y first experience in the childcare industry came by divine inspiration. I had no childcare experience, no formal business experience, I had never walked into a childcare business before nor did I have children of my own.
But while in prayer, I asked God for his direction for my lie and clearly I heard the word, ‘Daycare.’ I immediately got started and moved confidently in the directions of my dreams.
When I started my first childcare I struggled with enrollment, business management and staffing. I had no idea how to successfully grow my childcare business.
Enrollment was dwindling in but not quite licensed for more than 200 children and I only had 60. I was the driving force of my business. I literally worked in every position of my business-from the front desk receptionist, after school bus driver, cook and occasionally I worked in the classroom as a substitute provider. I left work every day feeling overwhelmed and tired. The next day I’d start all over again – felling overwhelmed.
I needed relief.
Weak in faith and without guidance, I made a decision to sell that location. After giving birth to my first born, my passion to care for children intensified. I realized it never left me so I began to pray again.
This time I had no money, my credit score was low and there was no one to go to for help. I started with what I had and began babysitting for $10 per day. As my baby-sitting services began to grow, I applied and obtained the license for family.
e continued to grow so I obtained the license for group. Then we grew to two groups and on to a large center. I moved into two large facilities to care for over 160 children each day.
All of this happened in less than five years.
I had purpose, promise and passion but there was no payoff until I realized there was a better way to achieving childcare success.
Through many years of hard work through trial and error, I finally found the formula to grow my childcare business. When I look at my wonderful life now, I realize it was determination and hard work that helped to build the childcare business of my dreams. My income grew successfully from $10 per day to $3000 per day in my childcare business. I created systems which make childcare easy.
Today I am dedicated to sharing with others and want you to know – you too, can truly build a childcare business that generates wealth and happiness as you manage the childcare business you love!
I’m a self-starter. It really doesn’t make much for me to have a vision and to find a way to implement it. I believe this is the way I’ve been programmed. You will learn more about my life and the things I don’t talk much about by continuing to read this list. Being a self-starter, to me, is one of the most critical qualities that you must have as a childcare business owner. When you own your own business, no one tells you when it’s time to go to the next level. You will feel the leap inside of you and you’ll just go. Always strive to be a self-starter where you’ll get things done without being told.
Before owning my own childcare business, I never had any childcare experience. I had never worked in a childcare program before. I had never worked with childcare business owners or had any kids of my own. I don’t think I was even babysitting before my first opportunity came, but I took on the challenge of owning and operating a childcare business. I believe that I heard the Lord speak to me in prayer to do daycare.
I enjoyed butter pecan ice cream so much until I customized my own ice cream called Andrea’s Big Dreams Cream. It’s a sweet treat that I give out to my team members every once and a while when we’re having a celebration. My Andrea’s Big Dream Cream is delicious.
I was born ready. My mom says that she didn’t have me on her scheduled due date. She says that one day she went to a Valentine’s Day party and thought she had a stomach cramp from eating too much. It wasn’t a stomach cramp. It was me. She said to me, “You came when you were ready.” That’s why I say, “You don’t have get ready if you stay ready.” I was born ready.
My favorite quote is, “If you manage the childcare business you love, you’ll love the childcare business you manage.” If you don’t find yourself truly enjoying waking up every day with enthusiasm and motivation to go to your childcare business, somewhere down the line you’ve lost your love for it. You lose your love when you don’t have the right management systems in place. Who wouldn’t love a business that was organized to accommodate them?
I love marketing. I think it’s so fun. If you look through some of the videos of me out on my marketing blitz or doing marketing presentation tables, I’m having so much fun. This is why childcare doesn’t feel like work to me. Marketing my business isn’t work at all. It’s truly a pleasure. It’s a pleasure because I know I’m delivering a solution to someone’s life. When I deliver the solution it will change their world completely. I love knowing that I’m a game-changer.
I wrote my first book the hard way. I had to wear shades because I looked at the computer screen too long typing my book. Now I show my clients how to do it the easy way. I can show you how to create a book in less than 30 minutes.
I will keep kids for $10/day. I know that’s a low amount to charge, but at this point in my life I won’t let anything stop me.
I built my business off very low funds. I wanted my childcare vision to come to pass so badly. I worked in my childcare business during the day and sold cookie dough to all my dad’s friends and family members. I sold cookie dough to my pastor, the teachers, and anybody who had two legs, two arms, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, and warm blood running through their veins. I even had a friend have her children help me sell cookie dough.
I guess you could say this goes along with number nine, but it’s such a great point I decided to let it stand on its own. I wouldn’t even let my husband stop me from opening up a childcare business of my dreams. There were times when he didn’t want me to stay late or he wouldn’t help me put things together. As you can see, I was a self-starter so I didn’t need anyone to help me put my shelves or cribs together. It would have been easier, but I took on the challenge and did what I had to do to see my childcare goals and dreams become a reality.