Having Those Hard Conversations When You Lead a Homeschool Group

Ugh! As a homeschool leader, don’t you hate having those hard conversation with families, students of your staff?   Listen to this podcast for advice!Ugh! As a homeschool leader, don’t you hate having those hard conversations with families, students of your staff? Jamie Buckland, a homeschool leader from West Virginia started Appalachia Classical Academy and understands having to deal with conflicts.

Jamie explains to host Carol Topp how she manages to deal with conflict in her group. Some of her advice incudes:

  • Don’t ignore conflict
  • Do not generalize over a specific violation
  • Set clear expectations
  • Time your conversations.
  • Practice what you will say
  • Close the conversation.

Carol and Jamie both belong to a Facebook group for homeschool leaders, called I Am a Homeschool Group Leader Facebook Group. It is a closed group (meaning you have to request to join) of 600+ homeschool leaders from across the USA. You can join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/72534255742/

Jamie is the owner of Classical Program Consultant a consulting service for homeschool leaders interested in launching a classical homeschool program. Her website is JamieBuckland.net.

Are you interested in starting a homeschool program like Jamie described? Jamie and Carol teamed up to give a webinar on the ABCs of Starting an Academic Homeschool Program. You can benefit from their combined knowledge I this webinar (and several included resources as well). http://homeschoolcpa.com/how-to-start-an-academic-homeschool-program/

 

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In the podcast Jamie mentioned managing conflict. My book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out devotes a chapter to dealing with volunteers and conflict. You might find it helpful as you lead your homeschool group.

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

Have you ever thought about starting a homeschool co-op? Are you afraid it will be too much work? Do you think you’ll have to do it all by yourself? Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

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Should You Pay Homeschool Teachers

Should you pay homeschool teachers?  This podcast will give you something to think about and consider for your homeschool program.Should your homeschool program pay teachers? Jamie Buckland, a homeschool leader from West Virginia started Appalachia Classical Academy and pays her teachers as employees. How and why would she do that? This podcast will give you something to think about and consider for your homeschool program.

 

Jamie explains to host Carol Topp how she started her classical homeschool program including:

 

  • How she received advice from other homeschool leaders
  • Why her program charges tuition
  • Why she pays teachers as employees
  • The benefits of having employees
  • The difficulties of using volunteers

 

Carol and Jamie both belong to a Facebook group for homeschool leaders called I Am a Homeschool Group Leader Facebook Group. It is a closed group (meaning you have to request to join) of 600+ homeschool leaders from across the USA. You can join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/72534255742/

Jamie is the owner of Classical Program Consultant a consulting service for homeschool leaders interested in launching a classical homeschool program. Her website is JamieBuckland.net.

Are you interested in starting a homeschool program like Jamie described? Jamie and Carol teamed up to give a webinar on the ABCs of Starting an Academic Homeschool Program. You can benefit from their combined knowledge I this webinar (and several included resources as well). http://homeschoolcpa.com/how-to-start-an-academic-homeschool-program/

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In the podcast Jamie mentioned paying teachers or tutors as employees. My book, Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization has more information about paying Independent Contractors and employees.

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 also 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.

 

Dealing with Angry People

Sometimes homeschool leaders must deal with angry members. Join Carol Topp this week as she talks with a homeschool leader about dealing with angry people. #podcast #homeschoolSometimes homeschool leaders must deal with angry members. It seems as if the ugliness from social media creeps into our homeschool groups. It’s happened to Alicia Strunkel, a homeschool leader form Georgia. Alicia explains to host Carol Topp how she has learned to deal with upset people both online and in person.

Alicia shares some tips including:

  • Don’t try to defend yourself
  • Don’t become argumentative
  • Don’t fan the flame and it dies out
  • Let it go!
  • Aim for personal peace

Alicia also explains her emotional base and how her faith plays a role in her leadership in a beautiful, heartfelt way

Listen to the end (15 minutes) for a boost of encouragement for homeschool leaders.

