If you are a homeschooling family like we are, chances are you know the stress that comes with making the decision to homeschool. I worried about not being smart enough to teach my kids, social awkwardness (for me and them) and especially money. Money always seems to be an issue no matter what leaps you want to take in life. It also shouldn’t be the one thing that holds you back. Our family has been homeschooling for 2 years and have managed not only to continue to make money but to also make enough to pay off our debts. I want to spread the word and share with other families how it’s possible to make money while you homeschool. No one way fits all, of course, so I’ll do my best to cover all the bases!
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When you are trying to figure out what schedule and what methods are going to work for you to make money while homeschooling you must first take your homeschooling method into consideration. Things like:
All of these things will play a factor in the time, money and overall management of your school/work life.
So let’s talk options. What different jobs are available to you? What are the perks of each?
When it comes to making money outside the home for both parents, this can be a challenge, especially if you have younger children at home. It might be difficult but many families do it every day. Even working full time!
Parents who choose this method often work different shifts in order to make sure someone is home with their children at all times. This may be the method that most often incorporates both parents into the roll of “teacher.”
For our first year of homeschooling, Tom maintained his full time job and I worked a part-time job as a preschool teacher. This often meant he was dropping our kids off at my work while he took off for his. While it was only 2 days a week, it was a struggle trying to maintain communication and for me to juggle home and work life.
Making money from home is what many parents turn to whether it is one parent or both. They do this in order to maintain a flexible schedule and help with a steady homeschool routine.
When Tom’s work schedule continuously changed, I knew making money from home was probably my best bet. I had to quit my preschool job, then took a part-time evening job teaching dance and wound up having to quit that one as well.
I knew this was the push I needed to jump into blogging full time and I am so thankful for all the problems that pushed me in the right direction.
For me personally, working from home has allowed me to make more money and maintain a more peaceful homeschool experience.
Here are some great work from home ideas:
These are of course just a few ideas and these are the ones that allow you the freedom to set your own hours and work around a homeschool schedule.
There are of course other work-from-home jobs you can do through bigger companies but may not offer the same flexibility as some of these options.
One of the great aspects of homeschooling that I absolutely love is that you can really encourage your child to be who they are. They can grow their natural talents and maybe even learn about entrepreneurship at a young age.
Now, I’m not saying you can start making them work for you! As enticing as that may sound! Being a homeschooling parent can mean more financial stress on a family and finding a way to encourage kids to add to their savings at a young age might be beneficial to everyone.
Encouraging children to start making money at a young age will not only encourage good work ethic but also gives them the opportunity to appreciate saving part of their wages and learn to manage their money wisely.
No matter what, homeschooling is going to require some trial and error when it comes to time management. Whether you work from home or work outside the home, figuring out a schedule that works for you will present its challenges.
Here are some of my best tips after 2 years of trying to figure out how to manage work from home and work outside the home homeschool schedules.
If you are a person who thrives on organization, I highly suggest this life planner from Abby Lawson. It will help you keep everything together from work to home!
Maybe you can’t fathom the idea of working and homeschooling. I get it. It can be a lot.
Maybe you need a little extra spending money and don’t have time to fit in another job into your schedule. Here are some easy ways that I make money while grocery shopping or in my spare time.
It may not be easy at first, but making money while homeschooling is totally possible. Sometimes you just have to get creative and have patience! More than likely there will be some trial and error before you figure out what works for you and your family! Here’s a some more motivation for you:
Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.