Operating a home-based business is becoming a much more common, desired option for many people today. I believe there are many reasons why homeschoolers in particular could benefit from having a home business.

It has been my observation, through knowing many homeschooling families, that many of them are on a tight budget. This is understandable, since most are operating on one income, and at the same time, paying to educate their children themselves.

I have also seen a common desire in many of the families to have Dad work from home and thereby be more a part of the homeschooling years.

As a former homeschooling parent myself (my kids are now graduated), I can attest to both of these situations. I know some extra income would have been very welcome, allowing us a little more freedom in our activities and ability to obtain education resources. I also would have been thrilled to have my husband work from home, but at the time, we did not pursue it.

I believe having a home-based business can be an answer to both of these desires. It can be a wonderful endeavor, whether it is Dad working the business himself, or Mom in her extra time (stop laughing!), or a family-run home business that you can involve your older kids in. A home-based business can start by providing the extra income to make your life a little easier, and at the same time, build toward supplying a full-time income.

A Blessing for Mom

A home-based business can actually be an outlet for Mom, giving her something that is “her own.” It would bring her into contact with others (customers, clients, others working in similar businesses) and give her an opportunity to keep learning and challenging herself. Most moms are glad, too, for some extra money to go on a date with their husbands, treat their kids to a lunch out, or buy some of the extras their family could use.

Great for Dad

A home-business for Dad can be a blessing for the whole family. It would eliminate his commute and long hours away from home. He may even be able to help with some of the teaching, giving his wife a break. It has the potential of bringing the family even closer together. Of course, most home businesses cannot offer a full-time income right away, so I recommend starting it part-time while Dad still has his job, and growing it to the point that allows him the option to leave his job and operate the business full-time.

Teach Your Teens Practical Business

Having a home-based business can also be a wonderful experience for your teens. What better way to teach them entrepreneurial skills than to have them start a home-based business? You can be right there to guide and help them. You could use this as a practical way to teach business and give your teens academic credits for operating the business. By offering them this option, you are opening up to them a world where they can make their own choices, be their own bosses, and be home when they have their own family.

By helping your teens start their own home-based business, you give them a choice in whether they pursue a college education or not. Many times, teens will opt to go to college because they do not know what else to do. If they find a business they really enjoy, it could eliminate the need for college. Many may still want to go, but you have offered them options. If they do go to college, they will most likely be ahead of many of their classmates in their leadership skills, maturity, and money and time management.

We homeschooled our two kids right through high school. I made sure they learned all the required subjects so that they could do well on the standardized tests and their SATs. While I still think that was important, I wish I had offered them options to learn more practical things. My son ended up going to three years of college without a real goal for what he wanted to do as a career. He got interested in Internet Marketing and decided he wanted to pursue his own business rather than finishing college. He has learned more since then than he ever did in his college years. Why? Because he found something he was interested in. He saw the potential for freedom and flexibility, and he was able to apply what he was learning immediately to his business. Most of the time, he has a stack of books in his room that he is reading and learning from. He loves getting up and going to work because he is doing something he enjoys.