Teaching Homeschoolers as a Business: The Professional Homeschool Teacher

Updated on March 30, 2020

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.

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. | Source
Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms
Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms
Outsourcing a class to a homeschool teacher helps balance mom's workload.

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?

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Year long classes
Your Amazon store sells supplies for your classes
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

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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.


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    • kathleenschwab profile imageAUTHOR


      3 months ago

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

    • kathleenschwab profile imageAUTHOR


      3 months ago

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

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      3 months ago

      How is it going your homeschool teaching after five years?

    • kathleenschwab profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

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

    • VirginiaLynne profile image

      Virginia Kearney 

      6 years ago from United States

      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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