But I Have to Work!
The need to bring in an income is what keeps many single moms from homeschooling. There are different ways you can work around the need to work when it comes to homeschooling your child.
1. If you have a kid-friendly environment, bring your child to work with you. This is actually what I did. I was a graduate student at the time when I started homeschooling six years ago. I took my son to classes, office hours, and seminars with me. He enjoyed the experience; the professors didn't mind. He was always quiet, and he'd work on math problems or a worksheet during the class. During my office hours, if I didn't have students visiting me, I would give him a lesson before grading papers. Of course, not every business is open to this.
2. Bring work home. I'm lucky. I built a business as an editorial consultant that I can do anywhere. I can work at home, at a coffee shop, at the library. As long as I have a computer, I'm good to go. Working at home and running my own business is hard! I put in a lot of hours doing work for my clients. I have to be self-motivated each day and follow through on my promises to others. Working at home is not for everyone, but if your job has an option to work at home - even for part of the hours you are scheduled for - take it.
3. Family or friends can be a great resource. If working from home is not an option, ask for help from family or friends. You know what the awesome thing about homeschooling is? Your hours are flexible. You don't have to have "class" from 8am to 3pm. You do, however have to have someone stay with your child, especially if the child isn't yet old enough to be at home alone. Tap into friends or family for help. Better yet - do you know a group of homeschooling single moms? Consider forming a co-op where each mom takes a turn to watch the other children.
It's important to remember that there are options - no matter what your schedule is like. If you have to work from 7am - 3pm, you can homeschool when you get home. If you don't have family close by, rely on good, trusted friends who support your decision to homeschool. Don't be afraid to ask others for help when you need it.