If you're searching for a business custom-fit for your schedule, try Babies `N' Bells Inc., a custom card printer specializing in birth and wedding announcements and children's party invitations.
Babies `N' Bells helps franchisees set up stations in national retail chains, including Babies `R' Us, to ensure constant sales traffic. You need to be at the station to assist customers only on Saturdays, the busiest shopping day. The rest of the week, customers can look through the product albums and call in orders to you or give store clerks orders to fax to you. You personalize blank announcements and cards for customers using your home computer and laser printer.
The $5,000 franchise fee includes five to seven days of training in Dallas, where you'll learn about sales, accounting and establishing relationships with retailers. The fee also includes ongoing support, a protected territory, sample albums and software. There is an 8-percent royalty fee and a 2-percent marketing fee per month.
Other start-up costs range from $7,000 to $19,000, depending on whether you already own some computer and office equipment, and include inventory, retail stations (about $1,000 each) and travel expenses for the training.
For more information, call (888) 418-BABY, ext. 0, or visit http://www.babiesnbells.com