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Wooden Toy Manufacturing and Sales

Love classic toys? Make them and then sell them.

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Wooden Toy Manufacturing and Sales
Startup Costs: $2,000 – $10,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? Yes

Business Overview

Wooden toys not only appeal to children for play, but also to adults for home and office decorations. Manufacturing wooden toys is a wonderful home based business opportunity that can be activated for peanuts and has the potential to return big profits.

Marketing the toys can be accomplished by way of wholesale sales to merchants, the internet, mail-order catalogs, craft shows, mall kiosks and home shopping parties. Traditionally, popular wooden toys include trains, jigsaw puzzles, cars, numbered building blocks and wooden soldiers. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The only limitation to the different kinds of wooden toys that can be designed and manufactured is your own imagination. Additionally, approach local building and home improvement centers to see if they’ll let you set up a mini-manufacturing facility right in their store. If this can be accomplished, it would be a great marketing tool to be able to build the toys in front of a live audience.

Needed Equipment

The requirements for type of woodworking business enterprise are relatively basic, and include woodworking skills and a well-equipped woodworking shop.

Design and building plans are available for various types of wooden toys, or you can design your own toys as your skills improve. In the age of being politically correct, it’s not a bad idea if you were to use only recycled wood to make your toys.

Not only would you be helping the environment and saving money on material costs, but it can also be a useful and powerful marketing tool. Recyclable wood material includes beach driftwood, used building materials, cedar rail fencing, pallets, packing crates and fallen forest brush. And most, if not all, of these waste wood materials can be acquired for free.

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Lingerie Shop

Put a swagger in women’s steps by providing them with attractive lingerie.

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Lingerie Shop

Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Online Operation? No

Business Overview

Heading into the new millennium, specialization is the buzzword forretail ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses, and opening a lingerie shop fitsthe bill perfectly. Get started by selecting a highly visible storelocation for your business.

Malls and strip malls are a good choice(though you’ll want to make sure there’s no “big name” competitors) andyou will only require less than 1,000 square feet, so the rent shouldbe reasonable. Next you will want to establish accounts with lingeriemanufacturers and distributors. Harness the power of the Internet tolocate these companies. The rest is pretty straightforward; you stockyour store and sell your products.

In addition to selling lingerie fromthe storefront location, also consider hiring sales consultants to hostin-home lingerie parties as a way to bolster sales and profits. Adirect mail campaign and mail-order catalog can also be used toincrease revenues. You can also specialize by stocking hard-to-findplus sizes, maternity lingerie and specialty items.

The Market

Your customers are women looking for lingerie and men looking to buytheir wives and girlfriends lingerie. (Though don’t leave the menout–you can also stock silk boxers and similar items.)

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Vintage Clothing

They’re so old, they’re trendy again. A vintage clothing shop is a classic way to bring back old styles.

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Vintage Clothing
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 value and popularity of collectible clothing has been on a steady increase for the past decade and this demand for outfits from the ’40s to the ’80s shows no signs of diminishing.

Starting a business that sells vintage duds from a retail storefront or online is a fantastic venture. If you’re choosing to go online with this idea, there are various money-making options available.

You can charge people a fee to list items for sale, sell banner advertising space, participate in online auctions or, the most obvious choice, scout out collectible clothing yourself in thrift stores, yard sales, online auctions or directly from sellers, and sell it online for a profit.

The Market

You will have a lot of young people looking for hot retro fashions, but you can also do good business in costumes. Halloween will be a busy time for you, and you might want to send fliers to local theatre groups and schools.

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Lawn Ornament Sales

Will it be a tortoise or a hare? Why not provide both to decorate homeowners’ lawns?

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Lawn Ornament 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

Not only are lawn decorations easy to make,they’re also easy products to sell. Combining these two facts creates awonderful opportunity to start a business that manufactures and sellslawn ornaments.

The first step will be to purchase or make the moldsrequired for manufacturing the ornaments. The rest is verystraightforward: Simply practice making and painting lawn ornamentsuntil you’re satisfied with the finished product.

Next, you’ll be readyto start making money. Lawn ornaments are currently retailing in therange of $25 to $100 each, depending on the size and style of the item,and the profit potential is excellent as it only costs about $5 inmaterial to produce the average sized precast lawn ornament. The lawndecorations can be sold on a wholesale basis to retailers, or you cansell them directly to consumers right from your own front yard.

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