Making Ends Meet

October 2nd, 2010 by Mandi

Here I am nursing while making a secondary income!

Most homeschooling families have only one parent who works outside the home. I’ve had friends express how they’d love to stay at home with their kids but can’t afford it. We worried about this, too, but we’ve found that each time we take a risk in the interest of our family, we’ve come out ahead–even financially.

Part of our gain comes from simple lifestyle changes. We don’t pay for TV, I cut everyone’s hair, and our clothes come from Goodwill and rummage sales. Sure, the first time I attempted a cut, Nate came out looking like he’d been attacked with a weed whacker, but overall, it doesn’t feel much like a sacrifice to me. Like I expressed before, I almost prefer online TV, and thrifting has always been a hobby.

Another way we’ve found to supplement our income is my working at home. If you look in the right places, there are numerous opportunities available. I have dabbled in several and have had the most success with two in particular. My regular part-time job is with Lionbridge Technologies. Although I am not at liberty to discuss details of the position, I will say that it’s interesting work and that I am fairly compensated.  If you want to learn more, I encourage you to apply for any of the positions listed on their careers page. Occasionally, I also write freelance articles for Demand Media Studios. Compensation varies by article, and if you’re a quicker writer than I, you could potentially earn $15-25 per hour. I’d like to move into more serious freelancing gigs in the future, but Demand is a decent supplement for now.

If you’d like to work from home, but neither of these are your cup of tea, there are plenty of other legitimate work at home opportunities available in transcription, customer service, and more.  The best source of information is often others who work at home.  You can network with them on message boards such as WAHM.com or Work Place Like Home.

Homeschooling can make household finances a more challenging to juggle, but with a little budgeting and a little more creativity, you will find a way to make it work.

One Response to Making Ends Meet

  1. Alysha says:

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