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on April 1, 2003 I opened my first Child Care Center and on April 4, 2014, I celebrated 11 years of being a Center Owner.

This has been an amazing Journey; full of good times and many challenges.

However, I know that it all has worked together for my good and has helped me to build a Successful Child Care Business.

In fact, my Journey as a Center Owner inspired me to start a blog about the business of Child Care, because it is such a specialized business and there is so much to learn.

Today I want to share with you 11 ways to build a Successful Child Care Business!

After reading my success tips, you will find a video below of my 11 year balloon release.

I look forward to doing this every year and this year, I had 11 preschoolers to hold 11 balloons and then release them into the sky. (see the video below)

1. Get a Mentor. Having a mentor provides you with the support that you need to succeed.

2. Read More. This is a sure way to increase your knowledge in the business of Childcare.

3. Discover the Art of Connecting With parents. I have discovered that when you have a healthy relationship with parents, they stay with you for  a very long time. The average family stays with me for at least 5-7 years.

4. Connect with Business Owners who are seeking to improve their program. Some business owners are comfortable with always being on the same level, however, if you want to be successful or to build a program that parents love, you must continuously seek to improve your Child Care Business.

5. Hire staff members that fit your culture. My turnover has been very high because honestly, I have very high standards and I find that there is a circulation of teachers that only want a job. However, I want dedicated and committed early childhood professionals on my team that are willing to do what it takes to provide quality care. Furthermore, I have found that my best employees have stayed with me for an average of (4-7 years) and I am so grateful for their service.

6. Be willing to do whatever it takes. Most of the time, I am fully staffed and I able to work part-time at my center, however, if a teacher has an emergency or if we are short-staffed, I will cook,drive the van or even teach. As a former family home child care provider, I have learned how to wear many hats and it has empowered me to be a successful center owner.

7. Develop the Leader Within You. I learned this principle the hard way! Leadership is all about personal development and on my Journey as a Center Owner, I discovered that leadership is a vital part of your business success. To develop the leader within, be sure to follow one of my mentors and the Leadership Guru, John Maxwell’s Blog.

8. Become a Master at Marketing your Business. I have found that marketing is everything in Business. If you don’t have any customers, you don’t have a Business. Download my Marketing 101 Kit today for only $11.00 below!! (for a limited time only)

9. Become a Master of Your Money.  Money is the life line of your Business, and it is vital that you develop the art of managing your money. You can Start by writing a monthly budget and only buying items that are on your budget. Get money management tips here—> click here

10. Develop a Healthy Living Plan. On my journey as a Child Care Business Owner, I have had my share of health problems ranging from; weight gain, to high blood pressure, to high cholesterol, back problems to anxiety. I know that sounds horrible, however, as I discovered the importance of relaxing, eating healthy and learning how to let go of what frustrates me, I am a healthier woman today! Check out my 21-days to a Healthier You eCourse, click here.

11. Choose To Build a Quality Program! Parents want quality child care and their kids to be in a safe environment. Don’t focus too much on buying expensive toys and equipment, however,  Focus on quality care.

My mentor told me this years ago: “Its not what you have, its how you use what you have!” I shared quality care principles on my most recent Teleseminar and you can get the download links for only $11 below (for a limited time only)

Well, there you have it!! My 11 ways to Building a Successful Child Care Business. I hope that my Journey has been an inspiration to you.~Shiketa

Be sure to watch my 11 year balloon release video below.

 

 

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 Picking good people for your business can sometimes seem like a treasure hunt and it is a test of your leadership. Inf act, this has been the area of operating a childcare business that has tested my leadership on may occasions.

During the interview process the applicant appears to be positive, he or she will say all the right things and wear the right clothes. However, the test begins on the first day of employment.

One thing that I have learned with selecting employees, is the simple fact that people do not reveal their true self until after they have been hired. Today I want to share with you some tips on how to pick good people for your child care business.

Selecting a Good Employee For Your Child Care Business

Schedule an interview with potential applicants during a time when the kids are gone are sleeping. Ask the following questions:

  1. Tell me about you
  2. Why should I hire you
  3. Are you willing to work flexible hours
  4. What would your previous employer tell me about you
  5. What are your goals
  6. What would a day be like in your class

Asking the  questions above, will help you to determine if you want this person working in your childcare business or not. Be sure to contact the applicant’s previous employer, to verify employment dates and ask the following question, “Would you rehire this person.” If they say “No”, then I think you can make an educated decision and decide if this person is right for your business.

What happens if you discover that this person is not  right  for your business

Another Lesson that I have learned in this business is; “Be fast to fire and slow to hire.” If you notice behavior that you do not like, address it immediately and discuss a plan of correction. If the employee continues to repeat the behavior, do not hesitate to terminate employment.

Employees are very observant and if they notice that you will allow them to slack in the beginning, they will continue that behavior throughout their employment in your business.

If you keep the wrong person on your team, it will cause you more headaches than you ever thought you could have. The wrong person= wrong results.

Here are some traits of the wrong person: gossip starter, negative about your business, does not honor your request, slacks in performance along with many other negative attributes.

There is no perfect employee, however, you would know when an employee is right for your business, because you will see good results and  you would be so glad that you made the decision to hire the employee.

Moreover, picking the right people will make your job easier and they will be an extension of you and represent your business well!

Bob Biehl says that 60-80% of the success of any company is in these 3 factors:

  • Clear direction
  • “The Right people”
  • Sound finances

Happy Employee Selection,

Shiketa

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