How to set yourself up for a successful career as a military spouse:
No doubt about it—it’s hard for a military spouse to make any money. Finding a job is one of the biggest challenges after each military move. There are several huge employment obstacles that are unique to military life:
- Employers are reluctant to hire a military spouse, because they assume he or she will move again in a few years.
- Professional licenses and certifications don’t transfer easily to new states, so there is usually a waiting period to be re-certified.
- Establishing a new local client base takes time after every move.
- Childcare is necessary because of the military member’s inconsistent schedule and possible deployments. But finding affordable childcare is a huge challenge.
“There are several huge employment obstacles unique to military life.” ~The Seasoned Spouse
Because of these roadblocks, I spent a lot of my military spouse years as a stay at home mom. I had a great job at our first duty station, because we lived near Washington D.C. Then we moved to North Carolina, where there were very few local jobs, and they offered very low income. I figured I could take some time to earn my Master’s degree and have my babies, then get back to the career at the next duty station. Well, the next assignment was overseas, where only 30% of the jobs on base were open to Americans. I managed to get a part-time job, but it barely changed our household income. I now have 4 children, and we are stationed in an expensive area of the United States. Working from home is my only real option. So last year, when I started blogging and freelance writing, it wasn’t just a fun hobby. It had to be worth my time.
There are many ways to make money working from home
Working from home is wonderful because it is flexible and allows you to have time with your young children without paying for childcare. BUT… working from home can be extremely frustrating and challenging, too. When you start your own business, there is so much to learn, and no one to walk you through it. When I started blogging, I knew I would be writing. I didn’t realize I would also need to become my own accountant, legal department, IT department, website designer, font and color designer, photo editor, marketing manager, and social media assistant.
Running your own business takes a variety of skills
For a home business to be successful, you need to have some knowledge in each of these topics (or hire it out to someone else). Most people are strong in one of these areas, but not all of them. The learning curve for a beginner is HUGE. In the beginning, no one has the money to hire a professional to hold your hand and walk you through things. So each beginner stumbles along for a while, making amateur mistakes, unprofessional pictures, and sending out cold call emails. It’s unrewarding, time-consuming work, and many new bloggers quit within the first few months.
“When you start your own business, the learning curve is HUGE! What if there was an introduction to walk you through all the necessary steps?” ~The Seasoned Spouse
But it doesn’t have to be that way! What if there was an easy introduction to walk you through all the steps of starting your own business? What if someone explained all the technical, legal, and marketing aspects of starting a business, so you could get it right the first time and save yourself a lot of headaches and wasted hours? What if a professional showed you exactly how to make a profit from your business, and how to maximize your client base with social media? That would be an amazing dream right? Well, I am so happy to say it’s not a dream! I finally found the workshop that all new work-from-home business owners need.
The Work-From-Anywhere Business Academy teaches you how to start a business
A fellow Military Spouse blogger, Kayla Roof, has created the Work from Anywhere Business Academy. It’s an online course that you take at your own pace. You’ll watch videos, print out checklists, complete worksheets, and get all the step-by-step tools you need to launch a business from scratch. My favorite part is that it includes office hours with Kayla once each month for 6 months. Having the ability to ask questions and get feedback from a professional mentor is a huge bonus. That alone makes the cost worthwhile. To learn more about the Work from Anywhere Business Academy, click on my affiliate link here:
Want to know more about Kayla Roof? She introduces herself and explains why she started the Academy in this quick video.
I am genuinely excited about this workshop, and plan to take it myself! Even though I have been blogging for half a year now, I still have tons to learn. I look forward to learning the ropes in an organized step-by-step way. No one held my hand and showed me how to start making money by writing. This academy can help me see the steps I missed and maximize my marketing and profits. I know that you can benefit from it too! Now the next time you PCS, you will be ready to bring your business with you.
Enrollment for the Academy is currently open for a limited time. It is only offered a few times each year, so check it out today!