Homeschooling and trying to find work from home... any tips?

Jasmine - posted on 10/20/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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It is a bad economy right now. My husband works but we are not receiving enough income to support our family of three, four if you count the dog. His hours and pay has been cut within the last few months and we are struggling. I stay at home and home school my son. We found out that we would be saving money, rather than paying someone else to home school, if I were to stay home and not have a part time job. I really enjoy staying home and I refuse to trust public schools again. I have been home schooling for about a year and a half or so and at the same time been looking for work from home opportunities. There have been a few I have found but usually have a significant start up fee which I can not afford or a monthly auto-ship or fee. I am looking for something that has no start up costs and has no monthly quotas or auto-ships or anything like that. Looking for ideas of work from home opportunities and tips. I only need to supplement my income by a few hundred dollars a month. And I really don't like having to sell things to my friends and family or sell them into the business. Any ideas out there?

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Alice - posted on 10/22/2010

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Jasmine,
with babysitting usually it's just friends & neighbors. Like when people know you are a stay at home mom who homeschools, they usually will ask if you could babysit. I don't "market" that :)
etsy is really nice. The girls and I make jewelry and put it there. Lots of crafts are there, trust me! It is free to sign up but you pay ten cent for each item you post (you get the posting for 6 months though, ebay is only 7 days if you want to do the free one). The selling fees on etsy are less too, plus people can pay you by check if you want to avoid paypal fees (i like paypal because it's fast and I don't have to wait a week for a check & then three days for it to clear my bank).
Tutoring is easy and can be in any subject or grade level. Do you make your children's birthday cake, cookies, etc? You may find women interested in a weekly/monthly baking class lol! All you have to do is show them how you do it (you're just passing on what you know)!! I do computer skills, cooking, baking, canning, sewing, embroidery, crochet, and every school subject from K5 through college (all I have to have is the book & I can help anyone learn)!
Tutoring is easier to market... try ebay classifieds (the ad is free) or your local bulletin board (or a local school's bulletin board) some schools will allow you to put up a flyer telling what subjects you offer to tutor in.
I know the struggles you're going through and would love to help you if I can! We need to work together :)
~Hope this helps!

Jasmine - posted on 10/21/2010

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Alice, I have been thinking of babysitting but when I offered my services on facebook, there weren't many responses. Not sure how I could market it. My current apartment complex advised me that I can not market it on their cork boards or anything like that around the complex. Tutoring... I will have to look into that. I wonder how that could work and how I could advertise that... my brain is starting to think... hmm. I am good at crafts. I will have to take a look and see what I could do. I do know some really crafty people that may be able to point me in the correct direction. Never heard of etsy. Love the idea of an online school I could teach at but not sure that I have the skills will look into it. Is the online fitness coach for beachbody? Just curious... know some folks that are coaches as well as do the whole shakeology and P90X thing. Overall, thanks for the tips. I am really trying to stay away from going back into the whole corporate scene.

Jasmine - posted on 10/21/2010

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Christina, baking happens to be one of my specialties but never thought about selling them... thanks for the idea.

Alice - posted on 10/21/2010

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Jasimine,
I suggest you offer to babysit or tutor. Make something as a craft and sell on etsy (they do charge listing and final value fees, though). See if your state has an online school and apply to work there, usually those jobs are you teaching an online class from your home. :)

I work at home but my main job is an online fitness coach and yes, we have monthly fees. The income is great though ~ it usually takes two to three months before you see a real return on investment in the amounts you are looking for, though.

Hope you find something!

Christina @ Nurlina Khairunnisa - posted on 10/21/2010

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I suggest you bake home fresh cakes or cookies and sell them to tour neighbours.

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