Upcoming events in Seattle – Poppy’s picks for great kid-friendly and grown-up friendly events: Sept 11 – 25

We’ve found Seattle’s best events – with or without the kiddos.

We’ve found Seattle’s best events – with or without the kiddos.

One to highlight: after a couple weeks off, we are bringing back… our “Bring Back Brunch” special at Super Bueno (featuring Poppies onsite to engage the kids while you enjoy your food)!

Please email us at hello@meetpoppy.com if you know of an event you’d like us share.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
September 13 – October 21
Seattle Children’s Theater, 401 Pine St, Seattle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the story of a caterpillar trying to satisfy his insatiable appetite, on his journey to becoming a full-fledged butterfly. Various times, ages 3+ See more info here.

✨Featured event✨
Super Bueno Brunch plus Poppy!
Sundays: Sept 16 and Sept 23, from 11am-2pm
Super Bueno – 3627 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
Poppy teams up again with the folks at Super Bueno to Bring Back Brunch. We’ll have two Poppies onsite to play with the kids so you can enjoy brunch. For kids 2 years and up. 
Mini Road Trip to the Washington State Fair 
Sept 12-17
Washington State Fair Events Center – 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA
In addition to having scooped up a killer URL: TheFair.com, the Washington State Fair has fun activities and so so much food for the whole family. Your first activity will be hopping in the car for ~2 hours, but it’s all in the journey. Kids 5 & under get in free. See more info here.

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Oktoberfest Events: Fremont & Kirkland 
September 21-23Fremont Oktoberfest: 35th St and Canal St, Seattle, WA – More info and ticketsKirkland Oktoberfest: Marina Park Pavilion, Kirkland waterfront – More info and ticketsIf you’re thirsty for a day-date spent sampling craft beers and ciders, this might be the pick for you. Maybe even go with some friends and book a Poppy Share.
Cinerama 70MM Film Festival
Sept 11-Sept 20
Cinerama – 2100 4th Avenue Seattle, WA 98121
Kicks off tonight with E.T. and wraps up 2001: A Space Odyssey (note: one showing of this is already sold out, so grab those tickets now if you want in.) More info here
National Museum Day (Free Entry)
Saturday, Sept 22
Put on by the Smithsonian Magazine, you get free entry to a number of great museums that might be nice to enjoy quietly. There are plenty of museums you may like to take your kiddo to as well. More info here

Have fun out there!


-The Poppy Team

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The more the merrier – check out Poppy Share and Group care options!

Dinner party? Double date night? Nanny share? We love it when Poppy can help care for the kiddos when multiple families come together. Many Poppy families have already been doing this informally, and we’ve worked with our caregivers to formalize 2 offerings that we hope you’ll take advantage of.

Poppy Share:
Bookings that have children from more than one family will be considered a Poppy Share.

The base rates will stay according to regular tiers – High school, Sitter or Pro but to appropriately compensate caregivers for the extra responsibilities of working with multiple families, there will be +$2/hr for children 4 years and up. If there are any children under 4 years old, that will be +$4/hr (the main rationale simply tied to the complexity of care for younger kids from feeding to potty to play).

This includes all of the following situations:

  • Full day booking shared with another family (eg. nannyshare)
  • An evening booking with friends from out of town
  • Playdate where a neighbor’s child comes over for a couple of hours (only those specific hours would have that rate)

When requesting a Poppy, please indicate in the notes that there will be additional children from another family so that we can update the rates and send the other family information to provide consent. The usual maximum # kids still apply – 5 kids at the Pro level and 4 kids at the Sitter level, 3 at the High School.


Group Care (or Event Care):
Situations where adults will be on-hand/ on-site but need Poppies to entertain and engage kids will be considered Group Care at a flat rate of $30/hr. The maximum ratio will be 1:6 ratio of Poppies: children (unless there are infants/ toddlers in which case the maximum will be 1:4 children).

Timage of Poppy request with option to skip this step and send your open request to PoppyHQhis is for instances like birthday/dinner parties, PTA meetings or church nursery care. To request Group Care, make the request for the time needed and send the request to PoppyHQ (instead of asking specific Poppies). Indicate in the notes the details of how many and rough ages of the children that are expected to be there. Then based on the expected number of children, we’ll help with finding the right number of Poppies, who will all be $30/hr.

For example, a birthday party with 12 kids would have 2 Poppies. A PTA meeting expecting 15 kids would have 3 Poppies and will be based on the expected number of children (vs. the number that end up being there).


We talked directly with parents and Poppies to structure these two offerings to ensure safety and quality of experience. Kiddos always come first. If you have any questions, please reach out and ask. We’re happy to chat it out with you.

As always, we welcome your thoughts and dialogue as we work to build the modern village that supports our families.

Yours in community,
avni
founder | ceo

Tax Tips for Caregivers

Here are some helpful things to keep in mind in the run up to tax season

Please keep in mind that these are simply helpful resources and that you should consult with a tax pro for specific advice.

This guide should answer most of the high-level general questions you have about taxes, but we are not able to give specific advice and highly recommend you talk to a tax professional especially if this is new to you. All of the below is guidance based on general situations and may not pertain to you given your specific situation so please use this information only as a starting point.

