Creative Ways to Run Your Co-op Without Employees

So you really don’t want your homeschool co-op to hire teachers as employees, but how can you run your group without them? Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA , offers a few creative ways to run a homeschool co-op without hiring employees or dealing with payroll.

So you really don’t want your homeschool co-op to hire teachers as employees, but how can you run your group without them? Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA , offers a few creative ways to run a homeschool co-op without hiring employees or dealing with payroll.

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Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization

 

Are you paying workers in your homeschool organization? Can a volunteer be paid? Should a worker be treated as an employee or independent contractor? Do you know the difference?

Homeschool leader and CPA, Carol Topp, has the answers to your questions in her book Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization.

This 130 page book covers paying workers as employees or independent contractors. There are alos chapters on paying volunteers and board members. It includes sample forms, tips and advice to help you pay workers in accordance with the IRS laws to help your organization pay their workers correctly. Written specifically for homeschool organizations.

 

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What Homeschool Leaders Don’t Know About IRS Annual Reports

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Carol Topp, CPA, the HomeschoolCPA will share tips on important issues that homeschool leaders may not know about IRS Annual Report. This episode will focus on helping homeschool leaders understand a report that the IRS requires from all tax exempt organizations–including your group! It’s called the Form 990.

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Preparations of Annual Return for IRS 

 

Preparing the Form 990/990-EZ Annual Information Return for the IRS and your State.

The Form 990/990-EZ is due 4 1/2 months after the end of your fiscal year.

Involves several telephone calls and e-mails and copy of your financial statements (a QuickBooks file is preferred).

 

Buying Peace of Mind

A review of forms you have prepared yourself. Save money by doing much of the work yourself. I will review Forms 1023 or Annual Form 990 and offer my opinion and advice.

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Wow Carol!  Thanks so much – just the info you provided here is very helpful.  I look forward to speaking with you as I’m anxious to get started, but I want to do so in the best and most efficient way.  This is new territory for me – so I truly appreciate your guidance!

-Laine Discepoli, Glendale, OH

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QuickBooks Set Up and Training

Setting up a QuickBooks Chart of Accounts unique to your homeschool organization.    (Your organization needs to buy their own copy of QuickBooks)

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Homeschool Leadership is Like Marriage Part 1

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Leading a homeschool organization is a lot like marriage. It takes, time, money and sacrifice, but it can be hugely rewarding.

Join Carol Topp as she addresses a group of homeschool leaders and encourages them in the important work they are doing, but  also reminds them to not try and meet everyone’s expectations.

For more help in running a homeschool organization check out Carol’s website, HomeschoolCPA.com where you can purchase her book  Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out

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More on Homeschool Co-ops. Episode #53

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This podcast covers more tips to starting a homeschool co-op from Carol Topp, CPA the author of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.

Carol answers questions from homeschool  leaders including:

  • insurance
  • background checks
  • tax exempt status from the IRS
  • required annual reporting to the IRS
  • the need for bylaws and policies

Listen to Part 1 of this podcast.

For more information on starting and running a homeschool co-op visit Carol’s website HomeschoolCPA.com

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Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out has helped more than 1,000 readers run their homeschool co-ops. Get your copy here.

To Co-Op or Not to Co-Op – FAH episode 20

To Co-Op or Not to Co-Op

Homeschooling is primarily a family endeavor. Even the name “homeschooling” has the word “home” in it! One of its greatest benefits is the ability to customize one-on-one instruction with your children instead of the less personal group instruction they’d get in an institutional school.

So would it be inconsistent to move some of your homeschooling back out of the home and into a homeschool co-op? Not at all! Co-ops aren’t a good fit for some families, but they’re a great blessing to others. Of course, participating in a co-op (a short form of “cooperative”) requires that you cooperate. You have to give up some flexibility in exchange for sharing the planning, activities, and teaching, but the trade-off can be worth it.

Co-ops can range from very informal to highly structured. Some co-ops focus on field trips, activities, and enrichment, while some cover a few academic subjects, and others cover all academic subjects, often with a full day of classes every week.

I’ve just begun my 19th year of homeschooling. Some years we homeschooled completely on our own, and some years we were in more casual co-ops for a few subjects. For the past 9 years we’ve been part of a formal classical co-op that was a huge blessing to our family, but this year we’re flying solo again. So I’ve had the opportunity to experience the many pros and cons of co-ops.

