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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Wishing you always an outstanding day 🙂