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The Series: How to Run a Business from Home Part Two -Homeschooling-

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If you have thought about to offer homeschooling for other children than your own, you have actually thought very well. This certainly can be a business opportunity for you when working from home.

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First, give it some good Thoughts and do your Research

When you know that homeschooling other people’s kids is that what you want and you feel confident enough by doing so, then go for it.

Note by the Author:  I do know that here in North America it is possible and even allowed to homeschool your child. However, there a certainly different requirements, rules and regulation in how to do it. This may differ from province or state and sometimes also from municipalities. If you are determent by offering homeschooling, do your research in the region you are living in. Ask questions first.

For a better understanding what does it take to do homeschooling, especially other children, I use the information applying to the Province of Ontario Canada.

How is it done in the Province of Ontario?

To be an educational daycare provider or a full-day tutor, you are living in a “no reporting” area when you live in Ontario. What does it mean?

It means, that in the Province of Ontario you are very lucky because the only step you have to do when homeschooling your own child is to write a letter of intent to the local school board you belong too.

Also, it is common courtesy to send a copy of this letter to the principal of the school your child is attending. Although, it isn’t a requirement to do so.

When your child has never before entered a school and you like to homeschool your child right from the start, you actually don’t have to write a letter of intent to the school board.

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However, it wouldn’t hurt to do it anyway to cover all the bases.

For further information here is a valuable link about all the questions you might have when it comes to homeschooling your child and other children.homeschooling

I strongly recommend you read it even though you are not living in the Province of Ontario. It certainly will give you some perspectives and you also will know what to ask when going to the authorities in your region regarding homeschooling.

It is always of an advantage to be somehow prepared. Here is the Link:  The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents

How many children you can homeschool & how often?

Again, it depends on what you want. What Grades do you like to teach and should all the children being in the same Grade or does it matter at all?

Here, in Ontario, the rules so far are the same as it is for daycare, 5 children or less per day are fine.

It also depends on what are your agreements with the child’s parents. Do you have the child every day and for how many hours, or does the child only comes 3 x a week for a maximum of 3 hours?

These are all questions you have to be prepared to ask or being asked by the parents who are interested in your service. Make sure you do know first what you want and what you can offer then go from there.

Advertising to make yourself known is important

If you know from your neighborhood that there is a demand of homeschooling you can set an ad in the local newspaper or make it known through your church community and or through other groups you are belong to.

Word of mouth always is a good way to start from.

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Even though it isn’t a requirement here in the Province of Ontario, to have a clean Police Record, it certainly will boost your trust and reputation.

How much to charge for homeschooling?

This is a bit tricky since there aren’t any real guidelines for it. What you should do is looking up local private schools in your area or the closest one to your region. See how much they charge a year and go from there.

Here is an example of a private school in Ontario and what they charge for preschooler to Grade 8:

  • a minimum of $3026 per year
  • and a maximum of $ 12,160 per year (it didn’t disclose what will or will not be included)
  • divided (using the first figure) by 10 months (2 months of school holidays aside) makes it $302 per month, makes it $75,65 per week.
  • if you have at least 3 children to homeschool this could become a weekly earning of $226,95, in a month $907,80

You also may prefer to charge by the hour rather than weekly. It is totally up to you what you want and prefers and what also the parents agree upon.

Always make an agreement/contract with the parent(s).

The same goes here as above, cover all the bases as much as possible. To make a pre-designed agreement go to a lawyer and get some legal  advice.

You may have to pay a one-time fee, but it is better to start it right than being sorry later.

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My last thoughts

Homeschooling sounds to me a good choice when you can’t join the workforce outside and you have to stay at home.

You certainly have room for lots of possibilities, and when teaching was always on your mind anyway, then why not become a homeschool teacher.

If you like to leave a comment you can do so below.

Wishing you always an outstanding day 🙂

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16 thoughts on “The Series: How to Run a Business from Home Part Two -Homeschooling-

  1. Hi Sylvia,

    I like your site and I think homeschooling is a great idea for those people that are patient enough to handle children. It’s an at legitimate at home opportunity that had never crossed my mind, but the income from tuition seems to be much more stable than relying on some of the income from other types of home based businesses.

    Good Luck with your project!

    1. Hi Kendra,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I do agree you certainly need to have a passion to homeschool children besides your own.

      But, I also do think that we will see more and more of this type of schooling in the future. And yes, the income can be a stable one too.

