A common challenge we face as military spouses is unemployment.
I write about this topic a lot because, not only is it something I feel very passionately toward, but also because the issue is so widespread. In fact, so many milspouses fight to maintain employment throughout their spouse’s career that numerous organizations have been created to step in and help. One of these organizations is the Milspo Project.
Here’s what you need to know about The Milspo Project.
What it is.
The Milspo Project is a global network of U.S. military spouses who believe entrepreneurship is a unique answer to the military spouse unemployment crisis in our country. Together, milspouses embrace the unpredictability of this beautiful thing called military life and redefine what it means to be a successful milspouse professional in today’s world.
How it works.
The Milspo Project runs on memberships. Once you become a member, you gain access to workshops, networking, development, events, book clubs, and meetups. Milspo Chapters are located all over the country and are designed to bring members together. These chapters meet once a month to set goals, learn about business, and strengthen leadership muscles.
What makes it work.
The Milspo Project works because it creates accountability, encouragement, and growth.
Accountability. Several Milspo members shared that participating in chapter meetings kept them accountable. One member said she struggled for awhile with her business because there was no one for her to share goals with. She went on to say that when goals didn’t get met, it was easy to blow them off. She said, “I love having people around who understand, and the accountability is a thing I need personally.”
We know all too well how easy it is to excuse our shortcomings. We convince ourselves that we tried our best, and we move on. Perhaps we even lower our standards so that, next time, we know we can achieve them. The Milspo Project provides the kind of accountability you need as an entrepreneur to meet even your most ambitious goals.
Encouragement. Being a successful entrepreneur is difficult, so you can imagine how difficult it is to be a successful milspouse entrepreneur. Fellow members of the Milspo Project provide the greatest support system and encouragement because they get it. They are also entrepreneurs and understand just how challenging it is to stay positive. Michele says, “They inspire me to be better and keep going when things get tough.”
Growth. The Milspo Project provides members the opportunity to connect with spouses worldwide. Board member and chapter leader Erin says, “There is a direct correlation of business success when people really participate in their chapters.” In fact, one spouse told me that she joined the Milspo Project at the point her business was crashing. She believes the resources and support her group gave her became a catalyst to take her business from burning to thriving.
“I highly recommend not just belonging, but fully participating to anyone who is seeking a welcome, positive space to continually grow, learn, and build their business skills.” -Kaycee
You’re not alone, friends! Every one of us faces the challenge of employment as a military spouse. If you are the entrepreneurial type, join the Milspo Project and find the accountability, encouragement, and growth you need!