There is one thing certain in military life, orders will eventually arrive. Those orders come whether we’re ready or not. The movers arrive and our lives are packed up and moved to a new location. We leave behind friends, favorite restaurants, and sometimes, careers we love. For the first 5 years of our marriage, I embraced the change and with each move, I set out to find a new job in the same field I was working before. Luckily, my skills were transferable and I was able to land a job at each new duty station. However, I took a temporary pay cut each time and it took me about a year to get back to what I was making at the last duty station. But after the 3rd move and nine months pregnant with our first child, I had enough of starting over. I wanted a life where I could still bring in income but also have the freedom to take off when I needed to and not have to beg for it every time the ship pulled in. I wanted a life where I could work, be a supportive wife, and be a stay-at-home mom. Right before my son was born, I set out on a journey to figure it out.
Getting Started as A MilSpouse Entrepreneur
When I began this expedition into entrepreneurship, I had no idea where it would take me. I quickly realized that I could get paid the same, if not more, doing what I did for my employer, but on my own. I could be my own boss. I could make my own hours and I could take off whenever I needed to. This entrepreneurial thing sounded pretty good so far. All I needed was a few paying clients. I decided to call up a potential client and ask them to meet me for coffee. I put together a professional PowerPoint presentation and pitched my services. They said, “Yes.” I was in BUSINESS!
That was 5 years ago. Several clients and three moves later, I still have a thriving business. I’ve found entrepreneurship absolutely perfect for our military life. Since then, I’ve launched three different ventures and I’ve had a blast with each project. I’ve learned a lot about myself, the people I want to help, and how to design a family-first business. It takes courage to create your first business but military spouses know all about that as they brave through deployments and long separations. Being an entrepreneur also requires determination to keep pushing through and getting your message out there. It takes that same determination to keep a military marriage strong and a family together despite all that military life throws at you.
Creating your own business allows you to design a life on your terms. In the military, there’s not much we get to control. But when it comes to my business, I can change it up as often as I like. I can create my own products and services. I can work wherever and whenever I please. For example, I’ve designed my work schedule so that I don’t even open my computer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those are my days to 100% connect with my kiddos, go out on play dates, and meet with other moms. Owning your own business gives you the flexibility to makes your own hours.
The key to building your own business is to determine how you can best use all of your own gifts, talents, experiences, and areas of expertise. Are there people you want to help? What would you do for free, if you could? Then, you need to decide on your business model. Do you want to create physical products, offer services, blog, or create digital products? Not all business models work great for a work from anywhere kind of business. But, there are many that do. If you would like to discover your work from anywhere business idea, I’d love for you to take advantage of my free video training series. You can click here for more information.
If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, I want to encourage you to take action on those ideas! Take one step further today in creating a military life on your terms.
Kayla is a business advisor for military spouse entrepreneurs and the creator of The Work from Anywhere Business Academy. She helps her clients create purpose driven businesses that allow them to work from any duty station. Since 2005, Kayla Roof, MBA, has been helping companies generate sales by combining the power of television with the force of the internet and social media. Kayla’s marketing plans have been emulated across the country. In 2012, she started her own marketing firm and quickly built that business into a successful advertising agency. In 2014, she launched TheNavyMom.com and turned her blog into a local television show focused on helping military spouses get dialed into their new city. Now, she advises spouses on how to build thriving, PCS Proof, businesses through classes, programs, and online trainings at KaylaRoof.com