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Children’s Coach Service

A children’s coach service makes everyday like recess.

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Children’s Coach Service
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

A parent’s worst nightmare is their child will become a victim of crime or even worse–abducted. This fact creates a very strong argument for parents to utilize a childrens’ coach service within their community. Basically a childrens’ coach is a taxi service that exclusively specializes in moving children safely from point A to point B. These specialized services include picking kids up at home and taking them to school in the morning and delivering them home safely after school.

Your services can also provide trips to the mall, a sporting event, to meet friends, and just about any other time parents are too busy to personally pick up and drop off their children for any occasion. Beyond reliable transportation and a communication system, the main requirement for getting this business going will be a taxi or limousine license and permit. These permits can be difficult to acquire, however. Be sure to plead your case to community officials, as this service is focused on the well-being of kids, and benefits the community as a whole.

The Market

Busy parents

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Children’s Personal Safety Courses

Good with kids and know how to keep them safe? Make a business out of it.

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Children’s Personal Safety Courses
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

Of course, we always hope that our children aren’t victims of criminal acts. Criminal acts can be in the form of personal attacks on our children or in the form of having children involved in a criminal act. This scenario can be the basis of your new business. You can hold courses for parents and children on how to prevent, react to and understand criminal behavior.

The courses can be conducted in a group environment or in an in-home ‘one on one’ basis. A great method for marketing these services can be to tag on to similar children’s courses in your community. For example, if a business, association, or group is holding neighborhood watch meetings, you can attend as a guest speaker with the focus of your presentation aimed at promoting your service.

Additional methods to market this service include using press releases about the business to gain interest and establishing alliances with police services and home alarm companies. Also, you will want to design a complete child personal safety guide that can be included in the cost of the course or consulting visit. The guide can become an invaluable marketing tool for promoting your business. Promote the guide as ‘professional’ and ‘exclusive’ to your business. Furthermore, a police, military or psychology background would be recommended for this business.

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Pinata Sales

Add an element of fun and color to people’s celebrations with pinatas.

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Pinata 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

What a great business and concept’-homebased, unique, low overhead, minimal startup costs, virtually nocompetition and no limitations on business growth and expansion.Thousands of children’s parties take place every day, and tapping intothis very lucrative market is easy. Simply develop samples of yourproducts and start knocking on doors. I will guarantee that you willfind little resistance to your product, and chances are the biggestbusiness challenge you will face is trying to keep up with the demandfor the piñatas. I suggest that you strictly focus on the wholesalemarket and establish accounts with retail children’s stores, partyplanners, and e-tailers. Try to get your product into as manymail-order catalogs as possible. Requirements: There are very fewrequirements in terms of qualifications to start and run this business.

The largest would be your creative ability in both manufacturing thepiñatas and how you will market the product. Of course, there arealways the safety concerns, so be sure to place prizes inside thatcannot harm, spoil or create potential liability for you. Start-upcosts: It should cost you less than $100 to develop your samples andpossibly another $200 to begin marketing your products. This is theultimate quick return on investment business. Profit potential: Afteran exhaustive search I finally found a piñata for sale in a children’sretail store (in excess of 30 telephone calls and an hour’s drive). Thepiñata retailed for $80 and was based on a birthday sports theme. Uponreturning home and careful examination, I determined that it wouldrequire about an hour to make the piñata, and $5 worth of materials.Inside this particular piñata was hard candy and a toy prize, maybeanother $2 to $3 worth. Even at $25 per hour, the total cost tomanufacture this product would be in the $30 range. This still allowsfor a 30 percent markup on your material costs and labor, while theretailer can maintain a 100 percent markup. Now you see why there willbe no problem in establishing wholesale accounts with retailers.

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Cloth Diaper Service

People still use cloth diapers and they still need them cleaned.

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Cloth Diaper Service
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Lots of parents would like an alternative to the environmentally questionable disposable diaper, but don’t have the time or inclination to deal with cloth diapers. You can be the solution to their problem. A baby can go through as many as 4,000 diapers before being fully toilet-trained, and this fact of life creates an outstanding business opportunity.

Depending on your startup budget, there are two methods of pursuing this venture. In the first, you offer complete service–you supply, deliver, pick up and clean the cloth diapers. The second startup method is to simply deliver and pick up the diapers, and have an established commercial laundry clean them. If startup capital is not a problem, the first option will definitely leave more profits for you.

To market a cloth diaper service, try to obtain a list of new baby births from local hospitals. You should also try to partner with other businesses targeting new parents–doulas, midwives, Lamaze classes or infant product stores. Once you’ve compiled a list of potential clients, simply drop off or mail a marketing presentation to parents outlining the benefits of your service, why cloth diapers are preferable to disposable, and how they can contact you. Include one free diaper so they can try it out. Once you get going, word-of-mouth will help you out tremendously.

The Market

Your customers are new parents who are concerned about the environment.

Needed Equipment

For delivery, you’ll need a large vehicle or van. You’ll need a large supply of diapers and you may want to offer delivery of other necessary items (diaper pins, etc.). If you’ll be cleaning the diapers yourself, you’ll need a large, commercial-grade washer and dryer.

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