Meet Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

Meet Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

A little over two years ago I left my corporate job and went into business for myself as an Independent Consultant with Rodan + Fields.  I find my work extremely rewarding for many reasons, but one of the biggest blessings to come from my career change is the sisterhood of amazing, supportive, caring women that I’ve found, who have now become friends!

We come from all walks of life, different backgrounds, careers, etc. Some are working full-time jobs and building their R+F business alongside their other job. Others, like me, have more time to devote to their businesses.  The beauty is that it can be whatever you want or need it to be, and this may change throughout different seasons of life.  That’s ok.

Helping military spouses find a legitimate, portable career they can work from home, around their family’s schedule, deployments, PCS moves, etc. has been a passion of mine for years and I now feel like I have the perfect company to offer other military spouses.  It is portable and can be worked from practically anywhere you’ve got a WiFi signal.  You don’t even need to own a computer.  Your entire business can be run  from a smart phone.

All the amazing women that I’m featuring in this image are military spouses and friends!  I’ve listed our current (if still working a traditional job) or last corporate job before becoming entrepreneurs!

THIS BUSINESS IS LEGIT AND WORKS FOR OUR MILITARY LIFESTYLE. I’d ❤️ to share more information with you. Message me to set up a time to talk.  We can meet virtually for coffee and conversation.

What Will My Friends Think?

What Will My Friends Think?

I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a neighbor, a friend.
I am a military spouse and have followed my husband around the country for 23 years.
I was a marketing major in college but don’t feel l ever had the opportunity to fully utilize my degree.
I have held too many jobs, in too many industries, to even remember.
Today I am a business owner, running a skincare business.

Here’s the thing: If I talk to you about my products, my company, an event I’m hosting, a special I’m running, it is only because I am busy growing my business and was thinking about you.

⦁ I am not doing it to offend you or to be pushy.
⦁ I am not doing it because I think your skin looks bad.

⦁ I am not expecting anything from you.

⦁ Again, I’m an entrepreneur who is busy building a successful business. It’s as simple as that!

The outcome of my success does not depend on any one of my friends becoming my customer or business partner, or none of my friends becoming a customer or business partner.  I will, however, probably think of you and mention my business to you at some point along my journey.

⦁ If you opened a restaurant or a coffee shop, I sure hope you’d invite me.
⦁ If you were starring in a movie, I sure hope you’d tell me about it.

⦁ If you were a fitness trainer, yep, let me know about your training programs, videos, etc.

⦁ If you are raising money for a charity you are passionate about, I’d like to hear about it.

I HAVE AMAZING FRIENDS DOING AMAZING THINGS ALL THE TIME and they share that with me so I can love on them and support them. Do I necessarily sign up for, or buy everything that crosses my path? Nope, but I’d sure like to at least know about it.

That is all, my friends. I had this on my heart today and wanted to throw it out into the universe.

Along my journey, I’ve heard:
“Thanks, can’t wait! I’ll be there.”
“I’m not interested, but good luck to you.”
“I love seeing how passionate you are about your new business.”
“I already have a consultant and love Rodan + Fields!”
“I’m not really into skincare.”
“Yes, I’d love to try your products/join your team!”

I’ve heard it all!  The point is, I just appreciate the response! I am NOT going to be offended, either way, trust me! I’m simply, again, running my own successful and growing social e-commerce business, and I need to be SOCIAL to do it well!

Many people are interested in pursuing a network marketing gig but are afraid of offending their family and friends, so they never pursue it.  In case you haven’t noticed, the way we shop is changing.  Retail stores and chains are closing all the time as consumers are making more of their purchases online.  I’d MUCH rather shop local or with a friend who is running their own business.  However, if the services or products they offer are not something I’m interested in, I feel no pressure to purchase; but you better believe I am here to encourage and support their venture (or adventure!).

Want to try something new, start your own business or company?  Get out of your comfort zone, stop worrying about what others are going to think, and GO FOR IT!  I did and it feels amazing.

