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Pinata Sales

Add an element of fun and color to people’s celebrations with pinatas.

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Pinata 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

What a great business and concept’-homebased, unique, low overhead, minimal startup costs, virtually nocompetition and no limitations on business growth and expansion.Thousands of children’s parties take place every day, and tapping intothis very lucrative market is easy. Simply develop samples of yourproducts and start knocking on doors. I will guarantee that you willfind little resistance to your product, and chances are the biggestbusiness challenge you will face is trying to keep up with the demandfor the piñatas. I suggest that you strictly focus on the wholesalemarket and establish accounts with retail children’s stores, partyplanners, and e-tailers. Try to get your product into as manymail-order catalogs as possible. Requirements: There are very fewrequirements in terms of qualifications to start and run this business.

The largest would be your creative ability in both manufacturing thepiñatas and how you will market the product. Of course, there arealways the safety concerns, so be sure to place prizes inside thatcannot harm, spoil or create potential liability for you. Start-upcosts: It should cost you less than $100 to develop your samples andpossibly another $200 to begin marketing your products. This is theultimate quick return on investment business. Profit potential: Afteran exhaustive search I finally found a piñata for sale in a children’sretail store (in excess of 30 telephone calls and an hour’s drive). Thepiñata retailed for $80 and was based on a birthday sports theme. Uponreturning home and careful examination, I determined that it wouldrequire about an hour to make the piñata, and $5 worth of materials.Inside this particular piñata was hard candy and a toy prize, maybeanother $2 to $3 worth. Even at $25 per hour, the total cost tomanufacture this product would be in the $30 range. This still allowsfor a 30 percent markup on your material costs and labor, while theretailer can maintain a 100 percent markup. Now you see why there willbe no problem in establishing wholesale accounts with retailers.

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Children’s Coach Service

A children’s coach service makes everyday like recess.

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Children’s Coach Service
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

A parent’s worst nightmare is their child will become a victim of crime or even worse–abducted. This fact creates a very strong argument for parents to utilize a childrens’ coach service within their community. Basically a childrens’ coach is a taxi service that exclusively specializes in moving children safely from point A to point B. These specialized services include picking kids up at home and taking them to school in the morning and delivering them home safely after school.

Your services can also provide trips to the mall, a sporting event, to meet friends, and just about any other time parents are too busy to personally pick up and drop off their children for any occasion. Beyond reliable transportation and a communication system, the main requirement for getting this business going will be a taxi or limousine license and permit. These permits can be difficult to acquire, however. Be sure to plead your case to community officials, as this service is focused on the well-being of kids, and benefits the community as a whole.

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Busy parents

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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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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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