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I was recently watching a video by motivational speaker and Success Coach, Anthony Robbins. Mr. Robbins was talking about 10 top ways to Success.

Mr. Robbins top secret was this Principle: Raise the Standard!  In fact, Mr. Robbins said this: “If you want to change your life, you have got to raise your standards!”

So with that tip in mind, I have a question to ask you? When was the last time you raised the standards in your Child Care Business?

The standards I decided to Raise

In January 2016, I decided to increase my pay scale by $1.00 for my Lead Teachers. Then I also required that all of my Lead Teachers become members of NAEYC.

I believe that, higher wages attracts the best teachers and becoming members of Naeyc will expose my teachers to cutting edge information and empower them to implement quality practices in my classrooms!

Please allow me to give you a few more examples:

  1. Consider taking the quality of your program to another level by adding new early childhood books to your resource library.
  2. Require that you or your teachers challenge the children more in 2016.
  3. Change the quality of the forms that you send home to parents. (sending home poor copies is a bad reflection of your brand)
  4. Raise the educational requirements of your staff and increase the starting salary of your staff.

I think you get the point! Raise your standards, change your Business! Furthermore, if you do something different, you will get different results.

I want to hear from you. Has this blog post inspired you to raise your standards? If so what standards will you raise this year?

To your success,

Shiketa Morgan

Are you ready to raise the standard in the area of Business Management or Leadership? If so, check out my 21-day mastermind ecourse: Going to Another Level in the Business of Child Care. click here

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Do you have a  Toddler or Preschool Curriculum for your Child Care Business? If not, I want to invite you to join my Curriculum Club!

In my curriculum club, the work is already done for you! Simply, sign-up for less than $10 a month, download your lesson plans to your computer, print and implement Theme based activities in your Child Care program.

Also, you will receive monthly parent newsletter and upon enrollment; you will receive bonus forms!

If you are not a member of my Curriculum Club for Child Care Business Owners, Claim your sample lesson Plans now! http://ht.ly/XVfLm

Hope to see you in the Club!

Shiketa Morgan

When you sign-up for my Child Care Business Expansion Mastermind group you will receive 6-hours of Live Business Expansion Coaching with me!

In addition to the live coaching, you will also receive a  Free copy of my Book, Child Care Business Expansion Guide for only $99.00!

You have one more day to register!!

Furthermore, I will only host this mastermind group once a year. Don’t let fear keep you from your Dream!

Sign-up now…http://childcarebusinessowner.com/upcoming-events/

I Hope to meet you soon!

Shiketa Morgan

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The Child Care Business Owner Coach

As I  write this blog post, One year ago today I relocated and expanded my Child Care Business.

I can hardly believe that it has been a year since I expanded and I must say that a year goes by  fast when you are super busy and having fun.

November 28, 2014 was a very emotional day for me; It was the end of a location full of so many wonderful  memories and the beginning of a new season for my Business.

Today I want to share with you how this expansion has inspired how I view Business Growth.

  • If you have a dream to grow your Business, you must know that it will soon be a reality. For 12 years, I wondered what it would be like to have one large location. My Business grew from a 1600 sq ft to 6,000 sq ft location.
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The day before I wrote this blog post,  I received a Phone call from a Financial agency in Florida about two checks totaling $8,000 that were presented to a company from my Business.

After I informed the company that I did not write those checks, I thought to myself, I need to call my bank!

When I called the bank, they told me to come into the bank because my account had been compromised!!!

I went from shock, from disbelief to panic mode! In fact, there were 10 checks trying to post to the account in one day  and it was clear that there was fraud on my bank account.

I’ve closed that account and taken some strategic measures to protect my Business Bank Account. Moreover, I’m sharing this information with you, to inspire you to do all that you can to protect your bank account information from Fraud.

Here are a few tips for you:

  • Only use direct deposit when paying your employees
  • Review your Bank Fraud procedures
  • Be careful when paying bills online
  • Check your bank account daily
  • Consider paying your bills over the phone
  • Store your Business checks in a safe and secure place
  • Do not allow your staff to have access to your Bank account information.
  • Close your account immediately if you suspect any kind of fraud.
  • Keep your spyware and virus protection up to date on your computer.
  • When dining out, using cash!
  • Change your passwords in your email account and social media pages once a month. (Hackers are very creative)

I hope that you find this week’s Business tips to be helpful to you!!

To Your Success!

Shiketa

Check out my upcoming Child Care Business Expansion Mastermind Group! Register Today!
Registration has been extended to January 22, 2016!

