Starting A Daycare (Page 2)
Actually, you can begin by operating a baby-sitting service, by learning and
expanding from your profits, and of course, through the long-term benefits of
establishing a quality image. In fact, we recommend that you do start small - with a baby
sitting service - and build upon your progressive successes. Unless, of course, you have
half a million dollars to invest.
||Once you're beyond the baby-sitting stage, out of your home and backyard,
beginning to build a real day care facility, you might try locating in your church or one of
your area's civic club facilities. Also, you should check out the possibilities of renting or
buying a vacant house. A large ranch-style home with a large backyard would probably
suit your needs at this stage. But be sure you have zoning approval from your city
council before signing a rent lease and finalizing your plans.
You might find, if you have your business plan in order, that a church or labor
union will sponsor your business, or even offer financial backing. Arranging some sort
of partnership or sponsorship agreement with an established local organization will solve
a lot of problems for you, not only in the area of space but in assistance with start-up
costs and city-father approval.
Incidentally, a day care center is perhaps the ideal business for absentee
ownership or a group of professional investors. Keep this fact in mind as you organize
your plan and seek financing. See our business report, How To Raise Money For
Starting Your Own Business.
Generally, a "shoestring entrepreneur" in this business will do very well to locate
in a vacant convenience store, or even a vacant grocery store in a larger shopping center.
The zoning will be in your favor, plus you'll have adequate parking space, and less
expense in partitioning or remodeling the building to suit your needs.
Ideally, your day care center should be located on a main thoroughfare, with the
building set back from the street. You should be on the right hand side of the street as the
traffic heads towards the major business or industrial areas of your community. In larger
metropolitan areas, this would be on the city-side of the "bedroom" communities. In
smaller communities, you can locate just about anywhere except in the downtown area.
If at all possible, you should plan your facility similar to a hospital or motel
entrance. This would be a driveway from the street to your door, usually under a covered
drive-thru, with the driveway continuing back out to the street. Your long-term parking
space would then be located in the center of the "U" or between the driveway and the
street. You want to strive for the convenience for the parent in being able to drive right
up to your door. She can drop off the child with only a few steps into your facility and
easy access back onto the main thoroughfare.
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