Do I need to report income and file taxes?

You are required to report any income you make through Poppy (though you may not need to pay self-employment tax if it’s under a certain minimum threshold). You will use the Annual Summary provided by Poppy to fill out the relevant tax forms (more info with how Uber drivers do theirs here).

Where to find what you need:

In your Poppy account on the Payments tab, you’ll find your ANNUAL SUMMARY for [year].

This summary will list the income information you need to file your annual taxes.

The gross amount is what you will report 

for Gross Income and the Poppy Service Fee can be reported on the Schedule C under Expenses: Commissions and Fees.

 

Will I get a 1099-K or 1009-MISC?

You will receive a 1099-K if your Gross Amount was greater than $20,000 AND you had more than 200 payment transactions. If you have done other work for Poppy and/or referral income is greater than $600 then you will also get a 1099-MISC. If you do not meet these thresholds, you will generally not be issued a 1099. Otherwise, you will use the Annual summary to get the information you need to file your taxes.

Do I need to file quarterly or annually?

Consult a tax professional on your specific situation, but the general rule-of-thumb from the IRS for determining if you should be paying taxes quarterly: If you expect to owe more than $1,000 in taxes for the year for your freelance or contracting work (which amounts to around $3,000 or more in profit) then you may need to pay quarterly taxes. It’s a safe rule of thumb to put aside 30% of each paycheck so it’s available to pay taxes when the time comes. However, again, it’s recommended to talk with your tax accountant when you have questions.

What other expenses can I deduct:

Tracking expenses may help lower how much you owe. Common expenses include anything that is “ordinary and necessary for your business.” Talk to a tax professional to see what might qualify for you. Common examples may include:

  • Mileage going to and from bookings
  • Phone expenses (% used for Poppy)
  • Wi-fi (% used for Poppy)
  • Supplies for bookings (eg activities/ toys)
  • Software for business/tracking (e.g. Microsoft Office or Excel etc)
  • Apps to help tracking: Hurdlr & MileIQ (not endorsed by Poppy)

 

What are the tax filing deadlines?

Some popular tax preparation services that may be helpful (not endorsed or recommended by Poppy):

Other resources:

 

DISCLAIMER:

This guide is intended solely for information purposes and no Poppy caregiver or other third party may rely upon it as tax or legal advice or use it for any other purpose. As such, Poppy assumes no responsibility whatsoever to Poppy Caregivers or other third parties as a result of the use of information contained herein. This page contains information in a summary format. It does not provide tax advice to any taxpayer because it does not take into account any specific taxpayer’s facts and circumstances. Readers are encouraged to consult with professional advisors for advice concerning specific matters before making any decision or taking a position on any tax return, and Poppy disclaims any responsibility for positions taken by taxpayers in their individual cases or for any misunderstanding on the part of readers. While Poppy has used its best efforts in preparing this booklet, it makes no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this page and specifically disclaims any implied warranties. Poppy shall be liable for any loss of profit or any other damages, including but not limited to direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential.

Policy changes: paying for time booked and cancelations within 2 hours

Poppy is committed to creating a community that works for both families and caregivers alike.

This is no simple task given the different needs of both sides. But in every case, we work to assess what the right solution or policy is based on what is the best for the overall community to operate in a safe, respectful and sustainable way.

As we have grown and evolved, we’ve encountered situations that need updates on how we handle them. One such situation is making sure these highly qualified caregivers feel that providing care is a viable and sustainable job opportunity and that their time is valued based on the time they commit.

Over the past couple of months, we’ve found two areas that don’t adequately address this:

  • Parents currently pay only for the time used, not for the full time they booked a caregiver.
    • One of the reasons Poppy caregivers are so wonderful is because they treat these jobs as professionals. They arrange their schedules and commit to the time of the bookings while calculating the expected earnings towards what they need to earn. When parents return home early, there is significant disruption to their schedules and expected pay.
  • Cancellations within 2 hours. In the same vein, when parents cancel within 2 hours of the booking start time, there is a significant impact on the caregiver’s schedule and earnings.

Our mission is to create an environment where wonderfully experienced people want to and can help parents out in times of need. To do that, we need to advocate for policies that make it worth doing for them.

To address these two concerns, we will be making two policy changes that will go into effect June 18, 2018.

  1. Bookings will be charged based on the time booked. As parents, we get that it’s hard to estimate time needs but we ask that you make as accurate an assessment as possible so that caregivers can accept based on what the expected time will be. We also know that plans change so if you do need to request time changes, please do so with as much advance notice as possible. Once the booking starts, your card will be charged for the time booked (with a 15min grace period if necessary – eg. if you come home 30 minutes early, you’ll be charged only for an extra 15 minutes). Overall, we ask that you think about the caregiver’s time as you would any other professional – both in returning early or asking to extend time.

    If you need to extend time beyond the requested end time, please reach out to the caregiver with as much notice as possible to make sure they’re okay with extending. If it’s fine with them, then you will be charged for the time used, including the extended time.

