Making Ends Meet
Some Ideas for Making Ends Meet
A lot of times when people decide to homeschool it means that a parent has to stay home instead of going out to work everyday. This can be very hard on a family budget (especailly if your a single parent). So, I'm putting some resources up that I'm hoping will help. I've done a lot of stuff from home over the years and can tell you that being flexible is about the best thing to do when considering alternative options for making money when your homeschooling. It's a good idea to be flexible when homeschooling anyway, but doubly so in this case. Don't sweat the small stuff and if you can try to integrate your schedule with your childs. They may think it's great that they can do their schoolwork right next to you while you're doing your work (should you decide to work from home).
Don't be so quick to change...
I've heard a lot of parents tell me that they'll have to quit their jobs in order to homeschool. This might not be true. Depending on where you work and the type of work you do you may be able to ask about telecommuting either part or full time. I know that University of Texas in Austin offers this choice for many of the jobs there. So do many hospitals. A lot depends on the company and the type of work you do. The first thing to do would be to have a chat with the folks at your local HR department.
Telecommute Job Listing Sites
As much as possible I will try to only list companies that have good, solid reputations for job listings. I can't be sure that they will be scam free, but I will try to only list those that aren't as likely to have a large number of "pay us so you can work" type listings.
She has a list of all sorts of good information with opinions on info on which ones offer what and how dependable they are.Free.
This is a site by a work at home mom for other work at home mom's. She includes lots of information about working at home and a jobs list for telecommuters. If you sign up for her newletter you will also get a list of telecommuting jobs (which may be more up to date). This is a really good site. Very much worth a visit.
For more telecommuting sites please look at page 2 of the favorites listings.
These are all survey sites that I know pay out in cash. Don't expect to make a mint off of them, but they can help ease the financial burden a little. I will try to note when a site uses a points system or not. The points systems are where you collect points for each survey and then, once you reach a certain number of points you can cash out. I like them when they can be cashed out after only a small amount of points :) I will say that it helps if you join up with PayPal since many survey companies are going to using that as a primary source of payment. It's also a way to get your money faster.
Does use points, but they are very reliable.
Uses points, but I've found they add up pretty fast. Most surveys earn you 10 points (.10) and you may earn more than that if you qualify for a longer survey. I usually cash out at 2000 points.
Earn points to get paid by paypal or you can use the points to choose from a bunch of other stuff instead.