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Entrepreneurs & HERCS

Get ready to start a business and join nearly 10% of military spouses and family members who are already self-employed. Access the resources you need to create a job that travels with you when you move.

Many military family members have successfully transported their respective businesses with them as they move from posting to posting. It may not be easy, but it can be done! Military Family Services is working with MFRCs and other community partners to establish training opportunities and resources for military family entrepreneurs.

HERCS (Helping Entrepreneurs Reach Complete Success)

Can’t find that perfect job? Why not create it!

HERCS program is a daylong workshop designed to help CAF family members start or improve their small business. What started as a local partnership with Loyalist College almost a decade ago has now grown to national level. The HERCS program focuses on Helping Entrepreneurs Reach Complete Success (HERCS).

The program is funded through Military Family Services (MFS) and is free to attend. All participants to the program receive a detailed manual, links to resources and ongoing support. The program is available online through WebEx so anyone can join in. All you need is a headset with microphone and a business idea to work with.  The HERCS program is reviewed and updated regularly.  It’s offered in both English and French and covers a variety of topics including:

  • small business ownership
  • marketing
  • social mediPo
  • financing options
  • business canvas
  • resources

Registration is open to all military and veteran spouses with priority given to military spouses. Register today!

HERCS (French)
Saturday February 4th, 2023 - 10:00-16:30
Registration deadline: January 23rd 2023 

HERCS (English)
Saturday March 4th, 2023 - 10:00-16:30
Registration deadline: February 23rd 2023  

Late registrations may be accepted. Contact [email protected].

Establish a successful freelance business

For some military spouses and family members, the career solution to frequent geographic relocation is freelance or contract work. Generally, you charge for services by the hour, day or project job rather than working on a regular salary basis with one employer.

Start working as an independent consultant with these online resources:

Exploring work-from-home jobs

Finding legitimate work from home employment can be daunting. If the job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

Finding Legitimate Work From Home Employee Jobs

Legitimate Opportunities to Work-from-Home: The Employment and Education Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), put together an excellent resource to help work-from-home job seekers in Canada explore valid employment opportunities.

FlexJobs & FlexJobs Blog:  Best 100 Canada Companies for Flexible Jobs, full of great information for workers looking for flexible employment opportunities.

Need inspiration?

Discover resources and events for entrepreneurs at your Military Family Resource Centre.