Remote work opportunities are becoming more commonplace and military spouses are among those finding great happiness in these roles. We’ve outlined some of the benefits for you and some ideas on where to start your job search.
Why work from home?
Oftentimes military spouses find a job they love, only to be faced with a PCS move across the country or even overseas. Moving in itself can be stressful, even without the added challenge of finding a new job in an unfamiliar location. If you work remotely, chances are good you’ll be able to hang onto your job during a move and avoid another painful job hunt.
Here are a few other benefits to working from home:
- Work as much or as little as you want
- Avoid childcare costs
- No need to worry about time zones – many remote jobs allow flexible hours
- Save on commuting expenses (and time!)
8 Work From Home Job Ideas
- Freelance work. Whether you’re a writer, graphic designer or social media expert, there are freelance opportunities out there for you. Having trouble finding a gig? Create a portfolio of your work and display it online. You’re much more likely to get hired when individuals can see examples of your work. Try Upwork, 99designs, fiverr or freelancewriting.com.
- Check out Monster.com’s list of remote-only positions. Many of the full-time gigs even come with benefits! Find open jobs here.
- Sell goods on Etsy. Are you a crafty person? Try your hand at making homemade goods and selling them on Etsy or other marketplaces like Amazon Homemade. Popular items include jewelry, home decor, and wedding items.
- Photography. Start your own photography business for family, wedding and baby photos. Prefer to take photos of scenery? Try selling your stock photos online. The best part is, you can earn ongoing royalties! Check out iStock here.
- Become a riveter. This may sound familiar if you’re a fan of the show Shark Tank on ABC. R.Riveter sells canvas and leather handbags made exclusively by military spouses. Look into how you can become a riveter here.
- Focus groups, surveys, or research studies. While this is typically more for supplemental income or a part-time job, many enjoy the flexibility of participating in surveys and research studies at their own leisure. Start by checking out MySurvey.
- Become a virtual assistant. This can be a great way to make some extra money, especially if you have administrative experience. Sample tasks include making phone calls, email correspondence, data entry, and scheduling appointments. Check out Fancy Hands or virtualassistantjobs.com.
- Take phone calls as a customer service representative. Customer service has become an important focus for all businesses and many now face pressures to operate 24/7. This can be a great job if you’re good with people and you may just find opportunities with familiar companies you know and love. Check out LiveOps for more.