What does your business do?
We provide quality childcare services to our clients and engage young
When and why did you start the biz?
I started Lighthouse Kids In-home childcare in September 2015.
There is a strong need for quality childcare in Iowa and really
just about everywhere. I had started obtaining my teaching degree,
wanting to become a teacher, but fell in love with the idea of
being home with my own children and taking care of others.
How Many People are in your Company?
Where's your office?
My location is the first floor of my home. My main space is the
living room, it's very large and spacious for up to 8 kids to play
in at a time. We use our kitchen where I have built a kid sized
counter top for the kids to sit and eat at. We also use outside
and it's wonderful that the kids have lots of room to play in a
privacy fenced in yard.
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
the toughest part is having to turn away potential clients as I have
no room due to low turnover rate.
What's the most fun part?
It's a wonderful experience watching these kids grow, and to watch
their faces as they are learning new things! I love that the kids are
excited to come here and that they have a wide variety of friends of
Anything you would have done differently?
The only thing I may have done differently, is to have started
sooner. I love my job!
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
I'm hoping to get a good playground built out back for the kids. I
have ideas so that the children have a variety of different things to
do and having seperate designated areas to do them in.
What advice do you have for others?
You should always folloe your dreams for they may lead you into even
bigger areas than you had only hoped for!
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I have used Idea Cafe to send an award or two to people who deserve
them, including past employers.
School (where, still in school, degree)?
Indian Hills Community College - Childcare Technician
Prior jobs or business?
Lovable Lambs Childcare - Assistant Childcare Provider
Hy-Vee - Grocery Clerk
JBS - General Laborer
Walmart - Overnight Support Manager
The Oskaloosa Herald - Graphic Designer
The Ottumwa Courier - Paper Delivery
What are your pets' names?
Lady, the cocker Spaniel. Pip Squeak, the chihuahua mix. Bob, our white Kitty cat. Chewy, our cat that is nicknamed "Fats". and Last but not least our Penguin aka Pengy who is a long haired calico cat.
Do any of these pets help with your biz?
Yes, they greet the families and give the children positive animal
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
I was ready to stay at home with my own children.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
Thanks you to my lovely "adoptive" Aunt Lori aka Bluefish for
believing in me, and also my bestie Jessie Watts as she gave me a
foot in the door through her own business and is a wonderful leader
herself to learn from!!!!
701 E. 2nd St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501