Even though the job market and overall economy have been slowly recovering recently, finding a job can still be difficult. Even with unemployment down, finding a new or better job can be a long and frustrating process. One alternative to looking for a new job is to start your own business and explore veteran entrepreneurship.
Starting a veteran owned franchise can be a good option for transitioning service members to consider. For a fee, a franchise can provide the stability of an existing system, business tools and a proven brand. While it’s important that any prospective business owner carefully consider the pros and cons of all their choices, for many, a franchise can open doors by offering solutions and strength in numbers.
If a franchise seems like something that might be of interest to you, there are hundreds of opportunities available in a wide variety of industries and with all kinds of terms and requirements. How do you choose?
For a business owner, the hard work of research, consideration and planning are absolute necessities to make the right choice. If you’re a veteran, you might consider looking at franchise opportunities specifically for veterans. Here’s a look at two low-cost franchise opportunities for veterans that can help jump-start your quest to become a veteran entrepreneur!
JDog not only provides franchise opportunities to veterans, it provides franchise benefits ONLY to veterans or their families. With a significant portion of the company’s brand being based around the idea of veterans helping veterans, military pride is a key component of what it means to be a JDog franchisee. JDog’s business is waste removal, specifically junk hauling – a business the company estimates to be a $6 billion industry in the United States. For a franchise fee, JDog promises support and access to a territory covering at least 100,000 people.
Additional benefits include a four-day boot camp for new franchise owners, access to a company web presence and online customer scheduling, and additional marketing and financial support. The company estimates that most new operators can be up and running in eight weeks or less. If the idea of operating your own business while rolling around town in a decked-out cammo Hummer sounds like something you’d be interested in, head over to the JDog page and crunch some numbers. A JDog franchise might be just what you’ve been looking for.
Coverall Cleaning Concepts was founded in 1985 in San Diego, Calif., and has grown to become a major provider in the North American cleaning services market, with over 8,000 franchises and 40,000 customers around the world. Coverall franchisees run the day-to-day operations of their enterprise, and rely on the support and expertise of Coverall to help them operate and grow their business. Coverall promises access to a strong existing brand, billing and collection services, and assistance in finding new customers.
In addition to a veteran’s discount, Coverall franchise opportunities for veterans include a relatively low financial hurdle for new franchisees and financing programs to help manage the up-front costs of starting a new business. For veterans with an interest in making a career in the cleaning business and who like the idea of starting new without starting from scratch, a Coverall franchise could be just the ticket.
Want more options? Check out the 2016 Franchises For Veterans List for 15 great VOB opportunities!