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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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Online Nanny Service

Help busy mommies conveniently locate relief from the little ones.

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Online Nanny Service

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

Operating your own home based nannyplacement service can be a magnificent way to build a prosperousbusiness. Nanny services are in high demand, and busy parents oftenhave no choice but to pay the costs associated with having a nanny carefor their children. There are three major roles to be filled by a nannyservice. The first, locating parents who are seeking the services of aprofessional nanny. The second role is that of an employment screener.

You will want to carefully look at all the nannies resumes and carryout reference and background checks to make sure they’re suitablecandidates. The third role is simple: place qualified nannies withparents who seek their services. There are various ways to charge fornanny services. The simplest and most straightforward is a one-time feepaid by the parents. There are other options, such as a percentage ofthe nanny’s wages, but this can be complicated and even lead topotential liability situations.

Additionally, by far the best way tobring these parties together is to operate this business as an onlineventure. Nannies and parents seeking nannies would meet via chat roomson the site and discuss their qualifications and needs. This servicewill require careful planning and research to develop a user-friendlysite that can return profits.

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Cloth Diaper Service

People still use cloth diapers and they still need them cleaned.

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Cloth Diaper Service
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Lots of parents would like an alternative to the environmentally questionable disposable diaper, but don’t have the time or inclination to deal with cloth diapers. You can be the solution to their problem. A baby can go through as many as 4,000 diapers before being fully toilet-trained, and this fact of life creates an outstanding business opportunity.

Depending on your startup budget, there are two methods of pursuing this venture. In the first, you offer complete service–you supply, deliver, pick up and clean the cloth diapers. The second startup method is to simply deliver and pick up the diapers, and have an established commercial laundry clean them. If startup capital is not a problem, the first option will definitely leave more profits for you.

To market a cloth diaper service, try to obtain a list of new baby births from local hospitals. You should also try to partner with other businesses targeting new parents–doulas, midwives, Lamaze classes or infant product stores. Once you’ve compiled a list of potential clients, simply drop off or mail a marketing presentation to parents outlining the benefits of your service, why cloth diapers are preferable to disposable, and how they can contact you. Include one free diaper so they can try it out. Once you get going, word-of-mouth will help you out tremendously.

The Market

Your customers are new parents who are concerned about the environment.

Needed Equipment

For delivery, you’ll need a large vehicle or van. You’ll need a large supply of diapers and you may want to offer delivery of other necessary items (diaper pins, etc.). If you’ll be cleaning the diapers yourself, you’ll need a large, commercial-grade washer and dryer.

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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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