Top 5 Questions about Starting a “Franchise” with MyVillage

So, you’ve finished your research and are now considering starting a MyVillage in-home childcare business. WONDERFUL! Owning your own business, especially when you can run it from home and have the flexibility you want to balance family life and to spend time with your kids, is a great way to increase your income, build confidence and have a big impact on your local community.

BUT, we know, starting a business can be intimidating. There’s no doubt about it. And, we also know that the word ‘franchise’ can often lead to a whole host of other questions! So, we turned to our top MyVillage educators and asked them five key questions about their own personal experiences starting, opening and running their own in-home childcare business as a franchise with MyVillage.  

Please meet Mandy and Shawnna! Mandy is the Head Educator and Owner of Moving Mountains Early Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, and has been with the MyVillage community since July 2018. Shawnna is only a few weeks away from opening her own MyVillage franchise, Three Rivers Childcare, in Bozeman, Montana. Shawnna also joined the MyVillage team in July 2018. Each of these fantastic women has some great personal experiences and perspectives to share about the process and their own journeys, and so we asked them to answer a few questions about what it is like to start a MyVillage franchise.

Left: Mandy – Head Educator & Owner, Moving Mountains Early Learning Center | Right: Shawnna – Head Educator & Owner, Three Rivers Childcare

Q1. Why did you choose to start a MyVillage in-home childcare program, an education franchise with us?

| Mandy |

I knew that I wanted to start a licensed in-home daycare, but was very overwhelmed with the whole process. MyVillage seemed like a great option, especially for starting a new daycare program. I wanted to feel supported during the licensing process, which can be very daunting! Starting up a business is a whole new world to me, and I was very intimidated by many aspects of it – like coming up with my own daycare handbook and policies. My mentor and other MyVillage rockstars helped me through all of this and still work with me today!

| Shawnna |

I chose MyVillage because, as a first-time business owner, I wanted to not have to worry about the backend of things. The fact that I can focus on the care of the children in my program is the most important thing to me, and I can do that without having to worry about things like marketing, taxes or invoicing software. It is really nice to have a support system that has my back in this way.

Q2. What is it like to own a MyVillage in-home childcare franchise? What does a typical day look like?

| Mandy |

With having a MyVillage franchise, I feel very supported and a part of an amazing community of like-minded women. There are a lot of different aspects of childcare that I hadn’t even considered, but my mentor helped me throughout the whole process.

| Shawnna |

Well, I have not officially opened my child care program yet, so my day to day largely involves connecting with parents and giving tours, but I have no doubt that each day will be wonderful. I get to hang out with kids all day!

Q3. How does MyVillage support its educators?

| Mandy |

There is support in many ways – everything from assistance with licensing to marketing programs to helping choose my program philosophy and curriculum.

| Shawnna |

MyVillage has been really great about making sure I feel the utmost support throughout this process. When I have been overwhelmed, I have had so much support to let me know I am doing great, as well as tons of resources provided through the hub (our online MyVillage account and portal system). The step-by-step processes that are available, as well as the community support, is amazing.

Q4.What were some of your fears about starting a franchise, and how do you feel MyVillage differs from any perceptions you may have of franchises?

| Mandy |

I was initially fearful of not being able to run my program the way I wanted to with having a franchise. But, this is totally the opposite. MyVillage supports and encourages different philosophies and curriculum in programs, allowing programs to shine and be operated in the way the head educator wants to operate it.

| Shawnna |

I wanted to make sure I could run by my business the way that works best for me, and MyVillage has made that possible. They have repeatedly gone above and beyond to make sure they are creating a community filled with kind, helpful and like-minded people. They are different because they care.

#5. What advice do you have for someone who is considering opening their own childcare or daycare business with MyVillage?

| Mandy |

MyVillage has been a great asset to my business and my program. I feel like I’m a part of a tight-knit community and have assistance with many aspects of my program. Starting a business is a risk and can be very overwhelming! So I highly encourage people who are contemplating going through MyVillage to consider going this route. From licensing to business accounting, MyVillage has your back! Starting my own business has been a pretty smooth process, and I have MyVillage to thank for that!

| Shawnna |

Go for it! You will not find a more supportive community. I think this is the easiest way to start your own business because of all the help. They truly want you to succeed and enrich your local community.