Going through the Iraq war in 2003 and again in 2005, I have seen a lot of things that most people can’t even imagine.
The worst thing I have to deal with is fellow veterans that have been injured during those deployments looking to find a suitable job.
Whether it be a physical or mental disability, finding the right work can be a daunting task and with pride being a must, it usually doesn’t work in our favor.
For almost every veteran out there, we tend to have a one track mind and all we know is the structured life that comes with the military.
For anyone getting out of the military, finding employment is not the easiest thing and adapting to civilian life is even harder.
It’s not easy for the Veteran, it’s not easy for the employer, and it’s not easy for other employees.
It isn’t something we choose to do, but it’s something we as veterans have to deal with.
I remember my first job after I got out of the Army before becoming a full-time online marketer.
Without knowing that I was actually different after getting out of the Army, I had to do a lot of learning and a lot more adjusting.
Eventually leaving that j-o-b behind, I actually turned to the internet for work, without much success.
Through research, trial, and most especially failure, I have found the best jobs offered within the online space and I would like to share them with you.
For those of you who are still trying to cope with post deployment stress and still looking for work, I’m sure you will find at least one that will suit your needs.
Most people have no clue as to what type of income can be made though a simple blog but when they see what it’s really about, they probably wish they had did this instead of raising their right hand.
Through my job hunting experience, I ran into another online marketer who told me he was making about $1400 a month with his income increasing by the day.
I had no clue as to what he did but I just wanted in.
Come to find out, he was a blogger.
Since then, that is what I did and that is what I continue to do to make my living.
This is not just a job for shy people but one that veterans can not only use as an outlet but as a way to make a solid income on the internet.
It’s not as complicated as it seems and if you see the type of money that can be made, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind doing product reviews on some military gear to make some cash.
I use a site called the Wealthy Affiliate for all my blogging needs as they not only have a platform that has all the tools you need for your blog but also some amazing training as well as a community of online entrepreneurs who make their living from the internet.
2.) VA (virtual assistant)
I know you thought I was going to tell you that the VA was hiring but this is a different kind of VA.
Within the online space, there are many people and businesses that need simple tasks done and they are willing to pay top dollar just to get the best work.
As a virtual assistant, you are the boss.
Although you will be working for someone else, you still decide when, how and what work you will be getting into.
Just like any other business, you still need to manage your taxes and there will be no insurance provided, so I hope you took advantage of the benefits the Veterans Affairs has available.
The job of a VA consists of planning,
Requirements include a computer and most likely some type of payment processor like Paypal in order to get paid.
You are not limited to working with just one employer, so if you can handle the workload, this can be a job that can do more than pay the bills.
Similar to what you do as a blogger but rather than making money selling other people’s products you will be writing articles and getting a set pay for them.
The pay ranges anywhere between $5 – $100 + per article and yes, there are companies that pay that much money just for one article.
Of course it would be a little longer than a typical thousand word article, but with just a couple of hours of work, you can be $100 richer.
You can use sites like Fiverr.com to get a feel of the industry as I know they are the best of the best for anyone looking to make some money writing.
Freelancing is probably the hottest job on the internet right now and I predict a huge rise in work from home numbers thanks to this job alone.
Freelance jobs consist of writing, marketing, design, data entry and a lot more.
The pay varies but just like writing, you can make $100+ just for a simple task.
I personally use Upwork but there is also Freelancer and Peopleperhour that are just as good or maybe even better.
No insurance and you will also need to take care of your taxes.
5.) Social Media Manager/Marketer
Forget about trying to put last night’s dinner on your wall and start making money using social media.
If you know a thing or two about how to market on social media, you can make some good money.
Big companies are looking for experienced social media marketers to build their brand and that’s when you come in.
I used to hire people to throw out ads for my business and it definitely helped me focus on other things.
If you don’t know, there is a lot of help out there for veterans that can assist you in the meantime until you find a suitable job.
There are programs that can help with your rent and there are programs that can give you furniture for your new place.
There’s other programs that aren’t job related and you can go here to see what other types of help is out there for veterans.