What are the cons of running a daycare from home?

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What are the cons of owning your own home based daycare for children?

If you run your own daycare, there are many pluses including being able to work from home and saving on clothing and commute costs for a start, but there are definite drawbacks to owning a home based daycare. The biggest one is that you have to give up space in your home and have a constant flow of people in and out of your house. Sometimes as a daycare provider clients seem to think they should access to your home at all times, even when kids are not there. It is really important to set up specific times and boundaries so they do not take advantage of the situation. It is too easy to take advantage of a home based daycare worker otherwise. Another disadvantage is if you run an all day daycare for children you are spending long days at work, much longer at times than a regular job. You can’t go home and escape your work. It is always right there with you. You also have to maintain the area of the house up to daycare standards so if you are having an off day you still have to pick up, clean and organize. Another disadvantage is you are at the whim of the job market. When parents get fired from their job and are unemployed, chances are as far as they are concerned you are too. You lose the income from the care of their children. If you deal with school age children, it isn’t always easy to replace instantly during the school year. Plus kids grow up, so the client base is constantly changing. Mama Nono

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