Five Ways a Homeschool Mom Can Make Money from Home

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You can work at home and still homeschool your children. In fact, working at home, versus working in a traditional office setting, can prevent the pain of giving up two .

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And if a single mom chooses to homeschool, she normally must find a way to work at home. Other moms may truly enjoy working and find that being a WAHM makes life more fulfilling overall. Whatever reason you choose to work at home, you can do it and still homeschool your children. Know that some homeschool moms will judge or misunderstand your decision to work at home. Working moms for the most part will applaud you and understand how difficult it is to work at home and homeschool.

But be prepared to be misunderstood by stay at home moms who do not earn an income. They may not understand why you cannot volunteer for every church activity or attend social functions. Some moms may even criticize your choice to work at all even if it is right at home, alongside your family. Just like the choice to homeschool draws questions and sometimes criticism, the choice to work at home can also be confusing for outsiders.

You have to be convinced that it is the right decision for your family so that you can withstand any outside pressure. It helps greatly if your husband can be a vocal supporter of your working at home so that others know you are not supplanting his authority but operating with his full approval. I will admit that my current situation is fairly easy because my daughter is older. And I only have one child.

For moms of many little ones, working at home is a far greater challenge. My advice is to start with what time you do have and work towards creating more time. Realize that if your children are very needy, you will have less time to invest in your business or job. But children do grow up and can be trained to add value to the functioning of a household. Never feel guilty that your children have to do chores while you are working. Housekeeping is a valuable life skill that teaches responsibility.

Homemaking and money making both have to happen. It makes more sense for children to do more housework to free you for profitable work.

While children complete simpler tasks such as dishes and laundry, you can be earning money to buy groceries. Remember that years ago children spent most of their days at the kinds of household tasks that we today feel guilty about having our children do. And today we have time saving devices that make most jobs very easy. A life only of play and constant entertainment is not healthy for children or adults.

So do not feel guilty for asking your children to take on the tasks that free up more time for for you to work. Being a WAHM means that you must be ruthless with time management. Everyone is different, but to make working at home and homeschooling successful, you must have some routines in place. Meal planning is a huge issue.

After working and homeschooling all day, planning a meal and cooking it can feel overwhelming. But if you repeatedly fall back on eating out or consuming convenience foods, not only will your health suffer but your budget will as well. There is huge temptation to eat out, especially when you are busy with work.

Therefore you must learn to plan weekly menus, schedule time to grocery shop, and fall in love with your slow cooker. When meals are planned, your day runs far more smoothly, and you save money.

I am going to be honest with you. I have other WAHM friends, and we all admit that it is far too easy to let the kids slide while you are working on a big work project.

If you are going to be a WAHM who homeschools, you have to actually homeschool. That means that you plan it into your schedule just like you plan for meals and for your clients or work tasks. One day Emma asked me about my to do notebook. I have far more than just a list. Actually, I do not. I have a whole binder devoted to her education. But her point is valid. Do I get so focused on work that I forget to homeschool? It can happen very easily. Fortunately, my daughter is old enough that most of her work is done independently anyway.

But for the most part, she is working alone. This is appropriate for eighth grade, and not anything that I should feel guilty about. When she needs help, I am right there to assist. But she also needs accountability.

She needs me to check to see that she is working and is working with excellence. If you chose to homeschool while working at home, by all means, make the homeschool part a top priority. If you work at home, you need to set realistic expectations.

After all, it is clean. But you will have to let something else slide. The reality is that you cannot do it all well all of the time. Embrace that fact, and your life will be less stressful. In my situation, I am self-employed. I have my own social media marketing business iHomeschool Network and also work for different clients as a consultant or social media manager. That means I can set my own work hours. I have learned that to maximize my performance and keep my sanity, I work on projects when I want to.

I chose to start my own business so that I can earn money doing what I love. And working with desire makes the job so much easier than plodding through a difficult chore.

Of course, there are time sensitive jobs that have to be done according to schedule, but I normally work far enough out that I can choose the projects that I am interested in for that day. This freedom keeps me motivated to show up at my desk day after day and even enjoying my work. When I am in the flow with a certain task, I keep doing it until the flow stops. I can normally find something I want to do. I go offline and focus on sewing projects, take a field trip with Emma, complete a household improvement project, or visit with my mom.

After those unplugged episodes, I always return to work with fresh ideas and renewed passion. They are a key to my success as a homeschooling WAHM. For some reason, my physical work area has always been important to me. Likewise, having a dedicated work area that is all mine helps me to work more efficiently. This is one of those best case scenarios that not everyone can afford in terms of space or furniture. We converted the formal living room into what we call a library. It has my desk, a piano, bookshelves, and upholstered chairs.