My favorite quote from Alicia was “We can’t make them happy, so there is no point in refuting (the argument) on social media. Argumentation doesn’t solve anything.”

 

 

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In the podcast Alicia mentioned managing conflict. My book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out devotes a chapter to dealing with volunteers and conflict. You might find it helpful as you lead your homeschool group.

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

Have you ever thought about starting a homeschool co-op? Are you afraid it will be too much work? Do you think you’ll have to do it all by yourself? Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

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Dealing with Opposition When You’re a People Pleaser

Alicia, homeschool leader from GA,  explains to host Carol Topp how she has learned to deal with her feeling when people are upset with her decisions.Are you a people pleaser? Alicia Strunkel, a homeschool leader form Georgia, is, but after 11 years of leading homeschool groups, she has learned how to deal with opposition.

Alicia explains to host Carol Topp how she has learned to deal with her feeling when people are upset with her decisions.

Alicia shares some tips including:

  • Putting your feelings aside
  • Look at the situation objectively
  • Look at the bigger picture
  • Ask yourself “What can I learn?”
  • Focus on your group’s purpose

My favorite quote from Alicia was “Look at the situation objectively. It doesn’t really have to do with you as a person.”

 

 

 

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In the podcast Alicia mentioned your group’s purpose and vision.

Does your homeschool group have a mission statement and a clear purpose?

Do you board members know it?

Carol Topp’s  Homeschool Organization Board Manual Can be a big help in writing a purpose and mission statement to run your homeschool organization successfully!

Author and homeschool advisor, Carol Topp, CPA, has created a Homeschool Organization Board Manual. It is a template to create a board member binder. It has:

  • A list of important documents to keep in your binder
  • Section dividers so you can organize the important papers
  • Tools to help you run your meetings smoothly including
  • A sample agenda that you can use over and over again
  • A calendar of board meetings

But this is more than just a few cover sheets for your binder. It is also a 55-page board training manual with helpful articles on:

  • Suggested Board Meeting Topic List
  • Board Duties
  • Job Descriptions for Board of Directors
  • What Belongs in the Bylaws?
  • Compensation and Benefits for Board Members
  • Best Financial Practices Checklist
  • How to Read and Understand Financial Statements
  • Developing a Child Protection Policy

Read more about the Homeschool Organization Board Manual

 


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Offering history, science, geography, and humanities curriculum and over 100 options of online classes and clubs for homeschool families, the team at Bright Ideas Press creates products and resources that will not only help simplify your life, but also inspire, encourage, and equip you to educate your children.

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Keep Meetings to a Minimum

Does your homeschool group have a hard time getting volunteers? Maybe you need to keep meetings to a minimum since homeschoolers are busy people. Homeschool leader Michele Gross shares some great tips on keeping meetings to a minimum but still staying in communication. Michele has been a homeschool leader for 15 years and currently is the founder and director of The Learning Connection in New Jersey.

In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will share:

  • Keep meetings to a minimum. Time is precious to homeschool leaders.
  • Using apps like Trello (a To Do list), GroupMe and email forums to communicate
  • Use conference calls for urgent matters. FreeConferenceCall.com is an option.
  • Use an incentive to recruit volunteers. Michele and Carol have a few ideas.
  • Open up volunteer positions to teenagers in you homeschool group! Listen to all the benefits it has for them!

My favorite quote form Michele was “Think of avenues where you won’t have to micro manage, but you’ll know what’s going on.”

 

 

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In the podcast I mentioned my book

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

 

Have you ever thought about starting a homeschool co-op? Are you afraid it will be too much work? Do you think you’ll have to do it all by yourself? Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

Click Here to request more information!

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bright Ideas Press

Homeschool moms are busy! Bright Ideas Press gets that. And that’s why, for over 25 years, we have promised to publish Christian-oriented homeschool curriculum that will fit your family—curriculum that is both affordable and easy-to-use with children of different ages and learning styles at the same time. Curriculum that busy Moms love!

