Since its commencement as a childcare blog in September 2016, Caroline Jens has miraculously turned Child Care Biz Help into a promising and fast-growing childcare business consulting startup. Having a diverse working experience which includes 25 years invested in finance and about 10 years in child care industry, Caroline, has optimally utilized her talent and skills to achieve a higher level of success– both individually, and as a company that is enlivened by their work, and serves with purpose, confidence, and joy. Child Care Biz Help’s mission is to provide cutting-edge childcare business solutions that will help their clients grow revenue, enrollment, and staff. Caroline defines the core values that form the foundation of the organization, to achieve its goals:
DO OR DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY – Just like Yoda commands! We anticipate and believe we are unstoppable. We believe that you can achieve anything if you are focused, hard-working and have a roadmap.
INTENTIONALLY CREATIVE –We are idea generators and creative thinkers. We need to provide the people we work with, custom and personable solutions. We expose clarity through the mess of ingenuity. Throw another idea our way!
YOU ARE FAMILY – Whether you work for us or with us, welcome to the family. We impact each other in a way that understands the ripple effect of our actions. We know every family has a little bit of “crazy” and we are no exception. You’ll feel at home here.
BETTER THAN YESTERDAY – We strive to raise the bar every day. We are growth-minded. We believe that our only competition is who we were yesterday. We work hard. We believe in being “present where your feet are”. When we’re at work, we crush it, we produce big, needle-moving results.
FOUNDATION OF FAITH – We are servant leaders using our talents to give back. We believe in showing up for others with our hands, our hearts and our ﬁnances. We serve a mission and purpose bigger than ourselves.
WE CHOOSE JOY – Every. Single. Day. We choose a positive outlook. We choose to ground ourselves in gratitude. Each of us is happily only a text, email, call, or slack away when it comes to helping each other and our customers.
“I want to be known as a resource that helps childcare centers around the world provide better services to their communities,” says Caroline Jens, Founder of Child Care Biz Help.
Presently, Caroline does most of her work from home as most of her business operations are conducted online. However, for further support, she has employed three full-time staff members. Her potential as a mindful executive and entrepreneur has been quite evident and compelling even in her previous professional commitments. She mentions how supporting her husband while he was chasing his musical dream, brought her to a life-changing opportunity that she justified gracefully with her significant contribution in return. “After 20 years in finance, my husband joined the Army so I left my job and followed him to Texas. We spent four years there while he served. (Fun fact – when my husband served, he was the soldier on America’s Got Talent Season 3.) I was able to follow him throughout this experience and the career after that called 4Troops with Sony Music. Once his music career subsided, we returned to Wisconsin,” shares Caroline. “I got a job with an entrepreneur in Wisconsin and one of the businesses he owned was a child care center. I helped build his brand for nearly seven years as the Controller and Executive Director. The center had a high turnover rate and low enrollment, and I was able to turn it into a thriving business! In less than two years, I was able to reduce the turnover rate from 45% to under 15%, grew the business from one location to two great facilities.” In 2016, before she started her blog, Caroline also developed websites and conducted internet marketing catered specifically to the child care industry. Her first book on the same subject called P.R.O.F.I.T.S. – Childcare Success Formula, published soon after which further helped her launch the consulting business with a slingshot.
Building the company from the ground up Caroline had her fair share of initial challenges and without fail, she did everything from giving away free items, publishing a book, speaking for free to setting-up sponsor booths at conferences to get recognition in the target market. Since she has an MBA and a degree in finance with no previous knowledge of the concerned industry in terms of early education, she was often struggling to gain credibility in the eyes of the childcare center owners. She says, “I have overcome this by sharing my knowledge, speaking at conferences, giving way free webinars, and building trust with the clients I have so they will refer me. Now word of mouth is happening and I have finally established credibility to help me continue to grow my business.” Today Child Care Biz Help is recognized as the industry’s premier consulting ﬁrm that offers customized and holistic solutions based on unrivaled expertise in managing the trade functions of childcare centers to help their partners run a more lucrative business. Specializing in handling the administrative responsibilities of struggling centers, from internal work like streamlining operations and establishing procedures to external initiatives like recruitment efforts and brand development, Child Care Biz Help provides a complete solution that touches every facet of a business. “With a team comprised entirely of individuals with childcare backgrounds, Child Care Biz Help has the experience and expertise to provide solutions and insights that cannot be found anywhere else in the childcare industry,” says Caroline. “Our goal is to help childcare centers not only be more profitable but to create an experience for both their employees and their customer that is dynamic and unlike any of their competition.”
Undertaking a huge risk and turning it into gold is enough action to prove Caroline’s drive and insight. For her, there’s no success without true happiness. That’s exactly what she advises to all career-minded women. “The most important thing I can say is it’s not worth doing anything if you can’t find joy in it every day,” says Caroline. “If you work with joy, you can succeed at anything!” While the key recommendations are: Give value don’t always ask for something in return; love what you do because others will know if you don’t; build a strong team around you and set them up to be a bigger success than you; God first, marriage second and then career (always have a date night, and establish work boundaries); constantly learn and constantly get to know your customers.
As for her, Caroline says, “I would love to be known as someone that extended a great deal of value to those I worked with. My endgame – is to continuously grow and innovate. At this time, my desire is to level-up, year after year, and see where I can take this.”