Make sure there is a need for child care services in the area in which you want to set up your daycare. Determine who your target audience is and how you can attract that audience to your daycare.
Decide whether to designate certain rooms of your home for your business or use your entire home. Check your state guidelines, and consider your personal preferences.
Discuss your plans with your relatives and neighbors before you start. Help them understand what is involved in a home daycare business. Assure them that you plan on taking steps to keep any irritation, noise or inconvenience to a minimum.
Choose a memorable, relevant name for your daycare. Make sure it is a kid-friendly name that easily attracts the attention of parents. Register the name according to your state's business registration requirements.
Contact the business licensing department in area to obtain the required licenses. Check all zoning laws and regulations.
Find out what types of training or certification you need, and apply for them.
Select equipment and supplies, including toys, games, puzzles, bulletin board displays, tables, chairs, and arts and crafts materials. Make sure you get rugs, nap mats, a television and a DVD player.