How many times have you relocated? How many jobs have you held in the past 10 years? Do these questions sound familiar? I bet they do. Military spouses face unique challenges when it comes to their professional careers. Many have made put their active duty spouse's career before their own. However, technology is creating opportunities for military spouses to establish careers that travel with them.
Portable careers are a growing trend among military spouses. Frequent relocations that once caused career havoc for spouses can now involve little or no career upheaval. Military spouses can now use their talents, skills and abilities to launch viable online companies.
Fast dialup connections and high-speed Internet access let spouses conduct business online in real time on the Web from anywhere in the world. From Alaska to Japan, from New York to Florida, spouses can sell products and services to clients around the globe.
Why is this way of working so appealing to military spouses? Spouses look forward to those three little words every three to four years: "Honey, we're relocating." In times past this meant quitting a job and starting over. Portable careers, as the name suggests, let spouses take their business and their clients with them.
Portable careers are especially appealing to spouses who are self-disciplined, enjoy working alone and are comfortable using technology.
The types of careers a spouse can start include freelance writing, web design, graphics illustration, programming, event planning, secretarial support, virtual assistance, translation, transcription, information research and retrieval, photography, interviewing and the list goes on.
The most appealing aspect of starting an online business is the minimal startup cost. Question: Do you possess the following?
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