You have probably heard the modern proverbial saying, “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Many a homeschooling parent has been taken in by some envelope-stuffing, multi-level, assemble-at-home or Internet millions scam, only to find out that the only person making money was the person who master-minded the scheme to begin with.
But scams aside, there are legitimate ways that homeschooling parents can work from home, many quite successfully too. It’s no coincidence that a lot of homeschoolers tap into their entrepreneurial talents, start home businesses and create their own work-at-home opportunities so that they can still be home for the children.
On a small scale, some parents have found ways to make money by taking on an assortment of odd jobs that they can perform in their spare time. These kinds of assignments may not pay well, but can be squeezed in between math and science, often taking no longer than nap time. Things like online tutoring, blogging for money, selling stuff at auction, taking surveys, scoring essays from home, answering questions online, and typing papers are jobs that most anyone can do with a computer and a few minutes of free time. Though the paychecks aren’t worth bragging about, they can still help by covering things like a year’s worth of curriculum plus all of the holiday gifts for the kids.
On a larger scale, other parents have completely moved their operations to the home base, either by telecommuting for a company or by starting a new home business altogether. In fact, many products and services on the homeschooling market have been created by other families who support themselves solely from work performed right out of the living room or garage.
Some people worry about a loss of income when moving from a “real job” to a user-created at home situation. In many ways, this requires the same scary leap of faith it takes to begin homeschooling. But if you think about the savings achieved by working from home, for instance on meals out, wardrobe expenses, vehicle costs and gasoline, mobile minutes, and everything else, it doesn’t seem so out of whack after all.
Not everyone can work from home and not everybody even wants to, either. However, if working at home could make homeschooling life easier, or make it possible at all, it just might be something to think about.