Effectively Managing Your Home Based Daycare Business

by Fiona Lohrenz


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When opening a home based daycare business, you are in for a lot of work. It is important to know and understand how to effectively manage your business to ensure that it is a success. While creating a business plan, designing an area for your home based daycare business, and obtaining clients is important in the initial opening of the business, it is equally important to manage your business appropriately once the business has started. Here, you will find many helpful tips on how you can effectively manage your home based daycare business.

When you initially started your daycare business, you designated an area where the children would be watched over, where games and activities could take place, where the children could eat, and where the children could rest if they so desired. Did you think to create a specific area where you could work away from it all? In order to manage your home based daycare business, it is important to have a small work area designated specifically for where you can conduct the operations behind the business. This is the area where you should handle any payroll, budgeting, taxes, and so on.

When managing your home based daycare business, it is important to keep all things business separate from all things personal. If you start mixing up appointments, calendars, tasks, and so on, your business is likely to suffer. You should make sure that the daycare business is a completely different persona from your personal life. This holds true when it comes to emails, telephone lines, and even business supplies. In order to effectively manage your home based daycare business, be sure that business is kept separate in all aspects.

When managing a home based daycare business, be sure to keep tabs on your time management. People who do not manage their time effectively find that the overall management of their home based daycare business is greatly affected. You may wish to create schedules about the activities that occur during the day in the daycare, assign family members certain responsibilities to keep track of the chores around the house, dedicate time to handling the operations of the daycare center, and to take stock of supplies and such. While doing this, do not forget to schedule yourself somewhere in the mix as well. This will allow you to keep a fresh, open mind when it comes to approaching your responsibilities each day.

Many good hearted friends and relatives often intrude when a person has a home based daycare business. They feel that, since you work at home, you have time for their phone calls and visits. It is important that you inform these well intentioned people that this is a job. They must understand that you have certain hours each day that are dedicate to work and your family and this time should not be interrupted. Believe it or not, being able to do this is an effective managing tip when it comes to the home based daycare business.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can effectively manage your home based daycare business. It is important to develop a system that will work for you. You must carefully evaluate your needs and concerns and approach them with a business perspective. Once you are able to do this, you will find that operating and managing your daycare business is easy.


Fiona Lohrenz has been running her own daycare for the past 10 years.

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