How to make money as a homeschooling parent

If homeschooling is on your heart chances are that one of the things that may be holding you back is expenses. Or possibly you already home school and you’re looking for a way to make some extra cash. Personally I was a couple years into homeschooling when I began to feel the need to help my family financially. However, I had been a stay at home mom for 10 years by then and I really didn’t want to give up my personal convictions to home school my kids to start working, so what was I going to do? I did what I know to do and I took it to the Lord. I prayed a very specific request, that I thought was really asking a lot and would be hard to come across. My prayer was that God would present me with an opportunity to help out my family, that would allow me to bring my children, and would also allow me to continue homeschooling.

Several weeks into praying this prayer, I was browsing through one of my local home school association groups online and saw a post that peaked my interest. The post was from another local home school mom and it went something like this, “Is anyone interested in a job that you can bring your kids and still home school?” … Um, yes! Me! That was literally my prayer almost verbatim. I was not about to turn away the blessing! So I responded for more information. She was looking for child care teachers for their church before and after school program. She explained to me the hours would be mornings and afternoons, with several hours in between leaving me time to home school my kids, and of course being a child care facility I would be able to bring them with me for a very good employee discount. I see you Lord! This was an answer to my prayer. I applied for the position, and got the job. I have since been promoted to Ministry Assistant of the child care program and work just a few more hours then before, but I am still able to do school with the kids.

Since I started working I have collaborated with many other working home school moms and learned that its not all that uncommon. There are plenty of opportunities to earn extra income for your household as a home school parent. So I am going to share with you a few of the ways that I personally know other home school parents make it work. Some are great for making side cash when you need it, others are steady income opportunities, but the important thing to keep in mind is that all of them are actual jobs that take actual work. You may have to put in some elbow grease, but it CAN be done! As an effort to sound extra cheesy I will end this part of the article with this quote, “If you believe it, you can achieve it.”

Without further ado, here’s a few ways to make money as a home school parent:

1. Starting with what I know, Child Care
Child care comes in many forms. You may want to be a weekend babysitter to make some pocket cash. Or sign on to be a full time nanny for a family that allows you to bring along your own kiddos. You can set up a profile or sign up with a provider company. I know there’s one in my area called angel fish services that basically acts as the middle man between parents and providers. If required by the parents, most babysitting or nanny jobs will require a minimum of CPR certification and first aid training, and most likely a clean background check.

Then there’s the early learning jobs, which include in home day care provider or working as an early childhood teacher in a day care facility. Day care providers specialize more on the education side of child care, and these jobs require by law for special training. Like sitters and nannies, day care providers will also be required to be CPR and first aid certified. They will be required to pass a clean background check, and depending on whether they are in home or in facility teachers the training will very. However generally the training covers subjects such as, In Home or Facility Rules and Regulations, Health Safety and Nutrition, Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Growth and Development, Safe Sleep Practices, and Early Literacy, just to name a few. Going the Day Care teacher route will require you to pass exams on these skills to continue practicing, but don’t let that deter you, the training only takes as long as you make it take and the exams are pretty common sense stuff.

The most important thing to be said about this option is that it is more than just a job. It is a calling. If you don’t feel called to take care of children I definitely do not suggest this route. These are people’s children, to be cared for and protected at all cost. Chances are as a home school parent, one of the very reasons you may have decided to home school was to keep your children safe from outside sources, because we have all heard the horror stories. So as a home school parent we of all people should understand how hard it is for these parents to leave their children in the care of basically a stranger. It is a trust between parents and providers and of course the children. Not to be taken lightly. If you’re just simply wanting to make a buck, there is nothing wrong with that but I suggest moving down the list then.

2. Sell your closet-
I know quite a few home school parents who actually make a good bit of money doing this. Most of them suggest starting with what you actually have in your closet. Clean out what you no longer wear, including clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. You can also do this for your kids stuff. Seeing as there’s a huge market for children’s clothing, I highly suggest this. Once you’ve got your stuff to sell post it on apps like “letitgo” or “poshmark”. Of course you can always go the oldie but goodie way of ebay!

Once you get the hang of it, you can start doing reselling. A couple moms I know will spend a few hours every week going to thrift stores and flipping things they find for a good chunk of change!

