Remote Work & Culture

Kicking Off a Remote Career

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a military spouse interested in finding remote work. So what’s keeping you from your dream? Like most spouses, you likely don’t know where to start.

You may be wondering, “Does remote work exist for someone like me who has been out of the workforce due to frequent moves or motherhood?” Or “Does it require me to go back to school?”

Good news! With a little creativity and a lot of ambition, hundreds of military spouses, like you, are working from home in jobs they love.

So what’s their secret?  Some were fortunate to negotiate remote work with current employers, while others researched high demand industries and positioned themselves to get hired. Either way, they found good paying jobs working from home.

Remote work can vary in pay, skill, education, and opportunity. Sifting through all the options can be overwhelming, so I’ve compiled a list of remote jobs in high demand.

Below you’ll find five common remote job titles held by military spouses. I’ve also included links to my favorite online training sites that will equip you with the skills needed to get started today.

Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants organize information, prepare documents, schedule appointments, coordinate travel, send emails, communicate with clients or partners, and offer support as needed. Most tasks can be done remotely via computer, but sometimes require travel. There is a growing demand for virtual assistants, especially because they are necessary within every industry. The jobs range from entry-level to advanced. According to Glassdoor, the average annual income for a virtual assistant is $22,000.

Freelance Writer/Blogger

The content you see in blogs, magazines, advertisements, social media, and more are all written by someone. With the digital boom, writers are in demand, but the competition is steep. The perk of a writing career, though, is that it can be done anytime, anywhere as long as you have a computer. Training in English, journalism, or communications is required whether it’s a college degree or online certification. According to Glassdoor, Freelance writers make an average of $42,120 per year.

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Graphic Designer

The title Graphic Designer can take on many shapes and forms. Mostly, designers use graphics and text to communicate. Designs are typically developed using computer software to create advertisements, brochures, web design, magazines, newsletters, product development, and more. Small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and corporations — from all industries — need graphic designers. Most all work can be done remotely with just a computer. Training in design is essential. Gain experience via a college degree, online certification, internships, or on-the-job training.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers make an average of $46,900 per year.

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Social Media Manager

Social media managers are the public face of an organization. They curate and develop content to post on social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. They also spark discussion and answer questions. Work can be done remotely with a computer and internet. No college degree or certification is required, but extensive experience and a proven track record is a must. According to Glassdoor, social media managers make an average of $47,190 per year.

Web Developer

Web developers design and code websites. They are also responsible for user experience and information technology (IT) support. A background in code and design is required. Acquire these skills through online certifications or a degree program. Most web developers can work from home as long as they have the right equipment and training. Tech skills are in high demand and jobs for web developers are expected to increase by 27 percent by 2024. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual income for web developers is $64,970.

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Don’t give up on the career you deserve! Even though you may move a lot, military spouses can find remote work that pays. Use the job titles and educational links above to get started. Then, when you’re ready, make sure to create your Instant Teams profile.