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Cardboard Playhouses

Create an engaging setup for make-believe with cardboard playhouses.

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Cardboard Playhouses

Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Franchises Available? No
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Have you ever purchased a new refrigeratorto find that your children play with the empty box for weeks, insteadof playing with their expensive toys? Now is your chance to capitalizeon this phenomenon. Custom cardboard playhouses are great for kids.They’re mobile and can be packed up easily and moved to the beach,Grandma’s house, or outside in the summer.

To get mobilized in thisbusiness, simply design your own playhouse and visit a box manufacturerfor an estimate to produce the cardboard playhouses in volume. Theplayhouses can be sold via retail accounts, mail order, the internet,craft shows and flea markets. Design tip: Be sure the cardboardplayhouses will be interesting to children, and make sure there are alot of colorful images and themes printed on them.

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Stuffed Animals

Still remember your first stuffed animal? Kids may love technology, but a handheld game system isn’t very cuddly.

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Stuffed Animals

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

There are a few different approaches thatcan be taken when considering starting a business that focuses onselling stuffed animals. The first approach is to design andmanufacture the stuffed animals yourself. The second approach is topurchase stuffed animals on a wholesale basis and resell them for aprofit. The third approach is to purchase antique stuffed animals andresell them for a profit.

All three approaches have great opportunityfor business success, as stuffed animals new or old will always be inhigh demand by collectors and consumers alike. The profit potential isoutstanding, especially if you can locate a good source for antiquestuffed animals, as it is not uncommon for antique teddy bears to sellfor as much as $1,000 each.

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Dollhouse Manufacturing and Sales

If you enjoy small-scale construction, you can make kids’ dreams come true by building and selling dollhouses.

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Dollhouse Manufacturing and Sales
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Manufacturing custom designed dollhouses is a great part-time home based business to set in motion. The dollhouses you build can be sold through retail accounts, flea markets, craft shows, mail order, the internet and mall kiosks. The only requirement for this business to succeed is you ability to manufacture a good, high-quality dollhouse. Design plans are available at any hobby shop for dollhouse construction, or you can create your own custom designs. The potential profits this business can produce are varied. However, a well-established dollhouse manufacturing business should have no difficulty generating annual sales in excess of $500,000 per year.

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Talent Agent for Children

If you like working with kids and can spot talent, helping children get their big break could be the business for you.

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Talent Agent for Children

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

Are you searching for a low-investment homebased business opportunity that has the potential to be a lot of funand potentially very profitable? If so, perhaps you should considerstarting a talent agency for child actors. This type of business is avery easy to start and there will certainly be no shortage of potentialclients as many children dream about hamming it up for the camera.

Currently, agents for child actors are charging a commission rate ofbetween and 10 and 20 percent of their client’s earnings. Many agentsalso represent children in this modeling profession as well thoseinvolved in voiceover work for radio and TV. To gain exposure toproducers and directors for the business, start an e-mail, letter andpersonal visit campaign promoting your talent agency, clients andservices.

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