Project Playdate just won a Totally Awesome Award for Easiest Drop-Off Play Spot in New York. We recently spoke to them about their experience as a business owner, the best advice they’ve ever received and more. Hear what they have to say below!
Red Tricycle: Your community recently voted you “Easiest Drop-Off Play Spot” – what do your customers value most about your business?
Project Playdate: That during those hours when they need child care most, they can give their children an enriching and fun social experience instead of hiring a babysitter.
RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
PP: We plan educational drop off experiences during almost every major school holiday and we provide entertaining child care for private events too. Our super customized birthday parties and wedding child care are a hit! We offer private playdates and excursions too.
RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
PP: I was a babysitter as an undergraduate student and I loved turning every gig I had into an activity-rich experience. I thought that with how much parents are paying and with a city like New York, our kids deserved so much more than a babysitter. I saw so much opportunity in planning social and educational experiences for children during those “off-hours.” At the time I was also starting a non-profit to help moms in need. I started Project Playdate to develop a sustainable source of revenue that could provide support for moms focusing on professional development. Through Project Playdate we are able to sponsor child care hours to moms who cannot afford it while they pursue professional development workshops.
RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
PP: Ha! Definitely coffee + a trip to the gym if I’m feeling extra ambitious!
RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
PP: I’ve become very close with so many of our families. Some of them have moved away but the relationships still last. This past summer I was in Toronto, and one of our former customers asked me over for dinner. They had a BBQ just for me! We had a blast catching up and of course I was so excited to see the kids all grown up. I was so touched by their thoughtfulness and hospitality!
RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
PP: Lugging supplies all over the city!
RT: How do you keep your stress levels down?
PP: Making sure to plan for daily exercise, social time, and family time!
RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
PP: A sense of humor, resilience and a real passion for what I do.
RT: Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
PP: Not only is it okay to ask for help, it is essential for business.
RT: How about the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
PP: Give up and get a real job.
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
PP: Code SHAREPLAY16 will give you $20 credit towards any first purchase!
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Photo credit: Project Playdate