Create a marketplace to allow remote work and freelance opportunities for military spouses around the world.
Spend 100% of donations on promoting military spouses and connecting them with employers seeking talent.
It all started with a Facebook post. This one to be exact. Jessica was lamenting on the fact that as a spouse of a military member her career has been negatively affected over years of PCS moves. Every few years military spouses are forced to start over in the job hunt, required to move somewhere where there may not be any prospects for their field, required to leave a job where the created a reputation and any thought of moving up with that company. The suck doesn’t end there. During every interview in the new location they have to explain why they left their previous job in a way that makes it sound awesome. And even though the average person only works in a job only about 4 years who is going to hire someone that they KNOW is going to leave? The response Jessica got from that one post was remarkable, friends replied back that they felt the same way, acquaintances reposted, even her pastor’s wife asked about the challenges military spouses go through. Ultimately the conversation got going between Jessica, Amber, and Kevin as to what can we do about this. That is where hirethehomefront.org was created. Military spouses are never going to not face the challenges of moving. The structure of the U.S. military doesn’t allow for it. So how could we create something that helps these men and women who have sacrificed their professional careers to be married to members of the military?
The freelance economy has been exploding over the past decade. By 2020 around 50% of American workers are expected to work freelance in some way shape or form. However, if you have ever used one any of the freelance sites out there you know that cultural barriers often make it difficult for the person posting the job to get their intended result. One of Hire the Homefront's main value propositions is that all our freelancers are military spouses. They are as Americana as you can get, they shop at Target, eat at Chick-Fil-A, and watch football (real football) so job posters don't have to worry if their instructions will be understood. They also have a higher education level than their civilian counterparts on average. On the flipside our freelancers also can command a premium for their services. Employers are basically getting a highly overqualified freelancer when posting a job on hirethehomefront.org. These are men and women with decades of experience and training.
The main problem with most of the freelance marketplaces such as Fiverr or UpWork is that they represent a race to the bottom. Millions of freelancers from around the world are competing for low quality gigs and, as we already mentioned, many of them might be qualified but are just not cut out for freelancing. Because of the huge volume of individuals signing up to create profiles on these sites what initially appears to be a positive thing turns out to be a huge negative. Having millions of freelancers to browse through makes it seem as if you will be able to get just the right person. What usually ends up happening though is that the client has to sort through hundreds of poorly crafted proposals made by people who just don’t understand what is being asked of them. One of the things that Hire the Homefront does is to work with the military spouses and family members that make up our freelance talent pool to become better freelancers. We provide tips on crafting their profiles to highlight their skills. We guide them on the bidding process to make sure that both they and the client understand what the project is actually asking for and what deliverables will come from it. We also monitor many of the projects along the way to make sure milestones are being met and everyone is getting the desired result. The end result is the clients get more than what they paid for and the military spouses are able to keep working in their chosen field no matter where they are stationed.