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Dollhouse Manufacturing and Sales

If you enjoy small-scale construction, you can make kids’ dreams come true by building and selling dollhouses.

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Dollhouse Manufacturing and Sales
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Manufacturing custom designed dollhouses is a great part-time home based business to set in motion. The dollhouses you build can be sold through retail accounts, flea markets, craft shows, mail order, the internet and mall kiosks. The only requirement for this business to succeed is you ability to manufacture a good, high-quality dollhouse. Design plans are available at any hobby shop for dollhouse construction, or you can create your own custom designs. The potential profits this business can produce are varied. However, a well-established dollhouse manufacturing business should have no difficulty generating annual sales in excess of $500,000 per year.

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Educational Toys

Help kids learn with educational but fun toys.

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Educational Toys
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

Traditional educational toys and games for children will always be popular and in demand. You can design and develop the toys and games yourself or act as an agent for manufacturers. Both methods can be a very profitable way to earn an income. There are various approaches to marketing educational toys and games including the internet, mail order, home parties, flea markets, and sales to specialty retailers on a wholesale basis.

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Your ultimate customers are parents, grandparents and anyone who is buying a toy for a child.

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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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