3 Reasons Why Becoming a VBO is a Great Career for Military Spouses

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Life as a military spouse is complicated enough. Become a freelancer and watch your life fall into formation.

Every Veteran’s Day, we as a nation take time to appreciate our men and women in uniform who sacrifice their own freedom to protect ours. But little credit is given to the people who support our service members, the military spouses. So on this revered day, I want to send out a special thanks to all the husbands and wives who support our Airmen, Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers (and Coasties). I know that you sacrifice a lot for your spouse because I’m one of you. I’m married to an active duty Army Infantry Officer (Hooah!). And I struggled to find a career path that worked out for me. But I’m about to clue you in to a little known career path that’s definitely been gaining traction over the last few years. It’s called being a VBO.

So, what the hell is a VBO, you ask? This isn’t another instance of hurry up and wait. I’ll get to the point. A VBO is a virtual business owner, that is, a work from home freelancer. VBOs are happier, healthier and oftentimes wealthier than their traditional working counterparts. More than 57 million people across America have become VBOs in recent years. And there are so many good reasons to become a VBO. Rather than rattle off a bunch of reasons, I’m going to do you one better and give you three great reasons why becoming a VBO is the best career option for military spouses. And, it’s all from personal experience. 

Reason #1: You can take your career with you when you PCS.

Finding a job is hard enough. And it’s even harder for military spouses. As service-friendly as employers contend to be, they give military spouses the side-eye. Let’s face it, employers don’t want to hire employees who can only stick around for two to four years at the most. It’s just not cost-effective. And even if you do find traditional employment, you’ll have to pack up your office supplies and start over again in a new city every time you PCS. As a VBO, this problem disappears. As long as you have your computer, you can take your career wherever you go. Your work is no longer tied to a location.

Reason #2: You can take leave when your spouse does.

Service members are on duty 24/7 and time off is hard to come by. There’s not a lot of time for leisure or vacation, and when you have a traditional job, it can be hard getting time off at the same time as your spouse. There’s paperwork to process and a chain of command to go through. As a VBO, you are your own chain of command, and you can take time off when you want to. You set your own hours and you make your own schedule. So, if your spouse gets a few days of leave, it’s no issue for you to take leave too. 

Reason #3: You can save on childcare costs without sacrificing your income.

Childcare remains an issue for working couples across the nation. Oftentimes, military spouses make the sacrifice and choose not to work so they can stay home and raise the children. Being a work from home freelancer offers you the perfect opportunity to contribute to the household while providing childcare. (We all know CDC is expensive anyway).

Our Opportunity Center is a great place to look for examples of VBO careers that you could pursue as a military spouse. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a virtual business owner, enlist in our free VBO Bootcamp. It’s a succinct week-long basic training for work from home freelancers. Uncle Sam may not want you to join, but we sure do. It could be the best decision you make this year. And again, we thank you and your family for your service to our great nation.

Matt Ford

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