Monday, March 21, 2011

Spotlight on Mommy -- Candi Wingate of Care4Hire and Nannies4Hire

A few weeks ago, I shared with you the Care4Hire services, created by Candi Wingate.  If you missed it, click here.  Now, I wanted to take a few minutes and introduce you further to Candi Wingate and share her mom entrepreneur story.  In addition to Care4Hire, she also creates and runs Nannies4Hire.  

Candi has graciously offered the following discounts to her 2 childcare services.  

Name: Candi Wingate
Company Name/Product/Service:;
Company Location: Online - Service the US and Canada
Twitter Handle: @Care4hire  @Nannies4hire
Age of Company: Been affiliated with the Nanny Industry since 1987
Favorite Inspirational Quotes: There are no secrets to success.  It is a result of hard work and learning from failure.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have?  What are their ages? Your hobbies? Etc.

My husband and I have 2 busy boys, ages 10 and 5.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my 2 boys and husband.  We enjoy going to the lake and enjoying each other's company. 

Briefly explain your business.  How did it come about?

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” and "The Nanny Factor: A Parent's Guide to Finding the Right Nanny for Your Family."  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. 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 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. also gives you advice, tips and information that will help you and your nanny connect on a social and personal level. 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 Once you are a registered member, you will be given immediate access to caregiver through email and phone.

What has been a struggle while starting up your company?  

Everything takes longer than you expect, I was patient, worked hard and it came together in the end.

What did you do in your past work life?

I have been a nanny and also worked several retail management jobs.  I worked in a nanny agency and then purchased the nanny agency.  Now I am the owner of and

What have been some of your major successes?

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.  

What have been some of your major 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.  

On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?  

Diet Pepsi : )

What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?

I find work/life balance by hiring a nanny.  My nanny is a part of our family and help our lives run smoothly.  She not only cares for the children, but she helps with homework, folds laundry, starts the evening meal and transports my children when needed.  It creates more family time when I arrive home.  She is a definite benefit to our family!

What is next for your business? 

We are always making changes and looking to grow. 

Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business? 

Everything takes longer than you expect, be patient and work hard and it will come together in the end.

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