Other than saving a fortune on automobile fuel and potentially putting an end to global warming, why would a homeschooling mom decide to become a WAHM? WAHMs are work at home moms, balancing, blending and sometimes juggling home-based career activities with parenting. The idea of working at home in addition to homeschooling sounds like overkill to some and heaven on earth to others.
"I homeschool because I've seen the village and I don't want it raising my children." @ptownmoofus
— Homeschool HSsegue (@Homeschoolsegue) June 9, 2009
Work from Home and Homeschooling
Before institutionalized education was the norm, families worked together and learned together. If dad was a blacksmith, the boys would learn blacksmithing as teens and grow up to inherit his legacy. In native cultures, parents teach children the job skills they know, so that their children will have a trade. In American homeschooling families, running an ebay business, a writing or web design business or even a catalog company are jobs that homeschooling moms can do in their spare time. Entrepreneurial homeschooled teens can do it, so why not moms?
Working at Home in Web Development
Allison Worthington created a blog in December of 2006. Less than three years later, she’s formed Allison Worthington Media, in order to house all of her web ventures. Blissfully Domestic magazine has over 200 contributing writers. The filled-to-capacity BlissDom2009 Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, saw a huge turnout of internet writers and marketers. WorthingtonWire is a source for offbeat news stories. Allison’s original blog has grown to thousands of subscribers. She still manages to make jewelry for her friends, and raise her five boys, one of whom wasn’t even born yet when she started blogging. Over a period of 2 years, her husband became unemployed, they moved far away only days after she gave birth, lived in a mountain town with no internet access and then celebrated with her readers when her husband found a job and a new house in the town they called home. Moms like Allison have been called digi-moms and mousewives, building an online empire while their busy homeschooling lives move forward.
Both Homeschooling Parents Working from Home
Joe Martin started Willow Toys in 1999 when he discovered that he absolutely loved making Waldorf-inspired wooden plays structures. In 2004 he left his job of 16 years to be a full time toymaker, specializing in dollhouses and play kitchens. Their family business doesn’t stop there, though. Joe’s wife Dayna is a renowned speaker and unschooling advocate. When Dayna speaks, the entire family travels together, living, learning and working as one. She’s the founder of Unschooling United and host of the Unschooling Adventure Cruises. Their family is entirely self-sufficient.
More Homeschooling Work at Home Moms
Working in medical transcription is a fairly high paying gig for homeschooling moms. Homeschooling moms like Kathy Silva of Ithaca have enrolled in medical transcription certification programs. She completed all of her training at home and is now enjoying job placement perks from her school. She works 10-12 hours each week and creates her own schedule, allowing her to work at her own pace and care for her three children. She’s an active member of an online homeschooling forum and working from home and homeschooling has allowed her to contribute to the family’s income.
Susan Critelli is a consultant and homeschooling veteran whose blog “Mixing Home Business and Home School” offers up helpful advice for families who choose this route, with financial advice, money saving advice, balancing school vs work and creating workspaces in the home.
Work at Home Moms Can Homeschool
These women have shown that with dedication and resourcefulness, it is possible to combine homeschooling and working at home. Other women have found success selling products online, like ebay’s Momzilla54, or creating artwork to sell on etsy, like Zenmomma. Also, party businesses like Mary Kay and Usborne Books are popular, and there’s a growing market for virtual assistants. Women who thrive on self-sufficiency and a long to-do list can make life work as a wahm homeschooler.