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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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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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Kite Building and Sales

Build and sell beautiful hand-crafted kites for others to enjoy.

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Kite Building and Sales

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

Starting part-time from your home you can manufacture ‘one of a kind’ kites and sell the kites locally through retail accounts, kiosks, mail order and the internet. The investment needed to put this business in action is less than $500, and the operating overheads are virtually nonexistent. On a recent vacation to Cannon Beach, Oregon, I was amazed to find a retail store that specialized only in kite sales. For the hour or so that I was there browsing around at least 15 to 20 people walked through the door and many left with a purchase. To get started you can buy some sample kites to find out what material is used to manufacture the kites and how they are constructed. The store I visited even had ‘how to build kites’ books, videos and kits. A great promotional idea for the business may be to have a ‘try before you buy’ kite sale. Simply advertise the event in local newspapers and let potential customers try out the kites before they purchase one. You can hold this event in a local park or at the beach. One thing is for sure it will not take long before a crowd assembles to see what is going on.

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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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