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The majority of homeschooling families live on one income. But sometimes that single income can only be stretched so far, and the idea of making some money on the side becomes quite appealing. That’s when the stay-at-home homeschool mom becomes a work-at-home homeschool mom. And if you ask around, you’ll find there are many, many different ways to bring in a little extra help for your family’s finances.
Work-from-Home Homeschool Mom
The first thing many moms consider is direct sales. Storage containers, clothing and accessories, health and beauty products, games and books–the list of direct selling companies is huge! (Some of these are multi-level marketing, or network referral companies, but they all come down to selling directly to the consumer outside of a store.) These types of jobs usually require you to go out to someone else’s home to host a party. That means you need to invest in nice clothing, inventory to sell, catalogs, and hostess incentives. Plus you’ll need transportation and possibly a babysitter if your husband is unable to watch your children.
While there are a few stellar salespeople out there who manage to make a decent income, an article at inc.com states that the average income is only $2,400/year. (I made about that much in my first six months as a virtual assistant. But, that’s another blog post.) I know a little is better than nothing, but I’d like to challenge you to think outside of the box.
Work-at-Home Homeschool Mom
While selling products can be fun, there are more ways out there to earn an income. And they don’t require you to leave your home at all, thanks to the Internet. Working at home allows you to set your own hours, which means you can work while the children do independent studies, while the baby naps, before anyone wakes up, and after they go to bed. You will need to dedicate time to these jobs. Most of these require you to have a contract agreement, which means you’ll be responsible for your own taxes. Your potential income will depend on what you choose to do and how much time you dedicate to working.
Some of these jobs involve social media, which is where many homeschool moms spend time anyway. Might as well get paid for it, right? There are also virtual assistant jobs, and freelance writer jobs and search engine evaluator jobs. My goal is to talk about each one of these more in-depth over the next few months, but I’m giving you a few links to check out while you wait.
Side Hustling Homeschool Mom
I have a few friends who do side hustles to earn extra money. Mystery shopping, dog walking, lawn mowing, and Uber (driving) are all things that take you out of the house but can be quite fun to do. (Well, maybe not lawn mowing … unless you like doing that … which I don’t.) Then there are apps such as ibotta, Swagbucks, and Ebates, which allow you to earn money while doing what you normally do (shopping for your family). Surveys are also a way to side hustle and earn cash.
What Do You Do?
Whether you sell products, provide services for someone else, or juggle multiple side hustles, we’d like to hear about your experiences as a work-at-home homeschool mom! Leave a comment on what works for you and you may be interviewed for a future post about ways to earn income.
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