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The Child Care Business Owner Online Institute has been created to provide you with the knowledge you need to Care for Young Children, including: Starting-up, and Expanding or How to Manage a Child Care Business via 5-10 day eCourses. **And More eCourse will be added soon!

The ecourse content will arrive via email and may include audio, word documents, links, video, power point slides or PDF files. All you need is a home computer, email, Microsoft work, power point and adobe reader.

Have you Checked out the ecourses that are available to you in the Child Care Business Owner Online Institute today!

If not, click here–> http://childcarebusinessowner.com/onlineinstitute/

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To Your Success!!

Shiketa Morgan

When you upgrade your Business, You upgrade your lifestyle!!

Since I’ve expanded my Business in December 2014, my enrollment has increased and my lifestyle has definitely change for the better!

In fact, I’m able to travel more, I have less financial worries and lots of financial freedom with a bigger facility!

In fact, if you desire to Expand  your Business and upgrade your lifestyle; this is your opportunity to get the information that you need to have a Successful Expansion!

My first Child Care Business Expansion Mastermind Session will begin on January 25, 2016.

Mastermind Group Topics Include:
How to Create an Expansion Plan
How to Pick a Great Location
Ways to Fund the Expansion
Lease or Own (Lease negotiations)
Handling the Licensing process as you go through expansion
Preparing the Families and Your Staff For the Business Expansion
Marketing the Business Expansion
Creating an Expansion Budget
Developing Your Leadership Abilities & Growth Thinking!

Be sure to register by January 15, 2016 to claim your seat in the Mastermind group!!
Register Today!

To Your Success!

Shiketa

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One of my favorite  Bible Scriptures is this (And I paraphrase): Forget those things that are behind you press toward those things that are ahead of you!

That scripture reminds me that our best days are ahead of us. Furthermore, if you keep looking back, you can’t move forward to all the good that is in store for you.

So, Look forward my friend and know that your best days in Business are in front of you!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Happy New Year To you!

Shiketa

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Your Business will only rise to the Level of your Biggest Thoughts!

In fact, if you desire to expand, you will attract a Bigger Building. If you desire to remodel your current facility, you will attract the funds you need to remodel.

Whatever your desires may be for 2016 for your Business, be sure to Think Bigger! For example:

 

  • Have a Bigger graduation than you had last year
  • Plan Bigger events for your facility
  • Enlarge your sign
  • Create Bigger ads

I think you get the point…Think Bigger in 2016!!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Shiketa

 

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If you want something different, you have got to do something different. Take a moment and think of one thing that you would like to do differently in your Business in 2016.

What is it? Write it down , leave your comment below and give it a try. You just may discover that you will get different results in 2016.

Doing things the same old way all the time, can be your worse enemy in Business. However, doing something new, will breath new life into your Business!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

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Are you guilty of taking better care of your Business than you take care of yourself?  If so, I’ll be the first to admit : I’ve been guilty of neglecting my health and I paid for in medical expenses and many stressful days!!

However,over the years; I have learned how to relax more and eat healthy. In fact, I believe that if you want to enjoy your Success to the fullest, you must develop a yearly Healthy Living Plan.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Buy a Healthy living magazine at least once a month
  • Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep at night
  • Plan regular massages (Helps rid the body of anxiety and relieves stress)
  • Get at least 20 minutes of exercise everyday

Have a Healthy 2016!!

Shiketa

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

 

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Reading books has been my #1 Inspiration in Business! In fact, reading books has expanded my knowledge about Business and has helped me to grow as a Business Owner. ” Information will empower you to Succeed!”

If you desire to go to another level in 2016, develop your reading list for 2016 now! Check out this reading list, click here.

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

Have you set your goals for 2016? If not, I want to inspire you to take 10 minutes and write down your goals for 2016.

Your Business goals are the fuel and inspiration that keeps you excited about your Business. Moreover, if you consistently focus on your goals, you can accomplish them all!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

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We have six more days left in our Finish Strong Blog series!

Most of all, I hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas and I just wanted to take this 25th Day of December to inspire you to be Merry!!

Merry Christmas to You and your Family!

Shiketa

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I decided to end this year with lots of fun events. In fact, I’ll be celebrating 17 years in Business on December 28,2015 and I am going to celebrate with fun events for the kids on our Anniversary day!!

Then on the 30th of December, we will have a New Year’s celebration at the center. Finally, my husband and I are going to celebrate this year’s Success with a mini-vacation at the end of this year.

So….Go ahead and celebrate your Success, because you deserve it!

Here are a few ways to celebrate your success:

  • Have a celebration dinner
  • Go on a trip to your favorite resort
  • Treat your self to a spa day
  • Go get a bottle of your favorite wine and toast to a successful Business Year!

