Small Business Spotlight: Nanny 911! My Good Nanny Makes Finding Great Childcare Easy
The business was formed when Ufodike, a working mom of two, was faced with her own dreaded “back to work” moment. Not totally comfortable with daycare options, Tosi did her own thorough screening and managed to find a nanny that matched her family’s Nigerian heritage, something that was important to her and her husband. After noticing her positive nanny experience, friends and sorority sisters soon began asking Ufodike for assistance. My Good Nanny was born.
How the system works is simple: Parents seeking childcare fill out an online form and come to My Good Nanny to be interviewed by Ufodike. Parents can use this opportunity to outline the characteristics they are looking for in a nanny and be clear on what qualities would not work for them. Parents are also required to put down a reasonable deposit ($150) to ensure they are serious about utilizing the services. Then My Good Nanny comes up with a list of five nannies (their network consists of female nannies only) that would then be a good fit for that particular family.
“I want to give moms what they want, not what I want them to have,” says Tosi. At this step in the process My Good Nanny offers regular and premium services. Clients who selected the regular services would then pay their final deposit and conduct their own interviews and negotiate their own rates. My Good Nanny handles the interviewing and negotiations for premium clients, and prepares the nanny for work.
For those nannies that ultimately don’t gel with the families or the children, My Good Nanny will re-evaluate the choice and try to provide a better fit. “We work extra hard to know our moms and pair them with a nanny who meets their needs,” explains Ufodike. Furthermore, all clients do have the opportunity to take advantage of My Good Nanny’s membership club. For $69.99 per month, the company offers free nanny replacement for up to one year if any issues should arise. The business also provides “Nanny ASAP” for $199.99 for clients who are in a crunch and need a nanny pronto, with response times as swiftly as within a few hours. They’ll also provide nannies for specific events like weddings or private affairs.
Although they are most certainly open to working with clients from all religious backgrounds, My Good Nanny feels their clients and nannies should have a strong belief in God.“50 Parent Commandments” book cover, courtesy of My Good Nanny
The company has a strong social media presence with their Facebook and Twitter pages offering tips and fun facts for parents and business updates. Ufodike has also penned her first book called 50 Parent Commandments, which offers 50 tips for parents on how to find a great nanny. The brand has their foot in the broadcast world with their BlogTalk Radio show MGN Radio which features commentary on parenting issues, and interviews with celebrity moms like Love and Hip Hop Atlanta‘s Mimi Faust. My Good Nanny also supports the “Dare to Aspire” Conference, an Atlanta-based convention that offers resources and seminars for entrepreneur moms and dads.
Tosi’s advice on how to turn your dreams of being a business owner into a reality? “Dream big. Don’t ever put boundaries on yourself. You never know what the future holds.”