I’m new to blogging. I’m also new to business and to homeschooling. It occurred to me as I started creating content for this blog that I needed focus and clarity. I needed to communicate my elevator pitch. So, here goes…
First. I will share my journey as I replace the income from my job with income from one or more home-based businesses.
Second. Along the way, I will develop and share guidelines, strategies, and activities to help homeschool families incorporate entrepreneurship and business into their homeschooling.
Ultimately, my goal is to share MY journey into entrepreneurship AND homeschooling, with a focus on where the two overlap. I will share my successes AND my failures. I will share guidelines, tips, resources, information, and strategies that I learn along the way related to both entrepreneurship and homeschooling. And I will share my insights on how the lessons I learn pursuing financial freedom apply to homeschooling and how we incorporate them into our homeschooling.
My wife was a teacher for over 10 years. She went to college to earn a degree in teaching. She has spent thousands of hours, maybe tens of thousands, learning how to teach kids or actually teaching kids. I, on the other hand, was a law enforcement officer for over 12 years. I worked in one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in federal law enforcement. I worked with computers before that. I have virtually NO experience working with or teaching kids whatsoever. I am the LEAST qualified person I know to be shaping young minds. Before we had kids, I would have considered myself the least qualified person I know to raise kids! Everything I know about kids I have learned over the last 7 years through trial and error…LOTS OF TRIAL, LOTS OF ERROR!!! I expect to experience the same trial and error with homeschooling and with creating a business.
Prior to the last few years, I have had NO business experience at all. I have no formal education or training in business whatsoever. My father-in-law successfully started his own business in the early 90’s, and is still in business today. He had no formal training and just learned from the school of hard knocks. In the last several years he involved my wife and I in his business and we learned a LOT. That was my first experience in business and I learned just enough to “get bit” by the entrepreneurial bug, which spurred my desire to start my own business.
We now live in the information age and it is more possible than ever for the average person to take charge of their life and their income. The opportunities available, especially in online business, are so vast that anyone can earn a living independent of a job or career. I believe that kids who experience entrepreneurship early in life will be best equipped to face the “Real World” and to design their IDEAL life in WHATEVER WAY THEY CAN IMAGINE! The possibilities for them are endless!!!
I had a chemistry teacher in high school who reminded us every day that “You don’t learn by doing”. His point was that we should study hard and gain knowledge first, before we try to experience anything. It was his way of encouraging us to do well in school so we would be prepared for life. Well, if there is one thing I’ve learned over the last 20 years or so it’s that I learn best by “doing”. I believe any successful entrepreneur would also challenge the idea that “you don’t learn by doing”.
There is way more to learning than sitting in a classroom. The “Real World” is the best classroom I can imagine. Entrepreneurship involves a lot of “doing”, whether you have the knowledge yet or not. It also involves a lot of “learning how to learn”. It requires a lot of knowledge and skills that are not taught in traditional schools. It requires embracing failure, which is contrary to the approach found in traditional schools where they insist kids DON’T fail. The best lessons I have learned were a direct result of my failing at something. Knowledge is important, but I think you can gain knowledge along the way as you gain real world experience. Frankly, I can’t teach something well that I haven’t tried and screwed up first.
I have a lot to learn…about homeschooling, education, business, entrepreneurship, pretty much everything having to do with this journey. I fully expect to fail along the way. But I fully expect to learn from those failures and to then fix them and turn them into successes. I hope to involve my kids in as much of my failures and successes as possible. My other goal is to develop specific guidelines, strategies, and activities homeschoolers can use to facilitate similar entrepreneurship-based learning experiences for their own kids.
I fully expect this blog to morph over time as I write more content and get more involved in homeschooling and entrepreneurship. The focus may change, the content may change, and the mediums may change, but these changes will all hopefully be a result of the positive changes in myself and will only change in order to provide more value to you.
Thanks for sharing in my journey!