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Camps for Children

If you love kids, running a children’s camp could be as sweet as as toasted marshmallow.

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Camps for Children

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Franchises Available? Yes
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Every year millions of parents shuffle their children off to varioustypes of camps for myriad reasons. This is an age-old and giganticindustry, but it always has room for new and fresh ideas. One exampleof the many camps you can run in this industry is a weeklong children’sacting camp. Every child wants to be a star and ham it up for friendsand family.

Of course, the side benefit to this type of training andeducation is that it builds confidence and social skills. Acting campsgenerally take place in the summer over the course of a week, and arebased on a day-camp platform. You can also run this camp duringdifferent times of the year. The camps can take place on nights andweekends spread out over longer periods of time. Try to make your campall-inclusive, which in the case of an acting camp might include achild’s acting resume, headshot and videotaped performance.

All ofthese items, with the addition of a completion certificate, can bepresented to the students and parents at the end of the camp after aperformance. Marketing will require a savvy campaign includingbrochures, free information seminars, and possibly even a notedprofessional spokesperson in the profession of the camp you’re hosting.Other ideas for camps you could host are music, computers, science,art, sports or anything else you can come up with. Of course, you canjust run a traditional camp without a theme. If your facility is nearthe homes of your campers, you may want to offer tutoring and lessonswhen camp isn’t in session.

The Market

Children ages 9-16.

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Educational Toys

Help kids learn with educational but fun toys.

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Educational Toys
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Traditional educational toys and games for children will always be popular and in demand. You can design and develop the toys and games yourself or act as an agent for manufacturers. Both methods can be a very profitable way to earn an income. There are various approaches to marketing educational toys and games including the internet, mail order, home parties, flea markets, and sales to specialty retailers on a wholesale basis.

The Market

Your ultimate customers are parents, grandparents and anyone who is buying a toy for a child.

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Online Baby Names

Many parents want a less-than-common name for their baby. Help them out with this online service.

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Online Baby Names

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Some business opportunities have a lot of competition and this business startup is one of them. However, as an entrepreneur your greatest skill may lie in your ability to take a new and fresh approach to an old business or concept. The old saying in business you can live by is ‘don’t invent a new mouse trap, just build a better mouse trap.’ That is the case with this business venture.

Baby name books in print have always been popular, and maybe you can create and write a new book with a fresh outlook on an old idea and post it online. One idea may be to feature historical names and what they mean or perhaps celebrity names and how they came to be changed or altered to suit the personality. Visitors could browse through the name listings for free, and by renting advertising, space or selling products you could earn income. Additionally, seek out interesting ways to make the site more inviting. Perhaps hold a contest or feature a poll to find out the most popular names.

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Kite Building and Sales

Build and sell beautiful hand-crafted kites for others to enjoy.

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Kite Building and Sales

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Starting part-time from your home you can manufacture ‘one of a kind’ kites and sell the kites locally through retail accounts, kiosks, mail order and the internet. The investment needed to put this business in action is less than $500, and the operating overheads are virtually nonexistent. On a recent vacation to Cannon Beach, Oregon, I was amazed to find a retail store that specialized only in kite sales. For the hour or so that I was there browsing around at least 15 to 20 people walked through the door and many left with a purchase. To get started you can buy some sample kites to find out what material is used to manufacture the kites and how they are constructed. The store I visited even had ‘how to build kites’ books, videos and kits. A great promotional idea for the business may be to have a ‘try before you buy’ kite sale. Simply advertise the event in local newspapers and let potential customers try out the kites before they purchase one. You can hold this event in a local park or at the beach. One thing is for sure it will not take long before a crowd assembles to see what is going on.

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