Military Families: How Homeschool Leaders Can Help

Learn how homeschool leaders can help military families connect in this podcast from the Homeschool CPA. #homeschoolHomeschool leader Melissa Robb was never in the military, but she developed a heart for homeschool military families moving to her area. Listen as she tells Carol Topp about how she helped military families with information, connections and friendship.

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

  • How to welcome a military family moving to your area
  • The struggles that military homeschool families face
  • How homeschool leader Melissa Robb developed a heart for military families
  • What do homeschool military families need most
  • What time does it take to help military families
  • What can a homeschool leader to do help military families

 

 

 

In her webinar 501c3 Application for Homeschool Nonprofits Carol Topp, CPA will share her tips and secrets from preparing over 150 applications for 501c3 tax exempt status

You will learn:

  • What is needed before applying for tax exempt status
  • The cost and steps to take
  • An explanation of the IRS Form 1023-EZ line-by-line. This will be the crux of the webinar
  • Tips on filing the IRS Form 1023-EZ
  • What filings may be required by your state (in addition to the IRS)
  • How you could avoid applying at all, yet still get all the advantages of 501c3 status

After the webinar you will be equipped to file on your own the IRS Form 1023-EZ, saving you hundreds of dollars for professional help.

More information at HomeschoolCPA.com/501c3APP

Special Needs Resources for Homeschool Co-ops

In todays episode Faith Berens, the Special Needs Consultant at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), shares several form resources to help you understand a special needs child in your homeschool co-op. #Podcast #HomeschoolAs a homeschool leader you may need form resources to help you understand a special needs child in your homeschool co-op. Faith Berens, the Special Needs Consultant at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), shares several resources with host Carol Topp in today’s episode.

• HSLDA’s list of resources https://hslda.org/content/strugglinglearner/default.asp
KeyMinistry.org Download their free toolkit
• Joni And Friends
• CLC Network. Books for children with autism
• Let All the Children Come to Me by MaLesa Breedon
• Access Ministry downloads such as “20 Ways to Calm a Child”

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has Special Needs Consultants for members.

Compassion, HSLDA’s charitable foundation, has grants for special needs and hardship needs including therapy and equipment.

Group services attorney Darren Jones can address Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and legal questions.

Faith Berens can be reached at SpecialNeeds@HSLDA.org

 

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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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Special Needs Children in a Homeschool Co-op

In this episode, Faith Berens explains to host Carol Topp how a homeschool co-op can welcome a child with special needs. #Homeschool #PodcastSpecial needs children can be a challenge for a homeschool group leader. In this episode, Faith Berens, Special Needs Consultant at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) explains to host Carol Topp how a homeschool co-op can welcome a child with special needs.

In this episode of the Homeschool CPA podcast, Faith shared:

• All children want to feel welcomed
• Tips for accommodating a child with special needs including using intake forms and having a pre-visit time
• Why asking “How can we support you?” is so helpful to a parent
• A helpful book to read aloud to children, Just the Way I am: God’s Good Design and Disability
• A resource for homeschool leaders Homeschooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley
• The website Understood.org has helpful videos and a podcast

HSLDA’s list of resources https://hslda.org/content/strugglinglearner/default.asp

Faith Berens can be reached at SpecialNeeds@HSLDA.org

The next episode (#172) Faith will share some more resources and practical tools for homeschool leaders to help families of children with special needs.

 

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Homeschool Co-ops:
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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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Converting a Business to a Nonprofit: Tax Exempt Status

Carol Topp, CPA explains the basics of a nonprofit organization. In this third episode Carol discusses 501c3 tax exempt status.Some homeschool groups that started as a for-profit business want to convert to a nonprofit organization. Most of these nonprofit organization also want 501c3 tax exempt status from the IRS as well.

In this 3-part podcast series Carol Topp, CPA has explained the basics of a nonprofit organization and how to form a nonprofit corporation. In this third episode Carol discusses 501c3 tax exempt status.

The first two episodes (#168 and 169) can be found at HomeschoolCPA.com/Podcast

In this episode, Carol will discuss:

  • The benefits of tax exempt status
  • The application process and Forms 1023-EZ and 1023.
  • Time and cost to apply for 501c3 status
  • A successor to a for-profit entity must use IRS Form 1023 (not the shorter 1023-EZ) to apply for 501c3 status.

 

In the podcast Carol mentioned her book, The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization. It will be very helpful as you apply for 501c3 tax exempt status.

 

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Webinar recording on Creating a Nonprofit for Your Homeschool Community

This webinar recording is helpful for both new nonprofits, or if you’re unsure if your group is a nonprofit, or for a business wanting to convert to a nonprofit.

The webinar runs about 90 minutes and covers:

  • The difference between a business and a nonprofit
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a nonprofit
  • Forming a board: who can be one it, what do they do, etc.
  • Creating bylaws
  • Drafting a budget
  • Setting up a bank account
  • Forming a nonprofit corporation in your state
  • The timeline to get this all done
  • The expense to accomplish this

The cost is only $10!

For more information visit HomeschoolCPA.com/CreateNP

 

In the podcast I mentioned my book, The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization.

