Friday, May 20, 2011

Do you have to survive on one income to homeschool?

I have heard many times from homeschoolers that they find it hard to get by on one income, but find it just a fact of homeschooling life. It doesn't have to be this way! Homeschoolers by nature are a resourceful, creative bunch. This is exactly the attitude you have to have to make your way to finding an extra source of income that works for your family.

Freelance Work
The best part of freelance work is the ability to set your own hours, take on projects with set due dates, and of course working from home. I had to find something to do at home that did not involve phones. My sons are 8, 4 and 1 and don't provide the noise-free background that customer service companies require. I discovered the world of freelance transcription, proofreading, and content writing.  I also develop websites from time to time.

Basically, there is a whole world of phone-free freelance jobs. It just takes some patience and willingness to increase your skill set. This topic is another post, err website, of its own (coming soon inshaAllah ;). You can visit Transcription Haven and introduce yourself to get info on freelance transcription, these ladies are super helpful!

Handmade Goods
As the world becomes more and more automated, as cheap, toxic goods continue to poor out of factories around the world, handmade items become more desirable, more profitable, and just plain good for the world. We can turn back the swelling tide of loss of workers' rights and world exploitation for the manufacture of goods by putting things into our own hands, literally. Teach you and your child a handmade art. You can promote your wares on your own website or sell it on etsy! It can be bonding experience with tons of great life lessons to be learned, and it's fun!

Want some inspiration? Check out what Sabina is doing at Slip Stitches and More!

Selling on Auction Sites Like eBay
Selling on eBay can be a great way to bring extra income into your home. To start, look around the house for usable things that you no longer want or haven't used in a long time. Try your hand at selling these items by taking a picture, writing a good description and listing on eBay. Be sure to communicate well with your buyer and ship in a timely manner. Once you have built up some confidence and some good feedback you can venture onto bigger sales.  Look for wholesale opportunities that might be unique to your area or circle of personal connections.

On the Fringe
Another money making endeavor of mine is buying and selling domain names. I'm not a pro at it, but I have made some sales I am very happy with, mashaAllah. I enjoy this "hobby" because I can sell virtual goods, so there is no environmental guilt associated with this. I would love to hit the big time one day with it, inshaAllah. The best way to learn about this is to visit a known domainers forum like Name Pros and just read for a while before making a purchase, you will hear this advice time and again, please heed it.

I hope these ideas have got your wheels turning! Please chime in with your own ideas, I'd love to hear them.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Children Museum in Oak Ridge TN

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, we are visiting Tennessee and found a nice children's museum in Oak Ridge. The kids got to play on castle and walk through a rain forest, climb on a train and just explore. The Childrens Museum is located in Oak Ridge, TN. Oak Ridge was known as the Secret City because it was used during WW2 as a place to manufacture the A-bomb, it was not included on maps and workers were sworn to secrecy. There are some pictures on the album on palques explaingin this. If this interests you, you can use the zoom feature to read.