Since I began my blog, Writing Military Spouse, I have enjoyed meeting all of the people involved in helping spouses, especially in the career arena. The problem I have is with how often some specific careers are suggested.
While I, too, have a secretarial background, I have a problem with many spouse employment sites and articles suggesting, by their frequency, this is the ONLY way we can work from home. Medical transcription classes are readily available as are books on how to start a business as a virtual assistant. Is this all we can do as military spouses? Why not aim higher?
A spouse does not have to own a direct sales business to be successful either. I for one did not enjoy the sales aspect of my scrapbooking business, but loved teaching. As a result, I parlayed my teaching interests and talents into providing writing classes for some of the local adult education departments. Why not do the same with your talents and interests? How about a shopping and errand service for the locals? I have met spouses who charge an hourly rate to pick up dry cleaning, groceries or even the children from the babysitter. Do you like photography? Family photos are popular, especially at the beginning of the school year when all of the clothes are new and the haircuts are fresh.
Military spouses are self-sufficient, highly resourceful individuals. Show the world what we can do! If you want to work, figure out a new way to do it. No, it is not the easiest thing in the world to start a business, but it is definitely worth it. I am home with the children when they need me, my schedule is ultimately dictated by me (and the children and the husband and the house), and I do not have to ask anyone what I need to do. I decide what to do, how to do it, and take responsibility if I do something wrong.
What types of businesses or careers can a military spouse pursue?
Send me your ideas and enlighten us. If you have any tips, or would like to send me a link to your website or blog, I would love to receive all of it
(This article is not intended to slam virtual assistants or medical transcriptionists. These are excellent careers, just not the only ones available to those who wish to work from home.)