How to Know If Home Schooling Is Right For You

Have you considered homeschooling your children? Maybe you have but often wondered what you would be getting yourself into if you did. Thousands of parents home school their children every day. It wasn’t an easy decision, there are a lot of things to consider when you home school your child, here are some of the main things that you need to consider.Financial strainOne parent will have to stay home with child while they are schooling them or working part-time, if you are used to living on a two income family there will be some sacrifices made to compensate for this. Also home schooling, while can be done cheaply can also cost more money depending on which program that you use for homeschooling.Time Teaching your children at home will take up most of the day. You will have to have available time to teach, take on field trips and to prepare lessons. There is a lot when you are doing this at home. During the day you will have very little time of your own.Field tripsAfter a while your child may get bored learning at home, and want to have friends to play with, this is a huge part of schooling is having friends to play and socialize with. You will have to make arrangements to take your child out to the park or the library where they can socialize with other children.Household ChoresIt will be hard to keep up with household chores while you are teaching classes. You will have to work on most of this after school hours to complete everything. You will have to be organized not only with the work which is needed to be done around the house, but with the lesson plans and everything else.Your childDoes your child want to go to public school? Are they comfortable being taught by you and willing to learn if you teach them? You want this to be a pleasant experience for them and need for them to learn, if they don’t want to be taught at home it will be a daily struggle for them to learn and have a pleasant experience.Homeschooling can be a great experience with them, many children will continue on to college and do well in college. It’s a huge decision to teach your children at home and make sure that they learn everything which is needed for when they are adults,. It’s not a decision to take lightly.

Alternative Financing Vs. Venture Capital: Which Option Is Best for Boosting Working Capital?

There are several potential financing options available to cash-strapped businesses that need a healthy dose of working capital. A bank loan or line of credit is often the first option that owners think of – and for businesses that qualify, this may be the best option.

In today’s uncertain business, economic and regulatory environment, qualifying for a bank loan can be difficult – especially for start-up companies and those that have experienced any type of financial difficulty. Sometimes, owners of businesses that don’t qualify for a bank loan decide that seeking venture capital or bringing on equity investors are other viable options.

But are they really? While there are some potential benefits to bringing venture capital and so-called “angel” investors into your business, there are drawbacks as well. Unfortunately, owners sometimes don’t think about these drawbacks until the ink has dried on a contract with a venture capitalist or angel investor – and it’s too late to back out of the deal.

Different Types of Financing

One problem with bringing in equity investors to help provide a working capital boost is that working capital and equity are really two different types of financing.

Working capital – or the money that is used to pay business expenses incurred during the time lag until cash from sales (or accounts receivable) is collected – is short-term in nature, so it should be financed via a short-term financing tool. Equity, however, should generally be used to finance rapid growth, business expansion, acquisitions or the purchase of long-term assets, which are defined as assets that are repaid over more than one 12-month business cycle.

But the biggest drawback to bringing equity investors into your business is a potential loss of control. When you sell equity (or shares) in your business to venture capitalists or angels, you are giving up a percentage of ownership in your business, and you may be doing so at an inopportune time. With this dilution of ownership most often comes a loss of control over some or all of the most important business decisions that must be made.

Sometimes, owners are enticed to sell equity by the fact that there is little (if any) out-of-pocket expense. Unlike debt financing, you don’t usually pay interest with equity financing. The equity investor gains its return via the ownership stake gained in your business. But the long-term “cost” of selling equity is always much higher than the short-term cost of debt, in terms of both actual cash cost as well as soft costs like the loss of control and stewardship of your company and the potential future value of the ownership shares that are sold.

Alternative Financing Solutions

But what if your business needs working capital and you don’t qualify for a bank loan or line of credit? Alternative financing solutions are often appropriate for injecting working capital into businesses in this situation. Three of the most common types of alternative financing used by such businesses are:

1. Full-Service Factoring – Businesses sell outstanding accounts receivable on an ongoing basis to a commercial finance (or factoring) company at a discount. The factoring company then manages the receivable until it is paid. Factoring is a well-established and accepted method of temporary alternative finance that is especially well-suited for rapidly growing companies and those with customer concentrations.

2. Accounts Receivable (A/R) Financing – A/R financing is an ideal solution for companies that are not yet bankable but have a stable financial condition and a more diverse customer base. Here, the business provides details on all accounts receivable and pledges those assets as collateral. The proceeds of those receivables are sent to a lockbox while the finance company calculates a borrowing base to determine the amount the company can borrow. When the borrower needs money, it makes an advance request and the finance company advances money using a percentage of the accounts receivable.

3. Asset-Based Lending (ABL) – This is a credit facility secured by all of a company’s assets, which may include A/R, equipment and inventory. Unlike with factoring, the business continues to manage and collect its own receivables and submits collateral reports on an ongoing basis to the finance company, which will review and periodically audit the reports.

In addition to providing working capital and enabling owners to maintain business control, alternative financing may provide other benefits as well:

It’s easy to determine the exact cost of financing and obtain an increase.
Professional collateral management can be included depending on the facility type and the lender.
Real-time, online interactive reporting is often available.
It may provide the business with access to more capital.
It’s flexible – financing ebbs and flows with the business’ needs.
It’s important to note that there are some circumstances in which equity is a viable and attractive financing solution. This is especially true in cases of business expansion and acquisition and new product launches – these are capital needs that are not generally well suited to debt financing. However, equity is not usually the appropriate financing solution to solve a working capital problem or help plug a cash-flow gap.

A Precious Commodity

Remember that business equity is a precious commodity that should only be considered under the right circumstances and at the right time. When equity financing is sought, ideally this should be done at a time when the company has good growth prospects and a significant cash need for this growth. Ideally, majority ownership (and thus, absolute control) should remain with the company founder(s).

Alternative financing solutions like factoring, A/R financing and ABL can provide the working capital boost many cash-strapped businesses that don’t qualify for bank financing need – without diluting ownership and possibly giving up business control at an inopportune time for the owner. If and when these companies become bankable later, it’s often an easy transition to a traditional bank line of credit. Your banker may be able to refer you to a commercial finance company that can offer the right type of alternative financing solution for your particular situation.

Taking the time to understand all the different financing options available to your business, and the pros and cons of each, is the best way to make sure you choose the best option for your business. The use of alternative financing can help your company grow without diluting your ownership. After all, it’s your business – shouldn’t you keep as much of it as possible?

The Mexican Baja Hoodie Is For Everyone

Whether you live along a coast line, rural country, high mountains, or climates with rain, fog, or snow a Mexican Baja Hoodie, or Pullover will always be in style. They have a unique ability to be comfortable and retain heat while still feeling breathable. The patented use of eco-friendly material can get the credit for that. Baja Hoodies broke into popular U.S culture in the 70′s and 80′s in California commonly worn by surfers and hippies. However, there has been a surge in demand and popularity within the last ten years, not specific to any subculture. Why the trend? Because it is cool, comfortable, and stylish no matter what group you identify with. Check out the recently popular Rugby style in a variety of solid colors.A Baja Hoodie will always be the right choice after a day surfing or at the pool, during a morning jog, hanging out at the apartment with buddies, or a night on the town. The Rasta style drug rug is one of the most popular pullovers and is perfect for any Bob Marley fan.The popularity can also be credited to its unique fashion design. It comes in a variety of colors to match any outfit that can be conjured. Its trade mark design consists of vertical, bold stripes of any color imaginable traditionally paired with black stripes. Multicolor hoodies exist as well and appeal to both men and women. So, get with the trend and check out all the variety. It’s always good to have a few of your favorites to be worn at anytime no matter what the casual occasion.