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Back to Homeschool Decisions (and a Giveaway!)

It’s that time of year, Back to Homeschool season. Along with an incredible giveaway (see below), many current homeschool moms are looking for a way to make extra income to afford the homeschooling lifestyle. You might be a mom curious about homeschooling and hoping you can find a way to earn extra money while you  homeschool.

I’m here to encourage you, that YES! You can homeschool and work from home. And this could be the year you get to celebrate two things: working from home and a back to homeschool giveaway!

Is a Virtual Assistant Business Right for a Homeschool Mom?

When determining if a virtual assistant business is a good work from home opportunity for a homeschool mom, it helps to take a virtual assessment.  Ask yourself the following questions to help you make a sound decision.

{Before we get started, are you going to vote for our new intro? Join the Mommy Jammies Podcast Support Group.  A homeschool mom looking for a side hustle will appreciate a back to homeschool giveaway!  Check out the $250 Rainbow Resource Gift Card Giveaway at the bottom of the show notes for this post. }

Many homeschooling moms have heard the buzz about working at home. Is it possible to work at home and have a work at home business?

It’s vital to consider that homeschooling is your first commitment. You’ve made the promise to your family.

Ask yourself:

  • Can I prioritize my homeschool over my business and still bless my family financially?
  • Is it possible to serve my family and my clients in a way that doesn’t stress me out?
  • Can you manage a “side hustle” and still homeschool well?

Let’s look at what a virtual assistant is and what’s required.

First, What is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant is an individual who helps manage portions of a business owner’s business. Normally a freelance worker, you can work your business from anywhere. A homeschooling mom is an ideal fit for this! She’s likely already a working through the three areas you need to master to be successful!

They are …

1. Manage (your VA Business)
  • Time- Are you able to manage the time necessary to work your business? Can you handle the daily life interruptions? Can you balance homeschooling, working at home, and family life?
  • Money- Can you handle the ebb and flow the income? Are you able to manage taxes due? Can you make wise spending choices?
  • Instructions – Are you willing to take the time to follow instructions and learn the needs of a client? Can you balance the client needs with the needs of a homeschooling moms life?
  • Alone time- Do you have a strategy for handling time alone and make the best use of that time?
2. Market (your VA Business)
  • Don’t be shy! Are you willing to get yourself out there? This often takes time and that’s a precious commodity for a homeschooling mom. Can you make this work?
  • What are you good at? Make a list of your skill set. Think about the things you already know and do as a homeschool mom that can translate to a VA business.
  • Ideal Client, what’s that? Are you able to think about who you already know that you might be able to help with their business. This is likely the homeschooling community.
3. Master (your VA Business)

Learning:

Are you willing to invest your time and resources into what’s necessary to grow your skill set and establish your business properly?

Growing:

Are you willing to establish the processes  and systems you need in order to grow your business?

Scaling:

Would you say that you’re willing to learn to manage a team or subcontractors in order to make an independent income?

If you’ve determined, that Yes! I think I can homeschool and have a home business keep reading …

How can you homeschool and have a virtual assistant business and do both well. The 3 skills we’ve covered are your launch pad.

Think of the time commitment.

Homeschooling is often a full time job.

  • Do you have the support of your spouse and family to add to that responsibility?
  • Can you use your managed free-time to build a business without building resentment in your children?
  • Is it possible to stay on top of the legal requirements to homeschool while building a business?

I’m confident that you can, but this is something that you have to consider for yourself. Sit down and talk to your spouse and family. Listen with an open mind to their objects and considerations. Manage everyone’s expectations and you’re sure to have the answer and the confidence you need moving forward.

With the right support, an honest look at your homeschool mama priorities, and a commitment to do things well, you can build a business that will bless your family.

Links Mentioned In This Podcast

How to Make Money as a Social Media Manager

Dave Ramsey Budget Tool

Rainbow Resource Giveaway

A new homeschool year is right around the corner!

Many homeschool moms are busy preparing and finalizing curriculum choices for the upcoming school year.  And some homeschoolers are trucking on through the summer months as one school year flows into the next.  Whatever camp you are in, you’re bound to need new homeschool curriculum, and winning a gift card to a major online homeschool retailer would surely help you check some things off of your curriculum wish list.

