to be available on snow days and charge a
premium price for the short notice!
Many homeschool parents write their
own curriculum because they couldn’t
find what they needed. That’s what I
did when I wrote the Micro Business for
Teens series. It’s easier than ever to self
publish and distribute your curriculum
to homeschool parents using services
such as Amazon’s CreateSpace.com and
Stroll through any homeschool conven-
tion hall and you’ll find homeschool
families running bookstores like Jay and
Maria Asplin who own JM Cremp’s: The
Boys Adventure Store from their home in
Minnesota and travel the country during
homeschool convention season. Other
booksellers stay home and run their
stores completely online.
Popular speaker Heidi St. John of The
BusyMom.com speaks to huge crowds
about homeschooling, parenting, and
marriage. If you have a unique topic and
an encouraging word, begin sharing your
wisdom. You could start by doing radio
interviews, podcasts, and local speaking
engagements. Offer to be a guest on one
of the homeschool podcasts in the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.
Some homeschool groups, especially
co-ops, are so large and active that they
hire an administrator to run their programs. The homeschool group may be a
nonprofit, but it operates like a business
and needs someone with administrative
skills to keep the group flourishing. Be
sure to brush up on the laws regarding
employer taxes. Visit HomeschoolCPA
.com for details.
Turn your homeschooling experience
into a successful business. Most of these
ideas can be run completely from home
and are flexible enough to allow you to
balance homeschooling and business.
I hope the examples from other homeschool parents have inspired you.
Carol Topp, CPA (www.Homeschool
CPA.com and www.MicroBusinessFor
Teens.com) operates a home-based accounting practice helping business start-ups and nonprofits. She is the author
of Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start
Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out
and the Micro Business for Teens series.
Carol and her husband live in Cincinnati, Ohio and have two daughters, both
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