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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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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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Puppet Shows

Get kids away from the TV by putting on puppet shows.

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Puppet Shows

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

Jim Henson’s puppet creations made himmillions, so why can’t yours? Starting a children’s puppet show serviceis a fantastic way to own and operate your own business. Children can’thelp but be fascinated by puppets. Spending a few dollars to purchaseor make your own puppets and a portable stage can be the beginning of arewarding and moneymaking business venture for you. To get business,simply design some fliers and distribute them to local children’sstores and daycare centers. Try to stay with current and popularchildren themes for your puppets and puppet shows, such as spacecreatures and dinosaurs.

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Doll Making

Hand-crafted dolls can bring joy to children and profits to your business.

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Doll Making
Startup Costs: Under $2,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

It may not seem like it, but doll making and repairs is a giant segment of the craft and toy industry. To reinforce this, simply visit an antique shop that specializes in antique dolls or a retailer of new custom “one of a kind” dolls, and you’ll soon see that the prices are out of this world. A doll-making business can be started from home on a part-time basis. You can sell the dolls you make through retail accounts, kiosks, mail order, craft shows and the internet.

This is an enterprise that requires very little in the way of startup investment, and the ongoing monthly overhead is also very small. Once you’ve sharpened your skills in doll making, you can proceed to antique doll repairs. Some of the antique dolls can sell for as much as $500 for the “real” thing and $300 for replicas. To get started, find out if doll-making classes are available in your local community.

If they’re not readily available and you master these skills, you could also begin holding your own how-to classes to earn additional income. Don’t forget that in the doll world, all of these creations need accessories, houses, cars, clothes and other doll friends, so your only limit is your imagination.

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Doll and antique collectors

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