We’ve all been there. Arriving at a new duty station, far from friends, family, and things we know and love. Excited for our new adventure, yet terrified at the same time.
This is where I found myself 4 years ago landing in Okinawa. I was excited to be there, but also wondered, “Will I be able to find a job as a military spouse that I enjoy? Will it be a good fit for my family’s schedule?”
Alongside MANY other questions plaguing my brain as we started the next phase of our lives.
These questions are ones that military spouses have in common. We understand the ‘mission first’ mentality and what that means for us – both as a family and individually. It’s no secret that jobs are hard to come by for military spouses. We have so much to offer, but to the local job force, we arrive with an expiration date.
I’ve always enjoyed having a job and earning income. So when a friend of mine brought up a direct sales opportunity, I was intrigued- I had “tried” direct sales before and I was bad at it! However, the more I looked into it, the more I felt like this might be a great option, so I decided to give it a try.
That decision was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
I did training during nap times, listened to recordings while driving, and read files during Elmo episodes. That first month I earned over $700 working 3-4 hours a week. Before I knew it, I was bringing in more than I did at our last duty station.
I was home raising my daughter, making new friends, and my income was helping us save, pay off debt, and enjoy extra activities.
About 9 months later, I was PROMOTED and received a company pay raise with a $1000 cash bonus! Turns out that this “hobby” of mine was actually an amazing opportunity that instantly made me think of military spouses around the globe. This was a way to bring in substantial income while being flexible and working with our life schedule.
What if instead of spending 6+ months looking for a job or going through the base application process, we found something we were passionate about?
Receiving hundreds and thousands of dollars along the way?
What if instead of wishing you could take the kids to grandmas for Christmas, you could buy the plane tickets with cash?
What if instead of dreaming about paying off debt 10 years down the road, you could do it now?
What would these “what if’s” mean to military families?