  2. Cancelations within 2 hours will be charged 50% of booking or $30 (whichever is greater). Again, we are sympathetic to the fact that last minute things come up and plans change but when a caregiver has planned on a full day of work that is canceled last minute, it isn’t just a matter of filling the time with something else – it’s a very disruptive experience on one’s day. The regular late cancel fee of $30 for canceling within 24 hours will remain in place.

As always, we welcome your thoughts and dialogue as we work to build the modern village that supports our families.

Now you can request by favorite Poppy!

Recently we introduced Poppy Choice – where you can select which Poppies you’d like to request, from a curated shortlist of caregivers that are the best fit for that time and need.
But we also know there are times when you’d love to have a specific Poppy so now, you’re able to see your Poppy Team and when they’ve listed their availability to request them during those times.

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Key things to know:

  • Manage your roster from the Poppy Team tab – there you can star your favorites, if they’re not already, or reshuffle your team as needed. You can also access their schedules from this page.
  • Request during available times – you can edit the times within the available block. Confirm that the times and duration are correct before submitting the request.
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  • If a caregiver can’t do the request, PoppyHQ will reach out to you. Because you’re requesting a specific person, we won’t automatically ask someone else but you can let us know how we can help – either find a time your original Poppy can do or ask other Poppies.

    Here are some common questions, answered:

  • Why don’t I see some of the Poppies I’ve had in the past?
    Only currently active Poppies will show – those that are away for school or currently taking a break will not be shown in this list. Active Poppies that don’t have availability in a week will show “No availability listed”.
  • Why did the caregiver decline my request – it said they were available?
    While every caregiver is expected to keep an updated schedule, the listed times still don’t guarantee a caregiver can do your request. Other factors like location and length of booking might influence if a caregiver can do a booking and that day/time. They might be “full” for the week with bookings, or something might have come up last minute and they didn’t have the chance to update their schedule.

    Just one more way we’re working to make your village accessible to you, in the way and times you need.

    Any questions or feedback? Just text us.

Introducing Poppy Choice!

Poppy was created with the goal of building a trusted community of caregivers and families that can be connected quickly and easily when care is needed.

We’ve worked hard to find and vet incredible caregivers and connect them with families for all of those random gaps in care each week – the reason that Poppy has served so many so well in the past.

But one piece of feedback we’ve heard from parents consistently is that they would love the option to see and choose which Poppies to ask. So we’re excited to announce the launch of Poppy Choice.

Parent choice
Now you can see and choose the Poppies you’d like to request.

The same Poppy magic will be behind the scenes, suggesting the caregivers that will be the best fit for your family but now, you’ll be able to scroll through a curated shortlist and select up to 5 Poppies to send your request to.

  • This list will automatically include your favorites and previous Poppies at the top if they’ve said they’re available at that time. Otherwise, you’ll see a list of other great Poppies you can send a request to.
  • If your request doesn’t show many Poppies available, then you’ll see the option for Poppy to step in and help out (eg. for last minute requests or busy times).
  • You can choose between 1-5 caregivers to send your request to. Our recommendation is to send it to as many as possible to maximize getting a confirmation as quickly as possible.

As we grow and serve more families with different needs, and as we bring on caregivers with a variety of backgrounds, we want to more directly connect parents to the caregivers they feel will best work for their family.  Poppy Choice is the first step on this journey.

This is just the beginning, and there are many more updates and improvements to come. We welcome your feedback as we work to make Poppy work even better for you.

 

Be mine, Valentine. 5 ways to celebrate with someone you love this week.

Depending on who you are, you’re looking forward to Valentine’s Day with giddy anticipation or eye-rolling dread. But no matter what you think about candy hearts and red roses, it’s nice to have a week that celebrates love and appreciation.

In that spirit, the Poppy HQ team share their favorite not-so-traditional ways to spend time with a loved one.

Rebecca – Operations:
Take an art class together or head to an art supply shop to pick up canvases and paint. Draw or paint portraits of each other. Don’t reveal until the end. Then laugh at how bad they are.


Sarah – Recruiting
Head to the market for a shop the market and cooking class. You’ll get to see where the chefs stop and pick up ingredients for a meal you cook. A fun way to play tourist in your own city but enjoy a meal you get to cook together.


 

Nik- Engineer

Head over to Ballard for an old-school record and pizza night. Buy a record at Bop Street Records, pick up pizza at Ballard Pizza Company and dessert at Hot Cakes and go back home to enjoy pizza and beer with new music in the background.


 

Avni – CEO
We love to hop on a ferry! Head to either Bainbridge for the day or even just a quick jaunt over to West Seattle and lunch at Marination Station. Grab a newspaper and do the crossword together or just enjoy watching the waves and catching up. Maybe even rent bikes on the other side if the weather is good. Something about ferries that make you feel like you’re “getting away from it all”.


Kate – Operations
Depending on your mood, you could get take-out from your favorite restaurant (mine is Tuk-Tuk Thai) and play card games or head to the mountains for some hiking/skiing and end the day with beers and nachos at Nacho Borracho.


 

Bookis – Engineer
For a longer adventure, we love to take a drive around the peninsula or down the coast, stopping at different sites, hot springs, beach, hikes, cute towns, then dinner and a b&b.