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I desperately need to start making some cash somehow! I have 3 kids under 4 so I'm not willing to get a job outside of the home at this point. I need ideas!!<br><br>
I do have my AA & I wouldn't mind doing MT but I'm not sure how to go about that.
 

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Not for everyone but what about taking in a few kids a couple days a week?<br><br>
Even 2 kids for 2 or 3 days a week will make you anywhere between $125 and $160 a week.<br><br>
I started doing home daycare because I didn't want to put my own kids in daycare but wanted an income. Start with just one child and then add one later if you like it.<br><br>
Like I said, not for everyone but it is an easy way to stay home and make money.
 

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I agree. It definitely isn't for everyone, but it is the best of both worlds. I've been babysitting since I was 12 and now I do childcare in my home (my 6-year old, niece). I've always felt like I was getting paid to stay home. Although, it's a little different since she is my niece. DD is only 2 1/2, and I've watched my niece since she was 6-weeks old, so it was more of an adjustment to have dd than it was to start doing childcare in my home, if that makes any sense.<br><br>
In September, I also started watching a 4-month old-whose now 15 months. She's very sweet, but it does add a new dynamic to the house. I think having the other children around helps my dd learn to take turns and have a little more patience. I'm only going to be watching the 15-month old for another month bc I'm expecting in October. I know my limits and 4 kids-3 under 3-is more than I can handle right now.<br><br>
You really do get attached to these children and I felt so bad that she would now have to go to daycare. Luckily for me, her father was offered a great new job and her mom has decided to stay home with her, which is what she wanted to do in the first place.<br><br>
You see, it all works out in the end. As far as howw much you can make, it all depends on what the going rate is around you. My brother has always paid me hourly, but for the 15-month old, I get $50/day 3 days/week. I watch her an average of 9 hours a day. Broken down hourly, it's not that much. But I get to be home with dd all day, and still make some money.<br><br>
Another great bonus is that, depending on the ages of the child(ren) you take in, you may actually be able to get some odds and ends done in the house bc the kids are all playing together. I find now that my dd is older, her and my niece are great playmates.<br><br>
Hope you understood all of my ramblings!!<br>
Good Luck and let me know if you have any other questions!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You see, it all works out in the end. As far as howw much you can make, it all depends on what the going rate is around you. My brother has always paid me hourly, but for the 15-month old, I get $50/day 3 days/week. I watch her an average of 9 hours a day. Broken down hourly, it's not that much. But I get to be home with dd all day, and still make some money.<br><br>
Another great bonus is that, depending on the ages of the child(ren) you take in, you may actually be able to get some odds and ends done in the house bc the kids are all playing together. I find now that my dd is older, her and my niece are great playmates.<br><br>
Hope you understood all of my ramblings!!<br>
Good Luck and let me know if you have any other questions!!</div>
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Yes, I get alot done during the day aswell. I do all my laundry, and yard work. Laundry, I fold during playdoh time. Yard work I do when everyone is asleep with the monitor strapped to my side. I also prep all my dinner at nap time too.<br><br>
I decided to sdo daycare when my oldest was 3 and my youngest was 9 months old. I started out slow with just one child then they referred a cousin and they referred someone etc etc. Now I often have 5 kids a day.<br><br>
I make more than $45K a year. Not bad to stay at home! AND, if you have a great accountant and save every receipt you can keep almost all of that money. I have never paid more than $300 in taxes any year. I don't know about you but that is alot of money to stay at home. I know for a fact that the mothers of the children I care for don't take that much home after taxes and daycare, extra car and nice clothes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I make more than $45K a year. Not bad to stay at home! AND, if you have a great accountant and save every receipt you can keep almost all of that money. I have never paid more than $300 in taxes any year. I don't know about you but that is alot of money to stay at home. I know for a fact that the mothers of the children I care for don't take that much home after taxes and daycare, extra car and nice clothes.</div>
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Oh wow, just thinking about that much money makes me swoon! I'm due in November and not really sure when I would feel up to bringing in more kids, (I'll have four of my own) but that sounds really tempting! I'm going to have to think about this more.
 

