Starting a home daycare is a business that is for those who love children and are great teachers. If you have these qualities and want to stay at home with your child and give them playmates then this might be the business for you. I love kids but I know I'm not the best teacher and don't always have a lot of patience so I know this area is not for me. However, it is a truly needed thing. Think of all the moms you know who still have to work either outside the home or even in the home but have a job where they need childcare. Even some stay at home moms may need drop in care at times so they can attend doctor's appointments, social events, or just a needed break from their kids. The main thing you need to start with in this business is finding out the laws of your state when it comes to running a home daycare. You should definitely protect yourself and your clients by making sure you are legally operating. Check out this government website for more information on starting a home daycare.
The best way to learn how to go about starting a home daycare is by talking with others who have done so. I found a great resource that even includes all the forms you will need to get started and run the business. It is definitely important to be able to stay organized in this business as well. If you can show you are organized and caring to your kids as well as their parents then they are more likely to keep coming back and to refer you to others. One of my favorite things a daycare provider did for me when my son was a baby was to write down a simple schedule of what he did for the day. She included things like how much and when he ate, amount of wet/dirty diapers, play time, and any new skills she had never seen before. It was wonderful, I felt like I was still part of his life even when he was away from me.