JDkSe7
    FREE 14-DAY Active Campaign Trial: https://bit.ly/3rjp5bP
    ETSY Template Shop: https://bit.ly/40RF5D4
    Recession Prep Playlist: https://www.michelecaruana.com/recessionprep

    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Questions and Support: Support@michelecaruana.com 
    Simplify and Scale with 50% OFF My POS System-Of-Choice: https://discover.wellnessliving.com/playcafeacademy

    • 1 hr 10 min
    290: 6 Ways You Can Apply Disney’s Magic TODAY To Elevate Your Indoor Playground Business

    290: 6 Ways You Can Apply Disney’s Magic TODAY To Elevate Your Indoor Playground Business

    In this episode, host Michele Caruana brings a refreshing and fun perspective to the Profitable Play Podcast, after a series of heavier topics featured on the podcast feed like managing stress, handling conflict, and navigating divorce as a business owner. Michele shares insights from her recent family trip to Disney, focusing on how indoor playground owners can incorporate Disney’s magic into their businesses starting TODAY.

    Drawing from her observations at Disney parks and resorts, she outlines six practical strategies that can help you differentiate your indoor playground and enhance your customer experience. These tips are designed to be actionable and attainable, regardless of the size of your business.

    BLOG for this article: https://www.michelecaruana.com/blog/embracing-disney-magic-at-your-indoor-playground

    Resources Featured In This Episode:
    Pluie: www.hellopluie.com
    15 Things To Have On-Hand: https://bit.ly/44U3NVF
    Tour Playlist on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3AJ7IHT
    Special "Birthday Child" Experience: https://bit.ly/3QOb83j
    Re-Using Leftover Supplies to Create "Magic": https://bit.ly/3UP7U0H
    NFL Watch Parties: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uniDixKgY8k
    Giving Back As a Play Space: https://bit.ly/3WL2ean

    OTHER RESOURCES:
    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Getting Started YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfYkEnvPJdo&list=PLKNxpFOU7ITc6BrH_EHl4DuHqWqdUoTZU
    What's Working 2024 Guide: http://bit.ly/3GwXQAS
    Fund Your Indoor Play Business: http://bit.ly/38KbYbz
    Courses & Consulting: http://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    Indoor Playground Business Courses: https://bit.ly/37yCxAC
    Michele’s Instagram: https://bit.ly/3Ia4PTK
    Michele’s Website: https://www.michelecaruana.com
    YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/3JDkSe7
    FREE 14-DAY Active Campaign Trial: https://bit.ly/3rjp5bP
    ETSY Template Shop: https://bit.ly/40RF5D4
    Recession Prep Playlist: https://www.michelecaruana.com/recessionprep


    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Questions and Support: Support@michelecaruana.com 
    Simplify and Scale with 50% OFF My POS System-Of-Choice: https://discover.wellnessliving.com/playcafeacademy

    • 23 min
    289: How To Successfully Navigate DIVORCE If You Own A Business

    289: How To Successfully Navigate DIVORCE If You Own A Business

    Today we are going to be talking about something on the more difficult side, but it’s a topic that has proved itself, unfortunately, 100% necessary in our industry.

    DIVORCE.

    Because divorce is something that you may never THINK will happen to you, until it does. And luckily, whether you ever find yourself in that position or not, there are really simple things you can do starting TODAY to prevent a lot of the conflict, expenses, and stress that come with the divorce process, specifically if you own or operate a business with your spouse. 

    And even if your spouse is NOT an owner/ operator of your business or have their name listed on the business entity, YOUR business will still be part of the division of debt and assets– so if you are married or plan to be married at ANY point while running your business- this is an absolute MUST listen for you. 

    Today on the show we have Dinah Rainey joining us. Dinah Rainey is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® and the founder and owner of Dinah Rainey, LLC, a women’s divorce coaching business. With over 30 years of legal experience and more than 15 years as a family law attorney, Dinah specializes in helping women strategically prepare for and navigate the divorce process.

    Beyond her coaching practice, Dinah is also the founder and owner of a consulting firm and a real estate investment company. She has also founded and owned law firms in California and Georgia.

    So while Dinah of course cannot give actual legal advice here, she has some amazing practical knowledge to share that can benefit you in numerous ways, even if you are lucky enough to never go through divorce.

