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Milspouse – CEO’s at Home

Working from home is a dream of many women, not just military spouses. For military spouses a portable career based at home is golden. Let’s define three ways to work from home; independent business affiliation (Mary Kay, Amway, Pampered Chef), launch a business from your idea or concept (sewing, jewelry, translation services, photography), or work-from-home (often called telecommuting – transcription, virtual assistant). Before launching a business of any type assess your circumstances and characteristics. How much time do you have to devote to this business? Do you have space to store inventory? Have you discussed the impact of this business on your family with your spouse and older children? Are you a self-motivated person? Read more here. … Read entire article »

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Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

Employment has long been a challenge for military spouses. Building a career can feel like a pipe dream. The mobile nature of military service, while great for the career of our service member does not always ‘enhance’ our own resume. Add a downturn in the economy to that equation and mobile military spouses can find themselves unemployed or underemployed. Ah, but the American entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well among military spouses. More and more spouses are looking for a mobile career and turning to home-based businesses and self-employment. Andrea turned her love of sewing into Ballie’s Bag and Baubles (www.bailliesbag.com). Betty loves making jewelry and launched Gambizzle Jewels (http://www.gambizzlejewels.storenvy.com/). Joanna was looking for a way to acknowledge spouses beyond a bouquet of flowers and launched Atta Girl Gifts (www.attagirlgifts.com). Stephanie … Read entire article »

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