Author Topic: Homeschooling Mom...help me determine my skills and find/create a side gig  (Read 2956 times)

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I've been homeschooling my kids for the past 6 years. And I am damn good at it. It is also absolutely my calling and my passion. But, I really wish I had a side hustle. Even working one day a week, or earning $100 a week would fulfill this need of mine. It doesn't have to be huge, or at least it doesn't have to start out huge.

Here's my story.....

Experience
-degree in liberal arts
-5 years studying, working, volunteering traveling abroad - a lot of teaching English- (Japan, China, India, Nepal, Australia etc)
-3 years experience in sales

Natural Talents
-writing
-teaching

I want a job because....

-it feels good to me to make money
-keep my resume current
-keep in touch with the culture of working and other adults
-insurance - I just don't think it is wise to be uncertain about how I would make money if I ever needed to
-it would make me feel important, or MORE important I should say, I already feel important
-part of our FIRE plan is for my husband and I to continue working when and if we want to - and I will have more time to do so then with him being home more, but I just don't know what to do.

More info:

-We don't NEED extra money. FIRE in 3 years and my husband's salary will carry us through until then.
-I have 4 kids so I likely wouldn't net much because of childcare. And I don't care.
-My kids are 6 and under so watching someone else's kiddos isn't really an option for now.
-I tried starting a homeschool blog. But realized to make money, the job was more marketing than writing so I let go of it.

Help! I feel so conflicted because I feel good at things and I feel smart but at the same time, I don't feel qualified to get paid for anything.



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Kristen blogs over at The Frugal Girl. She's a successful homeschooler and has side hustles. I can't recommend this blog enough. TFG also has a decent search feature, so I'd highly recommend a deep dive on her site.

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Someone posted on here about teaching English online to kids in china. Because of the time difference it could work welll for a SAHM depending on where you are. I can't find the post but it was called VIPkid I think.

pk_aeryn

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Is tutoring too much like what you do all day?  If not, why not try that?

DrMoney

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You mentioned liberal arts degree. In Florida, you could adjunct a college class in developmental English with only a BA in English. This is preparatory course for college students who are not writing at college level, and many times there are second-language related issues. Very little time out of the house AND interaction with adult learners doing something you like! Usually the pay is stinky around $2300 or so for a course, depending on the institution.

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If you homeschool, you could charge to add a child to your own group even one day a week.  So not watching another child but homeschooling another kid alongside you kids.  Obviously screen any takers to make sure you're getting a student compatible with your own crew.  But a lot of other homeschool parents enjoy a day off every now and then.

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If you are doing all the work of homeschooling and creating your own lessons, it would be easy to put them up on TeacherspayTeachers for some extra passive income. I know several teachers and homeschool parents who are bringing in a great income. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

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You mentioned liberal arts degree. In Florida, you could adjunct a college class in developmental English with only a BA in English. This is preparatory course for college students who are not writing at college level, and many times there are second-language related issues. Very little time out of the house AND interaction with adult learners doing something you like! Usually the pay is stinky around $2300 or so for a course, depending on the institution.

My understanding is that in some states they may accept a bachelor's (colleges generally prefer master's) but you must have a good amount of professional experience to offset the lack of a master's. I could be wrong, however OP if that is an option it's certainly worthwhile. My post-tax pay at the lowest paying institution I work for (~$50/hour) is $2000 a course, which is paid as $400 over 5 months.

tag

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This is interesting....however, I'm not in Florida :( North Carolina for now and likely Idaho when we FIRE. Will have to look into it there.....

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If you are doing all the work of homeschooling and creating your own lessons, it would be easy to put them up on TeacherspayTeachers for some extra passive income. I know several teachers and homeschool parents who are bringing in a great income. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

Thank you - this looks like a great resource and source of potential income!

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The book What Color Is Your Parachute has a step by step process to articulate your favorite skills in payment-worthy format, and find paying positions that suit you.  It's updated annually, and available at most libraries.