These can be very lucrative freelance ideas since you were planning on being at home anyway. You can also offer after school care in a location other than your home, or work as a nanny - in which case you’d work with one family at their location. The options are mindboggling sometimes what you can do, but before you get started, make sure you check the local laws in your area.
Check the Local Laws
You may need to contact social services in your area to find out what it takes to start a childcare center in your home, work in another location as a childcare provider, or to work as a nanny in someone’s home. Every city has its own rules, regulations, and laws that you must adhere to. Social services usually guide the rules and regulations regarding childcare in each area.
Get Licensed and Bonded
You’re likely to need a business license and other types of licensing to be a childcare provider or nanny. You can also get bonded. You can get a background check, and then pay a fee, that is insurance for you in case something goes wrong and will make others more likely to hire you when you have done all those legal things to protect yourself and them.
Set Up Your Program
Depending on what you want to offer, it can help to set up a specific program that you’re going to offer instead of just offering yourself as an hourly provider. That way, you can control what you’re going to do with the kids more than if you worked hourly as a helper for a parent or someone else. For example, as a nanny, you might want to offer a specific activity that you’ll do for the kids when you are with them. As an after-school provider, maybe you offer specific training such as gardening, pottery, or something else with the kids.
Create a Web Presence
You’ll want to develop a website and social media accounts that you can use to market your services. Plus, you’ll want to sign up for different sites like care.com and others that help parents find childcare providers. You may need to experiment with different ones to find out what works best in your area. Go ahead and pay the fee and fill it out fully so you’ll be more likely to find a job. Once you get word of mouth referrals built up, you can cancel these accounts.
Determine Your Fees
If you work with social services in your area, you can get signed up for a government program that enables you to charge your clients on a sliding scale basis while the government sends you a check for the services too. You can even get help with meals and other things via the government. Or you can simply determine your fees based on your offerings, your expertise, and the market in your area.
Offering childcare services can be very lucrative for individuals as freelancers. Most of the time, you’ll make a lot more money than if you worked in a daycare center or preschool as an employee. Those jobs often pay minimum wage or not much more. But at home, you will end up earning a higher fee since you can usually watch up to 4 to 7 children at one time. If you only charged 100 a week for 40 hours of care, you’d still make making a lot more money than as an hourly worker. Plus, it’s more fun because you’re in charge.
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