Friday, November 15, 2019

The Brigade that Builds Brands: Home Baker, Food Blogger & Army Wife Payal Kharbanda on turning a hobby into a biz

Hello friends! Today, I’ve invited Army wife, home baker and food blogger, Payal Kharbanda to The Brigade that Builds Brands series. She spills the beans on how she used her passion for cooking to bake up a delicious food blog & baking business. A fashionista by qualification, Payal is that lady who always finds a way to use her skills, interests or training to create meaningful work opportunities from wherever she is posted. I hope her story inspires You to create a work-from-home small biz that you’ll enjoy working at J.

*For updates on the #workfromhome series & #milpreneur inspiration, do follow us at @chandanamilspo on Instagram + check out the "Be your own Boss from Anywhere" series on Youtube here.

Milpreneur series
Featuring Milpreneurs
CB. Please tell us something about yourself – what do you do, where are you based and how long have you been a fauji/military wife.

P.  I am Payal Kharbanda, married for almost 13 years to the olive greens. I have two beautiful daughters and belong to Delhi (presently also based in Delhi). I am a fashion student from NIFT. I come from a business family. I, now am a food blogger (#365dishesonmyplate) and a home baker.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

6 Reasons why military/fauji wives stop working

The military spouses/ fauji wives I meet are a talented and well-qualified lot. While a small percentage of them change over to a teaching profession to suit the nomadic life of military families, many ladies put their professional lives on the back burner because of lack of appropriate job opportunities.

Create your own work-from-home careers
Be Your Own Boss From Anywhere - Blog & Youtube series
Here are some of the most common reasons fauji wives press the pause button when it comes to working.
1.     “I can’t find a job to fit my qualifications.” This is the most common lament. When you live at back-of-beyond military bases with interesting job opportunities just as rare as the sparrow, it can be a demoralizing factor for many. 
2.   “Social and volunteer commitments take up all my time.” I agree, that within the defence services of our country there's often a lot to do when it comes to parties, welfare activities, and other social events. If you let it, all of this can take the place of professional work. But even though you can easily have a full calendar of events, with some gumption and prioritizing, you can juggle both – work and the social scene at your base. 
3.   “I don’t think I have what it takes to be a work-at-home entrepreneur.” Time and time again, I’ve seen military wives/ fauji wives give up on entrepreneurship even before they’ve taken the time to understand what it involves. When it comes to a job vs. your own venture, most prefer the former, even when there aren’t any good jobs on the horizon. Being your own boss seems like this huge mountain that is difficult to scale.

Monday, November 11, 2019

GIVEAWAY from Jugnoo Story Art, my quirky art brand

#giveaway  Helloo friends! Are you in the mood to win a set of these fun 'n' fresh art print #coasters for your table/ #coffeecups ☕/ # teacups from Jugnoo Story Art (@jugnoostoryart), my niche brand of quirky art and art prints?

quirky art coasters
Quirky coasters from Jugnoo Story Art
We are giving away 2 sets: 1 owl set & 1 set with #jugnoo characters (each set has 5 quirky coasters @399). These vibrant coasters are made of MDF with art prints of my original art and unique characters.

To ENTER this Giveaway, you have do All of these 3 steps:

1. Follow us on Instagram at @jugnoostoryart.

2. Like us on Facebook at @jugnoostoryart (

3. Answer this question/leave a comment on both the above pages:

"What kind of products would you like to see at Jugnoo Story Art in the near future?" 

Note: Do all 3 steps to enter this #giveaway. This giveaway is valid only for people living in India.

:) We will announce 2 winners (each wins a set of our choice) on November 17 / Next Sunday via Lucky Draw, based on names of those o u who participate.

So, are you gonna be part of this Giveaway Party??? 

#artprint #faujiwifeentrepreneur

#milpreneur #art 

#owlart #owl #girl #lama #boy #table #tabledecor #free #jugnoostoryart 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Brigade that Builds Brands: Writer, Novelist & Army wife Puja Mukherjee Khattri on creating a career that sustains you through different phases of life

Hello friends! Meet Puja Mukherjee Khattri, a freelance content writer and self-published novelist, and Army wife, who forged on in life and work with courage and gumption after she lost her Army officer husband on active duty, a few years ago. Puja and I have known each other online for the past many years. I really wanted her to share her story at The Brigade that Builds Brands to inspire ladies, whose husbands are still in service or those who have lost their better halves in the line of duty, to build sustainable careers from wherever they are in life or in the country.

puja mukherjee khattri - writer, novelist, army wife

CB. Please tell us something about yourself – what do you do, where are you based and how long have you been a fauji/military wife.

PMK. Hi Chandana, I am an army daughter and wife. I am a writer and have been writing for the last twenty odd years. The kids and I live in Delhi with my parents. We moved to Delhi after my husband, Lt Col Abhishek Khattri, died on active duty.

CB. Fauji wives make their home in an assortment of obscure places across the country. Our lives are about living in the moment and doing what we can, when we can. Can you share how you stayed creative or found work that satisfied you while moving across the country?

PMK. I truly believe that I am blessed in my choice of profession, because I can work from almost anywhere, as long as I have a computer and an internet connection. I have sent in my articles from the most interesting of locations. I remember standing at the doorway to our temporary accommodation in Sikkim, while it was snowing outside and the bukhari was on inside, waiting for the internet speed to pick up enough to send my email. And that time I used to log onto the internet through my cellphone. When we were moving out or moving into a new accommodation I have worked in middle of stacks of boxes!
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