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Children’s Designer Clothing

Got an eye for design? Find your niche in making kids look hip.

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Children’s Designer Clothing
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Calling all seamstresses and hobby fashion designers. It’s time to start profiting from your great fashion sense and sewing skills by starting a business designing and manufacturing children’s designer clothing. There are several ways to market your finished products; you can visit local children’s boutiques to see if they’d be interested in carrying your line or you can sell the clothing online with your own website and/or on auction sites.

Local craft and art fairs may also be a good outlet for your wares. You could even host monthly fashion shows right in your own home. Children from your local neighborhood can be enlisted to work as clothing models and invitations can be sent to parents within the community to attend the fashion show. At the end of the show, simply collect orders for the clothing the parents wish to purchase and set about making the clothes and planning for the next fashion show. To expand the business you can employ independent sales consultants across the country to also host monthly fashion shows and split the revenues that are earned on clothing sales.

The Market

Parents and grandparents of young children

Needed Equipment

A sewing machine

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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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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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Custom Play Sets

Get paid to make children’s playground dreams come true.

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Custom Play Sets
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

The demand for custom designed and constructed children’s play sets started to boom a few years ago, and these play sets still continue to be a hot seller today. In order to compete for market share in this industry, you will need some very elaborate play set designs and very ingenious marketing strategies. The higher-end multistation play centers seem to be the most popular, thus commanding the largest retail dollar. This may indeed create your niche.

You can design and manufacture a smaller, more compact and affordable version of the large play sets to promote and market. Home and garden trade shows are probably the best bet, in terms of marketing the play sets. Displaying unique and interesting products at trade shows can generate substantial sales leads and interest in the products. Requirements: The main requirements to launching this type of business endeavor are as follows: design abilities, manufacturing equipment, skilled staff and adequate transportation. Likewise, you will also have to commit a large amount of time to researching the market and consumer buying habits and trends prior to starting the business. Profit Potential: This type of specialized manufacturing business can generate profits greater than $100,000 per year, providing the business and market have been properly researched and established.

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