York Township resident Jean Klinedinst educates her son Skyler, 10, at home and runs a home-based business.

She operates Jestek, a customized graphics business that provides services including vehicle lettering.

"We take (a project) from design to completion," she said.

Skyler helps with the business by doing small jobs such as sweeping and taking calls, she said.

"I get a lot of compliments on how he answers the phone," she said.

Using the home for work and school can get hectic, but at times is also convenient, she said.

"Everything is kind of integrated," Klinedinst said, adding that her husband, Steve, who works a full-time job outside the home, helps with Jestek when he's available. "There's no separation with our business and our home . . . It just becomes a lifestyle, My calendar is my life."

Klinedinst also finds time to schedule work with 4-H activities -- she teaches fishing and electricity courses, and is active in the Izaak Walton League.

Skyler is also involved in 4-H and takes karate and piano lessons, she said.

"When we do things, we can do it as a family," she said. "It's things we enjoy."

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York Township resident Kim Dinneen home-schools her children
Sean, 11; Catie, 9; Scot, 7; Tomas, 6; and Hannah, 4.

She also sells hand-blown Murano glass jewelry part-time at craft fairs and in her house.


"Most of my work is organized at home, and my kids normally come with me to help when I go to a craft fair."

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York resident Anita Marchesani is a personal executive coach, licensed psychologist and certified fitness trainer.

She also wrote the book, "Help! I'm a WAHM: Stress Relief for Mothers Doing it All."

"I also home-school my two boys, ages 14 and 9," she wrote in an e-mail.

"It is not always easy to run a home-based business, and that's why I wrote a book on the subject," she said. "There are very unique challenges to running a home-based business that people who work outside the home don't deal with."

But she makes it work by starting with the end in mind, she said.

"I decide how much time each week I want to devote to my business, homeschooling, family activities, etc. Then I work backwards from there, figuring out the times I will have for client calls . . . plus networking and marketing activities."

Marchesani said the pros of her lifestyle are enormous.

"Which is why I promote it at any opportunity," she said. "What a wonderful thing for women to prioritize their families, while also contributing to their family's economy . . . You can be available for your family's needs. You can work as much or as little as you choose."

But cons to working at home include people assuming she's always available, she said, and working at home requires self-motivation.

"There is also a tendency to always be working -- checking e-mails at 11 p.m. or later, for instance," Marchesani said. "It's harder to have time off unless you make a specific effort to do so."