Most homeschoolers are doing it on one income. It’s tough, especially when financial worries have us on the fence about the decision tocontinue homeschooling. We try to save money on food, extracurricular activities, family outings and so much more by using sites like Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op, Groupon, Living Social, and others. But if you are like me and you need to make some extra money, then you are constantly looking for ways to generate income. Here are a few tips that are working or have worked for me.
Websites for Work-at-Home Jobs and Freelance Gigs (* indicates a pay site)
Mashable Job Board: great for those with tech know-how, although there are some non-tech jobs in the National board.
Elance.com: You can sign up for free and submit proposals for jobs posted by both large businesses and small corporations. Also a pay membership level.
FlexJobs.com*: This site caters to those who want to find full or part-time jobs that will allow you to telecommute or work a flexible schedule. It is a pay site, but I think it is worth it. ($14.95/month)
oDesk: This site defines itself as a “global marketplace.” There are a lot of listed short-term jobs for writers, graphic designers, personal assistants and more. I have never had much luck here as I don’t have the patience to shuffle through the low-paying offers (and there are a lot of them) to find the better ones. However, I know a few people who love it and speak very highly of the jobs.
Jobs@Freelanceswitch.com*: Mostly for web designers and programmers. ($7/month)
Generating Money from Your Blog/Website
Affiliate links: I use affiliate links with Amazon Associates and All About Spelling. That basically means that if you click on a link and buy something, I will earn money. I share a lot of how we homeschool and what we use to homeschool and because I recommend many products, I use affiliates links as payment for advertising. I am 100% honest about the products, and I only link to things that I use personally and find beneficial.
Selling Advertising on Your Website: This is one of the best ways to generate money, but it requires that you track your website analytics. However, there are some really good tutorials to help you get started:
- How to Get Started Selling Advertising on Your Blog by Michael HyatT
- Options for Selling Ads on Your Mom Blog by Wendy Piersall
Hopefully these are enough to get you started. I know this isn’t an exhaustive list, but I’ve used many of these methods and have been able to find some work. In fact, I did part-time work for over 2 years for acompany that I found through Flex Jobs.
Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to hear them!