Another failed goal that I am about to confess: I am no longer a full-pledged Taumbahay or homebody. I go to the office upto 4 times a week and the kids are starting to complain. They don't feel as homeschooled as they used to. I don't read aloud as much and according to them, I just give assignments and check their work and that's it.
I reminded the kids of what we read from financial books regarding needs vs wants, and explained to them that mum working a few days a week is a need. That seems to satisfy them. My second one, Colin, asked if my work is only temporary. And I said yes. Mum is planting a seed in the office and one day it's going to grow on it's own even if I'm not around in the office anymore. Then I can just stay home again. Think of it as trying to grow a money tree. Colin always enjoyed and understood analogies.
In spite of the time management challenges, the pressure, and self-doubt, I still choose to homeschool. I know in my heart that I can give so much more to my children than a regular school ever could.
Let's be realistic, not all of us can be choosy, but IF you had to work, choose a type of job where your kids can get involved and learn in the process. For example I can take my older kids to assist me in events and that would be part of their learning process. I can have my kids assist me in taking photos, enhancing them in the computer and uploading them online.
Here are some other money making gigs you can do when you homeschool:
Rentals - you can rent out just about anything: a parking slot, an apartment, computer, a car, computers, photo booths, karaoke machines, construction tools, ad spaces. Just put an ad online and let people know what's for rent. Use facebook, sulit or ayosdito for your ad.
Consulting - if you have a particular skill that you're good at, you can be a home-based consultant. Again advertise yourself as an expert in your field. Use linked-in, facebook, and your friends to get the word out there!
Online work - There are numerous online outsource platforms, to name a few are oDesk, Freelancer.ph, Elance and 199jobs.com. Some are more user-friendlier than others. I've personally tried oDesk and found it complicated. You really have to
put a lot of time and effort to build your image and trust when you enter these type platforms to get clients and be able to raise your fees. This is very much like working in the office again except you are in your own home, and the hours can be very long if you are a serious online freelancer.
Yes there's income opportunities at home, BUT, when you are homeschooling your kids, you probably don't need to earn that much. You can probably live on one income - your spouse's income. So you might as well just focus all your energy on the kids and homeschooling. But if your confidence level is high, you're sure you won't go insane homeschooling and working at the same time, knock yourself out. Sometimes it's a necessity, for others it's a mission, and for myself it's both.