September 2013

Have you been looking for ways to use Facebook to tell people about your business?

Ultra-targeted facebook ads are a great way to go but I am going to focus on a few free Facebook marketing ideas and tips first.

Here are 6 free Facebook marketing ideas and tips to use to turn up the volume on your Facebook engagement.

 

 6 Free Facebook Marketing Ideas and Tips for Facebook

1.  Add the Facebook Page URL to your email signature

2.  Link your personal profile to your Facebook page by adding a worked at…to your profile.

3.  Directly respond to one person in a post or response.

4.  Interact with the pages of your friends and followers.
Facebook uses an algorithm called “Last Actors” They feature more posts from the 50 most recent actors (people, pages,profiles) in the news feed.

So if you want to appear in the newsfeed of others, go out and write fun and valuable tips.

5.  Bring in contacts from outside of Facebook like from your email list, your Twitter followers, you Pinterest Followers or your YouTube Subscribers.  Give them a reason to become a fan.

6.  Add a like box or social media bar to your website (like this).

 

facebook marketing ideas and tips

 

These Facebook marketing ideas and tips are free and simple to use.

Especially if you already have a Facebook Page (a business page or fan page separate from your personal page).

If not, learn to set one up here.

I hope that these tips gets you started on the right path building your internet presence.

If you really want to get outside of Facebook and develop your own distinct look and feel, check out my instructions on how to create your own blog here.

And sign up for more Facebook marketing ideas and tips from me.  Enter your email address here….

See more video training on these marketing ideas and tips by checking out these posts.

How to Directly Respond to One Person in Facebook

Facebook’s Last Actors

How to Add a Like box to Your Military Spouse Blog

 

Finding the perfect people on Facebook,

Niquelle Wright

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What are the Best Jobs For Military Spouses in 2013?

Let’s get real honest.  The best job is the one that thrills you and challenges you and isn’t dependent on someone “giving” it to you. It pays for the things that you want to do and it still lets you be there for your kids.  Sign me up for that job….

The normal list of the best jobs for military spouses in 2013 looks like this:

Degree or Certifications Required

  1. Registered Nurse
  2. Teacher/Teacher’s Assistant
  3. Medical Billing Assistant
  4. Accountant/bookkeeper
  5. Esthetician
  6. Financial planner
  7. Hair Stylist
  8. Appraiser
  9. Audio or Video to Text Transcriptions
  10. Computer/web/app programmer
  11. Graphic designer
  12. Editor/copy editor
  13. Personal Trainer
  14. Massage therapist
  15. Translator/interpreter

best jobs for military spouses in 2013

No certification required but PCS requires a new position or start-up time

  1.  Customer Service Representative
  2.  Data entry/processor
  3. Retail Salesperson
  4. Direct Sales
  5. SEO Consultant
  6. Stock Photographer
  7. Telemarketer
  8. Childcare
  9. Interior designer
  10. Crafts Goddess
  11. Caterer/Personal Chef
  12. Professional organizer
  13. Seamstress

Flexible Schedule, PCS-Proof, More Entrepreneurial

  1. Web designer
  2. Creative Writer
  3. Video Editor
  4. Virtual Assistant
  5. Travel Agent
  6. Online Tutoring
  7. Online Direct Sales
  8. Online Copywriter
  9. Online Marketer

What qualifies as one of the best jobs for military spouses in 2013?

I have been a military spouse for over 18 years and I have tried a wide range of fields.  I have made a six-figure income.  I have travelled the country and managed teams.  I have consulted to Fortune 100 Companies.  And each position had its pros and cons.  Actually only one career has ever met all of the criteria.  We will get to that in a minute…

First, let’s set some ground rules…

Criteria for the Best Jobs for Military Spouses in 2013

  • The work should be challenging and rewarding.
  • The work should bring in thousands per month, at least hundreds per week.
  • The work should have a flexible schedule.  In terms of days per week and hours per day.
  • The work should be available in cities and in smaller towns.
  • The work should allow for PCSing without missing a beat.
  • The work could also ideally involve a support network both by and for the spouses.
  • Or a place where you can get away form other spouses (depends on your point of view)
  • The work should be in a fast-growing industry.

best jobs for military spouses in 2013

This list seems like a unicorn dancing in a cloud of pixie dust, I know

But let’s look at it with an open mind.

