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Self Employed - Creating own expense category

Hello - I would like to create my own expense category in SELF EMPLOYED app.  How do I do this?  I have read the function is possible in other subscriptions but cannot find for SELF EMPLOYED.  Thank you


Self Employed - Creating own expense category

Hi @carynv,


Welcome to the Community. I can provide some clarification about adding expenses in QuickBooks Self-Employed (QBSE).


The categories in the system are patterned after the Schedule C categories provided by the IRS. As of now, the option to add new categories in the program is unavailable.


Please note that the Self-Employed version doesn't have an Accounting menu or Chart of Accounts, like QBO. This is the reason why you can't create another category. 


While we assess this, I want you to be the first to hear about the latest QuickBooks innovations, so I’m including an article to view the details: Firm of the Future.


You can also check the following article for more information about custom categories: Custom categories in QuickBooks Self-Employed.


Drop me a comment below if you have any other questions concerning the categories. I'll be more than happy to help. Wishing you a good one.

Level 1

Self Employed - Creating own expense category

Thank you for taking the time to respond.  Well noted!


Level 2

Self Employed - Creating own expense category

I would like this feature to be added as well. It’s a pain to not have the options I want for categories. 


Self Employed - Creating own expense category

This isn't the kind of experience that we want you to come across, akinger.


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