The production of business boards is an interesting area for both men and women, which does not require large investments and special skills. In their manufacture, it is possible to organize a business at home, the main thing is to approach the process creatively, with an understanding of children’s needs at an early age.
Today, a business board or Montessori board is one of the trendy entertainment and developmental devices for kids. Any item that can attract the attention of a child can be attached to it: switches, watches, chains, door locks, Velcro, laces, toys and other similar items. A child can spend a lot of time studying an unfamiliar device, giving mom an opportunity to do homework or urgent matters.
How to organize a business board production workshop
To start making business boards, you won’t need much: a starting amount of up to one hundred thousand rubles, a set of simple tools and materials, a workplace and a desire to create. You will need to prepare sketches, develop drawings and try to make several samples of boards. Despite the ease of starting, sketching out a business plan is still recommended. Step-by-step planning will allow you to avoid mistakes when organizing a business, as well as assess your opportunities and risks.
It will be necessary to analyze the market for the level of demand and competition, find distribution channels and decide on the assortment, find suppliers of components and premises for the workshop, hire employees and draw up documents, calculate costs and profitability. Let’s look at each stage separately.
Analysis of the market, competition and search for distribution channels
Due to the novelty of the direction, this market segment is free to enter, and demand exceeds supply and is not limited only to the region of presence. In most cases, bodyboards are produced by small specialized enterprises with sales in their own online stores. The demand for bodyboards is dictated by the desire of buyers to purchase toys with a combination of entertainment and educational functions to get the maximum benefit from their use.
IN ORDER NOT TO MAKE A MISTAKE WITH THE CHOICE OF A NICHE, TO QUICKLY NAVIGATE THE PRICES AND ASSORTMENT, A NOVICE ENTREPRENEUR SHOULD LOOK AT THE OFFERS OF COMPETITORS ON THE INTERNET, GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY AND GET IDEAS FOR THEIR OWN BUSINESS THERE.
You should rely on the target audience of young parents, grandparents, single mothers with an average or above average income. Effective channels for promotion and implementation in this area will be: your own website or page on social networks with product descriptions, photos and prices, an Instagram channel, message boards, mom forums and other Internet sites. It is possible to agree on sales through toy stores, departments of children’s goods in hypermarkets, shopping malls, your own “patch” in the market or an online store.
Decide on the list of manufactured products
After studying the market situation, you can determine the product list. The range of developing boards for children is very diverse.
There are several options for children’s business boards:
-Classic development boards:
- “mini” with dimensions of the base 40×50 cm;
- “standard” with a base of 60×50 cm;
- “maxi” size 80×60 cm.
THESE BUSINESS BOARDS ARE EASY TO USE, THEY CAN BE PLACED ON A TABLE OR FLOOR, ATTACHED TO A WALL OR BED.
-Folding models with two playing fields in mini, maxi and standard sizes are compact and allow you to take the board with you. Its halves are fastened by the book method on one side using hinges and a plowing limiter.
-Bizidoma of different sizes with six active sides are the most functional and suitable for children from two years old .
-Boards in the form of cartoon characters, vehicles, birds, animals and so on are the most original. They can be flat and voluminous, small and large.
-Busicubs with four fields for playing different sizes of ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty or more centimeters.
In addition, business boards can be universal, multifunctional and thematic. For example, teaching a baby to distinguish between colors, domestic and wild animals, tie shoelaces, fasten clothes, count and write, etc. There are also options for girls in the form of silhouettes of butterflies, flowers, dolls, ponies and other cute creatures. Boys will love toys in the form of ships, planes, military equipment, cars, rockets and superheroes.
The number and complexity of developing elements in a business board depends on the age of the child, so the devices are designed for three age groups: for children from birth to 1 year, from one year to three years, 3-5 years and older. For kids, bright large details are used, and for older children, smaller ones.
At first, you can make classic boards of standard and maxi sizes, and after mastering all the subtleties, move on to complicated designs.
Search for suppliers of components
You should look for wholesale suppliers of materials for business boards on the Internet, at construction bases or markets. Manufacturers can offer a large selection of finished blanks at low prices. The necessary components can also be bought at a regular home improvement or building supply store.
