MilSpouse Moments: What Are the Best Careers for Military Spouses?

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MilSpouses have a special ability to “make it work.” No matter where Military Life takes them, they find a way to pack up again, make new friends, and support their servicemembers.  To put it simply, they’re trained to be flexible.

With all this flexibility required, it begs the question: Can Military Spouses have careers of their own and maintain a steady income? The answer is, yes.

If having a career or full- or part-time job interests you, it’s possible to pursue your professional interests while still being a full-time MilSpouse. So, what are the best careers for Military Spouses?

Here’s our list of the best careers for Military Spouses to get your gears turning.


1. Fitness Coach

Are you a fan of at-home fitness routines and all things wellness? You’d be a perfect candidate for an online fitness coach.

No, you don’t have to be a crossfit regular or a weightlifting champion. Take it from fellow Military Spouse, Laurie, who opened up her very own yoga studio!  If you believe that you could help and inspire other women to meet fitness goals and maintain healthy lifestyles, this could be the career for you.

Companies like Beachbody® hire thousands of online  fitness coaches around the world. Or, rather than go through a company, you can opt to start your own YouTube channel, guiding viewers through at-home workouts and fitness tips. So, whether you’re in the middle of a PCS move or are settled into your home on base, all you need is an Internet connection to get started. A bonus? You’re getting fit as you motivate your tribe, too!


2. Customer Service

If you’re a service-oriented person and enjoy talking with just about anyone, a customer service position could be ideal for your unpredictable schedule.

Working in the customer service industry gives you the flexibility to work from anywhere. Not only are you assisting people, but you’re also helping brands uphold their reputations. Browse sites like Remote and Simply Hired for at-home customer service positions.


3. Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs range from big business moguls to small mom-and-pop shops operating out of basements. Either way, technology has never made it easier to start your own business.

Sites like Etsy offer a simple, intuitive way to sell products and manage an ecommerce shop. Nearly two million sellers are on the platform,  sharing their creations and building their brands. All you have to do is name your shop, upload pictures of your items, price them, and connect your bank routing number — and you’re open for business!

If you’re a MilSpouse interested in opening up an Etsy shop, check out their Quick-Start Checklist to get started.


4. Freelancer

Freelancing is one of the easiest ways to make some cash. Whether you’re a seasoned wordsmith, a design guru, or a visionary behind the lens, brands and individuals are constantly looking for your services. A few common freelancing options include:

Copywriting
These days, it’s all about content. Companies are always in search of talented writers who can craft catchy messages for their target audience. If you enjoy hunkering down in front of your computer and researching and writing about different topics, becoming a freelance copywriter could be a great fit.

Sign up for sites like UpWork, Freelancer, or Fiverr, and match with companies who are looking for your writing chops.

Graphic Design
Similar to content, brands need enticing visuals to promote their products and services. If you can easily navigate design platforms like Photoshop and InDesign, your creative touch is in high demand.

Companies need everything from logos and display ads to infographics and landing pages. Advertise your services on sites like Toptal and 99designs. It also helps to create your own website and feature a portfolio of past work.

Photographer
Family portraits, homecomings, pregnancies — you name it — everyone is taking photos of everything these days.

Invest in a quality DSLR camera and some photo editing software, and you can take your work with you wherever Military Life takes you. This is another freelance job where it bodes well to create a website featuring your work.

Many photographers choose a niche, whether it be lifestyle, newborn, or wedding photography. But if you’re just getting started, ask a few friends to be your guinea pigs and see where you really find your stride.


5. Blogger

Many of us are subject matter experts and we don’t even know it. Have a killer chocolate chip cookie recipe? Know how to DIY a rustic dining table like a boss? Blog about it.

From home improvement masters to self-help influencers, the blogosphere is full of people who are willing to share their thoughts and ideas with the world. It’s never been easier to start a blog with websites like SquareSpace, Wix, and WordPress.

Many bloggers start making money once they’ve garnered a following, as brands look to write sponsored posts or run ads on your site. Successful bloggers can even become social media influencers or authors down the road.

There are plenty of career paths that MilSpouses can pursue. With a little research and a lot of dedication, it’s possible to be a Military Spouse with a fulfilling career.


More Career Advice for Military Spouses:

How to Make an Empowering MilSpouse Career Move

Finding a Career as a Military Spouse

Finding a Satisfying Career as a Military Spouse

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