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Every year, more than 300,000 babies are born in Australia. With so many baby hazards in the average home environment, that leaves a lot of families who could benefit from baby proofing services.
Starting a baby proofing business can be a rewarding venture. There's flexibility in your work hours along with the chance to earn a good income. Plus, you get to help first-time parents safeguard the health of their babies. Let's look at what you typically need to get started.
A baby proofing business offers services to make a home safe for babies and young children. Baby proofing involves identifying the potential dangers to an infant's health in a home, then potentially installing products to reduce the risk of injury.
You first need to decide if you'll just provide consultation and analysis or also offer installation services. You'll need to know a few important things to start your business, including how to do the following:
Practical know-how isn't all that's going to make your business successful. Some of the other skills to help grow your business include:
The good news is that you do not need any specific qualification or a degree in the field to start a baby proofing business. However, you will need some training. Self-training could include:
Startup costs for your business can be minimal. Baby proofing equipment can include:
Before starting any business in Australia, you need to know what business structure is ideal for you. Many baby proofing businesses are run from home by individuals, so registering as a Sole Trader may be best for you as you begin.
You can find out more about how to structure your business here.
Once you know what structure you will use, there are some other considerations:
As a new business, you'll need certain legal documents to operate in compliance with consumer laws:
You can get customisable templates of legal documents together with legal counsel from one of the following services:
There are a few ways you can attract customers:
Do I need insurance for my baby proofing business?
Yes, as a bare minimum that'll include Liability Insurance. There is potential for litigation arising from child injuries, so make sure you research your insurance options with care and ensure that any cover you get will be sufficient.
When should I advise parents to start baby proofing their homes?
At the very latest, parents tend to baby proof their homes when their babies are about to start crawling and exploring. They should continue baby proofing up until the baby turns four years old. As children grow, parents should re-evaluate the precautions they have taken to safeguard their infants and toddlers.
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