I wish I had a skill I could sell. I've spent every year since I graduated high school as a wife and mother. I was a correctional officer for 2 years, but forfeited my certification when I quit (they paid for me to go to school.) I couldn't go back to that if I wanted (and I really REALLY don't.)
I'm waiting for something to come to me that I can actually do in my home that I don't have to leave the house for. I'm not even looking to make a living on it, just supplement what we already have.
I totally hear you! I have a bachelor's degree and about a half of my coursework for a masters. I had lots of jobs before becoming a mama and was an excellent, sought-after employee. I am intelligent and conscientious. BUT -- I've been a SAHMama for 11 years and it would be hard at this point for me to get anything but an entry level job anywhere. And I with homeschooling I really don't have much flexibility with my time.
I am so thankful that my husband is employed at a job with a decent salary. But sometimes I worry about what would happen to us if anything happened to his salary (or him...)
In past years when he wasn't making as much and it was hard to make ends meet I did babysitting. Just casual stuff not every day of the week -- which I found really difficult to do when I tried it. It was too limiting and curtailed what I could do with my own children like field trips and park dates. But helping various friends one or two days a week was just enough income supplementation that it made a big difference in getting bills paid on time and having enough $$ for groceries. I found that within my circle of AP-mamas there was always one or two people who wanted an "AP-safe place" to leave their children from time to time. And their children didn't mind because I had 2 or 3 children to play with so it was just a play date to them.
In my pre-mama days I was a magazine writer and editor. That was my most favorite job. Sometimes I wish I could do that freelance and online now. But my skills are rusty and I don't really have that time to devote to it.
I have a friend who does lots of book editing -- and it pays well and allows her to be home with her homeschooled children. She says that it is not easy to break into, but once you get in and prove yourself it is great.
I am working on a plan to generate income via knitting and crocheting. I am not to the point where I want to be with my skills yet; but I am working on all of it. We do not need the extra income right now, thankfully (and that is the first time in nearly 18 years of marriage that I can say that.) But if anything should ever happen to my hubby I want to be ready with an income stream I can ramp up. Beyond that if any of my children decide to go to college, whatever income I generate can help them with their expenses. And we can squirrel away money for retirement needs. Not to mention my hubby wants to go back to school to get a masters degree. Ugh.
Sorry, hijacked your convo there....