This is the final review I’ll be conducting for The Oldschool House Magazine in order to apply for the Homeschool Crew. I’m not sure when the final selections will be made, but I’ll let you know when I find out!
Everyone was asked to review “HomeWork: Juggling Home, Work, and School Without Losing Your Balance” by Rebekah Wilson and I am so glad they chose this title. It hits so near to home – these last few weeks more than ever.
This eBook is a collection of other moms relating their experiences handling home school along with other work to bring in another stream of income to the home. Altogether, there are 16 families represented with a wealth of knowledge and advice for juggling so many large responsibilities.
The stories were broken down into categories: A Labor of Love, Computer Based, Creative Writing, Business Support, Tricks of the Trade. Just a quick break-down of the type of businesses included:
- A Labor of Love. These experiences were from families who work with their hands as a means of extra income. There were businesses like sewing, book sales and breeding animals for sale.
- Computer Based. The moms here are running businesses from their computers – one using the internet and one running a computer network management service.
- Creative Writing. This segment included ladies that use words in all kinds of businesses from writing a book to running a printing and publication business.
- Business Support. Medical transcription and tax preparation were included under this heading.
- Tricks of the Trade. One of the most helpful pieces to the book, this section detailed very thoroughly the how-to of keeping your business finances and your home organized while working and schooling at home.
At 95 pages altogether, this is a substantial help to any mom that is thinking about starting a home business while home schooling. There is just something about reading the stories of other families that helps you to realize that you can do it too. These moms shared a little of their history and a lot of their heart as they let the reader peek into their homes. I was completely caught up in each story as they related their highs and lows, how they started and where they hope to end up.
In my own life, I have walked many different paths to extra income, some were bad and some were really bad. It was so nice to know that I wasn’t the only one who had taken the chance to step out there and failed more than once. But these ladies were showing how they DID succeed finally! Their stories breathed new life into my efforts to try another business and bring along everything I have learned from previous ventures. Above all, they reminded me that the reason for the extra income is the children and to always put them first.
Overall, I love the way this book was presented. Each category was broken down by the individual stories with a great deal of information and useable resources at the end. This will be a book that I plan to read many times over during the coming years and I plan to put some of the organizational ideas into practice as well.
You can read about the WeE-Books I reviewed for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew in the following articles:
- The “Me Time” Myth by Amy Roberts
- “Building Strong Arithmetic Thinking” by Dr. Ruth Beechick
- “The Great Books: A TOS Interview with Classical Educator, Fritz Hinrichs” by Kate Kessler
And as always, keep on growing!