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NextGen MilSpouse is going beyond traditional career tips and tricks for military spouses! We are sharing the real stories of working military spouses (just like you!) and their professional success stories on Wednesdays.
Name: Tiffany Styles-Dax
Years as a military spouse: 5
Tell us your job title/profession:
Owner/Operator, Esthetician, Waxing Expert, Acne & Aging Specialist
Is this full-time, part-time, hourly, contract or freelance work?
Now that I have entered and accomplished my first PCS I fly from Ohio to Florida to maintain my clients!
How long have you been working in this career field?
Do you work in an office, telecommute from home (or Starbucks), or a little bit of both?
All of the above. Lots of (home) office work behind the scenes and studio work for the hands-on treatments.
How did you get this position? Was it a resume, referral, job fair? Spill your magic.
I started in the spas straight out of Aveda.
After a few years I started to realize that I wanted to be my own boss and run my own company. I was working all the time to fill someone else’s pockets and to only take a small piece of the pie. I felt I had the experience, I had built my clientele, had managing under my belt and I was a business-minded person. I can’t believe that in a few months I will have embarked on this exciting but scary adventure 5 years ago.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while trying to maintain a career while living the military lifestyle?
It was very challenging deciding whether to leave my business (my baby) or find a way to maintain it when it came time to PCS last year.
We decided together that we would try commuting. I now fly to Florida from Ohio once a month for 10 days and see all my clients. I also get a little sunshine with all my old girlfriends too.
It was also very challenging running my own business and life plus doing a PCS alone while my husband was on a Remote Tour in South Korea. With the help of so many people I pulled it off seamlessly.
Tell us one thing you love about your job:
That’s too hard. I can’t name one thing I love about my job. I love so many things about it.
From being my own boss to seeing someone’s face light up when I fix their teen acne and they won’t be teased anymore by peers and all the conversations I get to have with each client. My job is like speed-dating all day. Except I get to hangout with all my favorite girlfriends and people.
Share your best life-hack for saving time or sanity during the work week:
I try to stay as organized as I can so that when the military throws the curve balls our way it’s easier for me to pick up the pieces and get back to order quickly. It makes it easier to juggle it all.
My new schedule of 10 days in Florida allows no time to take care of or handle anything personal. It’s work and that’s it. I have food delivered, laundry dropped off and picked up, and supplies are all delivered and ready to go. It’s like Beauty Bootcamp.
However this has helped with making our home life a little easier when I am home. I have more time to take care of both our personal lives.
Do you and your spouse or partner split household tasks? How do you do it?
When I am home I do the chores, errands, all finances, grocery shop and make the meals. If I need help I will ask for it. Usually that’s with bigger projects (landscaping, home projects, moving furniture, hanging things, etc).
If you have children, how do you and your spouse or partner split parenting responsibilities?
No children just yet. We do share the responsibility of our fur baby. When I travel my husband keeps her and takes over. If we are both traveling then I have many people who love her and always offer to help me out.
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
My phone. I run everything, my business and whole life from that little device.
Favorite app for making the most of your day?
All social media. I use these for advertising my business.
Must-have song on your productivity playlist?
Everyday I’m Hustlin’
What is your No. 1 tip for a military spouse on the hunt for a job?
Try to find what you are passionate about because you will really love going to work. I never feel like my job is work. I never go to bed dreading the next day of work.
Also try to get face-to-face time. Show them why they should hire you and how if they don’t it will be a huge regret on their part.