Making the decision to homeschool often comes with the sacrifice of one income. I did some research and added a few of my own tips for making income at home and here’s the details.
How do homeschool moms make money? They work remotely or parttime and fulltime at conventional jobs. They use their talents to create self-made income. They find jobs that allow work from home opportunities or allow flexibility to work around schooling their kids.
Some of these money making strategies take time to develop. I will walk you through a few ways I discovered to make money while homeschooling. Don’t loose hope. There is a way to work and homeschool.
Create Your Own Income
When you are trying to create your own income, you are ultimately trying to take what you are good at or what you enjoy doing and trade it for money. These are a few options to consider for starting a business:
- crafting (anything from sewing to soap making)
- financial services
- marketing (great for social media experts)
- referral services
- private tutoring (to other homeschoolers or for homework help and struggling learners)
- writing (blogging, freelancer copywriter, books, etc)
- business to business services (how can your business provide a service to a business)
- taxi services
If you were previously working at a job, you maybe able to work with local businesses doing the same task. Create a company and then find the business.
Here are some things to consider when creating your own income:
- Once your business is making over $400, make sure you have set it up as a legitimate business (Unless you are required to collect sales tax). Consider sole-proprietorship, limited liability company, partnership, or corporation business structure.
- Make sure that you have all the business paperwork to have a business. These may include: business license, operational license, permits, wholesale/resale number, EIN, and sales tax number.
- How to keep track of your expenses and income. There are a lot of online software programs that make recording expenses and income easy.
Marketing is very important. The first place to start is with friends and family. It is so easy to give your product for testing, get their feedback, tweak your products for ideal use, and then have them rave about it to their friends. Another route is to use social media. Build your audience first. Ask friends and family to comment, like, and share all your posts. This will help you become more discoverable.
It is important with social media to first build and audience around content. Then you can start selling items. Build an audience, build a rapport, and then sell to your audience.
Feedback is your best help with your business. Use the information you gain to improve your product and make new products or services. Make sure you are providing exceptional customer service. In today’s world, customer service is being available to quickly answer questions, fast shipping, and resolving issues even if it means taking a temporary loss.
Work From Home for a Company
There are many companies that allow you to work from home. In fact, many companies will allow moms to convert their normal jobs to work from home positions. Ask your manager before quitting. You can also look for other jobs within your company and see if you could promote or demote into that position.
Contact a recruiter and have some assistance with finding a job within your community. Also, you can create a company that needs your services and instead of owning your business that provides a service to them; propose a work from home employment opportunity. Create a resume that displays your ability to independently work.
As a homeschool teacher, there are many companies that hire teachers. Here are a few:
- VIPKid – pay is $14-22/hour. This program provides full immersion for foreign students to US core standards.
- K12 – pay is $37,000/year. This program is for all K-12 students. It is a full online school.
- QKids – pay is $16-20/hour. This program teaches Chinese kids ages 4-12 English.
- Magic Ears – pay is $20-26/hour. This program teaches foreign speakers English.
- Yiyi English – pay is $15-18/hour. This program teaches English to non-native speakers.
- iTutor Group – pays up to $2,000/month. This platform teaches English and math.
- SayABC – pays up to $19/hour. This program teaches students English.
Part-time and Full-time Work
It is true you can still work a traditional job while homeschooling your children. In fact, many parents do. I know you are wondering how? It is all in the scheduling.
Many working homeschooling parents work before or after they do school with their kids. This could work by having the kids cared for by someone during the time while you are working. Some parents are able to bring their kids to work with them.
In two-parent households or homes with dual help, parents may work alternating schedules. Kids who need limited monitoring might stay with an elderly or disabled family member while their parent works.
Some parents will work night shifts and allow their kids to stay the night with a family member or the other parent. There are a lot of ways to finesse the schedule so that it works for your family. The real question is how do you have time to work and your kids still learn.
Organizing Your Schedule to Work and Teach
So, let’s just jump into this. Learning can happen without you being present to teach. You just need a little organization. The first thing to consider is your child.
If your child can read, they are perfect for independent work. There are a few things you will need for setting your child up to learn when you aren’t present.
- A checklist of things to do for the day. I have used a wet erase marker and laminated paper with lines and checkboxes to accomplish this task.
- A curriculum that delivers and assesses knowledge. This may be self-made curriculum or tasks. There is a lot of curriculum that is great for independent learning settings.
- Monitoring system and way for your child to turn in work and ask questions if they need help.
Parents should check their kids progress by the curriculum’s dashboards or the assessments you have created to check your child’s learning. This should happen daily so that you have time to adjust the next day’s work.
Don’t underestimate the power of videos and documentaries. When you are not around, you can set various videos that will deliver information to your child. This works with books as well. You can also record yourself demonstrating a skill that your child is struggling with and leave a project or worksheet for them to practice before they start their daily assignments.
So, when we are looking at scheduling and learning the schedule will go a few ways.
|Leave checklist for student(s)
|Leave checklist for student(s)
|Adjust Checklist for next Day
|Adjust checklist for next day
Using Private Teachers While Working
You will need to check your state’s laws about using proxy teachers or private teachers for homeschooling. Some states require only parents to be the teachers to qualify as a homeschool.
If you are in a state that allows you to delegate teaching responsibilities such as Texas and many other states, you can hire a teacher for your kids while you work. This is very helpful for parents who need care while they are working.
There are several ways to find a private teacher. Here are a few options:
- Hire a family member who is looking for money and you can train to follow the checklists you leave.
- Seek out tutors. They are generally open for work during the day as kids are in school.
- Seek out other homeschool moms (in groups), many are willing to teach your kids along with theirs. Especially, because moms are always looking to make additional money.
- Put out an ad for a private teacher position.
Do homeschool moms get paid? Parents do not get paid to homeschool. In fact, in many states parents homeschool at their own cost and these cost are not tax deductible. Other states, may offer tax deductions or stipends through charter schools.
What are the strictest states to homeschool? These states have a lot of restrictions and regulations for homeschooling families: New York, Ohio, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rhode Island, Georgia and Massachusetts.