I want to hear from you, tell me how this blog series has inspired you to finish the year strong! Simply, post your feedback on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweet me @ccarebusiness.

Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

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Learning to receive has been very difficult for me, because I am so used to being a giver.

However, the day that I learned to receive what my team had to offer and receive what others in my inner circle had to offer; I realized that this is what makes my Business a Success!

So, open your heart and receive what your team has to offer and receive the wisdom that your inner circle has to offer to you!!

I want to hear from you, tell me how this blog series has inspired you to finish the year strong! Simply, post your feedback on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweet me @ccarebusiness.

Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

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This is the perfect time of the year to Give! In fact, did you know that giving is the seed for more?

When you give to others, you will reap what you sow. Moreover, you can never go wrong when you give to your customers or your employees.

Also, when you give to others, you activate the law of reciprocity!

So go ahead and end your Business year strong by giving more!

I want to hear from you, tell me how this blog series has inspired you to finish the year strong! Simply, post your feedback on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweet me @ccarebusiness.

Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

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You only have 3 more weeks to register for my Online Marketing Teleseminar!

In fact, I can hardly wait to share with you How to Successfully Market your Child Care Business Online in 2016!!

Marketing my Childcare Business online has saved me thousands of marketing dollars every year and I am going to show you how I did it!!

Register today… http://childcarebusinessowner.com/upcoming-events/

 

Hope to see you at the Telseminar!

Shiketa

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Have you reviewed your program policies lately? Do you have policies that are no longer working for your program? Feel the need to incorporate new policies in 2016?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, this is the time to start making changes !

In fact, if you are going to implement new policies in 2016 and get rid of old policies; notify parents and staff now!

I want to hear from you, tell me how this blog series has inspired you to finish the year strong! Simply, post your feedback on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweet me @ccarebusiness.

Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

Be sure to check out the Tuition Policy Makeover eCourse!

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I can hardly believe that we are less than 13 days away from a brand new Business year! In fact, I hope that you have been enjoying my Finish the Business Year Strong Tips!

Today I want to inspire you to Take some time to relax. You’ve worked hard all year-long and you owe it to yourself to relax!

Furthermore, the more that you relax, the more creative you will be as a Business Owner!

I want to hear from you, tell me how this blog series has inspired you. Simply, post your feedback on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweet me @ccarebusiness.

Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

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Have you added new content or photos to your website lately?  If not, I want to challenge you to take some time to update your website!

  • Add some new photos
  • Post your plans for 2016
  • Add forms for parents to download
  • Link Your Social Media pages to your website
  • Create a page for each program
  • Post testimonials on your website

Furthermore, be sure to create a website that helps you to Build enrollment in 2016!

Find out how to improve your website or to improve your online marketing at my upcoming Teleseminar. For more information, click here.

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness.

Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

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Are you expecting to have a Successful 2016? If so, this is the time to start watching the words that you speak!

That’s right, Success begins with the words that you speak. So, get started now!

Here are a few Success affirmations that you can decree and declare over 2016:

  • I will have a Successful 2016
  • My enrollment is always increasing
  • I attract the right people to my team

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness.

Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

 

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It is vital that you take some time to evaluate your inner circle. In fact, it is time that you cut loose people who are negative and don’t support your goals as a Business Owner.

Moreover, it is time that you surround yourself with some Big thinkers, people who are already where you want to be and people who lift you higher!!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness.

Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015Your Coach,

Shiketa

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Join the Online Discussion and  Marketing Tips on Facebook!

Parents no longer grab their telephone phone books to search for child care. In fact, the Internet has become the new phone book and this is why it is vital that you become a Master at Online Marketing!

At my upcoming Teleseminar, I will show you how to:

  • Effectively Market Your Child Care on Social media
  •  What You Should Be posting on Social Media
  • How to Create a Website that Builds Enrollment
  • How often you should post and how to Schedule post and get back to your Business
  • Implementing Social Media Trends for 2016!

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Follow my Expansion Tip and Join the Discussion on Facebook!

Our First group Session will be held on January 25, 2016 at 7:00pm cst via Conference call

Do you have a dream of expanding your child Care Business? Want to move your daycare out of your home? Want to Go Bigger? If so, you want to be apart of my Mastermind group.

In my Child Care Business Mastermind Group we will meet once a week (for 6 weeks) via Conference Call for one hour and we will cover the following topics:

  • How to Create an Expansion Plan
  • How to Pick a Great Location
  • Ways to Fund the Expansion
  • Lease or Own (Lease negotiations)
  • Handling the Licensing process as you go through expansion
  • Preparing the Families and Your Staff For the Business Expansion
  • Marketing the Business Expansion
  • Creating an Expansion Budget
  • Developing Your Leadership Abilities & Growth Thinking!