 

Peel Back The Onion

Peel Back The Onion

Stop Lying To Yourself

It’s not healthy to live a lie.

I’m not talking about lying to other people.
I’m not talking about living a secret life.
I’m talking about lying to yourself.

It didn’t happen overnight but was more of a gradual nagging at my heart. I wasn’t passionate about my job: it didn’t make me happy. I wasn’t proud of what I was doing and how busy it was keeping me. I had work friends, but it hit me one day, if I were to leave my company, I could probably count on one hand the number of friendships I would continue to cultivate.

I looked at some things that were happening in my family. Wait, this wasn’t what I intended or how I had planned for things to look! Part of the problem was me being too busy, too stressed, trying to make everything work and yet feeling like I was failing miserably at times.

As I reflected, the common denominator was the fact that I was giving my ALL to my job, yet truth be told, even though I knew I did a good job and was well respected and valued by my team, if the bottom line changed and for some reason my employer could justify not having to keep my position around, I’d be let go in a heartbeat. Why was I pouring all my time and energy into my job and not my family? Things had to change!

I had to gather my courage and have a conversation with my husband and, most importantly, with myself. I had to admit that I wasn’t living the life I wanted for myself. From the outside it probably looked like I had the perfect life – a great husband; two well adjusted, healthy and well behaved kids; a nice home; nice cars; a nice remote job, etc. As I peeled back the onion, I realized I was living a lie (to myself) and was ready to make a change. I decided to leave my corporate job and venture into business for myself.

While it might not look brave to others, it took a great deal of courage for me to make this career change. I’m a “people pleaser” and it’s very difficult for me to feel like I have let anybody down. This was the main reason I waited so long to be open about my desire to scale back and change careers. It seemed selfish, considering how hard my husband works to provide for our family, to admit that I was stressed, not happy, and looking for a career I could be passionate about, one that would afford me the flexibility to be more present for my family and allow me to take care of myself in the process.

I know many people who are looking to make a career change don’t have the luxury of walking away from a job and starting something new.  Since my spouse does have a secure and steady income, I did have that luxury.  For awhile I felt this made my decision less “courageous”; what risk was I really taking?  Well, once you have gotten accustomed to two incomes, no matter how large or small that second income is, walking away from one of those incomes does give you reason to pause and think.  Was I crazy?  Was I about to place a financial strain on our family by choosing to be happy and do what I knew in my heart was right for me?   Was this a selfish decision on my part?  All these questions swarmed through my head for a few months before and after the decision was made.

If you can’t simply walk away from a job you aren’t passionate about, consider this:  You can start working part-time pursuing the job you do want, volunteering for that charity you are passionate about, taking up that hobby or sport you’ve been dreaming about, etc.  When passion starts creeping back into your life, you never know what doors will open for you.  Fueling your passion may even make that job more bearable for you or give you the courage you need to make that much needed change in your life.

We are all familiar with the expression, “hindsight is 20/20”, right?  I’m happy to report that in the subsequent months to making the decision to leave my corporate job, I have received multiple signs that I did indeed make the right decision for myself and my family.  If you are seeking to make a career change, or some other major life decision, to follow your heart or your dreams, trust yourself!  If the life you are living isn’t the one you want, isn’t making you happy, isn’t making you proud…stop worrying about what others will think.  Take care of yourself.

My Eclectic Military Spouse Resume

My Eclectic Military Spouse Resume

As a military spouse to an active duty Marine for 23 years, and now the spouse of a retiree, I have had plenty of opportunity to reflect upon my journey as a military spouse. So many emotions come flooding into my heart as I think back on the excitement, the adventure, the exhaustion, the worry, the pride, the loneliness, the challenge, and the constant change.

Being a military spouse forces you to become independent, strong, brave, capable, resourceful, and adaptable. Wow, these sound like incredible qualities for an employee, colleague, or business partner. If I were running a major corporation; oh wait, while not yet a “major corporation”, I am the boss of my own business; I would LOVE to hire and work with these amazing people we call military spouses.

