Author: Lisa Lozeau, Agent Acquisition and Onboarding
November is Military Family Month. A chance to recognize military families for the role they play in protecting our country and the sacrifices they make. For military spouses, once of those sacrifices can be stable work.
Military life can mean unpredictable changes in location that make it hard to build continuity into careers for military spouses. If you’re tired of looking for work every time your spouse receives a permanent change of station, try these strategies for starting your own portable business so that your work that can make the move with you.
- Look for remote work or work from home positions that are not location-specific.
Many companies are embracing remote work options as a way to find top talent regardless of geographic location. Opportunities are available in almost every industry. Companies with a widely-distributed and well-established remote work force are the most likely to have experience with military spouse relocations.
- Look for work that can be done remotely.
If you don’t find a remote opportunity that is a good fit for you, your next best bet if to look for local opportunities that could potentially be done remotely – writing, graphic design, data entry/analysis, etc. Once you’ve become established with the company, they may be willing to accommodate your need for remote work that can move with you during a PCS.
- Look for work with large chains.
Retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and other companies that have a national presence, are likely to have policies in place for employees who want to relocate.
- Research companies you are interested in or talk with HR if you are already working.
While you may not want to ask about remote work or relocation on an interview, you can look for FAQs, benefits or policies on their website career page that address moving. Once you’re working, talk with HR about your company’s policies. It is helpful to know if they have limits on relocating and what the process might involve.
- Use the resources available to you.
Talk with your military family center and network with other military spouses, friends and family. If they don’t have a lead for you today, at least they can keep an eye out for portable work opportunities.
LiveOps is proud to offer work opportunities that fit a variety of life needs. Within LiveOps Nation you’ll find military spouses, veterans, caregivers, moms, dads, grandparents, retirees and others who have found flexible, portable work that fits their life. Find work that fits your life at www.join.liveops.com.