What does it take to succeed in childbirth?
Obviously, you should have a deep and passionate desire to care for children, a great deal of patience and the ability to do some tasks at once (such as warming a bottle and helping children with a project).
It also helps if you have a special space in your home, such as a fully equipped basement, where you can run baby care.
But as it is not enough, there are many things that a successful home carer needs to be good about caring for children. Honestly, it can be very difficult.
Things like getting paid on time from parents, writing solid policies and contracts, marketing your business to new potential customers, getting the right insurance policy, understanding listing, and how it affects taxes, and usually just starting that will streamline success.
To help you get started with more effective results, here are the seven biggest and most costly mistakes women make when they begin their own upbringing projects and how to avoid them.
BIG MISTAKE # 1: Don't do the right research on the care market in your town or city.
This is a serious step that many new child care owners miss, usually because they are not sure how to care about it. Or, they may think it is not really necessary to do the research because they do not understand how it can affect them.
After all, it's just a little home-based, right? Why do you have to do all the extra work up front?
The goal here is to spend weeks or months to complete a large market research that you will never use.
I'm talking about spending a few hours in the next few days, calling around (or maybe visiting some other child care) and asking the main questions.
Let me give you an example of what I'm talking about. My neighbor, who runs child protection activities at her home, discovered some things about our local market that helped her create a more profitable business. The first was, our town has – day kindergarten, not a full day. Talking to other moms in our prayers, Mary felt that there was a need for "before and after care" in our prayers, there is someone who could watch kindergartens and older children before and after school. She organized her day care to fill this need. All she had to do was make sure buses could pick up and drop these children at home and she could start taking the kids.
So what you want is unforgettable, when you have your performance, a "pocket of insufficient need" regarding child care. You don't have to be a huge pocket but something unique about your business that will lead you to customers who need it.
Other examples of this are:
– offer a second or third third split care if you have large companies in your town who recruit people at night or night shift
– offer bilingual care or special language, then as a sign language for children
– offer special meals (such as organic or vegetarian) if you live in a town where it would have preferred (such as Boulder, Colorado or similar college)
Again you are asking the main questions and trying to get an unforgettable need in your town or city. You can start by calling your local child protection organization (CCR & R), your primary schools, talking to neighbors and friends, and visiting other child care in your town. You can even call other child care homes and talk to these women about what they see in the market. Usually women in childbirth help each other by forming friendships and partners, so don't be afraid.
By taking the time to do the research, you have to gain great value by understanding your market and how you can succeed in this market.
BIG MISTAKE # 2: Not getting defense protection for you and your business.
If you want to be able to sleep easily at night and don't worry about suing yourself, you need to be properly covered. You need a real kick on what type of insurance to buy, and how much it should cost, so you don't pay too much.
Many new owners of child protection workers make the mistake of thinking that their homeowner policy is enough to reach them if there is a problem. But the truth is that this policy usually does not provide adequate protection, or the right types of protection you need for specific situations that a daycare practitioner may face.
An example of this situation would be if your house had power and you were temporarily shut down due to power failure. If you have a business obligation policy with a discussion of "operating disruption" you would be under your policy and you will still receive that income.
Likewise, if you were sued by a parent in some circumstances, your policy would cover you in most cases.
Amazingly, corporate responsibility for day care home care is not so expensive, and well worth the investment (in my opinion). This type of policy usually costs $ 30 to $ 40 a month. Is this good for sleep?
BIG MISTAKE # 3: Don't charge the right fees.
Do you know how to find out what other child welfare centers and centers are loading? Most new day care workers usually leave money on the table by not setting their prices right. You get a short change by loading too little, and if you load too much, you won't get any customers!
So how do you figure out what to load? This is a similar process and making performance in your town … it's simply a matter of calling or visiting other child protection companies and setting prices appropriately.
Many new family members take care of the same weekly for each child, regardless of the age of the child. However, if you talk to centers in your town, most people charge the highest rates for infants and the lowest rates for older children (for K and older). Many parents use this type of price.
So you may find that your income is a little higher than the flat rate for all age groups, depending on the age of the kids you can accept. If you start a little more for children and infants. You have to look at your unique scenario and choose what is best for you.
For example, say that according to the state and age of your own children you can accept 1 infant, 3 infants (15-24 months) and 2 older infants (3-4 years). If you pay $ 120 a week as a party fee, you would receive weekly earnings of $ 720.
If you pay a little more for children ($ 135 / week) and young toddlers ($ 125 / week) and less for older children ($ 115 / week), your weekly earnings with this scenario are $ 740. extra $ 80 per month, or an additional $ 1,040 a year.
Little adjustments like these in your price, if it is sensible based on your area, can make a difference in your profit at the end of the day.
BIG MISTAKE # 4: Does not include you with the proper day care policy manual and contract.
All right, this is very big. You need a well-written contract for your parents and you need a comprehensive policy guide. If you use your contract and policy guide correctly, you can literally save thousands of dollars of lost revenue (and countless hours on the head!).
So what is the difference between contract and policy?
A contract is a binding legal agreement between two people. If you agree to take care of a child and a parent's child's agreement to pay for the care, you have a verbal contract. If you put the contract in writing, it will be a written contract.
There are five key issues in childcare care: party names, working hours, termination process (that is, how one party can terminate the contract), payment terms (including interest, due dates, and additional costs) and party signatures. Be precise and clear with your wording.
