Category Archives: Career

How I Did It: Daycare Successby Andrea Dickerson

andreaMy first experience in the childcare industry came by divine inspiration. I had no childcare experience, no formal business experience, I had never walked into a childcare business before, nor did I have children of my own. However, while in prayer, I asked God for his direction for my life and clearly, I heard the word, “daycare.” I immediately got started and moved confidently in the directions of my dreams.

When I started my first childcare I struggled with enrollment, business management and staffing. I had no idea how to successfully grow my childcare business. Enrollment was dwindling in but not quite, how I had envisioned. I was stuck with a building licensed for more than 200 children and I only had 60. I was the driving force of my business. I, literally worked in every position of my business – from the front desk receptionist, after-school bus driver, cook and occasionally in the classroom as a substitute provider. I left work every day feeling overwhelmed and tired. The next day I would start all over again feeling overwhelmed. I needed relief.

Weak in faith and without guidance, I made a decision to sell that location. After giving birth to my first born, my passion to care for children intensified. I realized it never left me so I began to pray again. This time I had no money, my credit score was low, and there was no one to go to for help. I started with what I had and began babysitting for $10.00 per day. As my baby-sitting services began to grow, I applied and obtained the license for family. We continued to grow so I obtained the license for group, then we grew to two groups and on to a large center. I moved into two large facilities to care for over 160 children each day. All of this happened in less than five years.

I had purpose, promise, and passion but there was no payoff until I realized there was a better way to achieving childcare success. Through many years of hard work through trial and error, I finally found the formula to grow my childcare business. When I look at my wonderful life now, I realize it was determination and hard work that helped to build the childcare business of my dreams. My income grew successfully from $10.00 per day to $3,000.00 per day in my childcare business. I created systems, which make childcare easy.

Today I am dedicated to sharing with others and want you to know – you too, can truly build a childcare business that generates wealth and happiness as you manage the childcare business you love!

Reclaiming Your Life After Setback in Love or Careerby LaTalya Palmer

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What do you do after you take an honest look at your life and realize you can’t stay stuck anymore? The time came for me to wake up and face my life. I was thirty five feeling eighty five–emotionally drained from the worry, hurt and pain. I felt the physical exhaustion from working, cooking, cleaning, caring for the children and taking care of myself. My marriage was ending and I was about to take a $30,000 pay-cut.

My relationship and career were on the path of destruction and I didn’t know what to do. I had to make some choices, either drop out of the race or press on. I chose to press on and reclaim my life. After the pay-cut and divorce, there was a spirit in me that was ignited. A spirit that served to be an unstoppable force.

Lessons from the Ignited Spirit:

  1. Take responsibility for where you are so you can own where you’re going: When you blame others, hold them responsible and accountable for what was going on in your life, you lose your power. You have no power or clarity to move forward. Remember that whether it is career or relationship, next to God, you are at the helm. Once you forgive, take responsibility for your part in the situation, helplessness melts away. The power that is innately yours will rise up and the confidence you need to take your next step will appear.
  2. Get Centered in Your Worth: Nothing hits us harder than the loss of a relationship or a jab in our career or business. Our worth is usually linked to one or the other–if not both. Confusion sets in because everything we worked for is now gone. Get clear about who you are and your innate worth. The fact that you are alive certifies that you deserve worth and can have the best.
  3. Be willing to trust God and yourself on a deeper level: We sabotage ourselves because we flee from what we don’t trust. Once the answers and opportunities begin to appear, your confidence has grown and you are ready to step back into a new relationship or a new career opportunity–keep your heart open and press into God with each step you take. Now is the time to put your faith where your forward movement is and be open to the greatest lesson of all.