Many in the Reece's Rainbow family are also home educators (homeschoolers) so this may be of some interest to you!
Being one of those home educating families now, when we were approached for permission to put a banner for Reece's Rainbow on their NEW Homeschool Markets web site, I was very interested to see it.
I love the idea of this! I asked them to explain to me so I could share it with you.
Home School Markets (HSM) was started by two parenting families as a resource for Home School families. It is also a home based and online business for us.
The model is very simple and HSM offers six different categories:
New and Used -Where new (unopened or unused) and used curriculum can be sold.
Supporting Materials -Where equipment can be listed for sale. Examples of items that can be listed here include microscopes, sports equipment, learning games, etc.
Market -The Market is set up for businesses that are not home based, but that cater to home school families. We envision this as the location for products, services and offers to home schools.
Home Crafted -This is the place for home made items to be sold and small home based businesses to advertise.
Swap -The Swap category is for the more adventurous to make a trade with one another.
Wanted -Wanted is the category for all desired items. This could be anything from support for fund raising to specific curriculum and supplies.
Our site has a search option by age group, subject and other variables. Patrons can use Paypal, Credit Cards through Paypal, or can arrange direct contacts and sales with one another.
Registration is simple and straightforward and allows a home school mom or dad to list items going forward.
Right now, all listings are free until February 2012. We may extend that deadline for free listings, but for now, that is the target. From then on, any listing is forty-five cents -without regard to the price. Any curriculum item (New and Used) listed under $3.00 is free -no charge for the listing from us.
Finally, we support causes such as Reece's Rainbow by banner advertising the respective "missions" at no cost. We feel that it is important and an obligation to spread the word about work that change children's lives world-wide.
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