3. Makers and Crafters-
If you have a niche for making things that can be useful to others, someone will buy it! Sites like etsy make it easy to set up shop where all of you talented home school parents can turn your hobbies into profit! Don’t forget flee markets and art shows. Get yourself a booth and sell your crafts! I buy from my maker friends all the time.

4. Homesteading-
Not only can this save you money, but it can also earn you money. Homesteading involves growing your own food, farming animals, making your own soaps, detergents, etc. Contrary to popular belief you do not have to have a lot of land to do this. I suggest looking up the popular trend called “urban homesteading”. I actually dabbled in homesteading myself before. All you need is a box/container garden to get started. Farming animals is not required but if desired, a small chicken coop doesn’t take up much room. Once you get established you will be saving lots of money on produce, eggs, and other household goods. Then you can take your stuff down to your local farmers market and turn it into cash!

5. Find a job that allows you to bring your kids to work-
They do exist, and they’re not all working as daycare providers. I have a couple friends who work in gyms as personal trainers or yoga instructors. The catch is they work for a gym that provides childcare and allows them to utilize the childcare while they’re on the job.

There are also other companies who have learned the importance of on site child care for their employees, such as Home Depot and Publix. Get yourself a part time job at the grocery or hardware store, and home school with the other part of your time!

6. Uber Eats Courier-
So Uber came out with an awesome program that delivers food to people from anywhere. So if you want something to eat from somewhere that generally doesn’t deliver, you can call Uber Eats and they will bring it to you! This is also awesome for a home school parent who wants to make some side cash. Unlike regular Uber, that you definitely should not bring your children while you transport strangers, as an Uber Eats Courier you can bring your kids along for the ride to drop off some burgers! Awesome!

7. Photography-
This one is pretty popular among home school parents, but if you have what it takes you can make really good money doing photography. However you definitely need to have a talent for it, otherwise you will waste a lot of money in the process. The initial investment to be a photographer is a pretty good cost, so be sure it is something you are going to stick with. You don’t want to have a bunch of dusty equipment sitting in the corner never being used.

If you do stick with it though, it is worth it. I actually have several friends who support their households as the main source of income by owning their own photography business.

8. Direct Sales-
Though I honestly don’t know many people who get rich with direct sales. I do have friends who bring in a couple hundred extra dollars every month through their direct sales businesses! Do your research and find out what works best for you. My advice is make sure that you are selling something that you will use. Its really hard to sell a product that you’re not really passionate about, and people can tell if you’re faking.

9. Private Cleaning business-
You do not have to have specialized talents to start your own business. Everybody is good at something! If you are good at cleaning and organizing put it to use! Start a cleaning business cleaning vacation homes or condos. You’ll be more likely to be able to bring your kids to these places than someones daily home, but those jobs are out there too!

10. Online tutoring or teaching-
If you are a teacher, or you have an area that you can offer private lessons in, this is a good option for you. Below is a list of options to look into for online teaching and tutoring jobs.
Teaching jobs-
▪ K12
▪ Educate-online
▪ Connections Academy
▪ Flex jobs
Tutoring jobs-
▪ Sylvan Learning
▪ Chegg

11. Baking-
If you’re great at baking use that! I know a few home school parents who bake special cakes or cupcakes to order, for events. You could even use this as a teaching opportunity. I can see a home economics class coming out of this!

12. Beauty Services-
If you can do hair, makeup, nails, or if you are a massage therapist, this one is for you! Again, I know a lot of home school moms who have gotten their cosmetology or massage credentials and offer services from their home on their off time. It brings in extra money and allows them the flexibility to keep home schooling their kids!

Well, that concludes my list for now. What do you guys think? Can you think of anything to add to the list? I am always looking for new ways to help the home school community. Leave your comments below.


What My Mom’s Death Taught Me About My Own Health

So this journey has been very difficult to say the least. If you don’t know what journey I am referring to click here to catch up. A lot of self discovery happening. As I’ve mentioned in my previous blog post, since losing my mom I’m not exactly sure how to be me anymore. One thing I did about a week ago was sit down and make a list of things I want to do within the next year to be closer to my destination. Which is figuring out who I am again. There’s things on the list from, get closer to God, to sky diving. No I do not intend to get closer to God by skydiving. Nothing is off limits on this list. Crazy things, awesome things, impossible things, no biggie things, and so on.

