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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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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 Party Service

Pros at making children laugh and play wanted for this startup idea.

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Children’s Party Service
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

Every day thousands of children have birthdays, graduate to the next grade, or just deserve some fun, and all of these events are a very good reason to celebrate and have a party. The main consideration for starting this type of party service is whether the business be operated from a fixed location or on a mobile basis? Once you have established the base of operations, you can begin to market the party service.

A great starting point will be a well-designed and colorful marketing brochure describing your service. These brochures can be circulated to daycare centers, kids sports association meetings, and recreation centers. Remember not to overlook elderly groups and associations as this can be a very lucrative market to tap into. After all, grandparents love to spoil their grandchildren. Try to make the party service a one-stop shopping experience, and include items such as a location for the party, theme, party favors, activities, transportation, food, entertainment, and prizes. It’s not a bad idea to include some educational value too, if you can make the kids think it’s fun.

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