One of the most commonly discussed struggles that military spouses face is the constant recreation of themselves professionally. It is nearly impossible to have a career, with continued upward mobility, if you are married to a member of the armed forces and continually relocate with them throughout their career. Most military families find themselves relocating every 2-3 years. Some are blessed with staying in one location for longer periods of time, but in my experience, we moved every 3 years throughout my husband’s career, and sometimes even sooner than that.

After getting to our new location, setting up our home, getting the kids settled into school and their extracurricular activities, finding a new church, doctor, hair stylist, veterinarian, etc. and getting acclimated to the area, I would begin my job search. While I was blessed to always find work, it was never in progression to what I had done at my previous job. I started over, at the bottom, each and every time we moved. And although I was accumulating great experience along the way, all these experiences varied, and employers usually didn’t see them as useful to the job they were hiring me for at the time, so my salary never reflected what I felt I was truly worth.

I recently transitioned from being an employee in the corporate world to an entrepreneur in the field of consumer connected commerce.  I have partnered with the amazingly successful, Stanford trained dermatologists, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields and am building my own business with Rodan + Fields, the number one skincare company in North America.  It dawned on me one day, early into my new business, that all the varied jobs I’ve held in the past, and my ridiculous looking resume as a military spouse, had provided me exactly the skills I now need to excel as an entrepreneur.

My first job, after graduating from college, was as a Customer Service Representative.  I worked all day answering calls, assisting members and prospective members with their life insurance needs.  As our country was engaged in the first Gulf War at the time, and I was working for a military life insurance company, we were extremely busy and there were many stressed customers to assist.  Providing exemplary customer service is vital to ANY organization or business and the skills I learned in this role have served me well throughout my entire professional career!

In my roles as an Office Assistant Manager, Payroll Specialist, and Assistant to a Navy Admiral, I learned the importance of implementing and following procedures and being attuned to details.  In running my own business and training others to be able to do the same, having procedures in place for them to follow is essential.  To build a thriving team, I need to have procedures in place that are easily duplicatable.  Not everybody who joins my team will have my same skillset, so I need to ensure I am assisting them along the way and passing on the skills and procedures they need to become successful.   I don’t think attention to detail can ever be stressed enough.  Now that I am representing myself, everything I put out is a reflection on me.  No detail is too small to care about.  I want to be proud of my work, my company, and my team.

As a fitness instructor and an elementary school substitute teacher I learned how to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone!  I had never worked with children before, other than my own, and had only taken aerobic classes myself for approximately three months when I started teaching.  Talk about jitters during those first few classes in front of a group of Marines and my kindergartners!  I quickly began to love both jobs.  There is such satisfaction in taking on a new challenge and crushing it!  I don’t want to ever be afraid to try something new and that is exactly what I’m doing now and loving it!

I have worked in sales and dabbled in network marketing in the past as well.  Having a strong work ethic, being personable, and consistent with my efforts are three of the main skills I mastered while working in those roles.  Add in the attributes of adaptability and flexibility, two qualities that all military spouses master, and my military spouse inspired resume is complete!

I recently read, and thoroughly enjoyed, #GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso.  This excerpt resonated with me, “Most people don’t land their dream job right out of the gate, which means we all have to start somewhere.  You’ll appreciate your amazing career so much more when you look back at your not-so-amazing jobs in the past, and hopefully realize that you learned something from all of them.”  The key takeaway, after reflecting on what I previously viewed as my non-existent career path and ridiculous resume, is that I actually did have a career path and all roads led to exactly where I am supposed to be today…HERE!

If you are interested in learning more about my business and wonder “what if” this might be your vehicle to achieving your dreams, whatever they may be: a supplemental, or even a replacement, income, more time with your family, or something that inspires YOU and allows you to work for yourself,  utilizing skills you’ve mastered throughout your life, visit my site: becmartin.myrandf.com.