Many of you maintain good records tracking your hours when children are present, but how good are you tracking your hours – when children aren’t present?
There are chores/tasks you perform, maybe on a daily basis, after or before the children arrive. Those hours are important. They add up. It only applies to chores/tasks performed on location. You can’t count the hours spent doing general housekeeping. One good way to determine what you should count is to ask yourself – “would I be doing this, if I weren’t in business?” If the answer is “no” … then count it. Don’t count washing your cars, mowing the lawn, cleaning the oven, etc.
To help you in keeping track of these hours, we have created a daily checklist of routine chores and tasks that almost all providers perform – routinely, but neglect to keep track of. Before you know it, you can’t remember if it took you 30 minutes – or 90. Sure, it’s only 15 minutes — but those minutes add up.