I'm 42 and starting a weekend program this July at the community college. I've been working on this for 4 years. Previously, I was a sales manager for a very large, corporately owned television station...and very well paid. But, I got so tired of being a slave to the inanimate corporate entitity....I had very little personal satifsfaction. So I left, had 2 kids who are now 2 and 4 and I work part time for a company that hires independent contractors to work from home. We cut all our expenses as much as we could...1)no car payment, I paid cash instead for some basic transportation, 2)the most basic tv package (and that's about to go, too) 3) no more $75 haircuts, now I go to Great Clips, and I bought clippers to do the boys myself 4) no more eating out....etc etc....
Yes, it's a sacrifice, but in the end, it will be worth it.
There are several companies that hire people to work from home...the one I picked is very flexible, I work in 1/2 hour increments, and I work when the kids are sleeping at nite and napping during the day. I make around $15--17/hour...I know that's not a ton of money, but I don't have to get dressed, pack my lunch, pay for gas, waste time commuting and I don't have to pay daycare. PM me if you want more info on the company.