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I am also contemplating to do this at home daycare. My only concern is what if the client's kids get hurt while at our house? Do I have any liability for that even though it was the kid's mishap? And I don't remember any CPR or other emergent tactic skills...<br>
melisaabb and dfunk98, I don't know ages of kids you care for but do they usually play all day or do you have some kind of educational activity? It would be nice for me to accomplish things around the house while kids play and entertain on their own. Do I need to have a contract set up for this? How do you all get paid? By weekly or daily?<br>
I don't know ANYthing about childcare but it sounds like something I might be able to venture into. I need to find out how many kids I can take in without having a license.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, I get alot done during the day aswell. I do all my laundry, and yard work. Laundry, I fold during playdoh time. Yard work I do when everyone is asleep with the monitor strapped to my side. I also prep all my dinner at nap time too.<br><br>
I decided to sdo daycare when my oldest was 3 and my youngest was 9 months old. I started out slow with just one child then they referred a cousin and they referred someone etc etc. Now I often have 5 kids a day.<br><br>
I make more than $45K a year. Not bad to stay at home! AND, if you have a great accountant and save every receipt you can keep almost all of that money. I have never paid more than $300 in taxes any year. I don't know about you but that is alot of money to stay at home. I know for a fact that the mothers of the children I care for don't take that much home after taxes and daycare, extra car and nice clothes.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am also contemplating to do this at home daycare. My only concern is what if the client's kids get hurt while at our house? Do I have any liability for that even though it was the kid's mishap? And I don't remember any CPR or other emergent tactic skills...<br>
melisaabb and dfunk98, I don't know ages of kids you care for but do they usually play all day or do you have some kind of educational activity? It would be nice for me to accomplish things around the house while kids play and entertain on their own. Do I need to have a contract set up for this? How do you all get paid? By weekly or daily?<br>
I don't know ANYthing about childcare but it sounds like something I might be able to venture into. I need to find out how many kids I can take in without having a license.<br>
TIA</div>
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ALways have a contract. Make sure it cover all the areas such as what is paid for (vacation time, sick days,stats etc). Hours, fees, committment of days etc etc<br><br>
Bascially, all my family commit to a minimum number of days per week and they sign for this on the contract. Then, they are expected to pay for those days regardless of attendance. So, if their child is out sick, or they go on vacation they still have to pay. Daycare is not about the days you use but rather about paying for a spot in the daycare. If a child does not attend for one day you can't fill that spot for the day so you would be out the income. All commercial daycare centres operate this way and so should home providers.<br><br>
I also get paid for every stat even though I am closes. Parents get paid stats so they should be paying for care.<br><br>
The kids I watch vary in age. Anywhere between 12 months and 5 years. In Canada we have a one year paid mat leave so the kids who start in daycare are atleast a year old. In Ontario, the law allows for 5 kids plus your own.<br><br>
You need to check with your state laws as to how many kids you can care for, if you need a license etc etc.<br><br>
There is also daycare insurance you can get in the case someone gets hurt and the parents take legal action. It is about $25 a month.<br><br>
I do not have a curriculum. We just play. SOme providers do teach but it just depends on your philosophy. I like kids to be able to be kids. There is plenty of school time ahead of them so I don't think they need to be force fed information at 2 years old. JMO.<br><br>
Payment...I have all parents pay weekly on the MONDAY for that week. That way I am never working and have a parent who is delinquint. No pay, no stay. If you forget your payment on Monday morning then you better show up with it at pick up or I will refuse entry into the daycare the next morning unless you payment is in your hand.<br><br>
I think the number one rule in daycare in order to be successful is that you must perceive your daycare as a BUSINESS first. Please, do not confuse this approach with the implication that if you have a business mind first that you are any less caring or loving toward the children. This is just not so.<br><br>
Being self employed means that you also have to be the bad guy sometimes. Yes, there will be times when you have to ask for payment, or terminate a family etc etc. But all in all, you don't have to deal with office politics, employees, bosses etc.<br><br>
Hope that helps.
 
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