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Entrepreneurship: How to succeed from the start

By |October 14th, 2013|

By Jake Weatherly, SheerID

Believe it or not your role as a military spouse has molded you into a prime candidate for entrepreneurial success. Think about it. Have you ever managed to make a paycheck go that extra mile? Have you ever handled school, kids and your spouse’s deployment all at the same time? The list could go on. My point is whether you are the wife of a sailor or husband of Marine, your time as a military spouse has taught you budgeting, organization, stress management and numerous other traits required of a small business owner.

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Cliches That are Holding You Back

By |September 25th, 2013|

by Don Purdum

Could it be that you don’t have the marriage or business you want because you got the one you deserved? What we get in life is many times a reflection of what we put into our minds which will determine the opportunities we take, the choices that we make, and the decisions we […]

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Business Succession Plan

By |August 22nd, 2013|

Bob Hembd

MyLegacyMadeEasy™

www.mylegacymadeeasy.com

 

Good Morning. My name is Bob Hembd. I have 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Throughout this time, I have worked with hundreds of business owners in helping them solve the problems that can arise from being self- employed. These issues include taxation, risk management and business succession planning.

The area I […]

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Day 30: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |August 13th, 2013|

We are so pleased, and yes, even a little sad, that our event is coming to a close. It has been an outstanding month, full of great advice and amazing military spouse business owners. Today’s business owner offers some outstanding advice about how to use your network to help grow your business. She herself uses this advice on a daily basis, and has in fact written an entire series to flesh out this idea on her own blog.

This is another skill that military spouses often develop by default thanks to frequent PCSing. Getting settled in a new community and growing your business…both require you to use your network!

 

Amy Schofield

Schofield Strategies

www.schofieldstrategies.com

“Starting a business is easy – maintaining it and maximizing it to the fullest potential takes work.

In my opinion, the most important aspect of owning a business is networking. You may think I am just saying this because I am a resume writer and I encourage my job-seeking clients to take an active role in networking for their job search, but the same holds true for business owners. Once you have the business groundwork and tools in place, you’ve got to make sure you spend time reaching out and developing personal connections with people. I have taken the time to get to know other business owners, yes even other resume writers, so that I can strategically align with people who will help with the growth of my business. I also work one-on-one with my resume clients; I do not outsource any piece of my resume-writing process, and I think that is key in developing that personal connection with my clients.

Part of this networking process also involves working with a mentor or joining a mastermind group, and I highly recommend anyone who is thinking about starting a business to seek those sources out.”

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Day 29: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |August 12th, 2013|

Today’s featured military spouse provides a key piece of advice. To make a business work you have to really love what you do. But before you get started, it’s important to do a gut check and make sure the idea you have really merits the effort of  full blown business. The best way to help figure out if your idea is worth the effort? A business plan.

We’ve included some ideas on why it is so important to do a little planning right from the start from a business expert in Australia! Proof that good business sense is good business sense, no matter where you are!

Michelle Aikman

Skilled Assets, LLC

http://www.skilledassets.com

“Make sure it is a labor or love! Starting a business is easy but operating a successful business is extremely challenging. My #1 piece of advice is to do a gut check on your concept before you jump head first. Are you truly passionate about the work? Do you see yourself chugging forward with confidence even with naysayers everywhere? Are you ready to accept the challenge of being your own manager in every sense of the word? If it is a work of love and you commit to making it work then the challenges that come with building a business will not stand in your way.”

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Day 28: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |August 11th, 2013|

One of the biggest challenges, and one of the things that makes running a small business different for a military spouse than for other small business owners is our frequent call to relocate with our service member. Today’s featured spouse offers some great advice on how to create continuity and continued grow even after a move. We added some links to great resources to help you follow her sound advice.

Myla Astro

MVOSS Creation

http://www.mvoss.net

“Try to bloom wherever you are.

PCSing is one of the hardest  thing we face when we have a business as it is hard to establish a solid customer base. By the time we’ve set our feet in the local market, it’s time to move to our next duty station. Here are some tips that MVOSS Creation wants to share to fellow military spouse business owners:
• Write your business mission statement as this will serve as your anchor when  the going gets tough,
• Establish solid relationship with your local customers because they will still going to order from you wherever you will be.  Get in touch with them regularly via email blast (you can use constant contact for a minimal fee)
• Learn the best practices of the local businesses and try to apply  them to your own
• Socialize/network- Never miss the opportunity to show up in networking meetings. You can find a lot of local networking groups through Meetup.com or your local chamber
• If there is an opportunity to speak about your business in public, go for it.  People will not know what you are offering if you don’t talk about it  in  a group.
• Get a mentor as she/he will be able to assist you in establishing your presence in the local market.”
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Day 27: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |August 10th, 2013|

Day 27 of Operation: Create your Own Path brings some sounds advice for any small business owner. Oftne when starting a new business there is an endless list of things to do, but it is vital that a small business owner learn to set boundaries and create a work-life balance that allows them to not only grow their business, but do it in a way that doesn’t sacrifice their own health or the relationships they have with family and friends.

Sharon Hester

Honi Kine

http://www.facebook.com/honikine

“BALANCE. I absolutely love that other military spouse business owners have said “just do it”, because it’s definitely the encouragement needed! Though I am still new to operating a small business and I have much to learn, I firmly believe that our lives need balance in all things: commitment & care in our married lives & personal relationships with those we love; “presence” with our children; devotion to God; passion in how we spend our time – whether that be work or hobbies. There are many moving parts to starting a small business, so there’s an art of balancing all the tasks necessary to move forward while tending to the other areas of our personal and professional lives. Balancing all the facets in our lives is tough, but I believe it leads to a more fulfilling life, not just a successful business.”

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Day 26: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |August 9th, 2013|

Day 26 of Operation: Create Your Own Path brings a familiar piece of advice from our featured military spouse – get a business mentor. Maybe you are considering doing just that…but what characteristics make for a good mentor? How do you know if someone will be a good fit for you and your business? We’ve included some things to keep in mind when you are trying to vet a potential mentor.

Nicola Joshua

Joshua Marketing Group

www.joshuamarketinggroup.com

“Obtain a mentor or support group.”

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Day 25: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |August 8th, 2013|

Day 25 of Operation: Create Your Own Path offers a topic that is near and dear to our hearts.

Today’s featured military spouse reminds us to be passionate in your business choice, but also touches on the idea of giving back and making a difference in your community. Small business are often seen interacting with their local community, a trend that can have a big, and positive impact on your business.

Sue Ann Oltman

Compelling Creations

http://www.compelling-creations.com/sueannoltman

“My #1 piece of advice to someone thinking about starting a business is a version of something my Dad told me long ago: Find something you are passionate about and get paid to do it. I am passionate about making a difference in my community. Compelling Creations facilitates my passion!”

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Day 24: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |August 7th, 2013|

There is an old adage that says if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Today’s military spouse reminds us that if you want to be have a job you love, you have to love the products or services you sell. We’ve combined her advice with some thoughts about being genuine in business and how it can pay off in a big way.

Jocelyn Martin

Be Your Best Healthy Mom

http://www.beyourbesthealthymom.usana.com

“Love. You’ve got to love what you do. You’ve got to love the products you sell. You’ve got to love the company and people you work with. When you have those things, the work is easier. Your passion will come across to others. They’ll want to work with you, to do well, to have some of what you’ve got. And you’ll want to do the same. You’ll look forward to sharing your work with others, because it isn’t a job, its a passion, its fulfilling, its fun and doing it every day feels GREAT!!”

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