Claim your spot today and click the the Join Today Button below!

Registration Deadline is January 15, 2016

join today***Only 15 slots Available

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What do you see for your child care business in 2016? I started this week’s blog post with that question simply because… what you see for your business….is what you get!

This week,  I want to encourage you to become a visionary Child Care Business Owner. This includes: keeping your vision before you and by staying focused on your vision for your business.

Have you ever heard the word visionary? If so, keep this in mind; A visionary does little and talks much. However, a person with vision talks little and does much. So let’s get busy!

What is your vision for your business? Well, write it down and post it where you can see it. Do you have a vision board? If not, today is a great day to get started!

Check out the sample vision boards that are below for ideas!

  

Whatever your vision is for your business, I suggest that you go out and buy a poster board, get some magazines and get a clear picture of where you want your business to go.

After all, what you see..is what you get!  Check out the resource links below and Listen to the audio lesson (from the 21-Day Master mind eClub) about how my vision came to pass:

Listen to Today’s Audio Lesson:
Vision by Shiketa Morgan

(Approx  9:22 minutes)

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015Your Coach,

Shiketa

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You have worked hard all year-long. In fact, you have served families, trained employees, cared for children and have been dedicated to building a Successful Business all year-long.

Now it’s time to take a day and pamper yourself!

How about planning a spa day before 2015 ends? Spend a day pampering yourself! This could be your special treat just for you!

Be sure to save the receipt from your massage service, because massages are tax deductible.

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

 

Your Coach,

Shiketa

 

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The end of the year is a great time to makeover your social media presence!

In fact,it is time to freshen up your social media banners and  update your profile picture.

Also,  this is the perfect time to take a look at how often you are posting  on social media.  Posting regularly, could inspire parents to stop by your page on a daily basis.

Moreover, Sharing quality photos increases your likes and shares.

If you are not great with making banners; don’t worry…. you can order fabulous social media banners on Fiver.com for as little as $5.00 a banner. Also, consider making over your logo  for the upcoming new year!!

It’s time to get to work on your social media presence!!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

For more marketing tips, download my Marketing 101 toolkit!!

Your Coach,

Shiketa

 

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The end of the year is a time when parents are seeking to make a change in Child Care Providers and it is vital that you prepare for new enrollment now!

Here are 3 easy ways to prepare for new enrollment:

  1. Prepare and organize your enrollment Packets.
  2. Stock up on Business Cards or Brochures
  3. Be prepared for tours or interviews with new families

Furthermore, the best way to prepare for new enrollment is to simply be prepared and expect growth!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Join my Inner Coaching Circle Today!

Your Coach,

Shiketa

 

Filing your Business taxes is a Big chore every year!

I know because I’ve been filing my own taxes for the last 16 years as a Business Owner.

In fact, I have found that when you are organized with your record keeping throughout the year; it makes it easier for you when it is time to file your taxes.

 

If you enter all of your income & expenses into a computerized accounting program; you have already made it easier on yourself.

However, if your record keeping is manual and in written form, you have a ton of work to do to get ready for the upcoming tax season.

Here is a strategy that has worked for me and it helps me to organized my receipts in categories. Create a folder for items that you can claim on your tax return, including:

  • Classroom materials and equipment
  • Gas
  • Employee incentives and events
  • Business Events
  • Professional Development
  • Food for the Children
  • Your Lunch Receipts
  • Massage and Medical appointments
  • Car or Van Expenses
  • Marketing Expenses
  • Office Supplies
  • Building maintenance or home repairs
  • Utilities
  • Cell phone bills (must be used for Business)

For more Tax preparation tips, Check out this blog post to get some record keeping ideas for 2016, click here.

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Join my Inner Coaching Circle Today!

Your Coach,

Shiketa

I want to inspire you to end the year by getting prepared for upcoming Licensing Visits.

Daycare licensing violations are public record and to be sure that you have very few or no violations, it is vital that you get prepared for your next state visit.

Here are 3 easy  ways for you to get prepared for your next Licensing visit:

  1. Check your last licensing compliance visit form and conduct your very own site inspection.
  2. Review all the children records to be sure that you have immunization records and physicals.
  3. Check your staff records for required training hours, updated back ground screenings, physical and PPD information on file.

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Join my Inner Coaching Circle Today!

Your Coach,

Shiketa

If your Child Care Business is State Licensed, you are required by the Child Care statutes in your state to obtain annual training.

