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Childproofing Service

Help parents feel good about letting their children loose in their homes.

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Childproofing Service

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

Business Overview

If you could see the average home from a baby’s point of view, youcould find all sorts of trouble to get into–electrical outlets andcords, poisons in cupboards, interesting plants to eat and more. Sincemost of us adults don’t go around on our hands and knees, we don’t seethese potential hazards–or realize other home dangers like scaldingwater or reachable plastic bags.

According to the National Center forInjury Prevention and Control, each year between 20 percent and 25percent of all children sustain an injury severe enough to requiremedical attention, missed school and/or bed rest. And with nearly 4million births in one recent year, there are plenty of babies around.You can avert catastrophes with a baby-proofing service. You’ll tourhomes, installing safety latches, catches and other safety devices andalerting parents to potential hazards like poisonous plants and othermaterials.

The advantages to this business are that you can work from ahome base, you can start out part time, and you’ll provide a needed,appreciated service. You’ll need a strong knowledge of what kind oftrouble babies and small children can get into and how to avert it.You’ll need good people skills to work with parents, some of whom maybe on the overanxious side. And you’ll need the confidence to installchild-proofing latches and other safety devices while mom, dad andassorted grandparents are hovering over your shoulder.

The Market

Your customers will consist mostly of parents and grandparents ofbabies and toddlers, but you might also target businesses that findbabies on board–look for ones that have children’s play areas set upin a corner so toddlers can play while mom, for instance, shops orvisits the doctor. Place ads in local papers and get yourself writtenup in local publications. Send brochures to pediatricians. Introduceyourself to business owners and leave brochures. Go on a local radiochat show to talk about baby-proofing.

Needed Equipment

You’ll need basic tools like screwdrivers, wrenches and a cordlessdrill, as well as a tidy supply of baby-proofing devices. And sincethis is a business that hits about as close to customers’ homes andhearts as possible, you’ll want to be sure to carry liability insurance.

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Shopping Mall Play Centers

Few kids love a long day of shopping. Give parents some much-needed relief with a play center.

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Shopping Mall Play Centers

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

Business Overview

Millions of parents go to shopping mallsevery day, usually with their children in tow. While shopping can be aterrific family outing, sometimes a break from the children whileshopping can also be a pleasant experience. Starting a shopping mallplay center business can fill a couple of demands. The first, ofcourse, gives parents a fantastic place to drop off their childrenwhile shopping, the second is that the business can be built into asuccessful and profitable venture, which is exactly what you want tohear if starting this type of business is a consideration for you.Establishing a children’s play center in a mall will take carefulplanning, especially for legal and liability issues. However, there isa real potential to generate a six-figure yearly income from a shoppingmall play center for the owner-operator of the business enterprise.

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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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