Baby Sign Language Isn't The Ticket Here

Stephanie received a $1,000 gift. She's looking for a way to increase income and is considering teaching baby sign language. She needs $350 to start it, though. Should she use some of this money to do that?

QUESTION: Stephanie in Boise received a $1,000 gift due to her grandmother’s death. She’s looking for a way to increase their income and is considering teaching baby sign language. She needs $350 to start it, though. Should she use some of this money to do that? Dave says no.

ANSWER: No, I don’t think you ought to spend $350 to become certified in baby sign language. I think you’ve read an ad on Facebook or on Craigslist and you’ve gotten excited about something that probably has a much more limited market than you can even imagine. What I would do if you’re interested in sign language and assisting the deaf—and even children—is start investigating the whole sign language and deaf community. Learn where you can learn. I will bet you anything there are free places for you to learn this skill. Maybe not baby sign language certified, but you know what? You don’t have to be baby sign language certified to teach a six-year-old. All you’ve got to do is know how to sign and love kids. There is no freaking state certification for baby sign language. That’s a Craigslist scam. You can go get that exact same skill for free. I’m not telling you not to get the skill.

Let me tell you the second reason why you should not do the baby sign language. In one minute, I’ve already talked you out of that whole career. You didn’t care anything about it except the fact that you could take your infant with you and you could make some money. You didn’t care anything about the outcome of this. You need to find something that you love doing and you would almost do it for free, and yet you’ve still figured out a way to get paid for it—something that you’ve actually got some passion about and not just hunting money. You could take your baby with you and clean houses and make more money than this other stuff you’re talking about. You don’t have to spend money to go do that. Most of the clients will furnish their own cleaning supplies. You can take your baby with you and do a lot of stuff and do a lot of stuff from home.

I think there’s a ton of different things you could do. If you’re not willing to fight for it, you don’t need to go do it. If I can talk you out of it that fast without you arguing at all, you’re not going to stick with it long enough to make that business work for you.

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