Offering history, science, geography, and humanities curriculum and over 100 options of online classes and clubs for homeschool families, the team at Bright Ideas Press creates products and resources that will not only help simplify your life, but also inspire, encourage, and equip you to educate your children.

Find out more here!


Recruiting Volunteers

Does your homeschool group have a hard time finding volunteers? Many groups struggle with getting people to help out. Homeschool leader Michele Gross shares some great tips for recruiting volunteers with host Carol Topp. Does your homeschool group have a hard time finding volunteers? Many groups struggle with getting people to help out. Homeschool leader Michele Gross shares some great tips for recruiting volunteers with host Carol Topp. Michele has been a homeschool leader for 15 years and currently is the founder and director of The Learning Connection in New Jersey.

In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will share:

 

  • Don’t strive for an event. If you have no volunteers, there is no event.
  • Poll members for their gifts and talents. Michele has tips and ideas on how to collect that information
  • How to pull a volunteer out of their comfort zone.
  • Talk individually and ask for volunteers in person, if possible.
  • Train your replacement. Reproduce yourself or the group may not last.

My favorite quote from Michele was “Sharing your knowledge is the best thing you can do for the next generation of homeschool moms.”

 

 

 

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A Board Manual for homeschool organizations. I think you’ll find it helpful to organize your board and run your homeschool organization successfully!

Author and homeschool advisor, Carol Topp, CPA, has created a Homeschool Organization Board Manual. It is a template to create a board member binder. It has:

  • A list of important documents to keep in your binder
  • Section dividers so you can organize the important papers
  • Tools to help you run your meetings smoothly including
  • A sample agenda that you can use over and over again
  • A calendar of board meetings

But this is more than just a few cover sheets for your binder. It is also a 55-page board training manual with helpful articles on:

  • Suggested Board Meeting Topic List
  • Board Duties
  • Job Descriptions for Board of Directors
  • What Belongs in the Bylaws?
  • Compensation and Benefits for Board Members
  • Best Financial Practices Checklist
  • How to Read and Understand Financial Statements
  • Developing a Child Protection Policy

Read more about the Homeschool Organization Board Manual


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Christian Standard Bible

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ABC Test for Independent Contractors

Is your homeschool teacher an employee or Independent Contractor? Find out from Carol Topp, CPA, in today's podcast! #homeschool #podcastIs your homeschool teacher an employee or Independent Contractor?

In 2018 California Supreme Court tried to make that questions easier to answer with a simpler 3 part test: The ABC Test for Independent Contractor status.

Can You Pass The Three-Part ABC Test?

Employers must be able to answer yes to all three parts of the ABC Test if they want to classify workers as independent contractors:

  • The worker is free from the control and direction of your homeschool organization or business in relation to the performance of the work, both under the contract and in fact;
  • The worker performs work that is outside the usual course of your homeschool organization or business; AND
  • The worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work your homeschool organization or business hired them to perform.

Which parts of the ABC test do homeschool groups usually comply with?

Which part do they typically fail to pass?

Listen to the podcast for Carol’s reply.

 

 

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In the podcast Carol mentioned paying teachers or tutors of others in a homeschool business or nonprofit organization. Her book, Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization has more information about paying Independent Contractors and employees.

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 also 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.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising clarity. An optimal blend of accuracy and readability, this translation helps readers make a deeper connection with God’s Word and inspires lifelong discipleship. The CSB is for everyone—for readers young and old, new and seasoned. It’s a Bible pastors can preach from and a Bible you can share with your neighbor hearing God’s Word for the very first time.

Find out more here!


Form 1099-MISC is due Jan 31!

In today’s podcast Carol answers a question form a new Classical Conversations director who asks, “Do I need to give Classical Conversations a 1099-MISC for the licensing fees I paid to them?”  Listen to the podcast for Carol’s reply.

