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Need One-On-One Help?

As of June 1, 2022, I, Carol Topp, CPA, am semi-retired and will no longer be offering one-on-one consultations. Instead, I offer you a selection of carefully selected, qualified, highly experienced homeschool consultants all who have led (or are still leading) homeschool nonprofit organizations!

I have 100% confidence in these fabulous, knowledgeable, and skilled individuals. If they have a question or need clarification on an issue, they will reach out to me.
Recommended Homeschool Group Consultants

Becky Abrams

Becky Abrams is a homeschool leader in Oregon (Pacific time). She has extensive experience in starting homeschool groups, especially nonprofit hybrid homeschool programs and offers consultations.

Doreen Browning

Doreen Browning has extensive experience in both homeschool and non homeschool nonprofits and can help you understand this strange new world! 

Rebecca Foley

Rebecca Foley knows all about hybrid homeschool groups, from crafting a vision to finding a building and hiring teachers. Her expertise is a great resource for all hybrid groups.

Sarah McCubbins

Sarah McCubbin offers helpful, encouraging articles, resources and consultations to help you run your group! She also knows a lot about setting goals, organizing, and running a homeschool group without burning out!

Ashley Richards

Ashley Richards leads a Catholic, all-volunteer homeschool co-op in Indiana. She offers consultations to leaders that want to discuss Classical, Catholic homeschooling. Ask her about getting a co-op organized and using systems to help keep you sane!

Anna Clark, owner of 501c.Solutions is a former homeschool leader and an expert in helping nonprofits start up and apply for 501c3 tax exempt status.

Recent Blog Posts

New Facebook Group for homeschool group leaders just starting

I’m so pleased that some of the members of I am a Homeschool Group Leader have launched a new Facebook group for people just starting or thinking about starting a homeschool group. Secrets to a Thriving Homeschool Group This group is really needed. The I am a Homeschool Group Leader group is for established nonprofit…

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Advice about Homeschool Hybrid Programs

Hybrid homeschool programs seem like a dream come true to a busy mom, but these programs—a mix of homeschooling and classroom instruction—come with challenges. Here’s an excerpt form an article I wrote “Homeschool Hybrid Programs: How to Use Them Successfully.” For the full length article visit:×4/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=36#pg39 Suzy is a mother of three preschoolers. She…

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Can I homeschool other children full time?

I own a daycare business here in Ohio. I am thinking about switching to offering homeschool services to a few families. Ohio law does not have anything stating that someone who isn’t the parent, can not homeschool so I am assuming that it is legal. I just want to know how do you determine the…

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Homeschool Group FAQ

Should my homeschool group be a for-profit or non-profit?

There are many reasons why homeschool groups form and operate as nonprofit organizations rather than businesses.
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Tiny groups are more informal, some don’t collect any money and most don’t have a formal board like a typical nonprofit homeschool group. Learn More

What do I need to know about starting a tiny homeschool group?

In this short podcast episode (12 minutes) Carol Topp, CPA explains the benefits of forming your homeschool group as a nonprofit corporation and why a leader would want limited liability protection. Listen to the Podcast

Should my homeschool group incorporate as a non-profit?

What does it take to be a nonprofit?

You might be surprised at how simple it is to form a nonprofit organization. Here’s what it takes

How to self declare 501c tax exempt status? It involves calling the IRS.

Your homeschool group may be able to “self-declare” 501c tax exempt status and not officially apply. Here’s what to do

FAQ on IRS Form 990-N ePostcard for small nonprofits.

The IRS Form 990-N is a simple, online form that all nonprofit tax exempt organizations with annual gross revenues of less than $50,000 must file every year. Read Instructions

Is my homeschool group a school?

Some homeschool groups look a lot like schools. They offer a full curriculum, there are teachers teaching classes, they rent space to conduct the classes, etc. But are they “schools?” See Answer

FAQ on Property Tax for Churches Hosting Homeschool Programs

Churches may be at risk for having their property tax exemption affected if they host a business. Read the FAQ

Should I pay teachers as employees?

I state pretty clearly in my book Paying Workers in a Homeschool Organization  that teachers in a homeschool program should be treated as employees not Independent Contractors.

Here’s why. Read Full Article