For those of you who follow along with my blog, you know it has been a time of major discernment. Something about moving and being a in a different place, gives a chance to reflect and see things from a different perspective. Having Leo at home to bounce ideas around helps.
Leo started teaching iconography classes, and my business has been steadily growing. Still, it's not enough to pay rent (which we are fortunate to take a break from for now). I've gone through all sorts of ideas, but they are all sort of long-term, things you have to build up in order to have success. Writing, sewing, etc.
It just so happens that a friend invited me to meet up with some other friends. I saw an old friend I had not seen since Susi's soccer practice ended. Through casual conversation, I found out that she was an in-home day care provider. Through talking with her, I realized that day-care providers have the same training as foster parents and get paid a lot more without all the extra stress and drama of foster care. I'm not sure how it is in other states, but here in CA, daycare providers get paid a lot. As in, if I did it full time I could afford to pay not just rent on a house here, but could also possibly keep our house from foreclosure (where it's heading right now, because the short sell just is not working, especially in a market that is really heating up), and pay the mortgage in between renting it out to people. Oh, and have extra money on the side, more than enough to pay the bills.
I've already been teaching Montessori for 2 years and even started a successful co-op. I could charge more for a Montessori daycare, especially if it was bilingual. The requirements for starting a day care are not difficult, in fact they are the same for foster parenting, which I have already done. So it's something I am definitely considering and will probably begin training for soon. It's a good way to provide playmates for Susi and be able to continue educating her through the Montessori method, which I just love.
In the long-term, I'm thinking of also beginning to sell fabric online. I'm not completely giving up my sewing, because I love it so much, but selling fabric has a lot more room for growth as a business than sewing does, and it takes up less time. As it grows, I would love to be able to hire people to do most of the work for me. The American dream :).