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Is Your Kid a Homeschool Millionaire?

One of my passions in life is business and entrepreneurship, probably stemming from my own homeschooling background and my parents involvement in several small and home-based businesses, of which I became an active participant.

In college I was actively involved with Students In Free Enterprise, and in a former career, I worked with highschoolers promoting Future Business Leaders of America.

Business and creativity are a natural progression for homeschoolers. Whether it’s a lemonade stand on the corner, soap making, or website design, there are an incredible amount of opportunities for homeschooled students to use their gifts and talents to create a profitable business from home.

Today, more than ever, opportunities abound. Just ask Dallas Crilley, a 16 year old homeschooler from Texas, who also happens to be an author and entrepreneur. His blog, “kidpreneur,” chronicles stories of creative kids and teens and how they’ve taken an idea and turned it into a profitable business model.

One of the underlying themes is how students have taken something they’re passionate about and turned it into a money making opportunity. Isn’t that what homeschooling is all about…learning about those things that interest us and pursing them? And, if it so happens that these interests can be monetized, even better, right?

Gary Vaynerchuk is a guy who I’ve become fascinated with of late. He’s the founder of Wine Library TV, an online videocast about the wine industry, and he just authored a book about turning your passions into profits. Now, I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of getting paid to do what I enjoy. In the traditional paradigm of education and work, this rarely happens. but today, with the advancement of technology, we see it happening more and more.

Picasso once said that taking action is the key to all success. So what are you waiting for? Get out there, help your students (and yourself) find their passions and begin creating something that you’ll not only enjoy, but might also make a few dollars as well!

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The Key to Life

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This post has absolutely nothing to do with homeschooling or preparing for college, but it’s something I’ve been pondering recently. What is the point of reading? Why do we as homeschoolers place such an emphasis on it? Is it really that important? And what are we going to do with this acquired knowledge?

The love of reading is something that most homeschoolers possess. I am of the opinion that one of the greatest reasons public schools are doing so poorly (other than being government run) is because teachers have neglected to instill a love of reading to their students.

There is nothing like a good book! Doesn’t matter if it’s science fiction, an autobiography, do-it-yourself handbook, or the Bible, books change lives. Zig Ziglar says that “leaders are readers, and readers are leaders.”

Now I don’t know about you, but for a long time I was perfectly content to read as much as I could get my hands on, and yet do nothing with this acquired knowledge. I see this as a problem. Writing is the reciprocal of reading. You must have both to be fulfilled. One cannot stand alone. He who writes without reading is a fool, and he who reads without writing is wasting the knowledge gained.

So today, I want to encourage you to write as well as read. If you’re already an avid reader, start putting your thoughts on paper, or even better, on a blog. Share your wisdom with the world, we’ll all be better for it. If you’re already a writer but don’t like to read, start. It will definitely improve your writing ability and open your eyes to a whole new world!

I’d like to thank Jarkko Lane for the inspiration to write this post.

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