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How to Start an At-Home Daycare Business (Step-By-Step)

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Love caring for children? You should consider starting a daycare business! This guide shares everything you need to know for starting daycare at home.

It takes a special kind of person to provide a fun, enriching, loving, and supportive environment for little ones to enjoy and parents to feel comfortable and safe leaving their precious offspring with.

The right daycare business to meet their child’s needs may be one of the toughest things for parents to find today and you’ll be providing them with a service that is more important and challenging than any other.

Before you open your home for your own daycare there are some things you’ll want to take care of so you can be successful.

Keep reading for our step-by-step guide to opening your own daycare business.

Have a Solid Daycare Business Plan

Long before you’re playing in the sand with the kids you’ll care for, you need to have a solid and detailed business plan. This will help you set goals, have a clear vision, and allow you to make informed decisions when it comes to business.

Creating policies and procedures for your business is an important aspect of preparing to open a daycare. While these may not be a part of your formal business plan they will give you something for reference and clarification with staff, clients, and others.

Get All Your Ducks in a Row

There are local by-laws, state and federal tax regulations, rules and laws you’ll have to abide by. Ignorance is not an excuse the government accepts so it’s good to know what laws that pertain to your business.

You don’t have to do it alone though. There are experts available like a child care consultant who can help you with the various intricate details of running a home daycare.

There’s no shame in asking for help, in fact, it’s wise to seek the expertise of individuals with experience. Some of the areas you may want to outsource or gain help with:

  • Bookkeeping and Accounting
  • Legal Advice
  • Website Design and Online Management
  • Daycare and Early Childhood Education Experts
  • Business Management 
  • IT and Security

While every daycare business doesn’t need all of these services there may come a time that it’s beneficial to seek the advice of professionals in these areas.

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Whether you’re planning for the week or for the next five years of business it’s important that you set S.M.A.R.T. goals. When creating activity plans for the children or setting up your business strategy for the next year this is a good standard to use when setting goals.

Specific

It’s easier to work towards a goal and obtain it if you know exactly what and why you are doing it. 

Measurable

It’s hard to know if you’re any closer to your goal if there’s no way to gauge your progress. 

Achievable

It’s wonderful to dream of the impossible but can be a critical hit if set yourself up for failure. 

Relevant

When setting a goal you should have a reason for why you’re doing it. 

Time-Sensitive

Goals that don’t have a time limit are less likely to be reached and are harder to achieve because you never know when you’re done.

Think Like a Kid

If you want to effectively entertain and protect children at your own daycare business you need to think like them at least some of the time. Create fun activities for your little guests to enjoy and always survey your place for potential dangers. 

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