How to Start a Child Care Business
Location and Opportunity
Knowing the general area where you will open your child care center and spotting a good opportunity for the business are so closely entwined that it is difficult to do one without the other. The location must offer entrance into a customer market that has a clear need for your services, either because they are not being served by the existing businesses or because they could be served much better by yours. The opportunity for you to do a better job in the child care business is only relative to the location and market situation you choose.
At this point it would make sense to at least consider the team you will need to assemble, if not start preliminary talks with some key partners with complementary skills. If you are the child care expert, you may need someone with sales skills or business management experience, or visa versa. If you do start to talk to potential partners at this point, you can benefit from their experience and ideas as you move forward with other planning steps, although you may have little idea of the terms of a partnership agreement until you think further about the numbers related to this opportunity.
Incorporating the company is a legal process of registering with the federal, state, and local governments which allows you to begin protecting yourself through the limited liability offered by an LLC, S-Corp, or C-Corp structure. It is not overly expensive, and if you are more or less certain that you will launch in some form, you might as well take this step now.
Creating the business plan, whether you use a business plan consultant, or do the grunt work yourself, is a prerequisite in most cases before moving further. You simply won't be able to assemble the needed capital for the considerable expenses of launching a child care center without a business plan, unless you have significant cash savings already. And even if you plan to use the savings of yourself and your partners, credit cards, and personal or home equity loans to fund the launch, your operational success is much more assured if you can clearly document your plan. The writing process is a process of discovery where you will learn how much you don't know or have thought through only superficially.
Finally, you must put together this needed funding to build out your center, buy equipment and supplies, pay for marketing, purchase licenses and insurance, and see the company through until revenues are greater than the bills. For this type of business, looking to local angel investors and lenders, such as banks, may be the best route to take. You may find it best to fund your launch with a combination of debt and equity.
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