Besides networking and in-the-field experience, building your babysitting business plan is the most important step toward turning your sitting job into a lucrative career. You may keep your business plan as simple as the few steps on the previous page, but if you'd like more structure and perhaps to eventually hire other sitters and create a career out of babysitting, you'll need a more in-depth business plan.
You don't need to pay for a business plan or have an MBA to create one. The U.S. Small Business Administration's business plan site is a fantastic place to start.
Entrepreneur Magazine's Business Plans page goes more in-depth, for those seeking to make a babysitting business career. It also contains a list of sample business plans, easy to cater to a specific plan.
If you're interested in jumping directly to examples of business plans you'll find dozens of free samples of a variety of business types. It may be helpful to look at different types of business for ideas to create the most comprehensive guide for you.
Writing a business plan isn't a one-time deal. As your business grows and changes direction, your business plan will morph along with it. Make sure you remain flexible.
Inc.com provides a great check-off list for your babysitting business plan. Take the list and see what applies to your business, and cross out the ideas that don't. Their site also has a comments section if you need help brainstorming.
After you've written a solid business plan, the rest will fall in line. Make sure to build a plan that corresponds with the time and resources you have to put into it, and don't be afraid to ask for help from other successful business owners.