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Will the sale of homemade sleds bring income?

Asad Fazal



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It is difficult to find a child who would not enjoy riding down the ice slides. The main thing is to have something to ride. Of course, you can easily find a variety of sleds in supermarkets and online stores. However, young dads prefer to buy them at bazaars and fairs – especially in small towns. Moreover, local craftsmen, as a rule, offer wonderful sleds of their own production – both cheaper and more reliable. If there is no offer, it’s time to start making sledges with your own hands and selling them – after all, you can make good money on this.

Is it profitable to make children’s sledges with your own hands?

Almost everyone can make a children’s sled – a large room is not needed for this. An analysis of the forums where this field of activity was discussed shows that a personal garage was enough for aspiring entrepreneurs. Numerous publications on the topic of “do-it-yourself sledging” also speak in favor of this approach. You can find everything in them: detailed drawings, and video tutorials, and useful technological techniques, even calculations of cost and profitability. That being said, people agree that sled production is a seasonal business and is unlikely to pave the way for the Forbes list. Although there will certainly be a good and stable additional income from this business.

“I have been in this business for 7 years already, I know something. I’ll say about myself: in the summer I work in the field, in the winter – in the garage, – @ makar1984 writes. – You can do a lot, but in my town with a population of 60 thousand souls, on average, only 15 sledges are sold per week. Somewhere from mid-November to early February, I sell 100-120 pieces. Not more. Navar – about 500 rubles per sled. So judge whether you will become a millionaire. ”

This post was commented by Igor Malyugin, a small business expert. “The numbers are true,” said the expert. – There are data from sociologists: in a city with a population of 100 thousand inhabitants, 400 sledges, plus or minus 100, are bought per year, depending on the economic situation in the region. For those who work mainly in the summer, this idea will indeed be useful – however, if there are no entrepreneurs in the city who have been making and successfully selling sleds for several years. Otherwise, you won’t earn much yourself, and you won’t give it to someone else. ”

Sled making: a look at the business from the inside

So, the man decided to start the production of children’s sleds. Taking into account the recommendations, the entrepreneur decided to make 300 items. However, he cannot be sure that he will be able to fully implement his plans. Experienced luge masters advise not to do the entire volume at once, but to be limited to small batches.

“Let’s say that in your town all sledges are imported and are sold in stores for 2 thousand rubles per unit,” says Semyon Krasnov, who agreed to share his experience with the portal. – So, we can assume that there are no competitors. Then boldly set to work – although caution has not been canceled. The cost of materials – metal pipes with a diameter of 20 mm for the frame, steel strips for runners, paint and wooden slats for seats does not exceed 600 rubles for one sled. How much to evaluate the final product? To begin with, buy for 12 thousand rubles blanks for 20 products (enough for 5 days of work), and when you make and sell the goods, again go to the building materials base for the same volume. ”

As for the tools, you will need:

  • welding machine;
  • “Grinder” (or desktop disk cutting machine);
  • conventional manual pipe bending tool;
  • pipe trimmer.

Usually such a “gentleman’s set” is available in any garage for a person, as they say, with “golden hands.” If you buy equipment from scratch, you will need about 25-40 thousand rubles for tools. The start-up capital for a small production of children’s sledges does not exceed 50 thousand rubles. Most often, 12 thousand rubles are enough.

However, it is not enough to make a sled – it is also necessary to sell them. To avoid problems with the tax office, Semyon Krasnov recommends getting a registration certificate for an individual entrepreneur. It is very easy to do this by choosing a simplified taxation system for reporting. “Pay 6% of the income received,” he says, “and calmly trade in the bazaar or hand over the sleds for sale to stores. Firefighters can visit, but, as a rule, they rarely go to private garages. ”

The so-called “simplified” in a number of regions reaches 15% (depending on local legislation), so the rate must be checked with the tax inspector. The income for the season will be 180 thousand rubles at the very minimum start.

We do not forget about safety when selling sleds

Since ancient times in Russia, walks on large and small carts mounted on bent runners have been a favorite pastime. They tried to make them so that the risk of injury was minimal. In Soviet times, with its strict GOST standards, they also produced safe sleds for toddlers and adolescents. There was even a special standard PCT RSFSR 45-86 developed on the recommendations of doctors.

According to this document, both ordinary sleds with a hard seat with and without a backrest and folding sleds with a soft seat were produced for the transportation and rolling of children. Moreover, the regulations are applied to round sleds for skiing down the ice slides.

“The PCT of the RSFSR 45-86 will certainly be of interest to entrepreneurs who want to make money on the production of sledges,” says traumatologist Irina Kozhevnikova. “For example, in those days, the sled was designed in such a way that the speed when descending from a small and even slide up to 100 meters long did not exceed 3 meters per second, while there were no dangerous overturns.”

The Soviet standard says that children’s sleds should have a length of 750 to 850 mm, a height of 150 to 200 mm, a seat width of 290 mm, and the distance between the runners was 390 mm. These sizes were designed for kids from 3 to 12 years old and provided the most comfortable and safe riding. At the end of 1993, the period of validity was removed from the PCT standard of the RSFSR 45-86.


Making millions on a small toboggan production will not work, and the business itself is seasonal – from mid-November to February. But if this time of year is free of basic income, why not try your hand at making sleds? Moreover, the income can be quite good with minimal initial spending.


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