I’m teaming up with some other great homeschool bloggers to bring you a HUGE gift card giveaway to Rainbow Resource Center.  We will be blessing TWO homeschool families with a $250 for you to use on curriculum, books, games, puzzles, or whatever educational supplies you might need!
We know homeschooling can put a financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for multiple children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful.  Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.

To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Now I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers has generously chipped in their own money to make this giveaway possible, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries.  And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are of winning!

Giveaway Details

Giveaway ends July 24, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must be a resident of U.S. or Canada to enter.  Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers (see the Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter form for the complete list).
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Mommy Jammies by Mediaangels, Felice Gerwitz - 1M ago
How Do You Nurture Creativity? Glad you asked… Colleen Kessler ~ Nurturing & Celebrating Creativity 

Raising creative kids means giving your children the tools they need to be innovative problem solvers — equipping them to tackle anything that comes their way throughout life. Let’s explore strategies together Tuesday night, and build a toolkit to help nurture creative thinking in our kids. Creative kids become creative adults…and can change our world.

About Colleen: Colleen Kessler was a long time teacher of gifted children and prolific author. After becoming pregnant with her second child she and her husband Brian decided to homeschool their oldest and twice gifted son. Colleen has a master’s degree in gifted education and spent over ten years as a gifted intervention specialist advocating for the bright {and often misunderstood} children with whom she worked. She left classroom teaching in 2007 to write full time. She never planned to homeschool. Ever. Since God has a sense of humor, she now works from home while homeschooling her highly gifted and twice-exceptional kids. And she shares her hectic life with you on her website, Raising Lifelong Learners. Visit Colleen on her website raising lifelong learners! 

For Twice Exceptional Kids – Facebook Page

Pinterest- Follow Colleen Here

Twitter – Follow Colleen Here

Special Offer from Colleen!

Landing page for “Raising Creative Kids: A Collection of Simple Creativity Prompts for Children,” the eBook I sell. It’s $5.99 (70+ pages)

Recommendations – from Colleen – how failure can lead to great things – Mistakes that Work

Freebies from Colleen!

Cultivating-Creative-Thinking-Toolkit -freebie

Free Parenting Book! Opt in to get yours

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Mommy Jammies by Mediaangels, Felice Gerwitz - 1M ago

A Special Mommy Jammies Night presentation with featured speaker: Felice Gerwitz

Topic: Hearing God’s Voice – Podcast #29

Yes, I live a very dangerous, on the edge of the cliff kind of life – and you probably agree with a topic like, “Hearing God’s Voice.” How can you know for sure it is God’s voice? How can you live your life in total confidence that you are doing God’s perfect will? How can you relax and let God be the pilot of your life? In this presentation, I will tackle all of these things and more!

Handout for notes: Hearing God’s voice: Mommy Jammies Night – A Few Minutes

Show Notes Hearing God’s Voice:

  1. Is it possible to hear God’s voice?
  2. Who is God to you?
  3. How do you prepare your heart to listen to God?
  4. Hearing God
  5. The Challenge

How do you pray?

Look at the Lord’s prayer:

  1. Praising God and acknowledge His Name and His Kingship and His will.
  2. As for forgiveness for our sins against others. Pray for our needs, spiritual or temporal – physical.
  3. Ask for help to forgive others who have hurt us and make an act of will – not feeling to forgive those who have hurt you – so that YOU may heal.
  4. End with a prayer for protection against temptation and sin.

How do you hear God? Many ways! List your own after my list:

  1. Through His inspired, inerrant, infallible Word – The Bible
  2. Through others
  3. Through an answered prayer – those that are asked or unsaid (and God knows our hearts.)
  4. Through a “God-incident” in our lives
  5. Though our five sense
  6. Though our spirit / soul – that is where we sense God

Hearing God & Following His Will:

Add you own to this list:

  1. Faith – grace
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Quiet
  4. Practice
  5. Willingness

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Mommy Jammies by Mediaangels, Felice Gerwitz - 1M ago
Zan Tyler – The Secret to Christ-Focused Holidays

Author, speaker, director of Apologia Press & graduated homeschool mom, Zan Tyler

The Christmas season should be joyous, Christ-focused and peaceful, right? For many of us it is a far cry from the ideal as portrayed on the made-for-TV movies. In this session, Zan Tyler shares her heart, making the holiday easy on yourself and special for the children. It is all about creating those precious memories and working in service-type activities that bring a smile to those in need, and bless us in return. Join us, right here at 9:00 pm eastern time and enjoy the holiday season with this special presentation.

