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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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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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Mini Train Rides

Set up a mini train ride at a park, mall or zoo and watch the profits pull into the station.

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Mini Train Rides
Startup Costs: $100,000 +
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Be prepared to invest more than $250,000 to start a mini train ride business. But also be prepared to generate daily business sales that can easily exceed $1,500. Starting a mini train ride business for children takes a lot of careful planning, research and business expertise, and there are numerous considerations including the most important–where the business will be located. Good locations include parks, amusement centers, indoor malls and zoos. Additionally, depending on the business location, sales of products such as hats, T-shirts and food items can also be added to boost sales and profits.

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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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