You need to check with local and state laws regarding running a home business. For instance, will you need some type of certification or license? Also, are you planning on be CPR/first aid certified? What will you do about taxes? What kind of hours are you going to set, and what rates will you have? Will your homeowner's insurance cover any accidents in your home? Will your policy be null and void if you run a business from your home? Is there a market for it in your neighborhood? Many caregivers are shutting down due to the economy-- many more parents laid off and now don't need the extra help.
If you're just going to be babysitting for a few hours after school, getting paid by check or cash, etc. you probably don't have to do much, but double check.
I've always preferred private home daycare than at a school, so good luck to you!
at 5:50 PM on Jul. 5, 2009