By Marguerite Cleveland
Employment continues to be a challenge for military spouses as constant moves wreak havoc with many a civilian career. So what is a milspouse to do? Consider Virtual Employment which can mean running your own online business or working online from home for another company. Here are some options.
- Amazon – Offers a variety of virtual jobs from customer service to jobs with or without a degree. Visit their webpage for information specific to the military.
- Hilton – The Company offers a great work from home opportunity as a sales and reservation clerk. This is a job you can take with you once you move. It is relatively easy to learn with online training and in addition to hourly pay, full benefits including a 401(K) retirement plan with company match and what military family doesn’t love travel benefits.
- Humana – Humana has many opportunities for telecommuting. In addition to customer service opportunities did you know you can telecommute as a nurse? The Telephonic Utilization Pre-Service RN conducts a variety of patient management services and coordination over the phone or online.
- Flexjobs – This is a paid service which offers job listings. You can search for remote and virtual jobs and it lists a variety of fields with jobs available. There are quite a few job listings. It may be worth a one month membership to look at what is available or to get some ideas for job hunting.
- Direct Sales – Many spouses turn to direct sales as an option for employment. If you are good at sales this could be a good fit for you. A few keys to success. Only represent a company which is a member of the Direct Selling Association which provides consumer protection for independent sales. Pick a product that you love and feel comfortable representing. Your best opportunity to be successful is to pick a company that does not have many representatives in your area. For example I can list at least 10 people I know who sell Rodan and Fields. You should really evaluate you comfort level selling to your friends and family and then branching out to people you don’t know. The average consultant makes about $200 a month which can be a nice supplement but is nowhere near full time employment.
These are just a few options. Always make sure you are dealing with a reputable company when pursuing virtual or telecommuting job opportunities. If someone is asking for money upfront that can be a red flag.
Have you ever held a work from home job? Comment below on your experiences.
Marguerite Cleveland is a freelance writer who specializes in human interest and travel stories. She is a military brat, a veteran and now a military spouse. Her military experience is vast as the daughter of a Navy man who served as an enlisted sailor and then Naval Officer. She served as an enlisted soldier in the reserves and on active duty, then as an Army Officer. She currently serves as a military spouse. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. Visit her website www.WanderWordsWine.com