The Marine Corps Association exists to ensure that veterans get the resources and support they need to thrive. In a world where remote work is becoming more and more common, we want to make sure vets — as well as anyone else who might benefit from this work model — have the tools they need to work well remotely, should they choose to pursue it.
We’ve broken our guidance down based on different types of people who are most likely to enjoy or benefit from working from home. Of course, these categories can overlap — there’s no reason a veteran can’t become a business owner while raising kids — so feel free to combine advice and benefits to suit your needs. Here’s a look at who is most likely to thrive in a work-from-home role:
Flexibility and a controlled environment often suit veterans well:
- Many former military members do best when they can set and follow their own structure. Working from home gives you the ability to create and stick with a consistent routine.
- Moreover, vets who struggle with PTSD might be anxious about experiencing symptoms or flashbacks in the office. When you work in a controlled environment, you’re often able to cope more effectively (not to mention, privately).
- Veterans working from home should lean on their organizational skills in order to ensure they’re staying productive while on the clock.
Running a home-based business allows you to save time and money:
- If you plan to run your company solo, home-based just makes good sense early on.
- You can also look into starting a full-remote company. This model has a strong handle on remote workers, since it’s built for them from the start.
- Even home-based businesses need to consider legal and tax designations, such as registering as an LLC to protect personal assets. It’s easy enough to get a $49 LLC in Virginia.
- Creating a business plan provides you with a road map towards success, and it can help you secure loans and other funding.
- Think critically about whether you plan to run your business from home temporarily or for the long run so you can properly prepare for your company’s future.
Remote work offers a world of benefits to folks juggling kids and careers:
- Many remote jobs offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to scheduling, allowing you to build your hours around your family’s routine.
- If your kids are old enough to play or work independently, but not old enough to be home alone, remote work is the perfect compromise for school vacations or remote learning.
- However, parents do need to take extra steps to establish work-life balance, as well as learn how to teach kids to respect “Do Not Disturb” signals.
- A well-chosen app can also make maintaining the balance between parenting and working simpler.
Don’t let unfamiliarity with remote work make you think it’s not for you. If you give it a shot, you might be surprised at how well you suit the role. Keep these tips in mind, and if you’re someone who might benefit from working from home, keep yourself open to those opportunities.
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