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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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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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Children’s Books by Children

Try this unique publishing concept: books for children, by children.

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Children’s Books by Children
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

Starting a publishing business that specializes in publishing children’s books written by children is a unique and interesting business enterprise to set in motion. In addition to the books being available in print, they can also be on CD-ROM as well as in an e-book format. The books can be on numerous topics and subjects such as puzzles and games, short stories and comics. Marketing the books can be by way of establishing wholesale accounts with retailers, and this should not prove difficult purely due to the unique nature of the product. Furthermore, establishing an alliance with a children’s charity group can also be used as an excellent marketing tool, as well as assisting the charity by way of donations on total sales volume.

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