Did you raise your prices?
Some of them. As of February 1, 2014, my fees have been shifted and streamlined. For instance: Standard Evaluations are now $30 each; Deluxe Evaluations are now $50. Since evaluations are required “annually”, I have discontinued the late fee for more flexibility. Finally, I have simplified my pricing structure to two tiers.
Why don’t you charge more?
I love numbers, but the economics of trying to make my fees both affordable to the homeschooling community and “a living wage
” is maddening. I am shifting my schedule and raising a few prices in order to keep my services cost effective… but feel free to pay me more! Or hire me more. Or recommend me your friends. Or make your Amazon purchases through this site. Or donate just because you love us. Please note: I will never
endorse a product for profit.
Has your schedule shifted?
In an effort to keep costs down and increase productivity, I’ve tightened thing up. For instance I’ve moved to “50 minute hours”. Essentially, hour long tutoring and consulting appointments will last for 50 minutes. This will provide me the margin to set appointments back to back. In addition, I will be limiting free telephone consultations to 15 minutes. Evaluations for 1-2 students will be scheduled in 50 minute time slots, and evaluations for 3+ students will be scheduled in 80 minute time slots.
Do high school portfolio evaluations cost extra?
I charge the same price regardless of grade… And I write college, job, and scholarship recommendations for free.
What is a cancellation fee?
First of all, life happens. In no way will I be charging a cancellation fee because you need to reschedule an evaluation due to an upcoming scheduling glitch or because your children are sick! However, when I book your appointment I’m reserving my time for you… I’m not scheduling another client, spending time with my family, or working on writing projects at home. When you know in advance that you can’t make your appointment but don’t show up or let me know, I’m left with a chunk of wasted time that can’t really be spent productively. I’m not going to nag you or “hold it against you”… but I am going to have to charge.
What is this appointment fee all about?
Unfortunately, I’ve had a number of clients arrive very late or without a portfolio to evaluate. If you arrive for your appointment without an “evaluateable” portfolio, or so late that your evaluations can’t be done, you will need to reschedule your evaluations and pay a $20 appointment fee. This is intended to, marginally, reimburse me for the time I’ve spent waiting and/or looking over your materials. Your tutoring appointment begins at the scheduled time… not when you actually arrive : )
But why can’t you come to my house?
Because meeting at my home office:
- minimizes the impact on my family.
- provides the chance that if you have a specific question I might have the answering resource on hand.
- reduces costs, since I don’t need to charge you for mileage or travel time.
- gives you at least the option of doing this “kid free”. If you have lots of little ones or “sensitive” questions or comments, this might be a good option for you.
But these gas prices are killing me!
I hear you! I’d suggest either carpooling, hosting a Portfolio Party, or opting for evaluation-by-mail. It’s not ideal, but it’ll sure save you money in the long run.
What’s a Portfolio Party?
A Portfolio Party is when a group of three (or more) homeschooling families get together for a play date at either one of their homes or a public location. The moms take turns showing me their portfolios while everyone else has fun.
Do you offer a discount for large families?
I don’t offer multiple-child discounts. I love large families and want to encourage them in any way possible. However, I also feel for the one- or two-child family that struggles to justify Rosetta Stone due to its high “per-child” cost. I try to keep my per-evaluation cost down for all of my clients… plus pay my own bills : )
Do I need proof of income?
You do not need to bring your W2… I’ll trust you!
What payment forms do you accept?
I accept cash, checks, PayPal, barter, and most credit and debit cards. Please make any checks out to “Bethany Barnosky” and try to bring correct change if possible. I use PayPal to process your card, but you don’t need to have a PayPal account in order to check out.
What exactly does barter mean?
Simply put, I’ve been known to trade an evaluation for a textbook or help with my car. For timed services, such as tutoring or transcript help, I just trade hours; I spend a few hours helping you set up a transcript and course descriptions and you spend a few hours teaching me how to bake. We can schedule bartering appointments or, at it’s simplest form, I can tutor your student while you do yard work, clean my house, or stock my freezer. I love to trade what I love doing for what you love doing… Win Win!
How can I afford to homeschool?
This is definitely one of those questions that I can’t answer! I can, however, suggest some great area resources. Most local bookstores, including Toadstool and Borders, offer teacher discounts for items used in the classroom. AC Moore also has a teacher discount program, and Staples has a great Teacher appreciation day each year… with cookies! Donation Networks, in Manchester, has a variety of free office-type supplies. I have friends who do much of their curriculum shopping on EBay or Veg Source. I’ve also heard good things about Well-Trained Mind and the Homeschool Classifieds. Several friends have recommended Homeschooling on a Shoestring which is filled with low-cost educational ideas. However, the best resources that I’ve found locally are simply other homeschoolers! A quick email to a local homeschool group or two will often net me two or three resources that save me a ton of money.
Can I give my highschooler an excellent, student-directed, college prep education for free?
A quick note on false economy: While it’s tempting to try to educate your college bound highschooler for $150 a year, that’s asking an awful lot. I’ve had parents ask me how to educate their student for free, with minimal parental involvement, and with “scholarship earning” quality. Ouch! Consider it this way: Paying a few hundred dollars now will earn your college educated child thousands later. Paying a couple thousand dollars for appropriate materials, classes, or tools can yield tens of thousands in scholarship money. While you might find $130 for a Psychology class outrageous, that’s the cost of a CLEP guide, a CLEP test, and the testing center fee. A high-school credit plus three college credits for $130? Yes, please!
What if I…?
I know that life happens, but if you pay by check and it bounces I will need to charge a $20 returned check fee. This is to cover the bank fee(s) that my bank charges me when your check is rejected for insufficient funds.