First, here are some of the many benefits of co-ops:

  • fellowship / community / socialization
  • accountability for both parents and students
  • structure
  • sharing the load of lesson planning and teaching
  • learning from other parent-teachers in a classroom setting (good preparation for college!)
  • delegating messy hands-on activities like oil painting or science labs
  • expert instruction in advanced subjects like chemistry or rhetoric
  • opportunities to make speeches and present projects to a group
  • group discussion

Of course, there are disadvantages too:

  • less flexible schedule
  • less customization of curriculum for individual students
  • may focus on co-op subjects and neglect at-home subjects
  • socialization may bring peer pressure
  • some instructors aren’t as good as others
  • cost—time and/or money
  • can over-delegate and become too dependent on co-op teachers

Participating in a co-op can be a help, a joy, and a blessing, OR it can become a hindrance, a crutch, and a burden. There is NO One Right Way to Homeschool. You have to decide what is best for your family. Consider your strengths and weaknesses, what kind of help you may need, what kind of schedule and commitment are a good fit, and what your local options are.

Whether or not you choose to join a co-op, I encourage you to be involved in some kind of local support group. It can be a wonderful source of fellowship, encouragement, and sharing ideas.

Have you participated in a homeschool co-op? How has that worked out for your family? I’d love for you to leave a comment and share your experience with us!

Remember, you’ll find encouragement and practical tips for managing your busy life as a homeschooling family in my book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, available at FlourishAtHome.com.

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Starting off 2015 with a Bang . . .

because you may ha2015 Calendar Target Shows Year Organizerve fizzled out in December!  Whether you are thinking about homeschooling, are new to homeschooling, or have been homeschooling for years, listen to this podcast for a suggestion on how to start the new with year off with a less-stressful, more enjoyable homeschool experience than before!

 

Enjoy Fun, Food, Fellowship and SERVICE with a Holiday Co-op!

jonathan toomeyWith the holidays often comes a time of stress and commercialization and we often end up dreading, rather than enjoying one of the most important holidays of the year for Christians!  Why not plan a holiday co-op so that your family can join along with others to celebrate while serving this year?  If you begin planning now, you can make this year’s Christmas experience one that your family long remembers.  Listen in as I share a few ideas on how to make a holiday co-op fun and meaningful.

As promised, here are a list of favorite Christmas book titles.  If you visit our Facebook page you can add more titles, or see what others add!  https://www.facebook.com/dpkproductions

The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Hunt
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
We believe in Christmas by Karen Kingsbury
The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans
Operation Christmas Child by Franklin Graham
The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado
Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The King’s Christmas List by Eldon Johnson
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Book by Susan Wojciechowski
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
The Christmas Scrapbook by Phillip Gulley
The Homeless Christmas Tree by Leslie Gordon
The Gift of the Magi by O’Henry

Also, Advent Books (which do not work well for a co-op unless your co-op meets daily, but are great to include in your family traditions) are Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s Passage (both by Arnold Ytreeide) and The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.

 

 

Encouragement from an Expert

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Joyce Herzog (teacher/author/consultant/speaker) has been a friend to homeschooling families for over 20 years.  Listen to this interview and be encouraged to help your children learn in spite of labels, or in spite of curriculum that does not seem to be working, or in spite of the naysayers!!  Curriculum is to be a guide, not a god!  Joyce offers all kinds of great advice and she shares a few secrets that teachers never tell!

 

 

Relax and Enjoy the Ride!

mary hoodHomeschooling should be a natural extension of your family life!  Learn while living!  Learn while loving!  And, while you are at it, teach your children to love learning!  Join us today as I interview Dr. Mary Hood, an expert in the field of enjoying a successful, yet relaxed homeschool experience!

Check out Mary’s websites here:

http://archersforthelord.org/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/maryhoodgroupies/

Homeschooling: When All Else Fails

Closeup portrait of cute young business womanIs your homeschooling experience less- than- exciting?  Are you ready to throw in the towel or, worse, throw out the kiddos?  Have your expectations for a great year already been demolished by reality?  If so, listen in and receive some advice that might make things better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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