I can close it off from the rest of the house for concentrated work hours or conference calls. So I have not always had it this good. At the core, the answer to being a WAHM who homeschools is to be disciplined. That discipline makes it easier for me to say no to non-essential projects that might distract me. My internal discipline also helps me stand strong in my choice both to homeschool and to be a work at home mom. Two of my friends have written books about working at home as a homeschool mom: Misty Bailey and Pamela Price.

A few working homeschool moms joined up for one of the weekly iHomeschool Hangouts to talk about this very topic. Enjoy the video below. Read more reasons people give for not homeschooling at iHomeschool Network.

Two months ago, I began working at home part time. I especially loved and appreciated your words of wisdom regarding housework and chores for kids. You made some great points here Jimmie.

I think are article will inspire many on the journey to homeschooling. I need to catch up on your blog. Thank you for this wonderful post.

This was a great concern I had, and you helped ease my mind. It is good to know that there are others that understand and struggle with the same things that I have. I chose to work at home so I would be available to educate my kids at home. I do need to be more purposeful about passing off some of the housework and not feeling guilty about it: Thanks for the inspiration! What a thorough post, Jimmie!

It is a balancing act for sure and you have to have grace with yourself. I love all of your advice. As usual you have nailed it. I work at home, as well, and I did seriously question if I would need to give up either work or homeschool. The towel one is my favorite. I do that, too! My most powerful non-negotiable is to wake up and work for 2 hours early in the morning.

Plus, after I get my work done, I feel energized to go and homeschool and keep my house liveable. Two strategies have worked well for me: Those are MY hours, to do the writing that requires the most concentration. My younger kids do most of their schoolwork one-on-one with me, but the older ones gradually do more and more independent work.

I think you have nailed it. And I love that you and Emma had the conversation about where she — and her education — fit in. I totally relate to all you are saying, and can attest to the frustration levels that exist when all the people in your home environment, not to mention the ones outside of it! But they are very necessary! This integrated lifestyle can make it feel like there is always work to be done. Try to set aside one part of the day for no computer or work. No family is an island and everyone needs a support system.

This is particularly true if you are living an unconventional lifestyle that includes working from home and homeschooling. Start in the homeschooling community and find friends. Look into community programs for homeschoolers. If you are really lucky you might actually meet a family like yours who understands the unique challenges you face. No philosophy, book or guru can tell you what will work for your family. Are you a work from home, homeschooling family?

Tell us about the life hacks you use to make it work. Hillary feels lucky to be able to work full-time from home and shares the homeschooling responsibilities with her partner. Together, with a little creativity, a full schedule and a lot of love, they facilitate the education of their three adorable, and sometimes very loud, children. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom. This is my biggest question as I prepare to homeschool next year — how do I run SLM and homeschool well?

Totally agree with the cloud computing thing. Technology is one of the amazing things that makes this sort of lifestyle possible! Creating a Handmade Home. Hillary, thanks for sharing this! I often get asked how our family functions with working and home schooling. For the last five years, this has been our lifestyle, which included planting a church and operating a music studio piano and voice. And Tsh, you can totally do it! I definitely need to work on 6! I work from home and homeschool.

I need to work more on the staying organized part! I have been super lucky, however and share some of the homeschooling tasks with my sister-in-law. We share kid duty and lessons, freeing up some time for each of us to get some of our own work done. I love your ideas and will take them to heart! I was never great at organizing and his system was really helpful. It made a big difference for us.

Why the Kindle is Enough. This is fantastic Hillary! It is such a balancing act working from home and homeschooling, but these are wonderful ideas for keeping it all together! It is so ingrained that it has led to some unfortunate late nights, but it also helps me prioritize!! We homeschooled and had a family business for 5 years.

It was not so much a technology based business as it was a service business. We took our kids with much as much as possible we did pictures for homeschool groups, co-ops, teams and events. I mean, during busy season, we were hardly ever home! So, keeping things portable was important! We listened to a lot of classic stories on the road via CD! That is the awesome thing about homeschooling AND about being self-employed is that you have freedom to choose!

Ahh- the American Dream… and a cure. Around the Kitchen Table… Morning Mystery. I work from home and my daughter is 2 now. We will be homeschooling regularly soon. This is very helpful! By biggest problem is that I am by nature not very organized, I will really have to discipline myself on that. Also, I made it a priority to find friends that fit us really well — other unschooling families with similar values, where I can be friends with the Mom, and our children are similar ages give or take a few years and get along well.

In terms of organization, I attempt to use physical structures to make being organized almost a default position I like some ideas from zenhabits. I still have a ways to go ;. I have applied the flow diagram to my e-mail which I love.

I like the idea management presented in Making Ideas Happen. Everything is a project and all incoming stuff ideas, paper, tasks whatever is either an action item which you can apply the flow diagram from GTD , reference or back burner my life seems full of those somedays.

You create a system to categorize and sort these things and then manage your time to actually deal with the action items. I agree, Renee, that GTD was overwhelming. Making Ideas Happen is not so much about an organizing system as it is well… making ideas happen.

