Business At A Glance
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Home Based: Can be operated from home.
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No
Custom sandboxes are the new hot product inthe children’s play equipment industry. Not the normal 5-foot by 5-footpoorly crafted sandboxes, but new megasandboxes based on a theme, suchas outer space, cowboys or race cars. One manufacturer I recently spoketo expanded his operation of six full-time employees to more than ten,just to keep up with the demand of building and installing his custom’Sand Play Centers’ as he refers to them.
This may be a greatopportunity for you to introduce custom sandboxes into your area, giventhe number of children and backyards in this country. Even if there iscompetition, there should still be enough business to go around. Thefirst step will be to design and develop your own products or to findan existing manufacturer and promote their products, preferably underyour own company and brand name. Selling the sandboxes should not bedifficult. Basically, once you have a sample, simply start to establishalliances with other companies in your community that also specializein children’s products.
Likewise, displaying and marketing yourproducts at home and garden trade shows can also be an excellent forumto introduce and promote your new products. Requirements: If you planto design and manufacture your own custom sandboxes, you will probablybe required to register the product to safety standards. You may alsoneed specialized manufacturing equipment and skilled staff. Researchvarious kinds of manufacturing material to find out what will best suityour particular application, and make your product safe, durable andeasy to maintain.