January 16, 2008
Starting A Home Business As A Children's Etiquette Coach
You probably don't have to be an Emily Post to start this type of a home-based business, but you certainly could use some of her tips and ideas! Good manners, etiquette, and kids don't seem to always go together...ay least in my house they don't! But what a fun idea this could be for a home business. Just think of the smiles you could put on parents' faces as they see their young child behaving politely and respectfully in social settings!
Such instruction is essential, say experts, for a generation raised on Bart Simpson and Britney Spears. "Kids are being encouraged by pop culture to be disrespectful and self-destructive, and their parents are frightened and looking for help," says Diane Diehl, whose quarterly Petite Protocol classes at the swank Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles last four hours and cost $250 a session.
Polite Is Right is an etiquette and manners program started by Denise Honaker in 2000. "When a lot of parents see how their kids interact with playmates and other adults, they're horrified," says Denise. Her successful business has boosted the self-esteem and confidence of hundreds of children. A work at home opportunity is actually available through Polite is Right-- You can apply to be an Etiquette Instructor with the company. Potential instructors need to clear a background check, and if their application is approved, an Instructor will then go through a training program before teaching their own class.
But if you are feeling that you would rather venture out on your own Etiquette Training Business For Children, then do some reading and researching. Study other similiar programs, such as Honaker's, and PoliteChild, another etiquette program started by Corrine Gregory in 2001. Her firm, based in Woodinville, Wash., began in 2001 as an after-school program and is now a national enterprise with 2,000 alumni. Gregory's pupils are taught to mind their p's and q's and remember their three c's: caring, compassion and consideration.
You might want to do some homework on sites such as The Emily Post Institute, and reading books on etiquette and children such as, The Guide To Good Manners For Kids, by Peggy Post and Cindy Post, ED.
Think about starting your business in conjunction with your local community or recreation center, if they do not already offer such a course. You will probably have to work out a split of the revenues with the center, but the plus side to this idea is that you'll have access to the recreation center’s membership base for promotional purposes.
Good Manners could mean Good Business for those with an inner "Emily Post"!!