This can include your homeschooling ideas. I am so fortunate that my daughter is a very self directed learner, and has been from a young age. Home schooling is so much easier when you let your child follow their passions. This is beautiful Hillary! Very clear and concise! Just what I needed! I will be posting this one on FB and Twitter! I really like the 30 minute idea too. I Just Had to Gush…. So nice to hear your voice here and have you share your wisdom. As you know, we are gearing up to earn money from home — Damien first and then myself in the next couple months.

We will be work-at-home partners in life and marriage and of course homeschooling our kiddos at the same time. Your post is very timely! This was a great article. As a freelance writer and homeschooling mom I agree with all points. This sounds a lot like our life! Sometimes, it can seem that we see each other quite a bit since we are both in the same house most of the time, but being in the same building and spending quality time together are two VERY different things!

It is so important to communicate with your spouse, both about the mundane schedules, meals, etc. When we are both on the same page, life just works better: Cultivating an Uncommon Union- From the Husband. The short answer is, I am constantly inspect-and-adapt-ing. We are a completely entrepreneurial family, with 3 young kids, and we homeschool. My husband quit his management job in the city a year and a half ago to launch a private music school, and I do various blog, writing and other web work.

We are finding it a real challenge to get ourselves organized and find systems and rhythms that work for us. BUT, I am recognizing more and more that we need to come up with a real system of organization like you talked about in 3, in order to be able to reap the other benefits that come with our lifestyle choice.

I think one of the hardest parts is that we feel truly odd and out of place in many respects. All that to say, this post is timely for me. I need to read it over with hubs on a date night. What a good topic! I work from home as a doula and student midwife, and I have hard time getting privacy to make phone calls or emails with clients or other midwives. My kids seem to think they can barge in wherever I am!

Perhaps I need to be more clear about my space? Nice to meet you! Nice to meet you too! I am tardy to the party but what a great post! But if I had more than one kid…I would seriously have to do something differently. Thumbs Down to Facebook Advertising.

I have three other children, my son 6 and daughter 4 are in school nearby and our baby, almost 2 is at home with us. Any chance of a photo? Did you use like flylady. This was great to read as I try to decide the best thing for my family! I just stumbled upon this blog, realizing this particular piece was written in This is great information! My husband and I have made the decision to homeschool our daughter and I will be running a home-based crafting business in addition to working a part-time position at my church that also allows me to work from home.

My husband is a college professor and freelance writer. The excitement is plenty but we often worry about balancing all of our competing demands. Thanks for providing such wonderful tips! I figure between my experience as a former corporate professional turned graduate student finished this spring turned homeschool educator and business owner, I can manage to keep the engines humming…without losing my mind! Thank you for this post! Your tips not only give me concrete ideas but also reassure me that my guilt and grief over not being superwoman are misplaced.

I am a single mother of a 4 year old and her birthday is in October for 5 years. Public school would hold her back a year literally with the dumbing down of America, I feel she is smarter at home and we have the freedom of many field trips. However, I can take her with me to the salon for a Highlight or haircut when the staff are off and work outside of hours, So far, this has worked, However , I graduate with a BAAS and certification to teach Cosmo and I am unsure whether I want to put her in public school, she is an only child and we a small amount of interaction with home schoolers,library and others but it does not seem enough social interaction for an only child.

I almost could not breath with too much more added in our life, Any suggestions, advice or feedback is appreciated. Contact me by e-mail if you would like. I have been having a hard time with this since I started homeschooling.

I have 3 boys ages 3, 6, and 9. I just need to stick to it now and that is the hardest part. Anyway, this article was motivating for me to keep at it and stick to my schedule. I tend to get thrown off way too easily and then get depressed about it. But this is something I really want to do. Win a Soy Candle Gift Basket! My husband works shift work and I work outside the home part time.

You are right on all counts! Creation Debate — Who Won? Thank you for your post. We are having a curriculum day at our Homeschool Group, not just for our homeschoolers but for newbies. One of the questions our committee asked me to research and contribute to was working and homeschooling.

I work from home too, but I am very new to this. Thanks for the wisdom of your article. Keep up the good work.

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25 Companies That Will Hire You to Work from Home. Over the years, I have met and befriended a ton of my fellow homeschool moms. We talk about the ups and downs of our individual homeschool journeys. Working from Home and Homeschool Keeping the Income Coming From web development, to sewing, from legal work to farming, parents have figured out ways to continue personal development and increase income while still homeschooling their children. The ability to be mobile adds flexibility to the work-at-home and homeschooling family. Homeschoolers know that much learning happens outside of the house. Cloud computing means you can work at the park, during a violin lesson, or at swim class. Check out great tools like Google Apps, Evernote, and Dropbox. 5. Be realistic.




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