Business and Marriage – Making it Work – MBFLP 198

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Have you ever thought about “coming home” from the corporate world and running a family business? A lot of homeschooling families dream about that day … but we found there are some surprising discoveries when your mate is now your business partner and co-worker!

This episode, Hal and Melanie sit down with their friends Larry and Sue Pruett of Side-by-Side Business, to talk about work-life balance, homeschooling while running a business, and what all four of us learned in the transition from 9-t0-5 life to working from home with our spouses!


Learn more about Larry and Sue Pruett’s family business journey at Side-By-Side Business

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Exploring Home Business for the Homeschool Family

Exploring Home Business for the Homeschool FamilyRichele and Lindsey are passionate about entrepreneurship. We want to help you explore this option for your kids and your family in a realistic and fun way that leads to much many blessings. Children who are exposed to home business learn so much from acting professionally to business planning to time management. Find out how you can teach your child valuable lessons in a unique way that may even some day pay for college!

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Balancing Home Business and Homeschool – HIRL Episode 38

HIRL-Episode-38We were contacted a few weeks ago by HIRLer Derek Anderson who asked: Could you talk about the challenges of owning a home business as a homeschooler? 

For many homeschoolers, owning a home business is the dream. The idea that small business ownership provides the ultimate in freedom and flexibility for a homeschool family is sought by many. The ability to introduce your homeschooled children to your vocation and the world of business seems like a perfect fit for homeschool families.

However, as you can sense from the question being asked, we want to pursue the truth behind homeschooling with a home business. The benefits are there, but the truth remains: owning a home business as a homeschooling family comes with challenges. The balance of time, the isolation as a solo businessperson, and maintaining an income flow are all daily, weekly, and monthly challenges for homeschooling families that own and operate a home business.

On this edition of HomeschooingIRL To Go, we invite you to join Fletch and Kendra as they invite guest Derek Anderson to join them in a quick and honest discussion about owning a small business as a homeschooling family.

Show Notes:

Guest: Derek Anderson – The Green Van Dry Cleaning

Opening Music: “Open Those Bright Eyes” by Kevin MacLeod
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Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

Considerations Before Starting a Family-Based Business

FamilyRenewal330x300Listen as Israel and Brook Wayne of Family Renewal discuss the pros and cons of family-based businesses. This episode highlights the benefits AND the challenges to provide valuable insights before YOU consider starting a family-business.

Family Renewal – Considerations Before Starting a Family Business

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Many Christian families are looking for ways to start a home-based business to promote family unity and to supplement or generate a full-time income. While there are many advantages to this decision, there are many pitfalls as well. This podcast helps you to look before you leap, and to succeed once you jump.

Considerations Before Starting a Family-Based Business

Listen as Israel and Brook Wayne of Family Renewal delve into the pros and cons involved with family-based businesses. This episode highlights the benefits a family business holds for the homeschooling family, and also gives careful consideration to the potential risks and difficulties family businesses can place on the family relationships.

Blogging as a Business with Jimmie Lanley

Should you blog for money while you homeschool? Jimmie Lanley answers your questions.Have you ever wondered if you should blog to make some extra money while you’re homeschooling? Or perhaps you already blog, but wonder what you need to do to take your blog to the next level.

If you’re interested in blogging, you won’t want to miss my interview with Jimmie Lanley in which she explains:

  • Who’s cut out to blog as a business
  • Some best practices for those who want to increase readership
  • Why Google+ is a social media platform that can build your authority, and much more!

Jimmie Lanley

Be sure to enter to win one of 3 copies of iBlog, an ebook with expert advice from top bloggers, at Psychowith6 until November 19th.



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Links from the Podcast

Don’t try to write down all the great resources Jimmie mentions! I have them for you right here:

Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes – Michael Hyatt

Blogging with Amy

Tutorial: How to Set Up Google Authorship

How to Edit Your Google Plus Hover Card to Gain More Targeted Followers

Jimmie’s Collage – her personal homeschooling site

Notebooking Fairy – for great notebooking resources to use in your homeschool – where you can learn more about her blog consulting services

Jimmie Lanley on Google + – be sure to add her to your circles!

I’d love to circle you, too. Here’s my Google+ profile.

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