Should you go for the degree or advanced degree?

We often think that the degree equals challenging and rewarding.

And it might.  But it doesn’t necessarily equal an easier job search.

It can be really difficult to craft a compelling resume when it has moves every 2 or 3 years.

Even though the company is not willing to commit to long term employment, they want you to.

Many military spouses want the recognition and the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a degree program.

This is often a big problem because of the all to common PCS in the middle of a program.

And then there is the expense of the college degree.  Many even debate whether most degrees are worth it.

Check out some interesting debates here:
USNews.com 
USAToday.com 
WallStreetJournal 

Then there is the question of timing.

Will your be able to complete the program, the internships and the certifications before the next PCS.

If not, will the credits transfer?

Does the next school even have the degree program?  Is it a respected program?

What if the campus is too far away?

As a military spouse with a Masters Degree from one of the top business schools in the country, I can say that completing the program and getting the great job can happen.

It is the transfer to the next duty station that is the real bear.

Creating a “Dream Sheet” with the right locations and trying to line up certifications and transfers is a real sticky situation.

Especially if orders are delayed or change midstream.  We received written orders 4 weeks out for one of our PCSes.

But, if you complete the program and find a great position, will you have long distance relationship?

Let your spouse be a geographic bachelor so that you can keep the position and they can fulfill their duties.

Been there.  Done that.  With 2 kids.  For over 16 months.  It is no fun.

What if there was a career that did not require a degree or an advanced degree?

But the training that you needed was available online for a fraction of the cost.

Would that career qualify as one of the best jobs for military spouses in 2013?

What about the flexible schedule?

Let’s be honest.  We have responsibilities.

We need to be available for the children.  In case they are sick.  In case they are home from school.

My kids are on a year-around school schedule which means that several times a year they are out of school for at least 2 weeks at a time.  Maybe 3 weeks.  Maybe 5 weeks.  I don’t know of any full-time or part-time gigs that allow that kind of flexibility.

What if there was a career that you could build around your responsibilities?

You could be there for your kids.  When they go to school.  When they return home in the afternoon.  When they have early dismissals or field trips.  When they vomit at school and the nurse calls…

Would that career qualify as one of the best jobs for military spouses in 2013?

PCS-Proof?  Is there Such a Thing…

As I mentioned I have an advanced degree and I earned six-figures as management consultant.  I have also been a college instructor at a couple of very large national universities.  But they never seemed to have openings at the new duty station after a PCS.

Until…

I moved online.

As an online instructor, I was able to PCS the last 3 times without missing a beat.

Online is where it is at.

More and more people want the flexibility.  More and more people want the portability.

More and more people are doing more things on online.

The only problem with my online teaching gig is that sometimes I might not get assigned a class.  That inconsistency of income is a challenge.

What if there was a career that someone could do online, that didn’t require an advanced degree, where no one had to “give” you the job and the training was available at a fraction of the cost?

Would that career qualify as one of the best jobs for military spouses in 2013?

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Sounds good but we still haven’t talked about the money…

Show Me the Money

There are a range of incomes available online.

Some times it depends on the work and the certifications.  So an accountant would be paid because they hold certain qualifications.

Freelance jobs like

From the $5 gigs on Fiverr.  (Which we will exclude because that is a lot of work to make hundreds of dollars per week.)

To the big ticket coaching and consulting work done by the experts and gurus for thousands of dollars per hour or day.

I knew nothing, I made nothing.  I know more. I made over $4125 last month*.

What if there was something that allowed you to earn money while you learned the skills?

You could invest in the training in chunks as you were ready or you could go for the whole enchilada at once.

As you can see from the list above, there are jobs for the military spouse that require education, degrees and certifications but your success still depends on whether or not someone will hire you.

There are jobs for military spouses that are less structured but each PCS will still mean that you have to start mostly from scratch in establishing a client base and a reputation.

The last group of jobs gives great flexibility and you can learn as you go but they really require an entrepreneurial mindset.

As military spouses, we know that we can rely on ourselves.  We can fix the plumbing, cut the lawn, handle deployments, and all that.

So I encourage you to take a look at entrepreneurial options.

