Opening a daycare business is a lot of work, make no bones
about it. The list of things to do will seem overwhelming
and unending. 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 are some
tips how you can lay the groundwork now for the effective
management of your day care business once you are up and
running.

It goes without saying that you have designed your area
with the children in mind. 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 stop you think about incorporating a specific area
where you could work with no distractions. 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 where you deal with taxes, staff paperwork, regulatory
issues, advertising etc. This is your control center.

Home based or otherwise your day care is a business and
needs to remain seperate from your personal life. If you
start mixing up appointments, calendars, tasks, and so on,
your business is likely to suffer. Try to have a separate
telephone line and email address for your daycare. Open a
bank account specificially to cater for the business and
use it to purchase all business related items i.e. office
supplies, art supplies, food, cleaning equipment etc. In
order to effectively manage your home based daycare
business, be sure that business is kept separate in all
aspects right down to having a separate PC and desk for
personal and recreational use so that the business office
remains just that, for business.

Keep firm tabs on your time management especially if your
business is attached to your home. People who do not
manage their time effectively find that the overall
management of their daycare business is greatly affected.
If you are not fastidious about organising your time you
will become disorganised, inefficient and frazzled with
little pieces of you spread all over. 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.
Don't forget to factor in breaks and relaxation time
for you too. Childcare is a tiring business and you need
to keep yourself in top form.

A disadvantage of working for yourself especially
if you are home based is the tendency of friends and family
to assume you are always free for visits. They feel that,
since you work at home, you have time for their phone calls
and visits. This can be detrimental to your time management
system thus your business. 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 dedicated to work and your family and this time
should not be interrupted. Explain that you are a
professional and as such need to focus completely on the
task at hand during these hours. Then switch on your
answering machine!

Remember, there are many ways that you can effectively
manage your daycare business. You can effectively manage
your daycare and family life in tandem, it just takes a
bit of thought and a lot of discipline. You must carefully
evaluate your needs and concerns and approach them with a
business perspective. Policies and procedures take a little
bit of work to put in place but once there they make for
the smooth running of any business.

Author's Bio: 

10 years of running a daycare leaves Fiona Lohrenz with
a lot of knowledge to impart. This she does on her website
plus on her 'Start a ChildCare Business' DVD guide. You can
find her at her website:
http://www.childcareonly.com/products/start-a-child-care-
business-in-the-usa/