Military wife who couldn’t find work launches business to help others like her find jobs

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Military wife who couldn’t find work launches business to help others like her find jobs
Military wife who couldn’t find work launches business to help others like her find jobs. Via: Michelle Penczak.
Military wife who couldn’t find work launches business to help others like her find jobs.
Military wife who couldn’t find work launches business to help others like her find jobs. Via: Michelle Penczak.

Finding work as a military spouse can be extra difficult, especially when you’re moving frequently like military wife, Michelle Penczak.

Just a few years ago, Penczak, found herself in a tight spot – she was pregnant, her husband was deployed, and she couldn’t find a job.
“I felt like I was being judged because of my husband’s choice of career,” she told CBS News.

But Penczak didn’t let this stop her, instead, it inspired her to start her own company, Squared Away, which hires people like her to assist other companies online.

“As a military spouse and mom, you are managing calendars, you are balancing everybody’s activities,” she said. “If you can handle that, I guarantee that you can handle working with a few CEOs and their teams.”

And she was right, the hired spouses are making business boom. Last month alone, nearly 200 employees brought in $500,000.

“It felt too good to be true,” said Sara Glover, a military spouse, who said her job at Squared Away has been a godsend.

“Sometimes I was going on 15, 20 interviews, and it wasn’t an issue of my qualifications or my education. It was the fact that I can’t be permanent,” Glover said.

Glover said Penczak is “Wonder Woman. And I mean it wholeheartedly,” she said.

It was a business born out of necessity and turned into a business helping military spouses everywhere. This just goes to show that when you make your mission about helping others, it usually makes for a majical turnout.


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