I’ve worked since I was twelve. First as a babysitter, and then in other jobs as I got older. When my second child was born, I went on a 9 month leave of absence, and I could not believe how bored I was. I loved my two children, but with one at school and an infant with me at home, I was bored. Caring for children, cooking, and cleaning house was not enough for me.
After I had my third child, I began working from home part-time, and I loved it! Working part-time while caring for my family was the perfect blend for me. I got to spend abundant time with my children, but I also got to do something that I love–write. It was the best of both worlds.
Now, my children are 9, 5 and 3, and I’m still working part-time from home. However, this year my schedule got much busier because I also started homeschooling my children.
Benefits of Working from Home While Homeschooling
Homeschooling is certainly cheaper than sending our children to the private school they attended last year, but it’s not free. I know some people homeschool on the cheap, but I wanted a boxed curriculum so I could just open the instructor’s manual and teach that day. That means we spend about $200 a month on homeschooling for our yearly curriculum, activities, and computer programs. My job helps cover those expenses.
In addition, freelancing part-time affords me a flexible schedule. I do some of my work during my children’s one hour television time and also at night after they are asleep. However, the bulk of my work is done on the weekends when my husband cares for the kids all day so I can work.
How Many Hours Are Manageable While Homeschooling?
Right now I work about 25 to 30 hours a week, which, honestly, is quite a heavy load for me while homeschooling. I think the ideal number of hours would be 10 to 20. However, at this time we financially need the money, so I do have to work more than the ideal number of hours.
I’m hoping that in a few years my husband will get a better paying job, so I’ll be able to work a bit less. Of course, as our children get older, working during the day should be a bit easier. While the youngest two are still so young, they still need most of my time during the day. When they get as old as Bookworm (9), they should be more independent.
Thankful for The Opportunity to Work from Home
For many years, I worked full-time out of the home. I sent my son to daycare, then to preschool, and finally to elementary school. I always wished I could stay home with him, but we needed my income. Now, I’m very thankful for the opportunity to help provide for my family while working from home.
Working part-time from home really offers the best of both worlds. I can spend time with and educate my children every day, and I can also contribute financially to my family’s finances. Best of all, I get to do what I love–write.
Do you work part-time? Do you work from home? What has been your experience?
This post was written as a part of Women’s Money Week.