Have you and your team  met your Training requirements for 2015? This is the time to review your training  hours for 2015 and strive to get some last-minute training, so that you are not out of compliance on your next state visit.

Check the Child Care Aware Website for year-end training in your area!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Join my Inner Coaching Circle Today!

Your Coach,

Shiketa

Have you assessed the quality of care that is going forth in your Child Care Program this year?

If not, this is a great time to assess the quality of care that you are currently providing and make necessary changes in 2016!

For many years, I have used the ECERS Rating System to evaluate my entire Child Care program.  In fact, the quality care indicators in the ECERS Rating System Guide are Awesome and the recommendations can easily be incorporated into your program.

Get Your ECERS Enviornmental Rating Scale Today! click here

I want to hear from you, so be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Join my Inner Coaching Circle Today!

Your Coach,

Shiketa

Before you set your goals for 2016, It is vital that you get an accountability Partner.

An Accountability Partner is someone that you share your goals with and they hold are to hold you accountable for accomplishing your goals.

So…. go ahead and pick your accountability partner.  Set a day once a month to discuss your goals and progress.

Tip: Be sure to pick someone that shares your drive to Succeed!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

This is a great time to hold a year-end Review meeting with your team!

Furthermore, when you take the time to reflect on what you have already accomplished, you will have an indication of what you need to complete this year or focus on in 2016!

 

 

Here is a sample agenda for a Year end Review Meeting:

  • Discuss goals that you have met as a team
  • Share your goals for 2016
  • Get ideas from your team for 2016
  • Discuss what’s ahead for 2016
  • Thank your team for all of their hard work

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

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Clutter is your worst enemy in Business!

In fact, I believe that clutter is an indication that your thoughts are all over the place and it is vital that you declutter your office space, storage areas and classrooms before entering into a new year.

Get started now! Every day plan to remove clutter from your Business, start making room for the new and you will begin to feel more organized and focused in your thoughts!

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Join my Inner Coaching Circle Today!

Your Coach,

Shiketa

Focus is the key to Success!

As I write this blog post, we are 30 days away from a brand new Business year and it is vital that you finish this Business year strong!

In fact, I believe that it doesn’t matter how the year started, however, it matters how you finish the year!

During the next 30 days, I am going to share with you 31 ways to finish your Business year strong and today’s topic is: Focus!

If you want to succeed at anything it is vital that you have laser like focus. So, with focus in mind, I have a few questions for you:

  • What should you really be focused on right now?
  • What is keeping you from being focused?
  • If you were to get focused, could you turn your Business around in 30 days?
  • Do you have any  goals that you have not accomplished yet?
  • Could you accomplish at least one of your unmet goals in 30 days?

Take a moment to answer each question above, write your answers in a Journal and make the decision today to get focused on what matters!

You would be surprised at how being more focused will change how much you get accomplished in one day.

Here are 3 easy ways to get Focused:

  1. Plan your day by creating a Priority list. The night before you start your day, use a note pad to write down your top 5 task of the day and do not add anything else to the list until you have completed those task.  You can also use a note pad on your cell phone to store priority list. It is vital that you practice planning how you will spend your time daily. You will feel more organized and more focused. Successful people are planners! * Be sure enrollment building is apart of your daily task
  2. Plan to Keep your office space, center or home organized. Having  a well-organized environment  will help you to feel clear in your mind and feel more organized as you work in that space. It’s difficult to focus in a clutter environment.
  3. Delegate more –So that you can do more of what brings you a higher payoff.  Last year, I delegated party planning to my parents and the parties have been amazing ever since I decided to delegate that task. Also, I recently decided to delegate more duties to my staff and I must say I feel more focused and I empowered my team at the same time. Because of my decision to delegate more, I no longer do bulletin boards, classroom observations, book orders or plan parties. Now my focus is on Business growth, coaching and writing.

I want to hear from you, be sure to share your thoughts and feedback with me about this blog series by posting on the Child Care Business Owner facebook page or tweeting me @ccarebusiness. Be sure to use hashtag #Finishstrong2015

Your Coach,

Shiketa

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As I  write this blog post, One year ago today I relocated and expanded my Child Care Business.

I can hardly believe that it has been a year since I expanded and I must say that a year goes by  fast when you are super busy and having fun.

November 28, 2014 was a very emotional day for me; It was the end of a location full of so many wonderful  memories and the beginning of a new season for my Business.

Today I want to share with you how this expansion has inspired how I view Business Growth.

