Written by: Victoria M. Parham, retired military spouse and veteran
Modern day home office technologies offer a wealth of opportunity for military spouses to launch online businesses that can be operated from virtually anywhere. Examples of growing online business trends include:
- Technical or business writing
- Blog writers
- Web Developer
- Administrative support
- Online tutoring
- Freelance Translator
- Freelance Interpreter
- Graphic Illustrator
- Freelance Writer
- Website Hosting Provider
- Technical Support Agent
- Virtual Assistant
Deciding which virtual business is right fit for you may seem a little challenging but do not fret, here is a wonderful exercise to help get you started; it’s called Self-awareness and Skills evaluation.
Answer the following questions, be open and honest with yourself:
- Are you a self-starter?
- Do you enjoy working independently or as part of a team?
- Are you trust-worthy and honest?
- Are you comfortable communicating by email and telephone?
- Have you always dreamed of starting your own business?
- What are you passionate about?
- Do you enjoy serving others?
- What software proficiencies do you possess?
- Can you set goals and follow them through to completion?
- Are you comfortable with rejection?
If you answered yes to the majority of the questions, chances are you’ve got the skills, attitude, and motivation of a successful online business owner.
Starting any type of business requires a great deal of planning, research, patience, and preparation.
Working for yourself means making decisions on everything:
- Equipment purchases and hardware to run your virtual business efficiently
- Software purchases required to serve clients and run your business efficiently
- Business structure setup – (sole-proprietor, corporation or llc)
- Hours of operation establishing the hours which you’ll work
- Loans — Preparing loan packets (if you’ll require start-up capital)
Do you plan to operate your online business from military base housing? If so, you’ll need to contact your base housing office for authorization to operate a business. Note: regulations on operating a business from military base housing varies base to base, be sure to verify with your local housing office first.
Working for yourself doesn’t mean you’re alone, there are organizations that can provide assistance and support, especially in the startup phase and during expansion:
Small Business Administration – http://www.sba.gov
Service Corps of Retired Executives – http://www.score.org
Small Business Development Center – search buisness development center
SBA Women’s Business Ownership – http://www.sba.gov/womeninbusiness
About the author:
Victoria M. Parham is a (retired) army wife, veteran, talk radio host, and Career Strategist. Propelling people to reach their greatest career potential.