Changes in Homeschooling

TChanges in Homeschoolinghis episode is an excerpt from a homeschool leaders retreat held in Indiana. Carol Topp discusses the changes she sees in homeschooling. The lines between homeschool groups and small micro schools is blurring. And more people are homeschooling but for different reasons than in the past. How will your group face these changes?

 

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How to teach teenagers about managing money (when you’re not doing so great yourself)

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Teach Teenagers About Money

It’s tough to teach teenagers about managing money, especially if you’re not doing so great yourself!

But we all know that money management is an important skill that your teenagers will use every day of their adult life. They may never use Algebra II again, but money skills are vital.

I have an episode of the Dollars and Sense podcast to help you teach teenagers about managing money. Click here to listen

Our motivation to be teaching teenagers about money

  • Other people’s bad examples are all around us, including the US government.
  • We want them to avoid excessive debt. Did you know that college debt now exceeds credit card debt? Unbelievable!
  • Someone is watching you! So teach them how to avoid the mistakes you made.
  • We want to avoid boomerang kids, who are adults that return to live in their parents’ home, usually for financial reasons. Imaging the movie “Failure to Launch -Homeschool Style!” Always remember, we are raising adults, not children.

How to Teach Money Skills to a Teenager

  • Go with a natural style. Talk about money, what things cost, what people earn, decisions and trade-offs  a you go about your day. Stores are a great place to talk about money and choices.
  • Use real life examples. Share your own money stories (good or bad)  or those of people you read about in the news.
  • Get someone else to teach your teenagers. For example: Sunday school class, Scouts, or a homeschool co-op class. See the Resources below for curriculum that works well in a group setting.
  • Make personal finance a required class for graduation from your homeschool high school. The Resources below has several options for curriculum.

What to Teach Teenagers About Money

  • What things cost and what jobs earn.
  • Career exploration and post high school education.
  • Checking accounts and financial software such as Quicken or Ace Money Lite (it’s what I use and it’s free)
  • Budgets. One teenager I know is given $150/month as an allowance, but she has to buy everything: clothes, food, entertainment and gas.
  • Avoid credit card debt, but start building credit history in college.
  • Student loan debt. With her dad out of work, one college student chose a state school when shown the debt she would have from staying at a private college.
  • Taxes and federal spending. My husband says it’s his goal to raise taxpayers! We should all want that.
  • Entrepreneurship. My Micro Business for Teens books help a teenager earn money while learning a lot about business. Starting a Micro Business, a public television show features six students who started their own micro businesses. Ethan pays his own cell phone bill by teaching guitar and Linnea paid her way to China by tutoring.
  • Investing. Try a stock market simulation game.

Resources mentioned in the podcast

Schoolhouse Teachers  offers my Career Exploration 8 week class

Free! National Endowment Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Curriculum http://www.hsfpp.org/

Generation Change for youth groups and Foundations in Personal Finance for schools at http://DaveRamsey.com

Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money from Crown.org 10 weeks, individual or class use

Money Matters for Teens Ages 15-18 Edition by Larry Burkett (oldie but still available on Amazon.com)

Micro Business For Teens books at http://MicroBusinessForTeens.com

Starting a Micro Business television show on YouTube

Our federal budget graphically displayed at http://WallStats.com

Tax return simulations from the IRS at Understanding Taxes www.irs.gov/app/UnderstandingTaxes

 

I hope you’re on your way to raising money-smart teenagers!

Carol Topp, CPA

Formerly Dollars and Sense now Homeschool CPA on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

How to teach homeschool teenagers about money

 

What Homeschool Leaders Don’t Know About Worker Classification

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Carol Topp, CPA, the HomeschoolCPA will share tips on important issues that homeschool leaders may not know about. This episode will focus on worker classification — helping homeschool leaders understand how to classify their workers correctly as employees or independent contractors.

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  • Is your homeschool teacher an employee or independent contractor?
  • Should your homeschool co-op director be paid as an employee?
  • How hard is it to set up a payroll system?
  • What happens if my homeschool group misclassifies a worker? Are their penalties?

Worker classification can be a confusing topic.

My book Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization can help clear a lot of confusion, but perhaps you want to discuss your particular situation in a private, individual phone consultation.

I offer phone consultations to help you determine if your homeschool organization’s workers are employee or independent contractors. The phone call will be followed up with an email containing a fact-based determination and information to help you take the next steps.

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What Homeschool Leaders Don’t Know About Losing Tax Exempt Status

What Homeschool Leaders Don’t Know About Losing Tax Exempt Status

Carol Topp, CPA, the HomeschoolCPA will share tips on important issues that homeschool leaders may not know about. This episode will focus on helping homeschool leaders know what to do if their organization has lost its tax exempt status.

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Does your homeschool group need to pay taxes?

Could they avoid paying taxes by being a 501c3 tax exempt organization? Do you know the pros and cons of 501c3 status? Do you know what 501c3 status could mean for your homeschool group?

I have the answers for you in my book The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization. The information I share in my book has been helpful to homeschool support groups, co-ops, music and sports groups and will help you understand:

  • The benefits of 501c3 status
  • The disadvantages too!
  • What it takes to make the IRS happy
  • What your state requires
  • Why your organization should consider becoming a nonprofit corporation
  • What is the difference between nonprofit incorporation and tax exemption
  • IRS requirements after you are tax exempt

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Homeschool Leadership is Like Marriage Part 2

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Leading a homeschool organization can be like marriage. It takes sacrifice, but it can be hugely rewarding.

Carol Topp shares insights on leadership from Hebrews Chapter 13 with a group of homeschool leaders in this 2nd part of a 2-part episode. She shares 3 warning of attitudes to avoid.

Listen to Part 1.  where Carol warned against trying to meet everyones’ expectations.

For more help in leading 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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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 of Starting a Micro Business. Episode #55

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There’s lots to learn about starting a running a micro business, so join author and accountant Carol Topp in this podcast.

She shares information on creating a mini business plan and pitfalls to avoid to help you launch successfully.
Carol also took time to answer questions from the audience on taxes.

Learn more about starting a running a micro business at MicroBusinessForTeens.com

To learn more about taxes that teenagers might need to pay visit TeensAndTaxes.com

Carol mentions a YouTube video that features 6 teenagers and their micro businesses

Starting a Micro Business. Episode #54

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Interested in making money and learning a lot about how to run a business? Try starting with a micro business.

Author and accountant, Carol Topp, explains to an audience of teenagers and parents how to start a micro business. She explains what a micro business is and how to get started.

To learn more about micro businesses visit MicroBusinessForTeens.com

To learn more about taxes that teenagers might need to pay visit TeensAndTaxes.com

Carol mentioned a YouTube video that featured 6 teenagers and their micro businesses:

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.

Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out

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This podcast covers 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 covers the 4 W’s and 2 Cs that leaders need to answer in launching a new co-op:

What, Where, When and Who and Cost and Curriculum

This is Part 1 of a two-part podcast. To hear Part 2 where I cover the basics of business structure and getting nonprofit and tax exempt status for your co-op click here.

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.

The Homeschool Co-ops book is on sale during the summer of 2016!

Only $7.50 for the print version or $3.99 for the ebook version.

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