  • If you have a dream to grow your Business, you must know that it will soon be a reality. For 12 years, I wondered what it would be like to have one large location. My Business grew from a 1600 sq ft to 6,000 sq ft location.
  • Allow your friends and family to help you. Trying to expand alone is a ton of hard work and besides, you would be surprised at how much others really want to be apart of your Success.
  • Focus! As I expanded, I only had energy to focus on license visits, getting what I needed for the Business, communicating with employees and spending time with my family. When you are growing a business, it is vital that you choose what you focus on.

  • It’s time to think differently. When you change your thoughts and learn new information, you will change your results. The way that I operated my old location is completely different from how I operate my new location. I spend more time, greeting parents, conducting tours and planning for the Business.Now I have site supervisors, my husband helps me to run the Business and I train my staff to be more self disciplined.
  • Be Confident and Positive! You will enjoy your Success more when you are positive and build your Business with confidence. I have not always felt confident on this journey, however, I’ve learned to fake it til I make it. People are attracted to confident and positive people. So smile more, trust that you can do it and walk with confidence!
  • There are families that need your Services. When I expanded my center, I had less than 30 children at my old location. 22 families came with us and now we service over 70 families. I am so happy that  I expanded!

Do you have a goal to expand or Grow your Business in the near future? If so, I want to invite you to connect with me in 2016 and join my Child Care Business Mastermind group. Click here for more info.

Your Coach,

Shiketa Morgan

Have you accomplish all that you set out to do this year? Did you have a productive business year?

Well, I want to inspire you to stay focused on your goals and end this year strong.

In fact, I want you to know that it doesn’t matter how the year started, it only matters how you finish! As your coach, it is my pleasure to help you to finish the Business year strong.

This week, I want to inspire you to focus on decluttering your Business. Clutter clouds the mind and is a huge distraction. Don’t wait til January to decluter, Do it now!

I also want to invite you to join my upcoming “Finish the year Strong Blog Series.” The series begins on December 1st and ends on December 31st: 31 ways to finish the year strong!!

To subscribe to the series, simply subscribe to my blog at www.childcarebusinessowner.com.
If you are already subscribed my blog, you will automatically become apart of the series.

Upcoming Events For 2016

In January, I will be hosting an Online Marketing Teleseminar for Child Care Business Owners. Also, I have formed a Child Care Business Expansion Group and Registration is now open! For more information on my upcoming events, click here.More to come…

Shiketa

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Have you ever had an emergency or a situation in your Business and needed some wise counsel? If you join my Inner Coaching Circle, you will have access to wise Business Counsel and Inspired Business Coaching!

Are you interesting in Finding out how you can receive VIP Business Tips From Me? If so, I want to invite you to come into my Inner Coaching Circle program, where you will have access to the following:

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Check out some of the testimonials from my Coaching Clients below:

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“Mrs. Morgan, is an effective coach that understands her role to be dependable, engaged,authentic,and tunes into the needs of her client.” ~Juanita Montague

I personally have taken her coaching program and I have seen tremendous growth in my business in a matter of days! ~Andrea Dickerson of  DayCare Success Online Network

Shiketa is an amazing business professional, she is very knowledgeable and her tips have given me great insight on how to grow my child care business. She has been the most valuable connection I have made thus far and I am so appreciative she has shared her deep wealth of knowledge.”~AimeeNester

“When I first started my childcare business I could say I was a little lost when  it came to designing and maximizing my space. But, after working with Mrs. Morgan I realized the potential and we devised a space that is not only warm, family friendly, but is absolutely educational in every aspect. I can proudly state that I have not had one visitor that was not amazed….by our setting. “~Ann, Family Home Child Care Business Owner in St. Louis, MO 

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Shiketa

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Are you happy with your Business Income? Can you use a rate increase? Has it been over two years since you have raised your rates? Not sure how to go about changing your rates?

If you answered yes to at least 2 of the above questions, it’s probably time for a rate increase!

Many child care providers are afraid to increase their rates because they are concerned that families may leave their program and go to another daycare.

Tip:Before changing your rates, check the rates at surrounding daycare’s. You don’t want to be known as the over priced child care program.

Today I am going to show you how to increase your Business profits and increase your Business Income:

Consider increasing your rates by only $5.00 a week. If you have 10 children this could be a monthly increase of $200 a month. However if you have 100 children, this is a $2,000 a month increase!

Once you make your decision to increase your rates, give parents a 30 day notice to allow time for budget adjustments. The average family will not be affected by a $5 a week increase. In fact, if they love your daycare, they will not have a problem with paying a little bit more per week.

Here is a sample letter: (feel free to copy and paste)

Dear Parents,

This notice is being sent home to inform you of an upcoming rate increase. Our rates will be increasing to $_______ a week beginning on _____________.