You will need to purchase sheets of plywood, child-safe water-based paints, self-tapping screws and decorative items: tapes, magnets, stickers, zippers, phone disks, coils, sockets, switches, etc. All components must be made of natural environmentally friendly materials, fasteners must be mounted securely, the base must be carefully polished.
Workshop space rental
For the production of business boards, you should find a suitable room. At the initial stage, you can limit yourself to the conditions of an apartment, a garage or an outbuilding on a personal plot. With access to mass production, you will need a separate workshop not in a residential building with an area of 20-30 square meters. m. with a working area and a place to store tools, materials and components.
For rent, dry heated premises are suitable in any part of the city, with the presence of communications, ventilation, lighting. The workshop is equipped with the necessary equipment in accordance with the requirements of supervisory authorities: processing machines, a table, chairs, racks or shelves. Since the technology involves predominantly manual assembly of parts, you will need a hand tool.
On the way to becoming a business with a small number of orders, all functions can be handled alone, although a couple of extra hands will not hurt. When expanding, it is enough to hire two or three people to work on the machines, process workpieces and mount components on the board. Bookkeeping is best outsourced. Responsibilities of the sales manager and customer acquisition – to take over. Alternatively, you can connect a family to run a business.
Registration of documents and permits
Business on business boards should be registered with the Federal Tax Service. The best option would be an individual entrepreneur, which involves a minimum of documents and reporting. To register an individual entrepreneurship, you need to submit an application in the form, provide a copy of the passport with the original, a certificate of registration and a receipt confirming the payment of the state duty. The specified OKVED code is 2.32.40 on the production of games and toys, the taxation system is the simplified tax system with a deduction of 15% from net profit or 6% from income.
ADDITIONALLY, YOU WILL NEED TO OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE SES AND THE FIRE INSPECTORATE, A MANUFACTURING LICENSE IS NOT REQUIRED. A CERTIFICATE OF QUALITY CAN BE ISSUED VOLUNTARILY IF DESIRED.
How much to invest at the start
About one hundred thousand rubles should be invested in organizing a business for the production of business boards to equip the workshop and purchase all the components. The main items of expenditure and the amount of capital investments are shown in the table.
|No. p / p||Item of expenses||Required amount|
|one||Premises for rent||25 thousand rubles|
|2||Procurement of equipment and tools||50 thousand rubles|
|3||Purchase of components and materials||15 thousand rubles|
|four||Advertising and business registration costs||10 thousand rubles|
|Total:||100 thousand rubles|
This is an average value, the amount can be either less or more depending on the size of the room, the amount of purchased materials and equipment, and unforeseen expenses. Monthly expenses will be: purchase of components, payment of rent and wages, utility bills, taxes.
How much can you earn
When planning revenue, the cost of the product, the quality and complexity of manufacturing, and the number of sales are taken into account. The market price of business boards varies between 3-8 thousand rubles. at a cost of 1.5 thousand rubles. When selling at least one developing board per day, earnings will amount to 150 thousand rubles. per month, of which 60 thousand is net profit. With such indicators, investments will pay off in 2-3 months of work, and profitability will approach 50%.
Possible business problems and risks
As in any other business, in the business of making business boards, an entrepreneur may face some of the inherent difficulties and risks. I must say that the seasonality of demand in this area is not pronounced. The peak of sales falls on the New Year holidays, and a slight decline in the summer months, when savings are spent on travel and recreation, and not on the purchase of toys.
Possible risks include a drop in incomes of the population and increased competition. The latter threatens only in the case of mass production of business boards by large enterprises. But the probability of this is too small. To retain customers, a loyalty program should be developed with birthday discounts, sales, and promotions. You can offer buyers to complete the board as they wish, keeping the cost unchanged, provided that the price of components deviates by no more than 15 percent from the fixed one.
To stand out from the competition, you should come up with your own original solutions for completing and designing bodyboards. In addition, copyright works are of great value. It is also better not to overestimate the cost, but to leave it at the average market level.
As you can see, the production of educational boards can be an attractive idea for small businesses. It is not difficult to launch it. It is enough to have minimal investment and improvised tools to organize a profitable business at home. The overall risk level is insignificant. The target audience is present in almost every locality, so it will not be difficult to establish distribution channels. Even in case of failure, closing the business will not bring tangible losses.