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6 Questions to Consider Before Starting a Daycare

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Starting an home daycare business is an exciting and life-changing experience. Starting a home daycare business is also, a huge responsibility, and I’m here to help you determine “Is this type of business really for you?” To determine if this business is for you answer the questions below and if you answer yes to all the questions, congratulations you are ready to begin your new journey!

“Is this type of business really for me?”

Do you love working with children?

You have to love working with children, because you’ll be with them for hours everyday serving a minimum of 3 meals a day, doing activities, playing outside, changing diapers, potty training, cleaning after them, etc. This is not a babysitting job! You will be exhausted at the end of most day

Do you have patience?

Children are at a stage when they need your patience the most. It is normal for children to make mistakes consistently at their age, because they are still in the process learning, growing and developing. As a provider it is your responsibility to help them along the way. There will be times you will have to teach them the same thing over and over again.

Do you have good communication and people skills?

You have to work with and get along with parents. There will be times when you have problems with parents like picking up late, not following your policies, telling you how to run your business, etc. No matter what problem you come across always remain professional. Most providers terminate a child, because of the parent(s)/guardian(s) NOT the child.

Are you OK with sharing your home with others?

Let’s face it, your home will no longer be just your home. You will have multiple pop-up visit by representatives from the state and food program. In addition, different family members of the child will come to your home too. You need to determine how will sharing your home with others effect your family.

Why are you starting a home daycare business?

You don’t want to start a home daycare business for the wrong reasons, because you will not stay open for to long. A lot of people get into this business not knowing or understanding how much commitment is required after you become licensed. After you become licensed you will have to follow a lot of rules required by your state plus manage the everyday task of running and growing a business. What are your reasoning for wanting to start a home daycare business?

Are you OK with making $2.92 an hour?

Most home daycare providers make under $3 dollars an hour. For example, most daycare’s open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (12 hours). Let’s say you are caring for an infant from Monday to Friday for $175 a week. If you work 5 days a week and 12 hours each day that equals 60 hours a week. Now divide 60 hours by $175 (175/60) = 2.92 an hour, but don’t let that discourage you, because so many other opportunities to grow your business will open for you.

Final Thought

If you answered yes to all the question above then lets get started with what steps to take next to successfully start a home daycare from home. Starting a home daycare business if not for everyone so make sure if you get into this business it’s for the long haul. Do you have more questions? I have a Q & A session on IG once a week, so you can ask me anything. Make sure you follow me on Instagram or/and Facebook. I hope this helps and remember the greatest feeling to know is helping others seed and grow!