Rate increases assure that we are able to buy new items for the program and to be sure that we provide a Quality Program for young children.

If you should have any questions about this notice, please see _____________.

Thanks for Choosing ( Your facility Name)!

Your Name

For more Tuition Tips, be sure to Check out my 5-Day Tuition Policy Makeover eCourse!

Shiketa

staffDo you have a high turnover in your Child Care Business? Is Gossip a Big problem in your Business? Are your employees calling off all the time?

If you answered yes to at least two of the questions above, I have some ideas that will help you to create a better work environment for your employees!

I’m going to be honest with you! My biggest struggle in the business of Child Care is dealing with all the issues that come with having employees. However, I realized that I had to focus on building a great place to work and not the issues that could come with having employees.So I made a few changes and I’m going to share them with you today.

  1. Plan fun events for you and your team such as a Monthly potluck. On Friday October 9, 2015, I decided to have my first seafood potluck with my team. I was surprised to know that many of my staff members love seafood!! We had crab legs, shrimp, crab fettuccine and so much more. Moreover, the moral was very high that day.
  2. Reward your employees for having perfect attendance (if your budget allows). When you show your appreciation for punctuality, your employees will do more of what you praise! Ideas: Give perfect attendance certificates, consider giving a monthly bonus or $20-25 or give a spa gift bag. What ever you choose to give, show your appreciation to those dependable employees.
  3. Be a Positive Leader. when I hire new employees, many of the employees often seem to open up to me and tell me that their old bosses lacked people skills. People love to work for positive leaders.
  4. Plan Fun outings with your staff. This year I did something that I had never done before, I invited my team members to join me at a Joyce Meyers conference. In fact, four of my staff members joined me and we had a great time!!
  5. Invest in your employees. Train them, mentor and coach them. I recently had an employee to come into my office just to tell me that she appreciated the fact that I took a chance to hire her and she appreciated the fact that I mentor her. **She made my day!

I hope that you  have been inspired you to take a closer look at how you manage your assistants or staff members. Furthermore, I want you to know that when your employees are happy working for you, they will go beyond your expectations.

It’s time to get to work on creating a great place to work!

Shiketa Morgan

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I know it’s only September, however, we are 90 days away from a brand new Business Year! This is a great time to reflect on 2014 and your vision for 2016.

Did you accomplish all of your goals for 2015? Are you pleased with the results that you have gotten this Business Year? Is there room for improvement?

I ponder the above questions at the end of each Business year, before I set new goals for an upcoming Business year. if you did not accomplish some goals in 2015, its OK….finish them in 2016.

Having a vision for each year that you are in Business is a great way to stay motivated and a great way to keep the excitement in your Business.

Your Vision is what keeps your Business Alive!!

Today I want to inspire you to write your vision for 2016 and post it where you can see it. Then..take some time every week to do the things that will help you to see your vision for 2016.

I recommend that you keep it simple and Develop Big Focus for a Successful Business year!!

I would love to read your vision for 2016, feel free to leave a comment below.

To your Success!

Shiketa

I am no stranger to Struggling Financially in Business. In fact, when I opened my first Child Care Center, I opened the doors with one child and did not know how I was going to pay my first month’s rent. But, thank God for faithful friends and Business Colleagues.

I also, know what it is like to have enough money to pay all of my bills and have enough money to forward into next month’s budget.

When your business is struggling financially it affects you on a personal level, it affects your creativity level and most of all it affects your cash flow.

Here’s what I know for sure: If you want something different, you have got to do something different.

Every business has it’s slow seasons and that’s not what I’m talking about. In fact, if your business has been struggling for  a year or more, its time to take a closer look at your Business practices.

If you are serious about making changes in your Business, I would love to schedule a Coaching Session with you. The One Time investment is only $97/hour and your session with me could possibly save your Business.

Or… You can join my inner coaching circle for only $75 a month where you will have access to:

  • A monthly 1-hour Personalized Telephone Coaching Session with me
  • You will have access to me via email to ask follow-up questions and for  Business Support
  • You will receive my VIP  Business email tips (based on your Personal Business Goals)
  • My Inner coaching circle is a monthly subscription and you can cancel at any time

In a One-time Business Finances Strategy Session with me, we will:

  • Discuss the current state of your Business
  • Talk about practices you need to stop
  • What you can do differently to turn your Business around
  • Share strategies with you that will help you take your Business to another level.