Did you know there are some tax forms to file before April 15? There are if you are a homeschool business owner or homeschool nonprofit that paid anyone more than $600 in 2018.

I’m talking about the IRS Form 1099-MISC that is given to Independent Contractors paid more than $600 by your homeschool business or group.

In today’s podcast Carol answers a question from a new Classical Conversations director who asks, “Do I need to give Classical Conversations a 1099-MISC for the licensing fees I paid to them?”

Listen to the podcast for Carol’s reply.

In the podcast, Carol mentioned that she uses Yearli.com to file her 1099-MISc.

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In the podcast I mentioned my paying teachers or tutors of others in a homeschool business or nonprofit organization. My book, Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization has more information about paying Independent Contractors and employees.

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 also 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.

Taxes for Homeschool Business Owners

How to do Taxes for Homeschool Business Owners -- from Carol Topp -Homeschool CPA Taxes! 2018 tax returns will be better rough with massive tax law changes and the new look for the Form 1040. Tax preparation for homeschool business owners is even more complex than regular taxpayers. Fortunately, HomeschoolCPA is here to help. I’m offering a free, live webinar.

Taxes for Homeschool Business Owners Webinar

Free live on Monday January 21, 2019 at 8 pm ET. Webinar replay: $10.

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This webinar is for:

  • Paid teachers at a homeschool co-op
  • CC tutors getting paid as Independent Contractors
  • CC directors running a community
  • Music teachers, tutors, coaches, etc. running their own businesses
  • Business owners selling services to the homeschool marketplace

Here’s what the webinar will cover:

  • Tax changes for 2018 (highlights)
  • New tax deduction for businesses in 2018!
  • The new redesigned IRS Form 1040
  • How to pay yourself
  • Tax deductions common to homeschool business owners
  • IRS tax forms Schedule C and SE
  • Self-employment tax
  • A sample tax return.

This webinar will not cover:

  • Nonprofit organizations, but if you work as an Independent Contractor for a nonprofit, this webinar is for you.
  • Businesses organized as partnerships or corporations. I won’t have time to go into these more complex tax structures.
  • Businesses selling products like homeschool curriculum or ebooks

The webinar will be FREE for all who register and attend live. It will be free for about 24 hours after the webinar to all who register. After that, a small fee of $10 will be charged for viewing the webinar video.

 

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Taxes for Homeschool Business Owners Webinar

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Tips for a New Homeschool Group Treasurer

Amanda’s board follows a good rule for treasurers. They want a person to serve on the board for at least one year before serving as treasurer.Homeschool leader Amanda Shafer is a woman of many talents. After first serving as her board secretary, she is now switching to serving as their treasurer!

Amanda’s been secretary of her homeschool group, Heartland Homeschool Association in southeast Missouri. But she agreed to a new role as treasurer. In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast host Carol Topp and Amanda discuss:

  • Keeping a master file of important papers
  • Having a calendar at every board meeting
  • What a homeschool organization’s treasurer does
  • A really good policy for new treasurers
  • How often a treasurer should give a report
  • Possible software systems for homeschool groups
  • How to get a free copy of Quickbooks online. Use Quickbooks online for free

 

Amanda’s board follows a good rule for treasurers. They want a person to serve on the board for at least one year before serving as treasurer. “No new hand get into the money!” was how Amanda explains it. That sounds wise to me.

Carol and Amanda met online at the I Am a Homeschool Group Leader Facebook Group. It is a closed group (meaning you have to request to join) of 600+ homeschool leaders from across the USA. You can join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/72534255742/

 

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Money Management in a Homeschool Organization

  • Does your homeschool group manage their money well?
  • Do you have a budget and know where the money is spent?
  • When is it time to use accounting software?
  • Do you know how to prevent fraud?

This 115 page book will help you to open a checking account, establish a budget, prevent mistakes and fraud, use software to keep the books, prepare a financial statement and hire workers. Sample forms and examples of financial statements in clear English are provided.

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