Visit Zan here:

https://www.facebook.com/zan.tyler.1

https://www.facebook.com/ZanTylerOnline/?fref=ts

About:  Zan and her husband Joe Tyler homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through high school, for a total of twenty-one years. When they began homeschooling in 1984, Zan was threatened with jail by the South Carolina State Superintendent of Education. After prolonged legal battles for the rights of their family and homeschoolers in their state, Joe and Zan founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) in 1990. Zan served as its president for ten years, and Joe currently serves as the chairman of the SCAIHS board.  Zan has been honored as the South Carolina Homemaker of the Year and has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest South Carolina honor a civilian can receive. She has appeared on NBC’s Today Show with Katie Couric and has served as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org. The author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential, Zan is also a popular columnist. She is the South Carolina Ambassador for the Home School Foundation, a ministry dedicated to helping homeschool families in need. Zan is the director of Apologia Press, where her goal is to support homeschooling parents by bringing them the very best authors and biblically sound resources.

Mommy Jammies Night-ZanTyler

 Party Favors Page – https://blog.apologia.com/mommyjammies/

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Mommy Jammies by Mediaangels, Felice Gerwitz - 1M ago
Which are you? Mary? or Martha?

with Featured Speaker – Linda Lacour Hobar

Mary and Martha Decide to Homeschool – a Workshop for Mary’s

Let’s pretend that Mary and Martha decide to homeschool. Following their character, Martha would probably have all her plans in place (and be frustrated), and Mary would probably be at the feet of Jesus (and way behind schedule.) We all have a little of Mary and Martha in us, but this workshop is designed to encourage Mary’s – who love the Lord and their children, but need help and structure to successfully homeschool. The presenter of this workshop is a self-proclaimed Mary (Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History) who managed to homeschool for 17 years, and still likes to talk about it.

~ From Felice – 

Be sure to have a pen and paper handy there is so much amazing info here!!

About Linda: author of The Mystery of History, is a self-proclaimed “people-person”, a fan of comfortable high-heels, and a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. Through homeschooling her children, and service as a missionary, she discovered a genuine love for world history where famous and not-so-famous people have shaped time itself by the mighty hand of God. In the year 2000, Linda sensed a clear call to write The Mystery of History series for her children, grandchildren, and generations to come.

Visit Linda on her websites and via social media!

Linda Lacour Hobar

Check out Linda’s BOOKS http://www.themysteryofhistory.com/
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Mommy Jammies Night! with Melanie Young!

It’s time for school … but what if you feel like a failure? Can’t get anything done? Is your life overwhelming? You came to the right place. Get that encouragement you need — with our special speaker Melanie Young, wife, mother, homeschool mom, author and speaker. Maybe you’ve met Melanie and Hal on the road at a local event, if not you don’t know what you are missing. Melanie is a dynamic speaker and brings her southern charm and great sense of humor to all of her presenations. Join us live – ask your questions and leave feeling refreshed and revived! Invite your friends!

Melanie Young

Hal and Melanie’s Show – Making Biblical Family Life Practical

Newsletter Sign Up – Planning Sheets from Melanie – HERE

Check out Melanie and Hal Young’s BOOKs Here

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DON’T RUN FROM THE MIRROR! Help for Homeschool Moms

When families first consider homeschooling, they often feel ill-equipped for the challenge. Quality resources abound today, but there is a critical element necessary for success that can’t be purchased for any price. We need courage to face the truth about ourselves as we see our weaknesses reflected in the mirror of our homeschools. Come discover how you will be refined and reshaped through the process of developing the character and knowledge required to give your children a true education.

There is help for homeschool moms!

