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So I am looking to make and sell diapers, covers and accessories. I have a specific amount of money I need to make to cover certain expenses, and I'm trying to decide whether I should pursue this business or not.<br><br>
I know a lot of factors will influence how much I make, but could you let me know approximately how much you make? Or if you don't want to share that - how long did it take to get to about $500 a month? Is $500 a month realistic or am I dreaming?<br><br>
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I think there is very little chance that you can make money on diapers. Not only is the market totally flooded, but the cost to make a diaper is too much compared to how much diapers sell for. It is just a bad desicion business-wise unless you have a ton of money to get a million made in China, or you have some fabulous, new idea that is low cost but people will pay a lot of money for. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
 

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Over on Hyena Cart, I see diaper sets go for a lot of money. It's not unusal to see them bid upwards to $100.00 or more. The diapers and wool on the congo I'm on, sell out very quickly. I don't make diapers, but it is not unusual for me to make $500.00 a month averaged out over a quarter, selling my dolls, although a lot of it comes custom requests. So I don't think $500.00 per month is unrealistic, at all- it takes a while to build it up to that point, but I'm sure there are people that make much more than that. You have to be willing to take a risk, to find your niche and to try different things, until you find what works for you. Don't be discouraged, just because other businesses don't make it. You can make your's a success. Read up as much as you can and do all your homework first, before you invest any money. You can start small and build it up over time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Good luck to you. I don't think the cloth diaper market is any where near saturated, infact I think it's just gettin started! More people are coming around to the benefits of cloth diapering, than ever and the mainstream media is just begining to catch wind of the movement. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If your product is *different* and you can find our niche market, it may be possible. Hard, but possible. We're in our third year of selling (no manufacturing) and we just started turning a profit and paying myself in January. It took 2 complete years.<br><br>
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Yes, some diapers do go for big money, but those are few and far between. It's nearly impossible to get that kind of a reputation right away. Chances are you'll be putting in a couple of years building your business before you ever get to that level. From what I've seen new startups seem to sell for $10-$12 each and work up to $20-$25 each depending on materials and such. If you don't mind the start up time, you can do it. Like everyone else said, you MUST find a niche. Something that is unique and special just to you that people can't get from someone else for less. Then sit down and figure out on paper what your costs are, how much you will charge per diaper, and then how many diapers you will need to make (and sell!) to make your $500 a month. That right there will probably be your deciding factor. It requires a lot of dedication and hours to sew enough diapers to make that kind of money. If you don't mind the hard work and sleep deprivation and have a lot of creativity it can be done!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, some diapers do go for big money, but those are few and far between. It's nearly impossible to get that kind of a reputation right away. Chances are you'll be putting in a couple of years building your business before you ever get to that level. From what I've seen new startups seem to sell for $10-$12 each and work up to $20-$25 each depending on materials and such. If you don't mind the start up time, you can do it. Like everyone else said, you MUST find a niche. Something that is unique and special just to you that people can't get from someone else for less. Then sit down and figure out on paper what your costs are, how much you will charge per diaper, and then how many diapers you will need to make (and sell!) to make your $500 a month. That right there will probably be your deciding factor. It requires a lot of dedication and hours to sew enough diapers to make that kind of money. If you don't mind the hard work and sleep deprivation and have a lot of creativity it can be done!</div>
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You have a wonderful site! How's it working for you?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's going well and after 3 years I am finally paying myself too! I rarely make diapers anymore though.
 

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one thing to keep in mind is that is generally takes 2 - 3 years to see a profit from a start-up biz, whether you are talking about a diaper biz or something else. You can do it very small scale and not put anything into growing the biz (taking all the profits for your family), but it's almost impossible to build a business that way. I did it that way and I don't think I'd ever choose it again. It's been very hard over the years knowing all the things I could do to make my biz really successful if only I had the capital to invest in it. And now my biz is still about the same size as it's always been. I am able to charge enough to make a decent profit on each item, but I can't afford to pay for any help, and I can only do so much by myself.
 
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