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Homeschooling and Working from Home

It’s common for parents to face the question of: how do I afford homeschooling? In short, home education costs can vary depending on the individual family. Working from home and homeschooling are doable because of the flexibility the homeschool lifestyle offers. Plus, it’s proven by families all over the United States of America.

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Work: The Road Less Traveled

“Someone asked me, “Why do you always insist on taking the hard road?” I replied, “Why do you assume I see two roads?”

-Anonymous

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to homeschool and work from home. Individually, both seem like the hard road to many people. Combined they seem like the hard road to most people. More than the hard road, I think they’re the high road for several reasons. There’s nothing like the homeschool lifestyle for dedicated families whose parents diligently see through the discipleship and education of their children.

Personal Responsibility

We want to love our neighbor by not participating in socialism (i.e. going to the State for education funds). There is no just cause for the State forcing our neighbor to pay out of their hard-earned paycheck to cover the educational expenses of our children. That is our duty to fulfill. Responsible management of personal economics is a key factor.

Here’s how our family rolls:

  • live frugally,
  • meal plan,
  • choose what activities are most important for our children,
  • prioritize classes (e.g. speech, P.E., etc.) for them to take,
  • save money and work to pay for those activities,
  • make sacrifices (we have to pick and choose, we can’t do everything we want just because we want to)

There are several positives for working from home and homeschooling (or even working part-time outside the home). Additionally, there are several options for job ideas. All of which are listed below. What will be your path?

The Homeschool Lifestyle

Everyone’s homeschool experience is unique. Families who have one or two parents working from home have the benefit of that being a part of their homeschool experience. Children learn a great deal from it as a part of their education:

  • Biblical principles of business (if you’re practicing them)
  • Diligence
  • Independence
  • Industry
  • Morals/ethics
  • Organization skills
  • Personal economics
  • Respect (time and space of the working parent)
  • Soft skills (seeing them in action)
  • Time management
  • Scheduling
  • (just to name a few)

Reality Check

Children learn the reality of life: it takes hard work, determination, and grit to provide. Nothing in life is free and sometimes it may come across that way to children if they don’t see a parent working to provide. Another way to counter the notion of things being free is to give your children work for hire jobs they can do around home to earn money to save, give, and spend.

Appreciation

We’ve taught our children how to identify socialism and socialist programs. Unfortunately, socialism among homeschooers is a real thing. The takeaway for many children is that they can have something just because they want it and all they have to do is turn to the government for this, that, or the other thing. It’s a tragedy in many ways; one being that the money comes from one’s neighbor. Taxes are not a personal savings account.

One of the benefits of children seeing a parent work from home is that it’s a concrete example of labor. In contrast to socialism, children learn the value of a hard-earned dollar as they witness a parent working for income. Plus, they learn to honor their neighbor’s hard work by not participating in socialist programs which force their hard-earned money away from them and their families (legislated theft). Therefore, children learn to appreciate what their parents do for them and for the activities in which they can participate.

Working from Home Job Ideas

Some work-at-home homeschooling parents work full-time or part-time or on just two days a week. Others work to help provide for basic needs or extras. But, whatever your personal needs are there’s a plethora of options from which to choose:

  • Accountant
  • Artist (fiber arts, painting, teaching)
  • ASL Interpreter
  • Bee Keeping
  • Butcher (family-owned business)
  • Business Coach
  • Childcare
  • Church Children’s Ministry Director
  • Church Staff
  • Clothing Company (selling/screen printing/designing)
  • Commissions Analyst
  • Content Creator
  • Curriculum creator
  • Crafting Business
  • Data Analytics
  • Digital and Affiliate Marketing
  • Draft custom house plans
  • Drama Teacher
  • Education Specialist/Consultant
  • Farming
  • Farm Experience Club/School (chores, play in the woods, teach topics)
  • Farmers Markets
  • Financial Planner
  • Freelance Writer
  • Graphic Design
  • Hairstylist
  • Health Coach
  • IT Coordinator
  • Landlord
  • Language teacher/tutor
  • Live Chat/Text for a major retailer
  • Master Herbalist
  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Transcription
  • Micro School Teacher
  • Mobilization Director for a Ministry
  • Moving Company (owner)
  • Music Teacher (choir or instrument)
  • Nursing
  • Online Marketing Services
  • Photography
  • Repair Shop (home-based business)
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Teach lessons or tutor other homeschool students out of your home
  • Teacher (online live or pre-recorded classes)
  • Telephone Triage RN
  • Tour Guide with historical associations
  • Travel Advisor
  • Virtual Assistant

Avoiding Burnout

Homeschool burnout is a real thing among homeschooling moms (especially if she’s an introvert). Add a home-based business to the demands of managing a household and all things being a wife and mother, burnout is to be expected.

One of the ways to prevent burnout from happening is to go by a set work schedule and to take breaks.

Set Schedules and Some Challenges for Mothers with Little Ones

We’re living in a real world so I’m not going to try and sugarcoat things here.

Firstly, it’s essential to keep the following quote in mind:

Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.”

C.S. Lewis

For the mom with little ones, it’s challenging to go by a set work schedule as though she were away for her work. Oftentimes even when dad is home the little ones simply want mother and will find her. In this instance, working during daytime hours may be more of a frustration than a reality.

There are three possible solutions:

  • limit work hours to nap times
  • hire a mother’s helper for an hour or two
  • work once little ones are tucked into bed and have drifted off to sleep

Set Schedules and Some Challenges for Mothers with Older Children

For the mother with older children, it’ll likely be easier for her to have a smooth, set work schedule from home with minimal to no interruptions. That said, your older children still need you just in different ways than when they were younger.

Depending on the home-based business, mothers may be able to determine their work hours. So, if a mother has several activities to take her older children to (and to enjoy watching), she may be able to accomplish some of her work in the early morning hours or later at night.

Be Encouraged

Where there’s a will there’s a way!

For ideas on how to practically work from home while homeschooling, read the article at OCEANetwork: Homeschool While Working from Home.

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