It happens to us all, at some point in our business. We want to expand, have multiple family child care homes, open a center or preschool. We want to get BIG. I had this happen, about six months into opening at this place.
I always say that the Green Fish shows up in strange and unusual places. It is not always a learning moment for my kids. Sometimes, like this, it is a learning moment for me. I have always wanted to run a group family child care home. What does that mean, more kids and more adults. I just knew that this was the way to go for Little Scholar. It would be great!
If nothing else it was a learning experience. Here is what I learned.
- Employee taxes suck.
- My house is to small for that many kids.
- Kansas does not allow me that many extra children to make running a group home profitable.
- I was not as good anymore.
- I was not good at delegation.
- It was the wrong time.
So, as it happens in our business the lives of the families we work with change, and I again had the opportunity to change with it. I decide that being a big fish was not what I wanted. I do not want to be a center or a preschool. I do not want to lose the family atmosphere that I have with the smaller group. I do not want to pay employee taxes. Being little has its advantages, that is why I am glad to have went through this little journey, it helped me really define what I am, as a business owner and teacher.