    Dinah's Links:
    Facebook.com/coachdinahrainey
    Instragram.com/dinah.rainey
    Linkedin.com/in/dinahrainey
    Tiktok.com/@dinahrainey
    Pinterest.com/coachdinahrainey


    OTHER RESOURCES:
    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Getting Started YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfYkEnvPJdo&list=PLKNxpFOU7ITc6BrH_EHl4DuHqWqdUoTZU
    What's Working 2024 Guide: http://bit.ly/3GwXQAS
    Fund Your Indoor Play Business: http://bit.ly/38KbYbz
    Courses & Consulting: http://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    Indoor Playground Business Courses: https://bit.ly/37yCxAC
    Michele’s Instagram: https://bit.ly/3Ia4PTK
    Michele’s Website: https://www.michelecaruana.com
    YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/3JDkSe7
    FREE 14-DAY Active Campaign Trial: https://bit.ly/3rjp5bP
    ETSY Template Shop: https://bit.ly/40RF5D4
    Recession Prep Playlist: https://www.michelecaruana.com/recessionprep

    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Questions and Support: Support@michelecaruana.com 
    Simplify and Scale with 50% OFF My POS System-Of-Choice: https://discover.wellnessliving.com/playcafeacademy

    • 57 min
    288: How To Save Money On Your Facebook And Instagram Ads (Part 2/2)

    288: How To Save Money On Your Facebook And Instagram Ads (Part 2/2)

    Book More Birthdays with Ads Course: https://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    BLOG For This Episode: https://www.michelecaruana.com/blog/save-money-on-ads

    Today we're diving into PART 2 of one of my favorite topics: marketing your indoor playground or play cafe business while saving money.

    Facebook and Instagram Ads can be powerful tools for scaling your indoor playground business, but they often feel confusing and costly for beginners.

    While quick-launch ads and boosted posts are tempting, they often lack real ROI.

    Instead, focusing on strategic spending is key. Let's explore some actionable tips for maximizing your ad budget.

    Book More Birthdays with Ads Course: https://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    Episode 123 (Ad Targeting): https://bit.ly/3QO5b6m
    Episode 90 (Google Ads): https://bit.ly/4ajRWBm
    Episode 80 (Mobile Sites): https://bit.ly/4boBbGo
    Facebook Pixel Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-Ic0DRgaCM&t=43s
    Boosted Posts Explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ213beDfqE

    OTHER RESOURCES:
    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Getting Started YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfYkEnvPJdo&list=PLKNxpFOU7ITc6BrH_EHl4DuHqWqdUoTZU
    What's Working 2024 Guide: http://bit.ly/3GwXQAS
    Fund Your Indoor Play Business: http://bit.ly/38KbYbz
    Courses & Consulting: http://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    Indoor Playground Business Courses: https://bit.ly/37yCxAC
    Michele’s Instagram: https://bit.ly/3Ia4PTK
    Michele’s Website: https://www.michelecaruana.com
    YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/3JDkSe7
    FREE 14-DAY Active Campaign Trial: https://bit.ly/3rjp5bP
    ETSY Template Shop: https://bit.ly/40RF5D4
    Recession Prep Playlist: https://www.michelecaruana.com/recessionprep

    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Questions and Support: Support@michelecaruana.com 
    Simplify and Scale with 50% OFF My POS System-Of-Choice: https://discover.wellnessliving.com/playcafeacademy

    • 25 min
    287: Handling Conflict and Mastering Tough Conversations With Customers and Employees with Elisabeth Robinson

    287: Handling Conflict and Mastering Tough Conversations With Customers and Employees with Elisabeth Robinson

    THIS is one of those episodes that make me wish I could hop in a time machine back to 2015 when I was opening my business with what I know after this conversation. Knowing how to handle conflict and how to master difficult conversations with confidence would have saved me SO much anxiety, stress, and ALL the negative consequences that came from NOT having this perfected.

    Our guest on the show today is Elisabeth Robinson of “Mastering Difficult Conversations”.

    Elisabeth’s mission is to help people and businesses overcome pre-conversation anxiety and build confidence. Effective communication is a crucial skill in both personal and professional life, and today, Elisabeth is going to give us some really practical tips regarding how we can tackle conflict head-on and become better leaders in our business.

     And Elisabeth also owned multiple brick and mortar bakery businesses so she has an amazing perspective as both an entrepreneur and highly trained and experienced HR professional to help guide us in this tricky area.

    Today we are covering everything– from handling conflict with difficult customers, to handling issues with employees, and even navigating conflict BETWEEN employees– because I don’t know about you, but one thing I will always point to as something that shocked me about owning an indoor playground was just how much time and energy I would spend managing my team and hiring, training, firing– everything that comes with having support staff. 

