Startup Costs and ROI


Do you own an existing wellness center or spa and are looking for a value added service? The Float Pod® could be the perfect compliment to your massage studio, yoga studio, chiropractic office, physical therapy clinic, or wellness center.

The Float Pod® is easy to operate and provides clients a safe and relaxing environment. What is the Return On Investment? How fast can you pay off The Float Pod®? What is the Income Potential?

Pay off your Float Spa within year one and NET $18,000 in your first year. NET $45,000 plus in following years.

FIND OUT more in the video below.



This is a wonderful venture and something we have a lot of experience in. That being said, you will need to do your due diligence and get your ducks in a row. You are an entrepreneur and should be ready for the ups and downs that go along with it. We have a lot of great resources and a full DVD course ready for you. In the meantime the below should give you a good start with expectations.

Getting Started Costs: Build Out

A Build Out could include demolition costs and new construction costs. This can be a huge range and is completely dependent on size. Let’s assume $30 psf to $55 psf for overall construction (including framing, drywall, plumbing, electric, painting and finishes.). You can spend A LOT more, but it can be accomplished for this range.

A 4 Pod Center will need 1,500 to 2,200 sqft. Let’s assume 1,800 for this example. (Of course you can make it much smaller or much bigger)

BUILD OUT RANGE          $54,000 to $99,000

Getting Started Costs: Pods, Tanks or Rooms

There is a lot of choices for equipment. Commercial tanks tend to range in the $12,000 to $16,000 range and Pods will range from $25,000 for the Float Pod® up to $40,000 for other rooms. You will also need to budget for shipping and Epsom Salt. The Float Pod® uses about 1,000 lbs this will cost about $2,200 in Salt alone for four Pods.

FLOAT PODS/ ROOMS     $65000 to $162,000

Getting Started Costs: Architect and Permits

Don’t forget about the Architect and City. Depending on your architect and City you will need to budget as little as $5,000 to as much as $20,000. Huge range I know. Research and interview architects. I have a hard time believing a Float Spa should be designed for much more than $5,000 but each State is very different on the market norm.

ARCHITECT AND PERMITS: $5,000 to $8,000

Getting Started Costs: Signage and Marketing Collateral

Again, it’s easy to go crazy on this one. This can include, logo design, website, brochures, etc. The front of store neon signs can run from $4,000 to $8,000 and all the other stuff can run from a friend helping you to $20,000 or much much more. We will use a mid range estimate for our sample.

MARKETING COLLATERAL RANGE         $6,000 to $15,000

Getting Started Costs: Office Equipment

This one will include fixtures, furniture, office computer and printer, etc.

OFFICE EQUIPMENT RANGE         $6,000 to $12,000

Getting Started Costs: Utilities

Depending on your location many utility companies will require a fairly steep deposit as you are a “new business” and thus a risk. With phone and internet in particular you could be hit with up to $1,000 just in deposits. In Arizona we have NNN a part of our lease and this includes some utilities, but not electric.

UTILITIES START UP         $1,000 to $2,500

Getting Started Costs: Don't Forget Cash Flow

I would budget no less than three months of total operating expenses into beginning cash flow. Most businesses recommend 3 to 6 months. Let’s assume $10,000 per month as a break even.

CASH FLOW ON HAND     $30,000 to $60,000

Getting Started Costs: TOTAL COSTS

Total start up cost estimates

TOTAL RANGE     $184,000 to $338,500