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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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Day Care Center

Create a safe space for kids to play away from home with a day care center.

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Day Care Center
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 escalating cost of living has made child day care a booming industry simply because many families require two full-time incomes to make ends meet. Day-care facilities can be homebased, operated from a storefront or office location, or in conjunction with an established business or office complex. Investment budget, business objectives and demand will likely dictate what is the best operating location for you.

In the United States and Canada, day-care facilities as well as child-care staff must obtain proper licensing and certification to meet minimum operating requirements. Because every state and province has its own individual licensing requirements, you will need to contact your regional municipal offices to make inquires, or contact the associations listed on the next page to inquire about certification and licensing requirements in your area. Once your center is open, you will find that the problem is not finding kids to fill your facility, but having to turn down parents daily because you are at your limit. Word-of-mouth advertising is generally all that is required for marketing in this industry.

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Pony Rides

Almost every child wants a pony. Give them the opportunity to ride one at fairs, carnivals, charity events and other locales.

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Pony Rides

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

This is definitely not your typical children-related businessopportunity. However, there is a time-tested formula here: ‘place kidsand animals together and your business cannot fail.’ Mobile might bethe key ingredient to this business. Being a mobile business willenable you to travel to where the demand is greatest for the service.Logical locations include malls, fairs, festivals, flea markets andcommunity parades. You will also want to establish a workingrelationship with other related businesses that can help support yourbusiness. These types of businesses will include carnival companies,kids party services, property managers, clubs and associations.

Additionally, be sure to associate yourself with all the charity eventsin your area as your service is unique, which can help generateinterest for the charity event and profits for you. Furthermore, togain additional revenue, add a photograph or video service. What parentcan resist purchasing a picture of their child on a pony?

Needed Equipment

There is a long list of requirements for starting and operating achildren’s pony ride business including, but not limited to, thefollowing: transportation, boarding space, liability insurance and ofcourse the ponies. Additionally, you’ll want to familiar with poniesand their needs and requirements.

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Doll Making

Hand-crafted dolls can bring joy to children and profits to your business.

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Doll Making
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

It may not seem like it, but doll making and repairs is a giant segment of the craft and toy industry. To reinforce this, simply visit an antique shop that specializes in antique dolls or a retailer of new custom “one of a kind” dolls, and you’ll soon see that the prices are out of this world. A doll-making business can be started from home on a part-time basis. You can sell the dolls you make through retail accounts, kiosks, mail order, craft shows and the internet.

This is an enterprise that requires very little in the way of startup investment, and the ongoing monthly overhead is also very small. Once you’ve sharpened your skills in doll making, you can proceed to antique doll repairs. Some of the antique dolls can sell for as much as $500 for the “real” thing and $300 for replicas. To get started, find out if doll-making classes are available in your local community.

If they’re not readily available and you master these skills, you could also begin holding your own how-to classes to earn additional income. Don’t forget that in the doll world, all of these creations need accessories, houses, cars, clothes and other doll friends, so your only limit is your imagination.

The Market

Doll and antique collectors

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