For a limited time – Party-Favors including the cards Stacy mentioned HERE

Handout – Use this to take notes as you listen. Mommy Jammies Night-StacyFarrell

http://homeschooladventure.com/shop/

 More about Stacy! 
Blog Here -> On Loving Jesus
Stacy Farrell’s worldview changed when she embarked on her homeschooling adventure in 2002. Her background as a consultant and writer well-prepared her to teach communication skills; however, only hands-on experience (and much time spent on her knees) equipped her to mentor her sons through the character-transformation required to help them work toward their full potential. Stacy has spoken at a variety of homeschool conferences and has published articles in leading Christian and homeschool magazines. Prior to homeschooling, she wrote a broad range of material for corporate, Christian, and and non-profit clients. She also managed a law firm that specialized in civil rights litigation and constitutional law. Today, she loves to help empower students to recover territory lost by “fuzzy thinking” and low expectations. Although Stacy loves to write, speak, and teach, she considers her role as wife to Roger and mother to two precious sons to be her greatest work and privilege.

Show Notes Here:

Some of the things Stacy mentioned…

1. Name three habits you want to change.

2. Name three things you would like to exchange for those bad habits.

3. Standards to teach your children: A. Study habits: i.e., discipline;   B. Eating Habits: i.e., self-control; C. How to Treat Others: i.e. character.

Recommended resources:

Philippians in 28 Weeks – Here

Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Here for More Information

Delightful Planning – by Marcy Crabtree (next month’s Mommy Jammies Night speaker!)

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Mommy Jammies by Mediaangels, Felice Gerwitz - 1M ago

Homeschool Successfully! Overcoming Life’s Obstacles! with Special Guest – Amy Blevins

Listen to the audio here:

Show Notes :

In the podcast, Amy shares her personal story of living with Ideopathic Tracheal Stenosis and how God has shaped her homeschool and her family over the last nine years through this disease. She also shares ways she has found to overcome the obstacles to homeschooling successfully inspite of this disease or any other crisis in your life. If you are facing obstacles in homeschooling or worry that what you are doing is not good enough, you will be blessed by this presentation.

Amy has a chronic illness with no cure, however she is joyful and in this presentation you will be blessed to learn how she copes with this situation and works around it so she can continue to homeschool.

In the audio, Amy references a new book she has published titled Homeschool Successfully When Life Happens. This ebook is a collection of 15 chapters written by homeschool Moms who have struggled with life’s challenges to homeschool successfully and each Mom shares heart-to-heart about her struggles and how she overcame. You will be blessed by this book.

Amy lives with her husband and six beautiful children in Northern Virginia. Through her website at Homeschool Encouragement Amy seeks to encourage homeschool moms and homeschooling children to enjoy their school days. Besides blogging, Amy enjoys homeschooling, hiking, reading, singing, teaching, and serving Jesus above all. You can also find Amy on Homeschool Blogging encouraging other bloggers in the homeschool niche, and as a guest contributor for the 2:1 Network.

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Mommy Jammies by Mediaangels, Felice Gerwitz - 1M ago
Sandra Lovelance – Where is God in my Everyday Life?

What’s the longest period of time you’ve ever spent being certain God is real yet wondering where He was? What are the similarities and differences in these two experiences? How do we figure out these details in the busy-ness of every day life? Sandra Allen Lovelace will join us as we consider how to develop a richer relationship with the great I AM.

About Sandra:

Sandra Allen Lovelace put in more than 20 years as a pioneer homeschool mom, and more than 12 years so far as the grandmother of homeschoolers. She’s been serving the larger homeschool community since she and her husband Curt started their own journey in the 1980s. They’ve also been supporting families internationally for more than 15 years through their ministry Lifework Forum. Sandra was a pastor’s wife for more than 30 years and shares the blessings of families worshiping together in the book titled “Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship”. Sandra is a regular contributor of articles and photographs in various publications, but she is currently giving top priority to her manuscript on Naomi.

Sandra Allen Lovelace
Speaker, Writer, Pursuer
Director, Lifework Forum
Show Notes:
Sandra shared so many beautiful things in the audio – here are the Scriptures she shared:
Matthew 11:28
Psalm 46:10
Matthew 6:33
Psalm 37:4
James 1:2-4
Romans 8:28

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Mommy Jammies by Mediaangels, Felice Gerwitz - 1M ago
Realizing Your Dreams!

Have you ever considered the possibility of Realizing Your Dreams? Well, Mary Beth Goff and Kimberly Travaglino did by selling their homes and taking to the road with their families. They share their passion for the “road” and “roadschooling” as well as the prayers and planning that turned their dreams into a reality.

MaryBeth and Kimberly are show hosts on this network – visit their podcast: Roadschool Moms 

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