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Legitimate Work from Home Jobs for Homeschooling Parents

10 January 2011 9 Comments

274258_neat_deskOne of the major challenges I’ve faced as a homeschooling mom is to find a way to both make some money to help with the household finances while also having something that’s “mine” to do as an adult.

For a while, I worked as a fitness instructor. I also worked as an internet researcher for a while. Then I started writing and selling articles, as well as monetizing my blogs and websites. I’ve talked to other parents who have started businesses, done medical transcription, worked as translators, and also worked as different kinds of contractors like graphic artists or professional organizers.

Sometimes, though, that perfect job is pretty tough to fine. Ok, any kind of satisfactory at-home job is hard to find. It’s especially hard if we’re not sure what we want to do, don’t want to invest in starting a business, and don’t want to spend a lot of time trying to find clients as a contractor. Many of us have turned to the internet looking for job opportunities that we can do at home or on while on the road carting our kids hither and yonder. But as you probably have experienced, it’s hard to weed through all the scams and “job opportunities” to find the real, honest to goodness, jobs out there.

I found a website this morning that looks promising. It’s called Virtual Vocations. Their jobs are real, legit, jobs. The site doesn’t allow any jobs that require a buy-in. No jobs where all they want you to do is recruit other people to do the “job.” No jobs that are scams, pyramid schemes, or other kinds of questionable income. These jobs all have an hourly wage, they are supposed to have a clear job description (although it looks like some of them would require a bit more research to know what they are. For example, “blogger” is pretty vague). And some of them are very very specialized. Who knows, maybe your background might be perfect for one of the more esoteric job descriptions!

If you are a homeschooler, looking for some work from home, and you’re not into starting a business or trying to dredge up clients to find work here and there, Virtual Vocations might be a good place to start. Good luck!

Your feedback: Do you know of any other good websites with legit telecommute job opportunities? Do you have a job at home that works for you? How did you find your job? (And please, don’t ask people to contact you about the business for you to recruit them. Those comments will be deleted.)

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  • Natalie said:

    This may only be an option in Utah, but a lot of stay at home moms here work as reservation agents for Jet Blue. They only have to go in for the initial training (two weeks, I think), then they just log in and work from home. It must be great because I know lots of moms who do it and they say it’s perfect.
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  • Michelle said:

    I homeschooled my son and I found jobs such as cleaning, home health care that let me take him with me. Course I just have 1 child and he is very well behaved and mannered so it worked well for me at the time.
    I remember my mother taking me with her while she cleaned houses whenever I was off from school.

  • Kristi S. said:

    First, thank you for the valuable information. I spend at least an hour a night looking for new opportunities. However, I am really interested in what Natalie had to offer. I was wondering if she knew what kind of money could be made and what, if any, kind of equipment you must have. That is a very interesting opportunity to me. Good luck to all.

  • Megan said:

    I’ve shared some of the same feelings as you while homeschooling our son. As you said, it’s a challenge to find something that you can do that you enjoy and that pays a decent amount. I’ve been blogging for awhile and I’ve enjoyed it, but I’d like to make a little more money. I am going to check out Virtual Vocations. Thanks for the suggestion.
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  • Anja said:

    Hi! Just like me, I also enrolled my child in a home study so that I will not take her to school anymore. Because I also do some tutorial for children at home as my part time job so I can contribute financially on our expenses at home.
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  • Dianna said:

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Joan Vasquez said:

    I have been homeschooling my 6 children for 16 years, and found Arise Virtual Solutions to be a great opportunity. I have partnered with Zesa-Inc as I have a deep desire in my heart to share this opportunity with other homeschooling parents.

    This is a great way to have a part-time or full-time position, or to supplement your spouse’s income from your home.

    We are currently looking to sub-contract for virtual positions in customer service, tech support, sales, and chat room support. Current positions pay range between $9.50 to $16.00+ per hour.

    Please email me at joan@zesainc.com, and you can visit our website at http://www.zesainc.com.

  • dep31 said:

    I teach piano lessons in my home, and earn $50+/hr. While the kids are small, I have a babysitter that watches them while I teach. Once my oldest hits 12 or so, I’ll be offering him and his siblings some incentives to see if we can phase out the sitter.

    My last three sitters (my oldest is nearly 10, so I’ve had a few) have all been homeschoolers themselves, and they not only help mine with their schoolwork, they make dinner as well!

    One of my current students is also learning how to teach piano, with her goal being to do the same thing I am when she is grown.

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