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Old 08-27-2008, 08:13 AM
 
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Hi,

Just wondering if you guys think that I could be successful in your area running an in home daycare? Here in Georgia, I currently keep 3 children in my home. I made this choice because for one I love children and love being able to stay home with my own children. Second because by the time I pay daycare cost for three children, there is not much left to my paycheck. So what I am asking is do people around there generally scare away from home child care or do you think that I could continue caring for 3 or 4 children in my home once we move there? Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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I know of a lady who does this on the outskirts of Farragut. She always has kiddos so it is possible. I'd say the neighborhood you live in, plus how much you get your name out there will decide if you can get enough kids.
I have no idea though about any Knoxville regulations on this.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:35 AM
 
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It seems that soooo many SAHM do this here. In this area, I've heard that 50% of moms stay at home.... so there are not many moms working. I've been trying to get this started myself but haven't had any calls and I'm in a good area close to an elementary. All you can do is try.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I am actually on the other end of his-needing childcare-but only for 1 day/week, which I am finding most of the people that offer are too expensive OR they just don't feel like a good fit. I don't mind paying for good care, but I also need the help because I DO work LOTS of hours a week to help support my family.

It does seem like there are a lot of ads for childcare, but every parent is looking for that "just right" fit, KWIM?

good luck!
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Old 08-27-2008, 01:25 PM
 
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Thanks for all of your input.

Sorry you haven't had any luck Eliza. I live in a very small town here in Georgia where there are only two daycares. I am sure that is why I have such good luck with it here.

I know what you mean Mysticfire about finding that right fit. It is really rediculous how expensive child care has gotten. I mean I know the centers have overhead cost and things that they have to cover, but some of the prices are really just over the top.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:43 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Thanks for all of your input.

Sorry you haven't had any luck Eliza. I live in a very small town here in Georgia where there are only two daycares. I am sure that is why I have such good luck with it here.

I know what you mean Mysticfire about finding that right fit. It is really rediculous how expensive child care has gotten. I mean I know the centers have overhead cost and things that they have to cover, but some of the prices are really just over the top.
So when you were worrying about the cost of daycare in our area, and said that you couldn't move here, you were really trying to figure out how much you can charge, because that is really your profession? (Wow, that is a huge run-on sentence!)

Or had you just considered that you would probably work here and no longer babysit until you found out that you could actually make good money babysitting here?

The reason I'm asking is...

I guess even though you were looking for a more affordable area to live, it may behoove you to live in a more expensive neighborhood so you can charge more for daycare. HOWEVER, if you ever stop babysitting, you may be stuck in a more expensive area.

It's late and I hope I am making sense.
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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So when you were worrying about the cost of daycare in our area, and said that you couldn't move here, you were really trying to figure out how much you can charge, because that is really your profession? (Wow, that is a huge run-on sentence!)

Or had you just considered that you would probably work here and no longer babysit until you found out that you could actually make good money babysitting here?

The reason I'm asking is...

I guess even though you were looking for a more affordable area to live, it may behoove you to live in a more expensive neighborhood so you can charge more for daycare. HOWEVER, if you ever stop babysitting, you may be stuck in a more expensive area.

It's late and I hope I am making sense.
I never noticed until u pointed it out that both posts were started from the same author Hik, u are so observant!
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Old 08-28-2008, 06:09 AM
 
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Wow, I am not sure if I should be offended or not?

No, I was not asking about daycare prices because that is my profession. I am just a mom trying to figure out what would work best for my family once we move there. I had decided to start working out of the home once we got there and was asking about daycare prices for that reason only. Once I seen the cost of daycare that made me second guess that choice. This is why I then asked about home daycares. As far as making alot of money with home daycare, I would never charge some the of the rediculous prices that I have seen. I only want to help my family make ends meet, not drain the moms dry to watch their precious little ones.

I didn't realize by asking those two questions that those assumptions would be made. I live in a small town in Georgia that has maybe 3000 people. Besides the fact that I love your area, I feel like my children have no future here, which is one reason for wanting to move. I want to expose them to more choices and a bigger town. We currently live in an older mobile home here in Georgia that is paid for. So it will be a big change in our budget to have a house payment once we make our move, not to mention the paycut that my husband will make for us to move there. This is the reason why I considered going to work out of the home.

If my motive had been to find out what I could charge for daycare, then I would have been upfront and asked that question. That really wasn't my motive. I know that I have rambled on, but I really don't want to give the wrong impression of myself.
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Old 08-28-2008, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I don't think there was any offense meant, Dylaust! Chin up--I am sure you all will make the decision that is best for your family, and we all wish you the best of luck!
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:05 AM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Right. That's why I said that you probably realized you could make good money at it, but one part of the city may pay better than another. So be careful where you live. However, if you ever stop babysitting you could be stuck with a large mortgage.

I hope that makes more sense.

I should have never posted last night. I was not making any sense.

I stayed up too late all week. But tomorrow I don't have to go to work. Woohoo!

Anyway, sorry I offended you. I think I was "thinking out loud" and it came out all wrong.

Oh, and by the way, I have an eight-year-old that goes to Boys & Girl's Club 4 days a week, 10 minutes a day, but I have to pay $50. I hate that. But I can't get it reduced and I need them for half-days and vacation weeks, etc.

The kicker is we live five houses away from the school. She gets out at 2:45 and I get out of work at 3:00. It would be nice to save that $200.
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