Work at Home Toolbox

I am an information junkie!

There, I confessed.

I feel so much better now!

Lucky for you, I am able to share all of this knowledge I have gathered on my hard drive and in my head!

While this website is my “first-born baby”, I started another website to house all of my working at home resources and products. So as you browse around here, you might find links to my other site at KimberlyBagley.com.

Is It Possible to Work at Home and Homeschool at the Same Time?

YES, it is! Most of us are one-income families since we have chosen to stay home with our children and teach them as well. But, it doesn’t have to be a financial struggle.

I have been working online and have owned different home businesses for years now to help supplement my husband’s income.

When he was laid-off in March of 2015, we started selling on Amazon, Ebay, and our Online Retail Store and that is our family business in addition to blogging.

Our goal now is multiple streams of income so that we are never left hurting financially if one income stream goes away.


Related Podcast: Building Multiple Income Streams Online (Episode #4)


The main struggle we face now, is dividing up the chores, homeschooling, and work hours to make sure all bases are covered. You can read more about the schedules we have tried in this post here.

Do You Want to Work from Home?

There are so many online business opportunities, but you have to be very careful and discerning when choosing where to invest your time and money.

I was probably on every internet guru’s email list for a few months and invested in some of those “Done-For-You” systems and “Step-by-Step Blueprints” that are supposed to make you thousands of dollars in 7 days. Don’t believe any of it! Learn from my mistakes. Don’t waste your money on these type of bright shiny objects.

The best way to build a business online is the old fashioned way of hard work, perseverance, and consistency. This way will mean long-term success and the greatest potential for profits.

The best part about online businesses is they don’t require a huge amount of money up front. You don’t have to rent office or retail space and pay extra utilities like a brick-and-mortar business does.

So Where Do You Start?

There are many ways to earn an income online, but I can only speak from my personal experience which has been a wonderful journey and is still growing.

I have hired coaching along the way which you can read more about here.

#1 Wealthy Affiliate University (Free to Join)

I first joined WAU (Wealthy Affiliate University) to learn everything I could about blogging and building websites to make an income online. I still host and build all of my websites through this platform. It was FREE to join and they give you 2 free websites to start out with while you are learning the ropes which sold me on the deal. Where else can you start a business for free?

I now offer coaching to everyone who signs up for free through my link so I can pay it forward and help those who want to work from home.

#2 Amazon & Ebay Store

The next income stream we embarked upon was learning to sell professionally on Amazon and Ebay platforms. This is by far the quickest way to make money online. You make your money when you “buy”. Which means, you learn how to source products from retail stores, online stores, or from wholesale companies, then you resale the items on Amazon and Ebay for profit.

I started with used items that I was no longer using around our home, such as books and kitchen items.

I then invested in the Proven Amazon Course which took the business to a whole new level. This course teaches you from setting up your selling account on Amazon all the way to how to source products from China manufacturers that you put your own private label on. You also get access to all other courses that Jim Cockrum (the founder) produces also.

The possibilities are endless when you invest in this course which also gives you free access to his My Silent Team members area which teaches other streams of income other than Amazon, such as self-publishing, email marketing, and much more.


Related Podcast: Learn how Brett turned $400 into an 8-figure Amazon business (Episode #2)


#3 Opened Our Own Online Retail Store with Shopify

Mompreneur ShopKBInnovations

The third income stream we added was our Shopify store. We have all the products we sell on Amazon listed on our store, but it is just another avenue of income that we will have in case Amazon or Ebay decides one day to arbitrarily suspend our selling account (which they can do with no explanation and for any reason).

This helps me sleep better at night knowing we have a backup.

This online store also allows us to add more products by drop-shipping instead of having to invest up front in large quantities of inventory.

Another perk, is that all sales made at our online store are more profitable since we do not have to pay Ebay and Amazon the 15% commission they require.

Are You Ready to Take Control of Your Income?

The possibilities are endless! We have learned and grown our business by leaps and bounds this past year thanks to WAU and the PAC course. We made more money last year than we did when my husband was working full time as a District Engineering Manager at a large oil and gas company. He swears he will never work for another “boss” again.


What are you waiting for?

I have a toolbox full of free resources here if you’re ready to get started with making money online.


WORK AT HOME TOOLBOX

Click the Links Below for resources for your business:

Starting a Brand New Business

For Established Businesses

Checklists for Your Growing Business


Want To Learn How Other Homeschooling Moms Work and Homeschool?

Read the stories of these amazing women who work at home and work outside the home all while homeschooling their blessings at the same time. They are all truly an inspiration that we can live our dreams and have the best of both worlds.

