H.E.N. – Our New Non-Profit Ministry devoted to teaching and training Homeschool Entrepreneur Families
I want to introduce H.E.N.– what it is and why it’s so important in this day and age. Especially for Christians – Homeschooling Christians – those who are entrepreneurial minded.
H.E.N. stands for “the Homeschool Entrepreneurial Network.” My husband and I founded it was because we’re seeing a resurgence and a rise in the entrepreneurial spirit amongst homeschoolers. As they’re going through their studies they’re able to explore the world around them, explore their gifts and their talents.
This is contrasted to a public school academia and the rigors and all it entails. And I should say I went to a public school so I’m well acquainted with how it was – how you’re constantly trying to meet deadlines such as doing the assignments, homework, studying for tests. Doing all your teachers are asking you to do versus what you feel God leading you to do. And in school it’s hard to have time to explore those things because you’re so busy running from athletic practices, back to school, or going to school functions that are not really about you or what you want to do. It’s about everyone else’s agenda.
So homeschoolers have this unique ability where they can catch the entrepreneurial bug. Even my children who are not even in high school are already super excited about what they can do to make money and how they can start their own businesses.
I find this all very exciting. When I was 16 I never once thought about starting my own business- instead all I thought about was where I could get a job- who I could work for. The trend that is happening amongst homeschoolers is not who can I work for – it’s how can I make money or what can I do to earn money in the marketplace.
And this idea and mindset isn’t one that started with homeschoolers, although they are on the forefront of the resurgence. The entrepreneurial spirit started thousands of years ago. The statistics we have show that in the 1800s, 90% of people owned their own business. 50% of those were farmers, and and back then farming was a very decent way to earn a living. You could live very modestly, very comfortably if you were a good farmer.
You grew your own potatoes and the surplus you sold and then saved some for next winter. And of course you’d be using horses so you would breed your horses and sell them. All these things were constantly streams of income flowing in throughout the year as different crops or different animals ready to be sold for a profit. And then of course there were people who made wagons and such.
Prior to 1900 nearly everyone owned their own business. Close to 90% with farmers accounting for about 50%. As people started moving to the cities the numbers began to drop. After WWII, only 25% of Americans continued to own their own business. After 1960 the number fell to 20%. And here we are, now at 10%. And of the 10% that own their own business today, only about 4% are large enough or successful enough that they are able to hire people so most people. Most are small businesses, probably 1 or 2 people just on their own making money here and there. Perhaps it’s not enough to sustain or it’s more of a side income.
So this is what H.E.N. is about. Three very important reasons:
1) The time is right. This is just a great time to rekindle this entrepreneurial spirit. One that’s already kind of moving across the waters of the homeschool movement. It’s already there, it just needs fostering and encouragement.
2) The world needs business owners that honor God. When I look around at the dominant culture of the marketplace, especially people who own large businesses and corporations, the culture is not one that honors God or honors our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. And maybe it’s not always a culture of integrity or morality.
So this is a time when we can rise up and make our businesses be this great thing. That we can become Christians in the workforce, we can become the new leaders of America. The new generation of leaders and business owners who are going to change the world. That would be a really great thing.
3) A life of freedom is worth pursuing. I personally have a strong heart for owning your own business. As a newly married couple raising children, my husband joined the fire department and would be away for days. I really didn’t like it and neither did he. We had a strong desire of wanting to be home together as a family. To have the ability to let the Lord lead our family completely. Let him decide if we live here or there, do that or that, take days off when we need.
This is our desire is to teach what we have learned, share our heart’s passion, how to design a business that is a blessing, not a business you become a slave to. We want to share this with the world. Teach people who are ready and eager to learn. To create a life of freedom. And do it all together with this wonderful network of homeschool families.
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