By Rebecca Alwine, Army Spouse
I visited my 95-year-old grandmother last month, and we got to talking about life. She was a Navy wife during World War II, following my grandfather around the country with babies in tow. She understands a bit about this life and is really good about not comparing her hard times with mine. (For the record, hers were WAY worse!)
So much has changed since she was a military spouse. So much has changed since I joined the ranks of military spouses over ten years ago. Social Media has taken over the world, and it has dramatically affected how we do business. From online ordering to businesses that exist solely on the internet, change is around us.
PCS Like a Pro
Military spouses have always struggled to find career fulfillment and enjoyment. Some spouses want to work for the money, some for the social aspect, and some have a fantastic career they just don’t want to give up. Now military spouses are pushing the envelope and asking to telecommute when their spouses PCS, or are starting their own businesses. For those of you who have a virtual business, work for a virtual business, or are considering one, here are some tips from the pros!
Remove the stress by planning ahead
Kayla Roof, creator of The Work from Anywhere Business Academy, helps her clients create and maintain their businesses while moving around the country. Since 2012, her marketing firm has been advising military spouses through classes, programs, and online trainings.
Roof’s number one piece of advice? Plan ahead! “You have enough to worry about with a move; your business shouldn’t be one of them. With a little pre-planning, you can have your virtual business humming while you move to your next destination.”
- Plan out your business calendar as soon as you get orders
- Create and schedule social media and blog posts ahead of time
- Automate your communication – schedule emails to go out while you’re moving, and make sure you let your clients know if you’re going to be without internet
- Give yourself a break – a big reason you started your own business was for the flexibility, give yourself some
Get some help for your virtual business
When growing a business and moving, you may find you need some help. It may be temporary while you get yourself settled or you may find you need some extra hands to grow. As a military spouse, I’m sure you’d love to hire another military spouse to help you out. We’ve gotta stick together after all. Here are some ways you can do that.
- Get a virtual assistant – this person can handle your email, reach out to new contacts, or take on any administrative project you may need to be done
- Have someone to do your social media – social media is a huge job, and if you need to let it go for a little while, find someone who loves it and knows what they are talking about
- Hire a blogger or ghostwriter – freelance writers are great to have on hand
- Have someone redo your website – web design is one of those areas that you really want a professional, don’t scrimp here
There are some great military spouse companies who do these jobs, and if you are ready to expand big, people like Wise Advise & Assist Team is ready to take you on. If you’re looking to hire one or two people, on either a short or long-term basis, MadSkills is a wonderful resource.
Don’t let anything get in your way this PCS season. Make a plan and follow it all the way to success!
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Rebecca Alwine is a freelance writer, army wife, and mother of three. Her writing experience includes military family topics, research pieces, guest blogging, and much more. She’s a contributing writer for ARMY Magazine, a regular contributor for several publications including to Homefront United Network, ESME, and has also been published in Ms. Magazine and The Atlantic.