Nobody knows the challenges that military spouses face like other military spouses. And when it comes to business, unless you’ve had to pack up a business and move it across the country or around the world, it can be hard to even imagine the difficulties that come with relocating your business headquarters every two to three years. It was in the face of these difficulties that a small group of military spouse business owners came together and created the Military Spouse Business Association.
The PCS (Permanent Change of Station) process can be daunting or it can happen very quickly. Whether or not you know people at your next duty station, by habit, we run to the Internet to research the area we are moving to—hoping to become experts, find out important facts, and most importantly—find an apartment or house.
MilitaryTownAdvisor.com (MTA) is a PCS relocation resource for military families, by military families. Reviews include neighborhoods, apartment complexes and schools, while MTA’s blog focuses on things to do in the area.
Created by a Navy wife for other military families, MTA is a small business that functions on a Pay it Forward approach. When you write a review for a neighborhood or school where you currently live, or have been stationed, you’re helping military families all over the United States.
- Visit MilitaryTownAdvisor.com
- Create a free account
- Select the state you live in
- Write a quick review of your neighborhood (pay it forward)
- Head back to MilitaryTownAdvisor.com
- Select the state you’re moving to
- Read reviews
- Let MTA know if there are areas you’re interested in knowing more about that are not listed by connecting on Facebook, Twitter or by sending an email.
Word of mouth and peer recommendations drive trust and decisions in today’s world. MTA is not sponsored by housing affiliates and does not pay for reviews, so the reviews you are reading are from military families, just like you.
Military families have a different buying and searching style when moving. Often times, families are not able to visit their next duty station before they can make a decision as to where to live—that’s one way MTA can help. MTA’s website is meant to supplement the knowledge of a realtor and is a resource to be used to take the anxiety away from PCSing.
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Read our blog stay up to date with the latest and greatest in military towns. From restaurants to avoiding rush hour traffic to secret beaches and things to do for free, our military spouse contributors are always working to bring you the best information.
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Military Town Advisor is looking for contributing writers. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in writing about things to do at a duty station near you, or one you’ve previously lived near.
It happens every time, without fail. You move to a new installation, and you put yourself out there to meet new people. After a few lunch dates, you’re starting to feel good about the potential friendship, and then the bomb drops.
GAHHHH. Head. Bang.
I’m honestly not completely opposed to the home-based business culture that military wives seem to swirl around. I get it; most of us are SAHM/WAHM wives by necessity, and being a part of those organizations allows many spouses to feel a part of the workforce while making their own hours, meeting people, and getting fun products and services. Seems like a win-win-win all the way around, right?
Not when the economy tanks, and everyone stays at the same base for years and years instead of 24 months.
Not when the market is so saturated with Scentsy consultants, that everyone is taking turns hosting a party just to order a new flavor of wax.
Not when you own so many Mary Kay mascaras and skin-softening kits, that the already-too-small cabinet under the sink in base housing is overflowing with the light pink and cream tubes.
That’s when the Facebook invite to yet another party pops up in my notifications, I can’t help but groan.
In the beginning it was worse. My husband joined at a late 23-years-old, already saddled with a few maxed out credit cards, a $300 car payment, and of course a brand-new 19-year-old wife who was not the best at handling money. We would be six days out from payday and praying our three cans of tuna and popsicles in the freezer would sustain us.
I became skilled at declining invitations, instead spending nights at home with my husband and pup. Eventually, through the years, I became better at money management, and yet… I still have no desire to attend a party every weekend where I am expected to make a purchase. Oh, they say it’s not an obligation, but how awkward is it when you just sit there while everyone is filling out the purchase forms? More awkward than watching Brangelina in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Like I said, I support the home-based hoopla in theory, I just can’t financially support it every weekend. And, because many friendships are tied up in who attends which parties, it becomes harder and harder to make friends without knowing you will have to turn down an inevitable invitation.
My strategy? I politely decline “party” invitations, and instead invite them to a play date, a lunch, or a Girls Afternoon Out for a pedicure. It maintains the friendship without letting monogrammed totes or fruity waxes get in the way.
Healthy Body Healthy Life is a non-profit organization which began a little over a year ago at Maxwell Air Force Base. Stemming from a wellness idea for military spouses scribbled on a napkin, HBHL started with a group of five women practicing yoga together and in less than a year grew to a community of over 100 members. [Read more…]
NextGen MilSpouse is excited to share our interview with Krystel Spell, military spouse entrepreneur and the creative mind behind the widely popular milspouse blog, ArmyWife 101. Krystel is a featured parent contributor on CNN HLN’s “Raising America” a news series that discusses current events from a parent’s perspective. Find out how she went from military spouse to blogger to parent panelist on a nationally televised cable news outlet….and most importantly, what she has to say to you about achieving your dreams. [Read more…]
My name is Ashley Chubrik, and I am excited to share a career opportunity that is the perfect fit for military families. Rodan + Fields is a skincare company that founded by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields – the doctors who created Proactiv.
You’ve heard of Proactiv, right?
Well, what they did for acne they are now doing for aging and sun damaged skin – the biggest piece of the skincare pie! They started out selling in high end retail stores like Nordstrom – where they were the #1 clinical skincare brand – but have recently changed to a direct to consumer model in order to reach more people.