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Crafting A Home Child Care Business Plan

Oct 9, 2007
To start your own home day care facilities can be exciting, but you need to put in some thought to ensure a successful enterprise. Make no mistake; while it is run in your home, it is still a business. It is not as simple as converting the garage, building a play area outside and buying some children's furniture. You need to think of the rules and regulations regarding running a day care center as well.

While there seems to be a lot information to gather, establishing a proper home child care business plan will help you lay out a detailed step-by-step plan with all that you need to know in order to to start a home day care business. Before you begin writing your business plan, make sure your decision to start one is sound. To do so, you have to ask yourself a couple of important questions.

Ask yourself:
- Is this the right business for you?
- Do you have a heart for kids and wish to make a profitable business around them?
- A day care is very demanding and requires great dedication. You need to consider how many kids you
will like to start of with, and whether you will need to hire additional help.

Once your decisions are finalized, work on a good child care business plan for your home day care center. A good plan includes information such as the proposed location, the purpose and mission statement of the day care center, information on the new business and a realistic analysis of the funding required so as to jump start the business and keep the day care service profitable. You should also list, on your private business plan, any improvements that will need to be done in order to bring your establishment (usually your home) up to par with local codes for child care establishments.

Do a thorough market analysis in terms of demand and supply. There is absolutely no point in setting up another day care center at a location where there are very few children or where there are already too many day care centers. You will want to make sure that the business is a viable one before investing. Check if the demographic information is available for the location that you wish to start the day care center in and include it in your business plan to help you justify having another day care center at the proposed location.

Day care businesses will require insurance coverage to protect themselves against injuries which may occur on their property. It is important to find out the cost of insurance coverage and include it in your business plan. Like insurance, legal coverage also needs to be researched and included in the business plan as well.

Having a solid child care business plan will allow you to see at a glance, what your startup costs will be and when exactly you expect your business to turn a profit. It also helps you to obtain funding and to get any licenses necessary to start your new day care business.
About the Author
Miriam Boh is an entrepreneur and owns StartingDayCareBusiness.com. Want to create your own customized home child care business plan that will increase your chances of success in the day care business? Visit http://www.startingdaycarebusiness.com for more details.
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