Mothers ( mom entrepreneurs or those working 9 to 5) have numerous challenges as they attempt to juggle their personal and professional lives. One of the most important and critical issue – is the issue of quality childcare. Whether it’s the occasional babysitter or the more long term relationship of a nanny – moms need someone they can trust.
Extraordinary woman of the week, Candi Wingate, a mom entrepreneur herself, has the solution for you. Her services are not just for mothers but for anyone seeking quality care for children or the elderly.
Candi shares some inspirational and valuable information about herself and her business.
1. Shamelessly plug yourself and your business/services.
I have been a nanny, owned a nanny agency, started 3 online nanny databases, author of “100 Tips for Nannies & Families” plus am a wife and mother of 2. So when it comes to the nanny industry, I am your expert.
I am the founder of Nannies4Hire, Babysitter4hire, Care4hire and a Nanny Agency. My nanny experience actually goes way back. I was a nanny for a family with 5 children, which included newborn twins. After becoming a nanny and working in a nanny agency for several years, I purchased the successful Nation-Wide Nanny Placement Agency. After finding that we needed to expand, Nannies4hire, Babysitter4hire and Care4hire was born.
Nannies4hire is one of the largest, most successful online nanny and family database serving the United States and Canada. As part of this database, you can conveniently search full-time, part-time, temporary, summer, babysitting, live-in and live-out nannies by zip code 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Nannies4hire database is designed to easily assist families in finding a quality nanny for their specific needs and requirements. Registered families may search by detailed characteristics to help pinpoint the perfect nanny for their family. In addition, helpful tools are available, including sample interview questions, a sample reference form and a sample contract. Nannies4hire.com also gives you advice, tips and information that will help you and your nanny connect on a social and personal level.
Babysitters4hire and Care4hire is an online database for families and caregivers to search babysitters, housekeepers, tutors, elder/companion care, pet sitters and other miscellaneous service. A free preview of available caregivers is available to families. Whether you need a caregiver for a few hours to a few days, you will find it at Care4hire.com. Once you are a registered member, you will be given immediate access to caregiver through email and phone.
I haven’t stopped there. Besides relationships with Dr. Phil, Supernanny, TLC, receiving the Mom’s Choice Award and a Finalist for the Stevie Award and more growth to be announced soon. Since 1987, we have been helping wonderful families and nannies.
2. How long have you been in business?
We have been affiliated with the nanny business since 1987.
3. What motivated you to become an entrepreneur?
I started my career as a nanny, working for a family with five children. I quickly learned what families need, and applied those real-life lessons to my business. I’ve been a nanny, owned a nanny agency, started 3 online nanny databases, and wrote “100 Tips for Nannies & Families.” Plus, I’m a wife and mother of two young boys, so I know first-hand what it’s like to balance work and a family. I believe that women can have it all, but they need help to do so! My company provides that necessary help and support.
Since I was young, I’ve always been a motivated, outgoing self-starter. My parents were self-employed, which motivated and inspired me to do the same. I had a great idea for a business, and I’ve experienced tremendous growth by meeting the needs of other families like my own – who need a little extra help at home
4. What has been a defining moment in your life or an AHA moment?
We started as a nanny placement agency and saw the need to expand to Nannies4hire.com and Care4hire.com. We wanted to service families throughout the United States and Canada and meet all their needs including nannies, babysitters, pet care, housekeepers, elder/companion care, tutors, live-in, live-out and other misc. services.
5. What has been your biggest challenge?
Our goal is to find every family the right caregiver, not just any caregiver and offer caregivers an enjoyable experience. We thrive our business on customer service. A good amount of our business has been built on referrals and repeat clients.
6. What has been your greatest reward?
It was a great honor for us to be named to the Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies this year. We were also very proud to work with TLC and their hit show Jon & Kate + 8. We were an integral part of finding nannies for the Gosselin family’s sextuplets and twins. And we’ve formed successful ongoing relationships with the Dr. Phil Show. In fact, Dr. Phil has repeatedly recommended us to guests on his show.
7. When things are not going your way – what keeps you Confident?
Every thing takes longer than you expect, be patient and work hard and it will come together in the end.
8. Who or what has had the strongest positive influence in your life?
My parents really inspired me. They were self-employed and I grew up watching their hard work, dedication, creativity and tenacity. They were there for me, supporting me when I started my business, encouraging me to pursue my dream.
9. What do you do for fun/relaxation?
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my 2 energetic boys and husband. We enjoy going to the lake and enjoying each other.
10. What is Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?
Our goal is to make every family and nanny experience positive and rewarding.
11. In addition to your website, how else can my readers connect with you online?
They can follow us at these links:
Candi, thank you for sharing your information with my readers and providing such a valuable service for those who are in need. I wish you continued success.
Please connect with Candi Wingate at any of the links listed above.
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