Are you ready to save your Business? Are you ready to go to another level? If so, Schedule your coaching session with me today!! Click here

To Your Success
Shiketa
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Do you have enrollment slots that need to be filled? Have you set a goal to enroll more children by a set date? If so, I want to show you how to reach your enrollment building goals?

When I moved into my new location on December 2014, the building was licensed for 99 children and I only had 25 children on my opening day. To make a long story short, by the spring of 2015; I had over 85 children enrolled!

Want to find out how I did it? I want to share with you 5 easy ways to reach your enrollment goals:

  1. Get a dry erase board and post your enrollment goals. When you can see your goals, it motivates you to stay focused. Focus is the key to Success!!
  2. Post pictures of the children engaging in educational activities. You don’t have to announce that you have openings on Facebook: Simply market what you are doing in your program and you will entice new families to Check you out
  3. Tell Parents you have openings. If your parents are happy with your services, they will tell other parents about you. ** Be sure to offer a referral incentive.
  4. Follow-up with parents that call you or that have stopped by your facility. Set aside everyday just to do follow-up! You will be surprised at how many parents are delighted that you took the time to call.
  5. Get those enrollment packets ready. In fact, your expectation will attract what you desire. So, get prepared for the increase that is about to come your way!

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Shiketa

25tips_kidsLunch time can be a very busy time of the day and the time of day that the kids Really Love!

Today I am going to give you some ideas on how to have a smooth transition into lunch, how to get the kids involved and most of all some healthy meal ideas!

Lunch time is a great time to promote self-help skills and there many ways that you can get the children involved, including:

  • Selecting a child to help you clean  and set the table
  • Place the food in serving bowls to encourage the children to serve themselves and to serve the food Family style. (be sure to use child size serving utensils)

Also, Children love to sing songs and what a great way to start lunch time by singing a lunch time song. Here’s a lunch time song:

I smell lunch, I smell lunch,

(rub your tummy) um um good. um um good.

I can smell the______ (name the food) I can smell the_______ (name the food)

um um good um um good.

Then repeat!

According to the Missouri Eat Smart Childhood obesity and Missouri’s Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care, “Overweight is now the most nutritional disease of children. Preschool children who are overweight are almost 5 times more likely to be overweight as young adults.”

Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines for Childcare also concludes that children may get 50%-75% of daily food needs in childcare. This is why it is vital that childcare programs serve nutritional balance meals.

Here are Five Healthy Lunch Ideas for your menus:

Day 1

Turkey Slices

Whole Grain Bread

Corn

Peaches

Low Fat Milk

Day 2

Tuna Salad

Whole Grain Crackers

Tossed Salad

Apple Slices

Low Fat Milk

Day 3

Turkey Meatballs

Mashed potatoes

Orange slices

Whole Grain Bread

Low-Fat Milk

Day 4

Beef Stew (with vegetables)

Whole Grain Cracker

Fruit Cocktail

Low Fat Milk

Day 5

Chicken & Rice Broccoli Casserole

(Boil the rice, drain the water when fully cooked, add canned chicken & cream of chicken, broccoli and cheese)

Blueberries

Low Fat Milk

**Menu ideas meet the Child Adult and Food program Guidelines

Need more menu ideas, be sure to download your copy of my Healthy Child Care Menus ebook.

With Healthy Kids in Mind!

Shiketa Morgan

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is vital that kids start their day with a healthy breakfast. Studies have shown that eating breakfast in the morning, helps a child concentrate better while in school.

Moreover, when parents come to visit your Child Care Program, they may ask to see your menus and having healthy menus is a great way to attract to families to your program.

Also, According to the Child Adult and food program, children ages 12months-12 years of age should be served the following food groups for a healthy breakfast:

  • Milk
  • Grain
  • Fruit/vegetable

Also, it is a good idea to rotate your menus so that children are served a variety of foods. If you have picky eaters in your care, I suggest that you get ideas from parents, to find out what their children love to eat for breakfast.

Could you use some new menu ideas? Do you desire to serve healthier food choices to the children in your care?

Below I have provided the top five breakfast choices that I have found that kids enrolled in my child care program loved!

Day 1

Pancakes, Hash browns and Low Fat Milk

Day 2

Blueberry Muffins, Strawberries and Low Fat Milk

Day 3

Cinnamon French Toast, Pineapples and Low Fat Milk

Day 4

Cinnamon Oatmeal (add raw sugar and sprinkle Cinnamon), Raisins and Milk

Day 5

Granola Bar, Pineapple slices and Low Fat Milk **Check for Nut allergies

If you would like more menu ideas and 12 weeks of healthy menus, be sure to download my Healthy Child Care Menu’s ebook below.

With Healthy Kids in mind!

Shiketa

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