An Idea for a Small Business You Can Start

Start-up costs range $50 to $500,000+, earnings $5,000 to $2,000,000++, skills from knowing nothing to running an airline. Bon appetit!


Start-up cost: $7,500 (PC, color printer, marketing, advertising, Web site hosting, specialty software & hardware)

Potential earnings: $5,000 to $120,000+

Advertising: Advertise in children's and parents' newsletters, newspapers, and directories. Network in community and professional organizations where you can talk about your services and products. Offer to hold demonstrations in craft stores, toy stores, book stores and birthday parties. Write and send press releases that might generate feature stories about your business.

Equipment needed: State-of-the-art personal computer as advertised in Sunday retail inserts with considerable RAM and hard drive upgrades. Desktop Publishing Software, Multimedia Creation Software, Video Camera, Video Digitizing Equipment or Consultant.

Consider marketing crafts for children to make with parents or on their own and sell via an e-commerce Web site. Show pictures of final projects and/or stages of preparation. Digitize videos of craft projects.

Host chat lines and facilitate threaded discussions. Sell downloadable coloring books, customizable coloring books, and products customized to children's' names, birthdays and personality. Host contests.

Site Luring Freebies: Free downloadable coloring pages.

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