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Home-Based Travel Franchise Awarded In Celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Dream Vacations Military Spouse Contest Winner Stacy Evans with her husband U.S. Major Rob Evans.

We believe owning a travel franchise is one way military spouses can earn extra income, while having the flexibility of working from home.

According to the 2016 Department of Defense Survey of Active Duty Spouses, there is approximately a 23 percent unemployment rate among active duty spouses, and on average they spend five months looking for a new job.* Recognizing that military spouses who are in the job market crave flexibility to create their own hours and need a virtual office as a result of frequent military Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves, home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations A CruiseOne Company partnered with Military Spouse magazine to host a contest for military spouses who want to enter the travel industry. This Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Fredericksburg, Va. resident and Army wife Stacy Evans has been awarded a free Dream Vacations franchise.

“Being a military spouse is one of the hardest jobs there is. As a result of having spouses who serve in the military and spend extended periods of time away from home as well as require frequent career moves, military spouses are extremely resilient, well-traveled and have to be organized,” said Tim Courtney, CFE, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs. “These traits are the glue which keeps families together and also makes a successful franchise owner. We believe owning a travel franchise is one way military spouses can earn extra income, while having the flexibility of working from home.”    

Evans has an entrepreneurial background and in 2002 launched an internet company providing updated BIOS (Basic Input Output System) chips for desktop computers and sold it in 2009. That job afforded her the time to be a stay-at-home mom and in 2014 she decided she wanted to go back to work. In 2015 she graduated from the 61st Basic Police Academy and started working with the Animal Protection Unit shortly after. Due to the long hours and commute resulting in many hours away from home, she decided to find a home-based business opportunity that gives her the flexibility to be there for her kids.

“When my friend shared the link to the Dream Vacations Franchise contest on Facebook, I thought, that would be a perfect fit for me,” said Evans. “I truly believe everyone should have a hobby or activity just for them that brings them happiness. I’d want a business that would be portable if we were to move again. A business doing something that I enjoy.”

Candidates participated in a phone interview and wrote a brief essay describing why owning a home-based travel franchise would be…

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