Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Home-Based Business - Child ID Products

Child ID Products
  • Start-up cost: RM20,000-RM40,000
  • Potential earnings: RM35,000-RM50,000
  • Typical fees: Varied according to type of equipment sold; can range anywhere from RM350-RM1,000 per sale
  • Advertising: Direct mail to organizations sponsoring child ID programs
  • Qualifications: None
  • Equipment needed: Video cameras, fingerprinting equipment, background information forms to sell as a distributor
  • Staff required: No
  • Handicapped opportunity: Yes
  • Hidden costs: Insurance, equipment storage and shipping costs
  • Lowdown: Sadly, too many children are disappearing . . . and many times, it’s due to a bitter divorce and custody battle that went sour. That’s why so many parents are making sure that their children can be easily identified by facial features, voice, and fingerprints—and you can supply the equipment to produce such critical information by rounding up the necessary video cameras, 35mm cameras, and fingerprinting equipment that can be used by police departments and other organizations sponsoring child ID programs through schools, malls, or religious organizations. You’ll especially want to include an extensive profile sheet on each child, with information chronicling birthmarks and/or special medical conditions. You’ll market to organizations across the country that produce regular programs to help give parents peace of mind—it’s a noble profession, and it can be quite profitable if you can work out exceptional deals with your own product suppliers.
  • Start-Up: Your start-up costs will be moderate (RM20,000-RM40,000) due to the fact that you will need to have some product inventory on hand; keeping well-meaning organizations waiting for their child ID products could have a negative effect on business. Your equipment inventory will include video cameras and 35mm cameras, fingerprinting equipment, and detailed information sheets that can be produced via desktop publishing. If you market aggressively, you could make between RM35,000-RM50,000 per year.
  • Bottom-Line Advice: Marketing your services will be kind of tricky at first, since you’re basically selling a service that is based on a negative need. The best thing you can do is tell as many success stories as you can—and recognize that parents everywhere will want to take preventive measures necessary to protect their children against crime.

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