Clearly defining your policies and following through on them is helpful for families, for you as a professional, and to maintain the standards needed for licensing and high-quality care.
This Town Square resource was created with the help of family child care professionals who shared what they thought was necessary to include in a contract.
Whether you are just starting your program or a veteran, this resource can help you review and think more about your contract!
Having a mission and philosophy statement is an essential part of any business; it sets the foundation for how you want to operate and why. Having a written statement can help in centering your business and effectively communicating with families. Use this Town Square-created resource to guide you in developing a mission and philosophy statement.
Sharing ideas on how to use social media – specifically Facebook groups to communicate with families
Tracking both spending and income is vital for any enterprise, especially for small businesses.
Tracking income requires logging payments per child/family as it helps ensure you are receiving funds, and has the added benefit of being a record of each payment. Accurate bookkeeping helps both you as well as the families complete their W-10 and taxes. Heather Mallett is a family childcare professional in Vincennes, Indiana. She is the Director and Owner of Happy Hearts Daycare and Preschool LLC, as such, Heather shares this Individual Annual Payment Record form to track payments and record totals for families. A few years ago, Heather came across this resource from a fellow childcare CEO based in another state and has used it ever since.
To use the form:
- Create one for each child/family at the start of the year
- Add the sheet to the child’s folder
- Enter in the payment every Friday, or whenever payment is due
- At the end of the month, tally the total
- At the end of the year, add the annual total and add your EIN
- Make a copy to share with families, and keep the original for your records
Heather also includes a note stating, if families request a second copy, it will cost $2.
Staying on top of keeping your business records in order can save hours in the long run, but can be challenging. Listen as some FCC providers share their tips and tricks for keeping their business records organized.
Laverne Head explains an essential part of any small business is the budget. In order to better get an understanding of tuition and fees, cost of operation, as well as profitability and sustainability, a budget is a must.
To get started on your own monthly budget, first choose either the Excel template to work digitally or the PDF template for a printable copy. The Excel version has been formatted to include formulas, thus all you do is input the number for each sheet, and it will calculate for you.
Next, calculate gross income. This is the money that comes into the business. You can figure this by listing the children in your program, the cost per day of tuition, and multiplying this by the number of days in the amount they attend the program. After tuition, add other income such as grants or food assistance.
Second, calculate your expenses. This is all the cost associated with running your program. We have listed a few options within the templates but add anything you have purchased in that set month. Please make sure to include your salary here.
Lastly, calculate the net income. This is the amount that your business made in a month, and we drive this by subtracting expenses from gross income. From this you can see if you are profitable or if you need to reduce expenses or raise tuition to have a sustainable business.
Looking for a way to keep your business records more organized? Kim Tipsword, owner of Kimmy’s House, shared this idea for a portable office. She uses these portable file boxes, one for DCFS files (physical forms, child records, space radon report, etc.), one for credentials for Grants, Excelerate, etc., and one for things she uses daily (calendar keeper, meal counts, and receipts).
She keeps her portable office on her stairs because she doesn’t use her second floor often. These could also fit under a coffee table or alongside a couch or on the counter.
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This blog focuses on the business side of family child care, including record keeping, taxes, contracts, legal, insurance, money management and retirement planning. There are many resources, forms, links related to the business side of FCC and books and business systems that are available for purchase.
Are you saving for retirement? As the owner of a small business, you should consider your options for retirement savings. Tom Copeland offers information about the benefits of Roth IRA in comparison to other options and eligibility requirements for starting this type of retirement account. You can see the blog related to this topic here, and information about a variety of other business and personal financial concerns at Tom Copeland’s Taking Care of Business site.