In my twenty-year homeschooling journey, God was so faithful to pro- vide for each and every need my fam- ily had. Because of this provision, our
decision to homeschool was reinforced.
When I needed to purchase books, the
money was always there. Sometimes we
had to get a little bit creative, but that just
added to the sweetness of God’s provision.
For ten years God blessed me with a job
where I worked for three and a half hours
each weekday evening when my husband
was home with our kids. It was only a part-time income, but it was enough to help pay
bills each month, and our kids never spent
time in daycare.
But, I know not everyone has the same
opportunity I did and needs creative ideas
for how to generate a little extra money.
Over the years there have been several ways
I could add to our monthly income.
I can’t even count the number of kids who
came through our house. Sometimes I
would have a child on a regular basis, other times I would babysit so parents could
have a weekend getaway. All the children
God blessed me to watch were great kids. I
couldn’t have done it otherwise.
Other than decorating an occasional cake
for a friend, baking was not a way I earned
much money. However, I knew several peo-
ple who did. For some, this is a fairly regular
thing; for others, it’s seasonal or maybe only
around the holidays.
I earn the bulk of my income through freelance writing. This has allowed me to stay
home with my children while still adding
to my bank account each month. I can create my schedule and I can write anywhere,
even at my daughter’s volleyball practice.
Tutoring is a great option for homeschooling parents. Advertise help for students
in whichever subjects you excel. Set your
price and your schedule. Think beyond tutoring to teaching. Teach piano or lessons
for some other instrument. Is there a local
by Ruth O’Neil
Sometimes we had to get
a little bit creative, but that
just added to the sweetness
of God’s provision.