The reality is that I probably won’t be able to accomplish everything on my list, at least not this next year. However one thing that is immediately attainable on my list is to take my health and fitness more seriously. Having been witness to my mothers suffering with terminal illness for the passed seven years, especially the last two of them, has opened my eyes to another side of health, that is nutrition. It amazes you when you’ve been told by doctors that your mother needs to be on a high-protein diet, but the hospital is feeding her jello. Meanwhile she doesn’t know better because her idea of eating healthy is eating lots of yogurt. In the last year of my moms life I did a lot of research on eating for health, but I was to no avail because my moms health was so declined by then that I couldn’t help her. This is when I learned that using food for medical purposes is best done as a preventative, than it is a treatment. However let me clarify that it totally CAN be used as a treatment in a lot of instances.

Upon reflecting on what I have learned I decided that it is time to start implementing these things in my own life. My mom was only 46 when she passed away. Her mom was only 58 when she passed away, and her mom’s mom was also only 58 when she passed away! Do you see a pattern here? I decided for the sake of my children to hopefully never have to know the pain of losing their mom too soon, that I have to take control of my health where I can. It only makes sense to me that the best way I can do that is by controlling what I put into my body. Now a lot of things factor into a person’s health, genetics, etc. Though I am certain, from my own experience in watching what my mom went through, that it is a lot easier to get healthy BEFORE disease gets a hold of you, than it is to restore health to an already unhealthy and malnourished individual. Shoot I might even go as far to say that if your body is kept in the right conditions that some diseases, such as cancer, wont even have the opportunity to dwell there. Though I may not be confident enough yet to say that irrefutably, I have heard it said before. So the last couple weeks I have began to exercise just bout every day, and eat for my health. At first the adjustment is a little difficult, and even made me feel crummy. My body had to detoxify a lot of junk out, and that made me feel sick. I also experienced some hypoglycemia because I cut off my sugar intake maybe a little too drastically (I suggest tapering that one down). However determined to push through, I am feeling amazing now. My husband has even joined me on this part of my journey and he is already reaping the benefits as well. As a matter of fact he has lost 7 lbs in his first week!

I will make an entire blog post about what we are doing currently with our diet and everything when the time comes, but all that leads me to my next discovery on this journey. Through all my research and commitment to myself I have found that I really want to use this to help others. So today I am adding to my list to become a holistic health and wellness coach. I truly believe that God gave us everything we need to live life healthy. The problem is that we live in a society of convenience and we have lost touch with natural remedies. Why would you put much thought into your health when there is a pill for everything? Why would you put much thought into food preparation and ingredients when there is fast food on every corner? I used to be one of those people who didn’t worry about my health because “that’s the doctors job”. It doesn’t work like that. I believe in the healing properties of medicine don’t get me wrong, but I also believe in the healing properties of nature, and I think the two have the best outcome when combined. So I am not saying stop all your meds, but I am saying that you may be surprised at just how many of them you find yourself no longer in need of once you start to take better care of your body.

So, next on my list is figuring out which way I need to turn to be on the right path towards my new goal. Any tips on where to begin? What do you guys think about nutrition, and its healing powers? Are you also inspired to eat for your health? Let me know what you guys think in the comments.

The Motherless Mothers Day

Today has been exactly one month to the day since my mother passed away. Yesterday I went to see a grief counselor, to help in this healing process. She told me that all of the “firsts” are going to be the hardest. The first Mothers Day, first Thanksgiving, first Christmas, etc. Unfortunately for me my first motherless Mothers Day is so soon, this Sunday to be exact.

My mom is not here, so I can’t spend the day with her or lavish her with gifts. The only thing I can do is celebrate her, and pour myself into my own children. One thing I want to do for her this Mothers Day though is tell you about her. I want my readers to know about the woman who made me into what I am, because if you ever see a good quality in me, you can be sure it came from her.

I could tell you that my mothers favorite color was purple, or that her favorite flowers were lilies. I could tell you that she was a petite woman with dark blonde hair, and greenish- hazel colored eyes. I could tell you that she wore Hanae Mori perfume from the “Butterfly” collection, which is ironic because she hated butterflies. I could tell you that she tanned well in the summer, and how much she loved bathing in the sun. I could tell you that she loved to read, and her favorite kind of stories were mysteries and science fiction. I could tell you all of these things but they wouldn’t matter to you if you never knew her. So I want you to know her, at least how I knew her.

