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Stuffed Animals

Still remember your first stuffed animal? Kids may love technology, but a handheld game system isn’t very cuddly.

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Stuffed Animals

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

There are a few different approaches thatcan be taken when considering starting a business that focuses onselling stuffed animals. The first approach is to design andmanufacture the stuffed animals yourself. The second approach is topurchase stuffed animals on a wholesale basis and resell them for aprofit. The third approach is to purchase antique stuffed animals andresell them for a profit.

All three approaches have great opportunityfor business success, as stuffed animals new or old will always be inhigh demand by collectors and consumers alike. The profit potential isoutstanding, especially if you can locate a good source for antiquestuffed animals, as it is not uncommon for antique teddy bears to sellfor as much as $1,000 each.

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Online Baby Names

Many parents want a less-than-common name for their baby. Help them out with this online service.

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Online Baby Names

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

Some business opportunities have a lot of competition and this business startup is one of them. However, as an entrepreneur your greatest skill may lie in your ability to take a new and fresh approach to an old business or concept. The old saying in business you can live by is ‘don’t invent a new mouse trap, just build a better mouse trap.’ That is the case with this business venture.

Baby name books in print have always been popular, and maybe you can create and write a new book with a fresh outlook on an old idea and post it online. One idea may be to feature historical names and what they mean or perhaps celebrity names and how they came to be changed or altered to suit the personality. Visitors could browse through the name listings for free, and by renting advertising, space or selling products you could earn income. Additionally, seek out interesting ways to make the site more inviting. Perhaps hold a contest or feature a poll to find out the most popular names.

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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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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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