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Are you a mom? Did you have to make that dreadful decision of having to return to work after a very brief 6-12 week maternity leave?
I was fortunate to have my daughter over the summer which as a teacher meant I wasn’t working. This was such an amazing thing for me and her because it meant I got an extra 4 weeks with her beyond my 12 week maternity leave. Thankfully, my actual maternity leave began when school started. However, I HATED the thought of going back to work and leaving my 4 month old home. Yes, we were VERY fortunate to have grandparents who graciously offered to watch her while my husband and I were at work. This didn’t make it any easier for me, so I can only imagine how I would have felt having to drop her off at daycare.
Well to make a long story short, my hubby and I decided for me to leave behind my teaching career at the end of the year. However, we couldn’t afford for me to be a stay at home mom. We need money to put food on the table and have bills to pay. We were reliant on my teaching income.
These are things I do to help us create income for our family while I am at home with my daughter. It’s truly a win/win for us. I hope to help others especially other teachers to be able to be with their own children full-time.
- Start an In-home Daycare This is my biggest stream of income at the moment. I earn about $500 a week from working with children right in my home. Now, there were several start up costs prior to beginning and many steps I had to take in order to be licensed with the state of Michigan. Please see my blog “Starting a Daycare in your Home” blog for more information on start-up costs and steps to becoming a state licensed child care service. Starting an in-home daycare allows me to be home with my daughter as well continuing to work with children, so it fits nicely with my teaching degree. I am even able to charge a little bit more because I am state certified teacher. There are drawbacks to running an in home daycare including being open a large amount of hours. I am open 7:00 AM to 5:30PM M-F. Now, this doesn’t mean I have children everyday during these times. It also makes having time off for appointments and vacations a little more difficult. Our house also isn’t really well designed for a separate daycare space, so it can be a struggle to keep a balance of personal space and daycare space. This is especially difficult with having young children myself and allowing them to have their own toys and space that isn’t played with or used by the daycare children. None the less, we are making it work and it is helping me to provide for my family.
- Tutoring Besides my daycare services, I also tutor students in the evenings and on weekends locally to help bring in extra money. I tutor one-on-one for an hour and charge $25 an hour. I sent out flyers to local schools along with posted an ad on Facebook and in several local Facebook groups. I have also applied to several tutoring websites to begin tutoring virtually as well. Again, tutoring fits well with my previous teaching experience and degrees. Here is a list of sites that I am currently applying to: 1. Tutor.com: This site is great for teachers, college students or other degree holding individual who enjoy helping others. This site allows for flexible scheduling and the ability to work from home. They bring the clients to you, so you don’t have to do the marketing to find individuals looking for tutoring. Pay is dependent upon what subjects you are approved to tutor. You will have to take a test and pass with a 42/50 questions in order to be approved to tutor. 2. Aim 4 A Tutoring: This site you need to send a copy of your resume and a paragraph explaining why you want to do online tutoring, your compensation expectations, Skype username, and your available hours in USA EST time to jobs@Aim4A.com. 3. Brainfuse 4. Academic Plus
- Blogging I recently started a blog as well. I have yet to earn any income from the blog, but it is only 3 weeks old. I am currently adding content and researching other blogs to make mine better with hopes of one day earning an income from the blog.
- Surveys Surveys are not a way to replace a full time income, but every little bit helps. I signed up with several survey companies for free to help earn a little extra money. They are time consuming, but when I am resting or watching TV they are easy to fill out. Here are a list of the ones I use: 1. Swagbucks 2. InboxDollars
- Ibotta Ibotta is an app that allows you to earn money on groceries. Again, it’s not something you can earn a full time income from. However, It can give you extra money for things like date night or diapers.
I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.