Hello mamas! I just started as a home childcare provider. I have 2 children of my own (5 and 8) and I am watching a 7 yo, 5 yo, and 3 yo. I am not charging that much because it's for a family friend -- he just got full custody of his kids and is trying to get back on his feet after his ex-wife 'screwed' him over.
However, he is claiming the costs, so I have to, too. I also want to write things off and I've tried to Google things, but all I've really come up with is that writing things off and keeping track of things for a home daycare is more unique than other home businesses. I can't find anything about the kinds of things I can write off (besides utilities, food, etc). I thought I heard before that I can write off cleaning supplies (?). What other things can I write off? I want to buy a wagon and maybe a jungle gym and trampoline for our (huge) backyard. Can I write these off?
Also, I will be using the standard meal and snack rates to write off. One of my problems, though, is that they will eat breakfast and dinner with us sometimes
. So I am looking for a fairly easy way to keep track of the meals that they eat with us.
Do any of you keep spreadsheets in MS Excel or use a special software?
THANKS SO MUCH!! I'm sure all of your answers and/or advice will be extremely helpful!!