It’s a weird old time now that we are locked down due to COVID-19. The future is so unclear and there’s a lot to be worrying about. We just don’t know how long we will be living like this. Events have been cancelled, postings suspended, and military life for some of us seems to be on hold. We also seem to have found ourselves, for the first time ever, in a bit of a pause and it’s given time to people to think.
More than ever I am being contacted by Milspo’s who are keen to start their own business. They have found the space they need to start re-thinking their role in life and whether entrepreneurship is for them.
Like so many other Milspo’s I started my own business in reaction to a military move. I felt that it was the right choice to leave my job to follow my serving husband’s demanding job which inspired me to start The InDependent Spouse, and of course The Milspo Business Network.
Now, almost eight years later, the little design business I started from a dining room table in my tiny flat has become a successful design company that I can work on and grow no matter where we are posted, no matter what country we are posted to. It has purposely been built so it’s transient and posting-proof. I no longer have to worry about getting a new job when we move or how I am going to explain those massive gaps in my CV at interviews since leaving employment.
So why, as a military spouse, partner or other-half is it so amazing to run your own business?