    It blew me away just how all-consuming that was, and like I said, I really wish I knew then what I know now and Elisabeth is going to walk us through all of it step by step.

    Elisabeth's IG: @hardconversations2.0
    For a FREE 20-Minute Consult: elisabeth@masteringhardconverstions.com

    OTHER RESOURCES:
    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Socity: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Getting Started YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfYkEnvPJdo&list=PLKNxpFOU7ITc6BrH_EHl4DuHqWqdUoTZU
    What's Working 2024 Guide: http://bit.ly/3GwXQAS
    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Socity: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Fund Your Indoor Play Business: http://bit.ly/38KbYbz
    Courses & Consulting: http://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    Indoor Playground Business Courses: https://bit.ly/37yCxAC
    Michele’s Instagram: https://bit.ly/3Ia4PTK
    Michele’s Website: https://www.michelecaruana.com
    YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/3JDkSe7
    FREE 14-DAY Active Campaign Trial: https://bit.ly/3rjp5bP
    ETSY Template Shop: https://bit.ly/40RF5D4
    Recession Prep Playlist: https://www.michelecaruana.com/recessionprep

    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Questions and Support: Support@michelecaruana.com 
    Simplify and Scale with 50% OFF My POS System-Of-Choice: https://discover.wellnessliving.com/playcafeacademy

    • 55 min
    286: How To Save Money On Your Facebook And Instagram Ads (Part 1/2)

    286: How To Save Money On Your Facebook And Instagram Ads (Part 1/2)

    Book More Birthdays with Ads Course: https://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    BLOG For This Episode: https://www.michelecaruana.com/blog/save-money-on-ads

    Today we're diving into one of my favorite topics: marketing your indoor playground or play cafe business while saving money.

    Facebook and Instagram Ads can be powerful tools for scaling your indoor playground business, but they often feel confusing and costly for beginners.

    While quick-launch ads and boosted posts are tempting, they often lack real ROI.

    Instead, focusing on strategic spending is key. Let's explore some actionable tips for maximizing your ad budget.

    Book More Birthdays with Ads Course: https://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    Facebook Pixel Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-Ic0DRgaCM&t=43s
    Boosted Posts Explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ213beDfqE

    OTHER RESOURCES:
    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Getting Started YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfYkEnvPJdo&list=PLKNxpFOU7ITc6BrH_EHl4DuHqWqdUoTZU
    What's Working 2024 Guide: http://bit.ly/3GwXQAS
    Fund Your Indoor Play Business: http://bit.ly/38KbYbz
    Courses & Consulting: http://bit.ly/3N7bPAI
    Indoor Playground Business Courses: https://bit.ly/37yCxAC
    Michele’s Instagram: https://bit.ly/3Ia4PTK
    Michele’s Website: https://www.michelecaruana.com
    YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/3JDkSe7
    FREE 14-DAY Active Campaign Trial: https://bit.ly/3rjp5bP
    ETSY Template Shop: https://bit.ly/40RF5D4
    Recession Prep Playlist: https://www.michelecaruana.com/recessionprep

    Play Cafe Academy & Play Makers Society: http://bit.ly/3HES7fD
    Questions and Support: Support@michelecaruana.com 
    Simplify and Scale with 50% OFF My POS System-Of-Choice: https://discover.wellnessliving.com/playcafeacademy

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

Georganne Knows ,

Michele is the real deal

I will literally buy, listen, read, watch, and subscribe to anything Michele Caruana puts out because she’s that good. I found her a year and a half or so ago when I was just beginning to start my business and her content really helped me. I learned and continue to learn so much actual information that I apply and use in my business building process and now I’m opening in a few months with confidence; I know I am doing everything I can to set myself up for success. She opened my eyes to things I never knew and changed my mind on business ideas I truly am so glad about because her wisdom comes from legitimate experience. At the end of the day I have to be profitable and her content is helping me build that foundation of success. Definitely recommend!! Thank you Michele!

livandluna ,

Michelle is the best!

If you’re looking for advice on starting and scaling a play based biz Michelle Caruana is the mentor for you- she’s not only an expert but she’s passionate about helping and supporting her people. I love her marketing advice - she’s such a smart business owner and this podcast is incredible 👏

Christinalee37 ,

Love this podcast !

Michelle does such a great job covering all topics around running a children’s play cafe. Before finding this podcast I didn’t know where to start on this business venture . I am really hoping to open my own play cafe next year so I am incredibly thankful for this invaluable free resource !

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