Sunday, May 10, 2009

HomeWork: Juggling Home, Work, and School Without Losing Your Balance

Wow! Great e-book! I have always enjoyed reading about the days and lives of other homeschoolers. We homeschoolers are a varied group, from our teaching styles to our lifestyles to the makeup of our families. I usually find that I take away inspiration or ideas from reading about other homeschoolers, whatever their situations. HomeWork: Juggling Home, Work, and School without Losing Your Balance is a compilation of the personal stories of women who home school and also work from home. I have a business, Super Star DML Publishing, writing and publishing speech therapy materials for parents to use with their children at home, so when I saw the title of this book, I was eager to read it in order to learn how other moms juggled their busy lives working and teaching their children. The moms profiled in HomeWork represent a range of “home work.” Some have home businesses writing, printing and crafting. Some do contract work for others, such as medical transcription and accounting. Many have continued a pre-child career; others have turned a hobby into a paying job. Some work in business with their husband to provide all of the family’s support. Others earn only a few hundred dollars a month to pay for “extras.” The range is so wide that nearly any reader will identify and be inspired by at least one of the featured women! Regardless of what business the reader might be interested in, lessons can be learned from the successes and failures in these chapters. HomeWork concludes with several chapters addressing the skills and abilities needed in any home business. An excellent chapter is devoted to financial management; another to organizational skills. I found HomeWork to be an enjoyable read that gave me many new ideas for business and business management while homeschooling, as well as providing inspiration that Yes! I can do it too!

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