The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization

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

 

Converting a Homeschool Business to a Nonprofit: Nonprofit Incorporation

Carol Topp, CPA will explain how to convert a for-profit business into a nonprofit organization. In this second episode Carol discusses bylaws and nonprofit incorporation. #podcast #homeschoolgroupsSometimes a homeschool group started as a for-profit business desires to convert to a nonprofit organization for its many benefits. Can that be done? How hard is it? How costly is it?

In the next 3 podcast episodes Carol Topp, CPA will explain how to convert a for-profit business into a nonprofit organization. In this second episode Carol discusses bylaws and nonprofit incorporation:

The first episode #168 on forming a nonprofit board aired on April 4, 2019. Find it at HomeschoolCPA.com/Podcast

What makes a nonprofit? How is it different from a for-profit business?

  • A board (not an individual) operates the nonprofit organization.
  • They explain the purpose, membership and design of board. They also describe Board job descriptions and duties. Sample bylaws can be found at HomeschooLCPA.com/Samples.
  • Articles of Incorporation (your founding document) and to be organized and operate as a nonprofit organization. Read some of Carol’s articles on nonprofit incorporation:

How do we become a recognized nonprofit?

Do we need to Incorporate?

5 Great Reasons to Incorporate

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In the podcast I mentioned that I’m offering a webinar on Creating a Nonprofit for Your Homeschool Community

Airing live on Monday April 22, 2019 at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT/6 pm MT/5 pm PT.

Who should attend?

  • Brand new start up homeschool groups
  • Existing groups that never formed as a nonprofit
  • Homeschool communities run as a business that want to convert to be a nonprofit
  • Leaders that are unsure if their homeschool group is a business or a nonprofit. It can be confusing!

Cost is only $10

For more information visit HomeschoolCPA.com/CreateNP

 

 

Converting a Homeschool Business to a Nonprofit: The Basics

 

Converting a Homeschool Business to a Nonprofit: The Basics on the Homeschool CPA Podcast #homeschool #homeschoolgroup #podcastSometimes a homeschool group that started as a for-profit business now desires to convert to a nonprofit organization for its many benefits. Can that be done? How hard is it? How costly is it?

In the next 3 podcast episodes Carol Topp, CPA will explain how to convert a for-profit business into a nonprofit organization.

In this first episode covering the basics Carol discusses:

Your organization’s purpose will not be making a profit but now will be educational and maybe religious.

The control of the group’s mission and activities shifts from the owner to a board. A nonprofit is not owned by anyone. At least 3 members need to be on the organization’s board.

  • Officers are Chair, Vice, Secretary and Treasurer. Add more board members if needed.
  • Board members should be unrelated to each other (by family and by business relationships) and unrelated to any paid employees. So a board cannot be all the paid staff/teachers/tutors, but could be parents, community members, etc.

The Board has duties of care, loyalty, management (or obedience to law)

  • The board has authority and responsibility. No “rubber stamp” boards!
  • An officer of the Board signs all contracts, agreements, licenses, etc. not the Executive Director
  • The board has control, not the Exec Director. The board decides who to hire and fire, what purpose and activities are,

Conflict of Interest Policy. A paid staff member (Executive Director) can attend board meeting, but no vote because she has a conflict of interest. Sample Conflict of Interest Policy can be found at HomeschoolCPA.com/Samples.

 

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In the podcast I mentioned that I’m offering a webinar on Creating a Nonprofit for Your Homeschool Community

Airing live on Monday April 22, 2019 at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT/6 pm MT/5 pm PT.

Who should attend?

  • Brand new start up homeschool groups
  • Existing groups that never formed as a nonprofit
  • Homeschool communities run as a business that want to convert to be a nonprofit
  • Leaders that are unsure if their homeschool group is a business or a nonprofit. It can be confusing!

Cost is only $10

For more information visit HomeschoolCPA.com/CreateNP

 

Working Yourself Out of a Job

Do you have too many plates spinning? Do you wear too many hats in running your homeschool program?  Learn how to work yourself out of a job in this week's podcast!Do you have too many plates spinning? Do you wear too many hats in running your homeschool program? Jamie Buckland, a homeschool leader from West Virginia started Appalachia Classical Academy and knows where you are coming from!

 

Jamie explains to host Carol Topp how she is working herself out of a job. Some of her advice incudes:

 

  • Listen to your staff (employees or volunteers)
  • Give opportunity for feedback
  • Welcome correction and be open
  • Let them own it. This can apply to hired teacher, volunteers or board members
  • Trust the process and your people

 

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 in this webinar. http://homeschoolcpa.com/how-to-start-an-academic-homeschool-program/

 

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Phone Consultation with Carol Topp, CPA

Do you have questions about leading your homeschool organization? Carol Topp’s website, books and this podcast are a great way to learn the basics, but maybe you need advice specific to your group. Carol Topp, CPA can arrange a private phone consultations with you and your board members.

Phone Consultation: A pre-arranged phone call to discuss your questions. My most popular service for homeschool leaders. It’s like having your own homeschool expert CPA on the phone!

Cost: $85/hour to nonprofit organizations.

We can arrange a conference call so all your board members can call in from their own homes. The call can be recorded for those unable to attend.

Contact HomeschoolCPA, Carol Topp, CPA, to arrange a telephone consultation.

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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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!

 

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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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!