Policy manual is longer and more accurate than contract. It should include all the rules that describe how you will care for your children, how you see specific situations, and how you run your business. For example, you should include holidays and illness, how to handle behavioral problems and discipline, and how your children will be fed.
It is a good idea to require a signature page at the end of the policy manual, as parenting agreements that he or she has read throughout the manual and agreements to follow the rules you have submitted.
You need to have both documents in writing. (If you need real-life examples that you can copy and edit to fit your business, they are provided in my daycare system … more on that later).
BIG MISTAKE # 5: Don't use the best ways to market your business to future customers.
Let's look at it, you might not be a market player and advertise whiz, but you need simple and inexpensive ways to get the word out and bring new customers.
We've all heard that the best ad is word-of-mouth. It's after you've started and your customers recommend your friends and neighbors.
But what about when you first open your door and you don't have a proven track record?
Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of the word of new child care and most will not cost a lot of money. Here are 4 marketing ideas to get started.
Market Tip Tip # 1: Sign up for a Child Protection Service and a Reference (CCR & R) office in your area.
This is the first thing you should do to get your name out there, and it should be done before you open the door. The URL is located at: www.childcareaware.org
Then enter your zip code in the search box and you will get contact information for the next CCR and R office. You can also call them free of charge at (800) 424-2246.
As of December 2007, to sign up with most CCR & Rs, you do not need to be a national permit or certified. However, they may have specific requirements to be listed, based on your condition.
For example, in Ohio, they ask that private family day careers have a maximum of 6 children at any time and no more than 3 children under 2 years of age. If more than one caregiver is in the home / facility, the numbers may be higher. These rules vary, as appropriate, so be sure to call your CCR & R branch to verify your policies.
Once you sign up with CCR and R, they will provide information about you, with special information about your day care, to parents looking for child care …. free!
Market Tip Tip # 2: Contact all primary schools on your bus route and / or in your community.
Most schools keep a list of child protection officers, whom they provide parents with. Ask to have your name and phone number added to their service provider.
Market Tip Tip # 3: Communicate With Everyone You Know.
Tell everyone you know you have child care and ask them if they know someone looking for childcare in your area. Notify your church and all other groups you belong to. If you do not belong to community groups, join someone! You're a pioneer now, it's time to launch a network!
This could be your strongest source because you enroll children in day care. Most parents choose to leave their children with a service provider who was recommended by a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member.
Market Tip Tip # 4: Place Announcements or Small Ads in Community Newsletters.
Ask each organization you know and / or belong to, such as a church, a group, or a community if you can post a notice in the newsletter.
If you know a community group, church, and / or business email that sends a newsletter, ask them to advertise your business to the residents in their database. In your announcement, focus on the unique features of your business and the benefits that children and parents receive from managing you.
Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg. When you learn these easy and inexpensive (or free) ways to prevent new ways, you have a full and profitable daycare and you need to establish a relationship with your parents who want to get you to their friends and family!
Now, let's come back to the 7 biggest mistakes and how to avoid them.
BIG MISTAKE # 6: Don't use tons of free resources in your area, including capital income.
Many new day care or kindergarten owners do not know about local resources available to them and how to navigate state, regional and local communities.
With so many organizations and websites out there, it can be very difficult to figure out where to go and who to ask, if you don't know where to start.
The best place to start is with your condition. Every state in the United States has an organization within the government of the government that sets the rules for family care for children. This organization is usually called as the Department of Child & Family Services (DCFS), or the Department of Business and Family Services (DJFS) and they all have websites.
(If you are in Canada or another country, you probably have a similar office in your government).
Simply visit your website (such as http://www.Illinois.gov ) and search for the appropriate department or type "care" in the search box.
The website should contain a phone number for a child care contact in your state. Call the phone and inquire about state rules and what they recommend for people who are just starting out with family care children.
Most counties also have a caring agency that helps people in the state level. Ask your partner how to find help for that region. Then contact your regional service and ask the following questions (these are also good questions to ask your government):
– What do you need to know about specific rules or regulations for your county?
– What training is needed before you open your door?
– What kind of training / education is required?
– Do they have any suggestions for insurance companies for the care of their owners in your county?
– What resources do they need to help you get started?
– Do you know about sources of funding or low interest rates?
– Are local or county parties meeting to discuss child care?
There may be other questions you also think. Don't be afraid. You have the right to get the best information to get started, and you owe it to yourself as much as possible.
BIG MISTAKE # 7: Do not get permission or certified by your state.
Getting permission or verified with your situation can be part of a job, but it's probably easier than you think. Normally, to obtain a license, a certain training (often very inexpensive or even free) is required and the home service will be inspected once or twice a year by the State Inspector to ensure compliance with the guidelines.
There are many reasons why you should consider it … the top reason is that you can charge a higher rate!
Here are some of the other benefits you get from being licensed or certified by your state:
– You are proud to know that you have the highest quality (and you can send this to others) .
– Potential parents are more likely to choose you, so you don't have to spend as much on marketing and advertising
– Schools and other businesses will likely recommend you.
– You can get a grant or a lender loan to increase your day care or add it with a new outdoor area, etc.
– You'll stand out from the crowd as a great company.
If you try to get the best results from what you do, you will have the highest chance of success.