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    I'm thinking I can start a basic cleaning service for friends and church members. I don't have many skills or the ability to hold down a 9-5 job right now, but I can clean ok. I know the materials I need and I can add subtract multiply and divide enough to figure out taxes....... suggestions?
    A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
    George Bernard Shaw

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    Sounds like a good idea. Eventually find more dependable people like yourself as coworkers and employees and you can become CEO of your own company.
    βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι δι᾿ ἐσόπτρου ἐν αἰνίγματι, τότε δὲ πρόσωπον πρὸς πρόσωπον·
    ἄρτι γινώσκω ἐκ μέρους, τότε δὲ ἐπιγνώσομαι καθὼς καὶ ἐπεγνώσθην.

    אָכֵ֕ן אַתָּ֖ה אֵ֣ל מִסְתַּתֵּ֑ר אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מוֹשִֽׁיעַ׃

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Catholicity View Post
      I'm thinking I can start a basic cleaning service for friends and church members. I don't have many skills or the ability to hold down a 9-5 job right now, but I can clean ok. I know the materials I need and I can add subtract multiply and divide enough to figure out taxes....... suggestions?
      Hillary Clinton's looking for somebody to work on her server.

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      • #4
        Offer a couple of freebies to people in your church in exchange for letters of recommendation and referrals.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Faber View Post
          Hillary Clinton's looking for somebody to work on her server.
          You mean wipe it? Like, with a cloth?
          "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
            You mean wipe it? Like, with a cloth?
            Like Lois Lerner did. (I still think that's a nickname her high school civics teacher gave her.)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Faber View Post
              Like Lois Lerner did. (I still think that's a nickname her high school civics teacher gave her.)
              More like this...

              "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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              • #8
                Cath, I thought you were going to go to nursing school?

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                • #9
                  So, here's the official Counselor's response, since you posted in this forum. If you do the work without forming a business entity, your options would be to take only cash and not claim the income (an option, not a recommendation) or file self-employment taxes, which I believe have to be done quarterly and are considerable. If you form an LLC, and stipulate you want to be taxed as an S Corporation, you can file taxes as a business annually and take all the deductions that come along with that.

                  Check the laws in your state. If you're going to do a little cleaning here and there for friends and family, not advertise, and make less than $20,000 annually, I would carefully consider whether it would be worthwhile to form a company. There are a number of independent housekeepers in my neck of the woods who do this kind of work on a handshake. It's not legal, but it's very common.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JardinPrayer View Post
                    So, here's the official Counselor's response, since you posted in this forum. If you do the work without forming a business entity, your options would be to take only cash and not claim the income (an option, not a recommendation) or file self-employment taxes, which I believe have to be done quarterly and are considerable. If you form an LLC, and stipulate you want to be taxed as an S Corporation, you can file taxes as a business annually and take all the deductions that come along with that.

                    Check the laws in your state. If you're going to do a little cleaning here and there for friends and family, not advertise, and make less than $20,000 annually, I would carefully consider whether it would be worthwhile to form a company. There are a number of independent housekeepers in my neck of the woods who do this kind of work on a handshake. It's not legal, but it's very common.
                    You can just run the business as a sole-proprietorship, and file an extra form with your taxes. The income is basically taxed as regular income, and you can write off expenses. I did this with my graphic design company for several years.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sparko;
                      Cath, I thought you were going to go to nursing school?
                      Ummm....I've been out of nursing school since I found out I was pregnant with Carolyn, two years ago. I'm only now considering my work options, one of which is the cleaning service since I can carry a baby on my back while cleaning for church clients. A second option is elder sitting (I have plenty of experience) while my FIL takes care of my 14 month old and I may attempt to do a CNA refresher course in Kansas. But I don't have the physical strength to even think about my prior work or going back to nursing school. Not since I tore my rotator cuff and had to have my foot reconstructed.
                      A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
                      George Bernard Shaw

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Catholicity View Post
                        Ummm....I've been out of nursing school since I found out I was pregnant with Carolyn, two years ago. I'm only now considering my work options, one of which is the cleaning service since I can carry a baby on my back while cleaning for church clients. A second option is elder sitting (I have plenty of experience) while my FIL takes care of my 14 month old and I may attempt to do a CNA refresher course in Kansas. But I don't have the physical strength to even think about my prior work or going back to nursing school. Not since I tore my rotator cuff and had to have my foot reconstructed.
                        being on your feet and knees for hours cleaning doesn't sound like a good idea then

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                          being on your feet and knees for hours cleaning doesn't sound like a good idea then
                          I had thought about that, except I can just about do 3-4 hours at a time in light housework. which is fine for family/friends and church. Not good for a floor nursing aide. I can't lift 200 lbs any more, granted no one should be lifting 200 lbs except for body builders.
                          A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
                          George Bernard Shaw

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                          • #14
                            Perhaps a companion service is better suited to you. Elder people often just get lonely, need a nutritious meal prepared, men's monitored, a few groceries brought in, or be taken to the park for some fresh air. Being able to play with a baby might be a bonus!
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                            "...so encourage each other and build one another up." ~1 Thessalonians 5:11

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