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Work at Home Balance While Homeschooling

How does a homeschooler balance teaching their children alongside working at home?

Let's face it – these are tough economic times!  Some homeschoolers have to find ways to supplement their income. Add in that some homeschoolers are single parents and have to work, and we have a group that needs support in this area.

In addition to finding the balance between lesson planning and fulfilling your job duties, there is the fact that if you communicate with clients you need some quiet area to work in for at least part of the day.  How do you shut the door and still be present for your children?

Organization plays a key role in all of this – but how do you GET organized?

What if you need to supplement your income, and you just want something that doesn't make you sell products to your friends and neighbors?  What kind of work at home opportunities are out there for homeschoolers which will allow flexibility and control of your days and your hours?

Well, we invited Heidi Totten to come and discuss all of these topics and more with the homeschool community in  the 2014 Not Back to School Summit

Heidi Totten is the owner of two businesses – Inspire the Sprouts and Launching Women, as well as a serial entrepreneur, but her main role is homeschooling her two children, ages 8 and 11.  She first felt the pull to homeschool when her son was born, but in 2007 helped start a charter school where her children attended for a couple of years until the pull was too strong.  They began their homeschool journey in early 2012 and haven't looked back.  Heidi works with multiple business owners and specializes in helping homeschoolers to get organized and get their businesses launched and under control, all while homeschooling their children!

Her webinar replay is now available for our upgraded Plus members and can be found here (you need to be logged in):

Work at Home Balance while Homeschooling
aired Sept 13th –

Running a business while homeschooling requires some serious time management!  Are tough economic times forcing your family to re-evaluate homeschooling? Are you someone who is facing the difficulty of deciding to take on work at home, or looking for some ideas on how to supplement your income, and you can’t seem to balance it all while educating your kids at the same time?  Perhaps you are thinking you are going to have to send your kids back to school in order to focus on the income?  Stop beating yourself up – you CAN work at home while educating your children.  Heidi has created a system that allows her to manage both, and is now teaching that system to other homeschooling families.  In this webinar, Heidi is going to reveal to you some genuine ideas for working at home (which are not MLM’s), setting up the work environment, and achieving that balance so that you can still keep your kids at home and provide them the top notch education and safe haven you want for them.






What is a Homeschool Co-op?

A homeschool co-op (from the word cooperative) is generally comprised of a group of parents who work together to provide specific aspects of education for their children. It's a way to utilize your talents and interests for the benefit of others.


What kind of talents and interests are shared in a co-op?
For example, one parent might be strong in English and literature, while another is weak in that area but strong in math.  Another parent in the group might have artistic or musical talents.  These three parents could form a co-op – offering an exchange of services.  The number of families in a co-op can range from just 2-3, to dozens of families.

Does a co-op teacher need to be certified?
Most co-ops do not care about certification, they are homeschoolers afterall.  Specific state homeschooling laws might dictate certification requirements depending on how the co-op is set up, so check your state's laws on teaching other children besides your own.  There are often ways to get around these restrictions by calling it "private tutoring" rather than "teaching".

Where do they teach?
Most teach in their home, but some will find space in a church, library, or other facility.

How often does a co-op meet?
Usually co-ops meet once or twice a week, or some even meet less often depending on the nature of the subjects being taught. 

What does a co-op cost?
Sometimes parents exchange freely, and other times there is a cost involved.  If they need to rent space, there will be a cost.  And there is the cost of the materials.  The group will decide whether each parent will be provided a materials list to obtain the supplies themselves, or just pay the instructor to get all the supplies so that the specific class is cohesive.  There are no "rules" to how it should be done – each co-op group decides what is best for the families.

Do co-ops keep transcripts and records?
Generally, no.  Parents are responsible for keeping their own records.

What if you have a lot of families who want to participate?
Where things get more sticky is when you have more than a handful of families.  Everyone wants to offer a talent or skill, but how many history instructors do you need in one co-op?  At that point an advisory board or committee is usually formed to decide how to set up fees for the parents who are not exchanging with instruction but still want their children to take part in the classes.

Where do you find a co-op?
You can reach out to find co-ops in your area by first visiting your library and learning who the homeschool group leaders are.  Generally the childrens librarian knows because one of the homeschooler's top 5 tools should be their library.  If you can't find anything there, try searching online for groups in your area. 

What if you can't find a co-op? 
You can start one yourself if you can find a couple of families who are willing to exchange talents.