I am delighted to share Chartese’s story. I have known Chartese for several years now, and I admire her sincerity, diligence, and passion for faith, family, home and business.
In her interview, she gives us a wealth of wisdom and inspiration. Enjoy, and I hope you are encouraged!
Tell us about yourself?
My name is Chartese Richardson and I a Christian homemaker who loves hard, laughs loud and tries to live my life to the fullest. I am beyond blessed to be married to my very best friend Demiko Richardson. We have four amazing children ages 17, 10, 9 and 7.
Wow! Every time I say how many children we have and how old they are – I am amazed. I am seriously outnumbered by children. I have to admit, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I must also mention that I am a homeschool mom by day and a cool college student at night. My family and I live in a small and cozy home in Bowie, Maryland.
In our home is where I started my business – The Little Hand’s Early Learning Center. I am a proud licensed in-home family provider, serving incredible children and their beautiful families.
When and why did you start your business?
In 2006, when I gave birth to our second child, my husband and I decided it would be best for our family that I’d leave work, and become a stay-at-home mother. It was a whole new world for me. I’d been working since I was 14 years old. I wasn’t sure if I knew how to “sit” at home. I thought I had an idea what it would be like to stay at home full-time, but I had no clue. It has been the most challenging & rewarding “job” I have ever accepted.
Before coming home, I served children with special needs in a school setting. I absolutely loved my job. I missed serving families. I knew that I could not work outside of the home and raise the children the way my husband and I envisioned, so I decided to find a way to bring the work to me.
Opening an in-home family daycare was the perfect business for me to start during the season we were in at the time. To this day, the business allows me to bring in money for my family and operate in my gifts.
What is your favorite part about your business?
I think my absolute favorite part about my business is having the freedom to be creative and run it in a way that lines up with my values.
We are a Christian based business. Making sure the children have a safe, fun-filled environment to learn and grow in while keeping God in the absolute center of it all is very important to me.
What is your least favorite? My least favorite would have to be the amount of time spent on work. It can be hard separating work from home when you do both in the same space.
How do you manage family, home, and business?
My overall goal is to live life on purpose with purpose. I go out of my way to be intentional when it comes to family, our home, the business and the way I go about handling them independently and collectively.
We are involved in homeschool stuff, public school stuff, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, sports, ministries at church and a million and one things in between. It is what we do. We like to be involved and connected.
When you mix all of that with running a daycare and being a college student, it sounds almost impossible for one homemaker to keep up with, but somehow it all flows. We have been flowing with this business now since 2010.
I try to schedule in a way that makes sense for us. We may or may not hit each and every goal that I set for us per day, but that is okay. As long as I do my best, make sure that the people who live in and enter into my space have the ultimate home experience, I am content and I think they are too.
So in short, I manage family, home, and the business by doing the best that I can because of the love for what I do and who I am doing it for.
One golden nugget of wisdom you would give to wives and moms interested in starting a business from home?
One golden nugget of wisdom I would give to wives and moms who are interested in starting a business would be to start.
Starting for some people is the hardest part. They don’t like getting out of their comfort zone due to fears that they create. There is no better time like the present to do what you are called to do.
If this is what God has placed on your heart, you have nothing to worry about. He will never give you the vision without provision.Talk to your spouse, pray about it and if God says it is time – start.
What is your favorite scripture that helps you in your business?
I have two. One is found in Proverbs 31. I fell in love with the virtuous woman.
In the verses 10-31, it teaches that this woman was able to be a great wife and mom. She also provided for her family by using her gifts. She was an excellent example of a homemaker and business woman.
My other favorite is found in Jeremiah. Jeremiah 29:11 states,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. That tells me that my family, home, and business is in really good hands.
How can we contact you?
You can connect with me on Facebook at Little Hand’s Early Learning Center, LLC