This post is sponsored by EventPrep. All opinions and work are my own.
The second month of my marriage I spent (mostly) frustrated with what my life and career had become. I was a teacher who left my school and career after five years to marry the love of my life. The only problem? My license didn’t transfer to the new state that would become my home for 3 1/2 years. What’s more, the costs of transferring my license were too much for our young marriage and desperately low bank account. With astronomic student loans, purchasing a car when both of our old clunkers died within days of each other, and my loss of income, we just couldn’t swing the thousands of dollars it would take to qualify for a job that I had done–and excelled at–for the last five years.
We married in July. My former colleagues and many friends went back to their jobs in August.
And I didn’t.
Instead, I was in our apartment, in a new city, with few friends, and–because John needed the car to get to work and we only had one anymore–no transportation.
It was depressing to say the least.
But I’ll be really honest: it was a point of growth for me and my career.
I started writing because I had to try something. I worked on my blog. I nervously sent out pitches to outlets. One freelancing gig led to another, which led to another, and another and another and another. And then one of those jobs led to a career and a full-time position, which then led to another one.
I still love teaching and I still miss being in the classroom every day, but I’ve also had experiences, first as a freelancer, then as an editor, and now as a digital communications manager, that I would have never otherwise had.
You can make lemonade out of military lemons, too.
If you’ve ever wondered what you’re doing with your life…
If you’ve ever been frustrated with the (lack of) career opportunities that the military life presents you…
If you’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit but never were able to scrape together the money to invest in yourself…
You need to sit up and take notice. Because this is too cool to pass up.
Are you ready to become an entrepreneur?
EventPrep is an event planning company founded by veterans. They see veterans as “great learners, people with the training and discipline to be successful as a business owner, but also people who understand the value of working together as a team.” EventPrep goes out of their way to make sure the organization is welcoming to veterans, including a 20% discount on franchises to veterans who want to start their own business.
Now they’re reaching out to military spouses, too, with a very exciting and very generous giveaway.
Here are the deets
EventPrep is giving away franchises to five military spouses of active duty service members (including the Coast Guard) for a total of $200,000. Each franchise is worth $40,000 and is a work-from home opportunity that you can build around your life and take with you. EventPrep is presenting this opportunity to military spouses because they know first-hand how hard it is to build and maintain a career in the military life.
Let me repeat that: this is a giveaway for an entire business franchise. And it’s only for military spouses. And they’re giving away five.
That’s pretty cool.
Those five winners will also receive:
- Tuition to the six-day Franchise Training Boot Camp at EventPrep’s national training facility
- Reimbursed travel costs (up to $500)
- Complimentary accommodations
- Tools, skills, and knowledge needed to become an event planing entrepreneur
To get started, you just need to complete the entry form by July 15. From there, you’ll submit a candidate profile form by July 25. By July 31, the top 25 military spouse candidates will be chosen; those chosen will submit a video about themselves and why they’re throwing their hat in the ring in August. The videos of those selected to be the final ten in the running for the franchises will be posted at the end of August, with voting from the general public starting on August 20 and ending September 14.
But first, you need to complete the entry form– because you can’t win if you don’t try. Enter the EventPrep giveaway here.