Our Military Mom Spotlight this week is a girl a met a while ago and was completely impressed with her spirit and drive. At the time, Bre Leilani was working as a social media and website employee for a company that supports the military. Recently she took a leap of faith from punching the clock and building someone else’s dream to develop a business from home that has quickly become an additional supportive income for her family.
As a military spouse, Bre appreciates the travel and loves the different cultures her family gets to experience. Fellow spouses are a great resource and help and reach out at times when needed. This is something all of us who are part of the military realize, especially when our spouses deploy or with each military move coming and going. She is thankful as a military spouse that she found the right care providers who fit their children’s needs in this rewarding and progressive lifestyle.
She knew her dreams could help others
When Bre decided to take that leap of faith, she had a vision of being her own boss and building her own dream business. It wasn’t easy in the beginning, and she made some errors. She realized many people don’t understand what she does or even speaking to other business people, why they need her services. She loves that she can be unique and she doesn’t have to follow others or have someone looking over her shoulder day-in and day-out. I like her suggestion never to follow others just because you think that’s the only way and DO NOT compare yourself to others.
It was difficult for her to go to work daily and then come home to work on her own goals and dreams. Even though she was raised to do what society tells you to do and finish school and find a job working 9-5, she was not that girl. During the time, she was at her previous job she knew she was building their business and neglecting her dreams and business goals. As an artist who has an incredible spirit, sitting at a desk job was so far from her comfort zone. She knew that in today’s business world, social media was an area she excelled and she could take these skills to create a business and make an income.
Her income moves with her
It took Bre about three months to begin seeing an income around the $1,000/month range. Her first month she took to learn strategies and get the proper licensing to run a social media business from home. She also reached out to past employers who were eager to hire her to take on their marketing and social media management. She is thankful for their belief in her and the additional support she gets from other military spouses in the local area. When you learn to help others, it comes back full circle. I know Bre personally, and she is someone who brings out the best in others. I love her fun-loving spirit and her desire to help others succeed in their own business and passions.
The struggles as a military spouse are many, but to take on a business venture of your own is daunting as well. Bre mentioned, like many of us who are entrepreneurs, it’s a challenge to wake up daily and get to work. She said it perfectly, “income is up to me and when it’s part of our families support I need to find new clients.” She is consistently networking and keeping content fresh to make sure she establishes the additional business. Prioritizing time for business, yet family and personal needs to balance her day has been a juggle. As a Libra, she appreciates balance!
Bre shared with me that the Internet can be a tool to build a business. Some areas such as social media, Craigslist and more can be an asset, but it will take time and effort. She knew she may have to search very hard to find just one really good client who understands the benefits of her services to help initially grow her business. Referrals are an important part of her successful growth, and she establishes an excellent rapport to nurture those endorsements.
“Acting and Singing is what helps me cope”
For fun, Bre is a vocalist and actress!!! She loves singing and acting as it helps her cope and relate to others like her. Acting gives her a chance to stop into a different work and meet other creative talents who also believe in their craft. The acting and singing world are entirely different but in an excellent way. I’ve heard Bre sing, and her voice is exquisite!
As mentioned before, one of the many reasons I began this area on my blog was to highlight women who are working from home and making an income that can help the family finances. Many times, $500-$1,000 extra a week could be the difference of taking a vacation or not, putting kids in private school or not or keeping the family out of bankruptcy or not. What I didn’t know would happen is that I have gotten to know some powerful women who have inspired me during the interview process and Bre is no exception.
If you’d like to get ahold of Bre for any social media or website building needs, you can contact her at Bre’s Creative, LLC; [email protected]
If you know another successful work-from-home military spouse who I can highlight in this area on my blog, please send them my way.