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Teaching Homeschoolers as a Business: The Professional Homeschool Teacher

In the United States the number of homeschool students rose 75 percent between 1999 and 2013, and in 2014 the National Center for Education Statistics reported that 3 percent of US students are learning in a homeschool environment. This rise in the number of homeschool students has resulted in another, less talked about, phenomenon: the professional homeschool teacher. We get very little attention. But we are a new, growing, skilled and independent group.

Homeschool families often swap teaching, with two parents teaming up so that one can cover math and science, and the other language arts and history, or some other informal exchange of services. Within the homeschooling world, forming teaching co-ops is quite common. In contrast, professional homeschool teachers are people who charge money for their services. These teachers offers classes to the homeschooling community, and collect tuition.

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The Professional Homeschool Teacher

Unlike homeschool students, homeschool teachers haven’t been studied much as a group. What I write here will be from my own experience and observations teaching English classes for homeschoolers, and interacting with families and my homeschool teacher associates. There will be plenty of anecdotal evidence, some logic and some personal opinion, but I will not be quoting nationwide research.

Where do I sign up?

First, how do people join this new profession? Two groups are emerging: those who homeschooled their own kids and found the process so rewarding that they transition to making it a profession, and those who come from a more traditional teaching background and decide that the homeschool market suits them. Some professional homeschool teachers combine these elements.

Since job postings in this profession don’t exist, and the general population is mostly unaware of this teaching niche, people usually discover homeschool teaching by word of mouth. They know some homeschooling families, or they are a homeschooling family, or they know a professional homeschool teacher. They find a way to hang out a shingle, and a new small business is born.

Grab your notes and your books and you're off to your next teaching gig.

Grab your notes and your books and you're off to your next teaching gig.

An array of services

Homeschool teaching may be only one service of the business, which could also include tutoring, writing, SAT prep, or adjuncting at a community college. This kind of flexibility allows the teacher to pursue education passions. She may have limited time to spend on the business per week, but she has a good deal of choice in whether to spend that time teaching class, tutoring one on one, blogging or working on her book.

Professional homeschool teachers have a great deal in common with the students and parents of the homeschool world. Families choose home education because it works better for them than any alternatives; family life, learning styles, personalities, future goals and even health can all play a role. Professional homeschool teachers have similar motivations. We find ourselves not fitting into traditional teaching venues, but the individualized, flexible, student-focused world of homeschooling is the perfect place for us. It is a match made in heaven!

What Does A Professional Homeschool Teacher's Busness Include?

ServicesProductsOther Sources

Year long classes

Your Amazon store sells supplies for your classes

Blogging

Short term classes

Self published print and digital books

Online tutoring company

Individual Tutoring

Lesson Plans

Teach in an afterschool program

Online homework and test evaluation

 

Adjunct teaching

Proctoring

 

 

Quick poll for everyone!

Quick poll for homeschooling parents!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments

kathleenschwab (author) on March 25, 2020:

I am in my ninth year, and I'm very happy! It really is a dream job.

kathleenschwab (author) on March 25, 2020:

I am in my ninth year, and I'm very happy! It really is a dream job.

Ann on March 15, 2020:

How is it going your homeschool teaching after five years?

kathleenschwab (author) on July 02, 2014:

I am hoping that as my profession grows it will make homeschooling more accessible to more families, especially in the hoigher grades.

Virginia Kearney from United States on June 30, 2014:

Interesting Hub. I know many people who would like to homeschool but don't feel confident in all subjects or feel they need help. Hiring a person to help makes sense.

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