      Sylvia

  2. Hi, what an interesting article. I’m in the UK and home schooling isn’t really done over here. There are a lot of private tutors around for holidays and after school to help with subjects or learning to play instruments or physical activity clubs. It isn’t against the law or anything like that, it can be done but not a lot of parents want to do this when the public school system is free. I think it might become more popular in the next 10 years as there won’t be enough room in the schools for all the children in the UK. Sammi

    1. Hi Sammi,

      I never thought of this as a possibility in other countries. I know for a fact that homeschooling in Germany (where I come from originally) isn’t an option at all. Bummer

      I do think the same as you do, I am sure that homeschooling will be come more of a subject in the years ahead.

      Sylvia

  3. Hi Sylia,

    I really enjoyed reading this post on your website. Homeschooling as a business definitely can be a good income earner for those people who either can’t afford to send their kids to public school or just don’t want to.

    Personally, I welcome the idea of homeschooling as an alternative to the public school system. You don’t have to worry if your child is being mistreated at school, have to go to PTA things, and really you can give them a good quality education from the comfort of their own home.

    Very good website and post. I thouroughly enjoyed it.

    – Daniel

    1. Hi Daniel,

      I am glad you liked my article. In my research for this series and talking to people who had expierences either doing homeschooling or had it, made me realize that this is not a great home based business, but also could be the art of education for the future.

      Going away from a one style only teaching of the masses to a mor individualized education system.

      Only time will tell.

      Sylvia

  4. Hi Sylvia.

    Interesting article you’ve got here.

    Would you actually need any qualifications to become a home school teacher? I think there may be people out there who really want to teach kids, but may not have the same qualifications as state school teachers to show for. Would there be any way these people could become teachers too?

    1. Hi Ryan,

      Thank you for your comment and your question. To be honest I don’t know the absolute answer to your question since the rules and regulation can differ from state to state, even can differ from municipalities.

      My advice always will be when there is an interest to do homeschooling to go to the local authorities and ask for information, perhaps a guide book or something like this.

      Only so, you can find out if you need to have any qualifications or not.

      Sylvia

  5. Hi there,

    Lovely Idea to tutor at home! I’m sure in many communities around the world there is a demand for it.
    I do wonder, do you need a teacher’s degree to give home tutoring in this fashion? Especially tutoring other kids.. If I put myself in the parents position, I’d like to know if I’m paying the same as in a private school, that the teacher is adequite 🙂

    Thanks for the info!

    Cheers

    1. Hi Maarten,

      Thank you for your comment and great question,

      As you probably have read in my article I always advice the reader who may have an interest in offering homeschooling to do their diligence what may be the requirements or rules in their region they are living in.

      So far, and I only know it from where I live, that you don’t need to have a teachers degree and you don’t even have to teach with the same curriculum schools are teaching.

      You can get guidelines and the rest is up to you and the parents who perhaps want their children be taught in a different way, i.e. Waldorf School.

      Sylvia

  6. Hi Sylvia,

    I researched and created a post about jobs that women could do from home that I thought was pretty creative, but I never thought of home schooling as an option.

    That’s a great way to start and run a business from home. I guess you’d just need to get the word out and then do a really good job with your students and word of mouth would grow your business.

    Thanks for the post and ideas,
    Todd

    1. Hi Todd,

      Thanks for your comment on Homeschooling. Great, that other people like you do also their research what women can do by working from home.

      I guess, this will spread and I also believe that homeschooling in the future will become to be not “just” an option, but the regular one.

      Sylvia

  7. Hi Sylvia I found your article on home-schooling to be quite interesting. I think that home-schooling is on the rise today. It is a way for at least one of the parents to spend more time with their children. However one thing I wonder about is will they lack social skills since they are not interacting with a classroom of other kids?
    I think it takes a certain type of person to successfully take on the task of home-schooling it is not for everyone.
    I don’t know if you have seen that show Alaskan Bush People but the mother has home-schooled all her kids and they are all quite smart especially her one son who is always inventing things. So that is a perfect example of a person who knows how to home-school.

    1. Thanks Maureen for your comment on Homeschooling. In my article I certainly mentioned that it is a great opportunity to work from home and if a person is “qualified” enough to offer their skills to their community to homeschool their children.

      Of course a class can’t never be that big on students as it is in a regular school environment. However, I think even “just” a handful of children being homeschooled can also learn very effectively some good social skills by interacting with each other. Like anything else, nothing of course will be perfect.

  8. Hello Sylvia, I like your site and post. I have two grand children that was home schooled and they did great. Now they are going to public schools and they are ahead of the class. I think home schooling is good for kids that have trouble cooping with the classroom thing. I have a grandson that has bad headaches and could not handle the noise. So he was home schooled for his Junior High School and now going to High School and will graduate this year, he is going to be a chief and very proud of him.
    Good Luck and God Bless

    1. Thank you Neta, this was a great example you have shared.
      I too believe, that perhaps home schooling will be more and more popular.
      We just have to wait and see. 🙂
      Sylvia

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