I have gotten lots of advise over the years. Some are laughable, but some I took to heart and have made a real difference in the way that I do business. Over the last week or so, I have caught myself thinking about some of the advise I have received. So, here is some of the best business advice that I have received and implemented into my program over the years.
- If you get dressed up, like you are going to go out clubbing, in the morning to work with children you might be over doing it.
- It should never take you more time to prepare activities, as it does the children to do the activity. I say unless, you will be using the activity more than once.
- Work on your paperwork weekly! I am always bad about this, and regret it when I don’t.
- All fees and payments for children in your care are due in advance.
- Give yourself a PAID vacation.
- If a potential client is a pain at the beginning and during the interview process. They will continue to be a pain, throughout the time you watch their child.
- Learn to say “No.”
- Instead of giving a two-week period to see if a child and/or parent will work in your program. Give a month, sometimes the honeymoon period takes longer.
- Take a deposit for either paperwork or the first week of care, when you receive your paperwork for enrollment. This eliminates no show’s and confusion about enrollment.
- You might be able to work with a child, but not always the parents. Heed any weird feelings you get during the interview process.
- It is okay, to collect a deposit to hold a spot.
- Be cautious of your parents maternity leave and be sure of your own policy.
- It is okay, to think about an exception to a policy or special request. You do not have to rush to a decision.
- I redo my policies and contract yearly.
I know that not all advice fits, everyone or every situation but, it nice to bat advice around every once in a while. You might be surprised that someone has a solution to a problem you have tried to solve. Please feel share some of the best advice that you received. It might help someone else out.