You cannot start a business without the right budget. However, the amount you will have to spend initially depends on the extent of the operations you wish to mount. Smaller operations tend to require small budgets but the returns are also small. Bigger operations are more complex and require greater budget allocations but the income you will earn is will be well worth it. In starting a daycare business for example, the services you will offer, the place of your business, whether at your own home or a rented place and the number of children you will accept will have to be considered in the final budget. Obviously, you will spend less if you start your daycare center in your own home but you will have to consider remodeling or adding another room. This will certainly add more to your startup cost. The advantage in this setup is that you are in your own turf and can operate more comfortably and conveniently. If you decide to start your daycare center in a separate facility, your start up cost will be higher.
Budgeting for your daycare center involves determining what you need to start operations and comply with all the legal requirements such as permits and license fees, liability insurance, first aid kits, office equipment and supplies, child care supplies, chairs, toys, books and other essential items. You will be taking care of the children's physical needs so you will have to provide nutritious food and safe water, sleeping areas, desks and chairs, as well educational supplies, art and craft materials, disposable diapers and pads, disposable gloves, and sanitary containers for garbage and other discards. The children's parents will expect you to have your facilities comply with all state and federal regulations so you would have to spend not only money but time to secure the licenses and permits you need. You will have to obtain a business license from the state, as well as fire safety permits and others that the government wants you to get before operating your daycare center business. They don't cost much but it is essential that you have them. Insurance is one expense you should not forget. You may have to pay a reasonably hefty premium but it is worth it. Just make sure you shop around for the best price. You will have to make sure that your premises are safe and the children are reasonably protected. This involves purchasing equipment that is rated for safety with children. You wouldn't want accidents happening on your daycare center as this would certainly bring your business venture to ruin.
After making sure you have your facilities in order, you will have to budget also for advertisements and promotions so people will know about your daycare center. You need to create fliers, posters and business cards that will tell parents about the benefits they will get when they leave their children with your daycare center. You might also want to advertise on your local TV or radio station for a wider and instant reach to parents looking for a daycare center they can trust.