As a military spouse, one of the most challenging factors is our career. Speaking to other military spouses, I see a trend: we get this really great job and then we have to give it up when we move. Or even worse (and in my experience), you get a part-time job that doesn’t utilize the skills or any of your past work experience. You’re really just doing it to bring in more money to do the “fun things” for your family.
A year after I married my husband, I came to this fork in my career path. I could keep having part-time or full-time jobs in every duty station we were at and collect job experience or I could start my own business and be my own boss at home. I liked the second option A LOT! I was so tired of working for someone else and building their dream. I wanted to be in control of what I did wherever we ended up. After working out our finances, I started my business, KR Design, in 2010.
I realize that many military spouses may want to start a business but just don’t know where to start. A question I hear frequently is “What kind of business do I start?” The truth is, it’s up to you. What do you enjoy doing? What are you good at? So, I thought I’d list 7 businesses military spouses can start right away and maybe you’ll come up with some ideas of your own.
1. Virtual Assistant
I thought it would only be fair to get the most obvious one out of the way. Believe it or not, I find this type of business in the most demand out of my list. My colleagues always ask where they can find a good virtual assistant (VA). Where military spouses can be successful in this type of business is to offer a few complimentary services, i.e. calendar management, appointment setting, and follow-up. Where most military spouses (and entrepreneurs too!) get tripped up is that they want to offer as many services as they can so they can attract many clients. Take it from me as someone who’s on the other side of the fence, we really want someone who is specialized. So, pick a couple of things, package them up, and you’re open for business! Read More→