Hello, loves! Today I’m excited to share this incredible guest post with you from Laura Pennington. It’s not easy as moms or military spouses to share our worries and to show the side of us that frets over what this life is doing to our families, so please show her some love and support. -Eliza
Life as a military spouse or military family member is one that is filled with its own unique challenges. Moving all the time, being concerned with deployments, shifting job circumstances and the general stress of supporting someone who serves our country can be overwhelming at times. It can also be an additional challenge to figure out the best employment scenario for you.
An At-Home Biz Can Be Freeing and Flexible for Military Spouses
Constantly moving and frequently to areas where the employment market is over-saturated due to the base can be very problematic. Many employers may be hesitant about hiring someone who has a spouse or family member in the military because they may eventually move. Many military spouses are used to constant upheaval and this can be hard to create stability, particularly in the form of a career.
The good news is that the opportunities to build an online business are better than they ever have been before. There are numerous reasons why an online business actually serves military family members more than anything else. Having been with my military partner for more than seven years now and through four different moves and an impending fifth move ahead, being able to work for myself has made a tremendous difference, and I believe that it is one of the keys to supporting yourself as an individual and as a member of your family when in the military.
Building Something of Your Own: Reasons to Pursue Your Passion
One of the ways I have developed stability for myself is to build a business that is entirely mine. Although the business serves my family and me, it also allows me to travel and have the flexibility I need.
Having my own business that only requires an internet connection and a laptop is a huge comfort when dealing with military-related challenges. Change and stress are commonly part of the equation for most military families, but I found having a business not only allowed me to contribute to our family’s income, but also gave me the personal space and passion to pursue something I loved.
Do I Have to Have an Online Business?
Building something that empowers and supports you does not have to come in the form of an online business. It could be a personal venture like writing that novel you’ve been thinking about for years, or volunteering in the community.
Getting involved in an online business, however, is something you can build not just right now, but over the long haul. It allows you to contribute and use your brain in a different way to relieve the stress from the day-to-day aspects of being a military family member.
Given that many tasks and careers can happen entirely online today, begin to take an inventory of your skills and the things that you would like to pursue in your future.
What is something you could do from anywhere with an internet connection? Some examples include:
- Being a virtual assistant
- Being a freelance writer
- Being a graphic designer
- Being a social media manager
- Becoming a business or life coach
- Giving nutritional and fitness advice to others
- Becoming a parenting blogger
- Selling handmade crafts and products
As you can see, these are just a couple of examples of how to build something that empowers and supports you, giving you a channel for your personal and business voice, while also allowing you to contribute to your family.
The good news is that none of these tasks has to be tied to a particular geographic location and you can choose how much or how little you want to work. With an online career, it’s easy to flex around your family’s needs and the kids’ school schedule. This is frequently not the case with a traditional employment situation, which is just one of the reasons why it’s so powerful for military spouses to consider pursuing something that is in their dreams.
Laura Pennington is a freelance writer, virtual assistant, and freelancing coach who left her career as an inner city teacher to pursue writing full-time. She now coaches others about building a flexible lifestyle business from home at www.sixfigurewritingsecrets.com and www.yourwaytova.com.