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post #21 of 26

Check out HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) website and within it you will find local homeschooling support groups that I am sure would be interested in receiving your services or passing them on to others who would be interested in your services. Homeschooling is very different than public schools just because of the setting, but also because of the freedom which will either make or break you. Persistence and determination are a must as well as finding a support group that you can relate to. The only ones you may not relate to are those that advocate unschooling which you can find information about through Google. I am also going to start a tutoring and consulting business in my area in Texas along with a friend of mine who has already been tutoring math for several years now. Math is one of the most sought after subject regarding tutors of both homeschoolers and public school families, but I have also notice many families who struggle with English which is my expertise. Hope this helps answer some of your questions.

post #22 of 26

Hi. My family and I have recently moved to a new city in Kentucky. I am a public school teacher with 10 years experience and am interested in starting an educational consulting business as well. I would love to know how it is going with your business and what it takes to begin such an endeavor. Thanks for your help!

post #23 of 26

I too am so happy to have found this forum. I have been teaching in the public school system for ten years and I am simply tired. I feel that I can be of best benefit to the children by being on my own and directing my own competent operation. I am not afraid of the hard work involved to get my homeschooling consulting business going. However, I wondering what you have been able to charge people that they feel comfortable with being charged. I will always collect a week in advance. I learned that this is necessary from witnessing others who provided childcare in their homes. What socio-economic groups do you work with and how often? I am afraid that most of the people who may need my services the most will not be able to afford to pay the tuition. I believe that I will be capable of servicing the smaller group model (e.g., no more than 6-12 students) best, since I intend to primarily work alone. I hope that you or another reader will notice and reply to this post. Thanks everyone for your input; I am excited and finally going to be able to make my dreams come true, too. We (the children and I) are going to have a blast and we are going to learn a lot at the same time. Praise God for entrepreneurial minds and efforts. the children REALLY need us. We are a part of the "solution"!

post #24 of 26

I'm also interested in the same type of set-up... I'm currently teaching middle school reading in one of the only counties in my state that includes a separate Reading class in the school day. Sadly, this year seems to be the last year for this in the county. While I won't be out of a job, I won't be teaching what I want. In addition, I'm not too impressed with education anywhere (that I know of) in my area. I've also found that my daughter is just like me - way ahead in reading skills than her peers and while she does really well in math, the GT classes go too fast for her and the on-level classes are too easy.  She is in third grade. I'm very interested in homeschooling her (and possibly her nearly 5 yo sister) but we depend on both my husband's and my own income to get by. A friend suggested taking in an infant and doing before and after care to help support us, but I don't think it will be enough. Since I am certified K-8, I would love to pick up another homeschooled child or two along with my own to make a small class and support our homeschooling. I have no clue how to go about it, especially since I need to show my husband I can make the amount we need before I quit or take a leave of absence. I've read the advice above and I am so happy to find it!!!

post #25 of 26


 

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I too am so happy to have found this forum. I have been teaching in the public school system for ten years and I am simply tired. I feel that I can be of best benefit to the children by being on my own and directing my own competent operation. I am not afraid of the hard work involved to get my homeschooling consulting business going. However, I wondering what you have been able to charge people that they feel comfortable with being charged. I will always collect a week in advance. I learned that this is necessary from witnessing others who provided childcare in their homes. What socio-economic groups do you work with and how often? I am afraid that most of the people who may need my services the most will not be able to afford to pay the tuition. I believe that I will be capable of servicing the smaller group model (e.g., no more than 6-12 students) best, since I intend to primarily work alone. I hope that you or another reader will notice and reply to this post. Thanks everyone for your input; I am excited and finally going to be able to make my dreams come true, too. We (the children and I) are going to have a blast and we are going to learn a lot at the same time. Praise God for entrepreneurial minds and efforts. the children REALLY need us. We are a part of the "solution"!


I think actual fees charged depends a lot on where you are located (I couldn't find that in your post). If you are looking for kids with a lower SES, you may end up only being able to ask for weekly fees. Many of those parents won't be able to pay at all; perhaps you can try to set up a small charter school or find a way to fund-raise or get sponsors? Middle class parents may also have the same problems and may be better able to pay on a weekly or monthly basis than a quarter, year or semester.

 

post #26 of 26

Hello Ladies,

I enjoyed reading this thread.  I am a public school teacher turned homeschool mom.  Nineteen years ago, my husband turned my garage into a small classroom and I have homeschooled my children and offered my services to others.  I live in Northern California and have discovered that as Charter Schools have become more popular, I am becoming less of a necessity.  So, I am thinking of becoming more active in the tutoring and consulting side of things.  

 

It has been a grand adventure and I still enjoy what I do.  As with many of you, teaching is my passion.  Here is my website so you an see what I do.  I am interested in how you are doing things on line.  How is that working and how are you doing it?  When I started 19 years ago..... on-line was not so important.  I am planning on updating my website and wanting more information about any online things you do.

 

Thanks for the information and enjoy the experience.

 

Trina Heter

heterhavenacademy.com

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