Why should we depend on others to hire us when we can develop our own skills and market them to the world?

Would you like to know how to develop the skills needed to market products and find customers online?

See what it takes to get started online.

It can be done in just 5 minutes.

Betcha’ didn’t expect that.

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* I am not making any income promises or guarantees.  I don’t know how committed you are to having one the best jobs for military spouses, anywhere, ever.  See the Income Disclosure here.

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Life Lessons of a Military Wife on a Cross Country Move

Are you overwhelmed by the checklist that you work through from day to day.

Step back and look at what is really happening inside and around you.

Every hurdle makes you stronger and more capable.  Every situation makes you realize that you can do more than you ever thought.

Embrace the changes and make the most of each moment.

The life lessons of a military wife are as varied and unique as each warrior and each wife.

If I am any example, the lessons might change every two or three years.  Because as a military wife, we get the joy and the stress of creating a new life every two or three years.

Every PCS gives us the chance to toss out the junk (literally and figuratively).  We can clean out the people, jobs, doctors, houses and neighbors that no longer serve us.

But after just a few months in a new city, we have filled up our lives and ourselves with new friends, favorite places and people.

Take our recent cross country move…

We needed to have the Change of Command Ceremony, pack out, drive across country and get the kids to California in time to start year-around school in 11 days.

Piece of cake!

We started in Patuxent River, MD and we loaded up the trucks and drove to San Diego.

Husband, wife, father-in-law, 2 kids, 3 vehicles and 17,000 pounds of stuff!  Whew!

Every day we saw new things, stayed at a different hotel and enjoyed different food (the calories on a road-trip don’t count, right?)

It could have been a stressful time.  But instead, we viewed every challenge as something to share with others.  It makes for a cool blog, cool pics and a good laugh of two.

Life Lessons of a military wife

 

Life Lesson of a Military Wife #1

Don’t Even Think About Trying To Do It All Yourself

We are all wonderfully capable, wonderfully strong, and exceptionally smart and determined.

In many ways, we are Wonder Woman.  That is why I love the image on the top of this blog so much.

But that doesn’t mean that we can’t get some support sometimes.

Even Wonder Woman hung out with the Super Friends.  So I encourage you to find your circle of Super Friends.

If you are looking for a community of bloggers who share some of your challenges, check this out.

 

Life Lesson of a Military Wife #2

Don’t Even Think About Trying To Do It All Yourself

I spent the first few years as a military wife believing that I could do it all myself.

But after 9 moves, 5 deployments and 2 kids, I really appreciate it when I can get a head-start by looking over someone’s shoulder or better yet, investing in something that is already made for me.

I bought a bread machine.  I shared driving duties with other Moms.  There are lots of shortcuts around us.  Try one or two today.

If you are looking for a way to share your life lessons of a military wife for the benefit of others, but you want the ease of using a blog that is already set-up for you, check this out.

 

Life Lesson of a Military Wife #3

You guessed it!

Don’t Even Think About Trying To Do It All Yourself

On our cross-country trip, we knew that we had a lot to do and a lot of miles to cover.

We got help every step of the way.

We paid a cleaning service when we emptied out the house.  It was the best money I ever spent because I was still crazy busy the last 2 days without having to clean the house for 8 or 12 hours.

We used the packers.

We invited our father-in-law along to help us drive and enjoy time with grand-kids.

We had them unpack some of the stuff when they delivered.

All of these resources were right there.

We could have easily said no thank you, but we chose to embrace the help that was around us.

We decided to accept some help.

We decided to use expertise and experience and to focus on the parts that only we could do.

Have you considered your own military wife blog, check out how to start your own here.

You will get a head-start on blogging and join our community of Super Friends bloggers!

 

life lessons as a military wife

The life lessons of a military wife can apply to many different situations.

You don’t have to be married to a warrior to feel some of the same pressure and anxiety.

Or to benefit from the same life lessons of a military wife.

You might be a longshoreman’s wife or a traveling salesman’s wife or a truck driver’s wife or a professional athlete’s wife.

Or just a wife or girlfriend.

We all have a few battle scars.

We all need someone to talk too who understands us.

We all need some support now and then.

Enter your email address here to get more information on how you can get what you need online…

A warrior’s wife and a warrior wife,

Niquelle Wright

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