Tom Copeland's Taking Care of Business Blog

  • The Business Side of Giving Gifts

    Christmas is a time of gift giving and many family child care providers give gifts to the families of the children in their care. Gifts range from the home made (winter scarfs, photo albums showing pictures of the child from...[…]

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  • What should I say in a termination notice?

    ” Dear ________ (names of parents), ______ (date) will be the last day of care for your child ______ (name). Payment is due through this date. Thank you for the opportunity to provide care for your child. Signed _______(name of...[…]

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  • Establish a Car Replacement Fund for the New Year

    My father always told me that the only things in life I should borrow money for was a home, a home improvement, and my education. Everything else should be paid for with cash. “If you can’t afford to pay with...[…]

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  • Tom Copeland’s Webinar Schedule for 2020

    In 2020 I will offer a series of monthly webinars on a variety of issues to help family child care providers be more successful as a business. These webinars are sponsored by the National Association for Family Child Care. Each...[…]

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  • Climate and Environmental Books for Children

    Here are five books to help children understand climate change and the environment. They make great holiday gifts. The Earth Book The narrator states, “I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day...[…]

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  • Last Chance to Have Tom Copeland Review Your Tax Return for $15!

    Each year I review the tax returns of many family child care providers and almost always find major mistakes. These mistakes often occur even when a tax professional has prepared the tax return. After talking with providers, I usually advise...[…]

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  • My Free Climate Change Webinar Now Available

    I recently delivered and recorded a webinar “What Climate Change Means for Family Child Care Providers.” You can now view and listen to this webinar here. When you open up this link to view the webinar you must register by...[…]

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  • How to Protect Yourself When a Parent Leaves

    Occasionally parents are upset when they leave a family child care provider. How can you protect yourself if they decide to file a complaint against you? Family child care is a business where parents and children naturally come and go....[…]

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  • Have You Tracked Your Hours for Two Months This Year?

    The single most important thing you can do to reduce your taxes each year is to track the number of hours you work in your home on business activities when children are not present. (These hours are used to calculate...[…]

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  • Elmer Smith and the Centralia Tragedy of 1919

    Note: This is not an article about family child care. It’s an article about another part of my life that’s been important to me for the past 50 years. November 11, 2019 was the 100th anniversary of the Centralia Tragedy...[…]

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