Homeschool Mompreneur – Allison G

Homeschool Mompreneur – Kim S

Homeschool Mompreneur – Karen B

Homeschool Mompreneur – Aimee C

Homeschool Mompreneur – Kim B

Homeschool Mompreneur – Jennifer S

Mompreneur of Little Ones – Suzi W


Do you work and homeschool? We would love to add your story! Email me if you would like to be featured as the next Homeschool Mompreneur!


 

 


Comments

Mompreneur Work at Home Toolbox — 10 Comments

  1. Organized Home School sounds fantastic. I wish I had known about this when I first had my children. There are so many mothers looking for supplemental income and it looks like you have laid out great options, and broken down the plans, payments, etc. Your page also seems to have a voice that says your approachable. Way to go!

    • Thanks! My goal is to empower moms who homeschool to still follow their dreams. Just because we choose to school our children doesn’t mean we have to be a one income family and we can’t pursue our own careers. It is definitely possible for a mom to work at home and homeschool too.

  2. What a great set of resources you’ve provided here – I love the list at the bottom of the article, divided into new or established businesses. I am fairly new to working at home, and I’m lucky I guess that my daughter is getting to an age where she’s becoming quite independent. I may well check out your PAC course, to see how to maximize things with Amazon. Can you explain what drop-shipping is? I’ve heard the term once or twice before, but don’t really know what it is! I’m glad that you’ve overcome your husband being laid off and it sounds like you’re both having a lot of success.

    • Thanks Mara. I’m glad you found this post helpful. The Proven Amazon Course teaches you everything you would ever need to know about starting and growing an Amazon business.

      Drop-shipping is when you establish an account with a company that manufactures or distributes certain products and they allow you to resale their products online. You offer the product for sale on your website and when a customer places an order with you, then you order that product from your dropship supplier and the supplier ships it to your customer. You actually never “see” or “touch” the product. This is attractive to some business owners because you don’t have to invest a lot of money or capital up front in inventory. The downside, is that you are placing a huge amount of trust and control in the supplier’s hands and I have heard some really bad stories of suppliers not following through and customers not happy.

      If you sale on Amazon, I would advise against dropshipping. Amazon is very strict about how you sell on their platform and they discourage dropshipping. The Proven Amazon Course teaches you how to find suppliers and products to sell on Amazon the right way. Let me know if you have any other questions about it. I would love to help!

  3. First off, I am not a mom nor teacher. Just a husband and dad. I have a full time job, but love messing with internet and blogs. I never thought about selling things on amazon, but this sounds really cool. Do you drop ship? or what. I am sure the course for amazon goes into the details, but I was just curious. I will definitely be looking into that! P.S. I LOVE WA! it is my favorite platform by far.

    • Amazon is the quickest way to make an extra income online. We don’t personally dropship, although we have entertained the idea with our shopify store. It is too risky dropshipping with selling on Amazon, so I discourage people from doing so. Amazon is very particular on how products are shipped and the timing of the shipments, so it is better to have more control over the process yourself rather than relying on a dropshipper. The Proven Amazon Course is top notch. Everything you would ever need to know about selling on Amazon can be learned with that course. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  4. I think you’re amazing – I don’t knwo how you manage to run your online businesses, run a homeschool be a mum and all that that entails! Do you have more hours in the day than I do? You’re an inspiration!

    I love blogging and writing so I’m really interested in the Wealthy Affiliate University training. If I were to start, from your experience, how long does it take/ how much time would i need to invest before seeing a return?

    Thanks again! 🙂

    • I wish I had more than 24 hours a day! It is a difficult balance working at home and homeschooling, not much sleep happens, but it is worth it!

      Wealthy Affiliate is where I learned everything I know about blogging and building a website as well as how to market it. I continue to learn from the video trainings each month and from the community. The best part about it is the community! If you have a question, you simple post it and it is usually answered by someone within 30 minutes. Even at midnight! Ha!

      Blogging takes longer to see income versus selling on Amazon and Ebay. You have to be consistent in blogging and be sure your posts are helpful, but there are moms I know that make more $10,000 month blogging only. They have been blogging at least 3 months or more, so it does take time.

      Selling on Amazon will help you make money right away and the sky is the limit with the income potential as well. Of course, the more inventory you purchase to resale, the more money you make. One of our coaches with the Proven Amazon Course started with only $400 and now sales over $1 million dollars a month. It’s absolutely crazy!

      Let me know if you have any other questions. I will be glad to help!

  5. I have two kids, a four year old and a one year old that I am planning to homeschool. Much like you, I am highly educated with multiple graduate degrees, and a college professor. Have you found that your education is helpful or a hindrance when starting an online business?

    • I think my education has been helpful in the sense that I am confident that if I put my mind to it, I can learn anything and be successful if I commit hard enough. My downfall is that I love to learn and tend to want to learn EVERYTHING before taking action which hinders my progress sometimes in my businesses.

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