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Now here is something you don't get to see for sale on these forums very often: a business selling childrens pedal cars.

We set this business up at the end of last year as part of a marketing evaluation. The evaluation is now complete and we've got a business at the end of it which, with the right effort and motivation, could turn into a viable little earner.

It sells toddlers pedal cars. They really are beautiful little vehicles, a delight to behold and a really special present that any small child would love to own.

The business would be ideal for either full time or part time work, although we would recommend starting part time and then building it up. We have a web site with a top three Google listing (search for classic pedal car and we're right near the top) and have sold a number of these cars on eBay or at country shows.

We're selling the brand name, the web site and our stock.

To really make a mark with this business, I'd recommend supplying display pedal cars to local garden centres, outdoor centres and children play areas and selling them on a 'sale or return' basis.

You'll need a telephone, a PC, a garage for storing stock, either a hatchback or an estate car and an additional £1000 or so of working capital to get you going.

If you wanted to start this business working on evenings and weekends, we can even show you how to get a telephone answering service who will process customers orders for you and take telephone messages.

Our main business is book-keeping and accounting for small businesses, so we'll get you going with that as well.

We're looking for offers at around £1,500 for the whole kit and caboodle.

Drop me a PM or call on 0845 456 0571 during the week for more information.

www.classicpedalcar.co.uk
 

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Ooh, Its just like Dragon's Den!

"Sorry, Mr Boxwellm, I'm out"

On a more serious note, cold you ealborate a bit more on how this business came to be? what do you mean by a marketing evaluation?

And how are these cars made? do you buy them in kit form from another company?

I'm only asking out of curiosity to be honest, but others with a more serious interest may have the same questions.
 

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How the business came about is a story in itself: we run a company offering accounting and book-keeping services for small businesses, especially start-ups.

Talking to a lot of people considering starting their own company, what stops a lot of them is the risk: not knowing whether or not their business idea could work, or not having an idea that they can translate into a business in the first place.

We came up with the idea of setting up individual micro-businesses which we would set up, promote, get the marketing right, get the supply right and then sell as off-the-shelf up and running businesses.

These micro-businesses could then be developed by someone who wanted to take on a known quantity rather than launching themselves into the great unknown.

ClassicPedalCar was one of these micro-businesses. We've sourced the products, developed the web site, got the first customers, demonstrated the toys at a couple of shows and talked to retailers about stocking them.

The business has now reached the point where it has to go under someone elses wing - somebody who can dedicate time, money and enthusiasm for the business.

The cars themselves are built in China. We don't import them into the country - although once volume sales have been built up, it would be a good idea to do that - we buy them from a UK importer who holds stock and handles warranty issues (not that we've had any).

The cars come 90% built, well packaged and with clear and detailed assembly instructions and take about 15-20 minutes to complete. For mail order customers, the final assembly is done by the customer themselves.
 
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