Starting a daycare from home can let you earn money while still being home for your children. However, it's not quite as easy as simply finding people that need child care. You need to be sure that you have all of your legal ducks in a row before you take in your first child. Once you do this, you'll be set up to run a successful business for years.
Contact your local city government to find out laws and regulations on home daycares. Local regulations for home daycares vary widely. For example, some areas require licensing or limit the number of children you can watch in your home. Your city government will have the most stringent regulations. Apply for any required licenses.
Register your business through your city's government offices. You'll need to register to get a tax ID from the IRS. This is similar to a Social Security number. Additionally, some states require you to get a state tax ID number.
Designate an area of your home to be the main child care area. A playroom works well. While you'll occasionally want the children to be in other areas of the home or the yard, it's helpful to keep everything in one space.
Purchase toys and games that are age-appropriate. If you're going to care for preschool age children, you'll want puzzles, blocks and manipulatives. Older children may enjoy board games and books.
Advertise your services to get customers. Place an ad in the local newspapers and online offering your services.
Join a daycare referral service, if you have one in your area, to guide parents to your home daycare.