My mom was the oldest of her 3 sisters, born an identical twin though sadly her twin sister, Rhonda, passed away shortly after birth. Her parents were divorced, though both of her parents remained very involved with their girls. She grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, where she would later raise my brother and myself as well. She was beautiful and outgoing. Somewhat rebellious, but never reckless. She loved aqua-net hairspray, and was a perfectionist with a bottle of nail polish. She liked to chat over a cup of coffee on the front porch in the fall. She loved to think about the conspiracies of the world, like “is Big Foot real,” and “what is really hiding at Area 51?” She loved to sing even though she wasn’t very good at it. She was goofy in a good way. For example, she liked to pretend she had a British or an Irish accent and get to talking about anything and everything just to make people laugh. She enjoyed making fairy gardens, and painting rocks with her grand kids. We had our own secret language that few could understand, and we would speak it to each other when a message needed to be relayed for our ears only. She was feisty with a kind spirit, and had an amazing capability to care for others. Her grand children meant everything to her, and there’s no argument that she was absolutely the best mother she could be.

She had me when she was young. She was 16 when she became pregnant with me, and 17 when she gave birth to me. The first selfless thing she ever did for me was make the choice to keep me. A scared teenage mother chose to give up her own dreams and devote herself to a baby who didn’t ask to be born. Some people might think that a teenage mom couldn’t be a great mother, but boy would she prove those people wrong. I couldn’t have asked for a better mother if I was able to hand pick her myself. Since she was young when she had me, we got to grow up together. To give you a visual, think “Gilmore Girls” but blonde. In a lot of ways my mom and I also had a sister-like relationship, and she was my best friend all of my life. I am glad she didn’t wait, even though I’m sure that it put a lot of hardship on her to be such a young mother. Knowing now her fate to die early in life, being a young mom gave us more time together.

My mom was the kind of mom that would give you the last of her ice cream just because you asked for it, even if you already scarfed down your own, and even though it was chocolate with peanut butter cups which was her favorite. She was the mom who picked you up for lunch every day in second grade to make your favorite lunch and help you with your school work, because your ADD was holding you back in school but she wanted to help you catch up instead of medicate you. She was the mom that wouldn’t allow you watch scary movies, but still let you sleep in her bed late at night when you got scared because you sneakily watched them anyways at a friends house.

She was the kind of mom that woke you up early every morning in junior high school to do your hair and makeup for you, because your coming of age self didn’t know how to apply eyeliner to save your life. She was the kind of mom that helped you late night cram the project for school that you procrastinated for weeks. She was the kind of mom that stayed up all hours curled up on the sofa consoling you through your first heart break. She was also the kind of mom that helped you plot revenge against the first boy who broke your heart. She was the kind of mom who forgave you for being a rotten teenager, and loved you through all your mistakes.

She was the kind of mom who helped you move across the country when you became married at 18, even though it broke her heart. She was the kind of mom who put you on her cell phone plan because the two of you talked so often that the bill was outrageous (this was back before everything was unlimited). She was the kind of mom that couldn’t stand the distance between the two of you so she also moved across the country just to be near you and your children. She was the kind of mom that gave you good advice when you had marriage quarrels instead of just getting mad with you.

She was the kind of mom that even when she got sick she watched your kids for you until she couldn’t anymore. She was the kind of mom that you stayed every night you could at the hospital when she wasn’t doing well, because you know she would do the same for you. She was the kind of mom that you prayed fervently for that God would give her just one more day. She was the kind of mom that even in her suffering she would comfort you and tell you that everything is going to be okay. She was the kind of mom who used her last breath to tell you that she loves you always. She was the kind of mom that leaves an imprint in your heart forever, even after she is gone. She was the kind of mom that you want to be for your children, and that’s how she will live on.

This Mothers Day my mom isn’t with me. However she does get to be in heaven with her mom, and I’m sure you can probably guess that her mom was just as great as her. So, happy Mothers Day in heaven this year mamma! Give Grandma a hug for me. If your mom is still here this mothers day please give her your love. Spend the day with her if you can. Send her (or bring her) flowers. Tell her you love her. Don’t take her for granted.