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Work from Home Opportunities for Military Spouses

Many military spouses are having a hard time finding stable employment and pursuing a good career since transfer of location has always been a part of their military life. Once a Permanent Change of Station, or PCS, has been issued, it’s time to quit your job once again; and having a new job in your new location as well as getting yourself familiarized with your new environment is quite tough.

But you don’t have to worry that much in finding a job. Traditional work or having a regular 8 hour job is not the only solution to help your spouse augment your family income, which is probably one of the reasons why you really want to work. For others, it is more to pursue a career and to really make good use of their education and military skills after a military transition.

There’s really nothing to worry about. There are other options, too! For one, you can take advantage of the increasing demand for home-based businesses or work-from-home opportunities such as online practice professionals, virtual assistants, ESL tutorials, freelance writing, customer service representative, social media management, bookkeeping, selling homemade products, and child care. These are just some of the most common home-based jobs. These jobs are transferrable and really suit military spouses like you. With computer technology increasing, almost everything can be done online. (But take care to avoid work-at-home scams.)

Here is an easy-to-follow checklist for having a home-based business or work at home jobs that will keep you organized and always on top while enjoying your military experience:

  • Think of Something That Interests You Most – This is really important. Bear in mind that once you know what you want to do and really enjoy doing it, every little idea follows in a snap.
  • Start Looking for Potential Customers and/or Clients – If you are planning to build your home-based business online, browse the internet for websites that offers job outsourcing. You may also join websites that provide services to online clients. If your home-based business is something related to resume writing, child care, tutorials, and homemade products, you can visit your neighborhood, start making friends, and tell them about your plans. Word of mouth works most of the time.
  • Request Help from Family Members – Setting up a home-based business is challenging and asking for help from family members won’t hurt you but will make things easier for you. You may get some important tips from them.
  • Widen Your Network – One of the best ways to start your business is to join groups that will enhance your personality and your capabilities. These groups can be found in your community, from your friends in the military, former officemates, or social media on the internet.
  • Start Your Business Slowly – Starting your business at a slow pace is not a bad idea. It can be a strategy; take your time in dealing with it and work hard for your business. Every day is a learning process.

As a military spouse, it sometimes feel impossible to maintain a career. You have to give your dreams up in order to give way to your spouse’s obligation as military personnel. But there are other work-from-home opportunities that await you; part-time or full-time; home-based businesses can help a lot financially and of course, for you, to make use of your potential. Now, are you ready as a military spouse to have a home based business?

As a military spouse myself, I understand the challenges and will share more articles on military spouse careers to help you in your military life experience.

By: Ritchell Thibodeaux

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