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3 Reasons to Consider the Non-traditional Career Path of Becoming Your Own Commanding Officer through Entrepreneurship

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Naturally you may migrate to an industry or sector based on your technical skills honed through your military service. Post-military careers encompass an amazing number of options for you to leverage a broad range of your “soft” and technical skills derived from your vast experiences. You may have had to reinvent yourself for that next assignment and although it may have taken some time, you always went from being the new kid to becoming the go-to person and flourished in your new role, often with little or no training.

Before jumping back into your comfort zone by taking a job you don’t love, have you considered a nontraditional career field? This could be an exciting chance to follow your passion and excel yet again while building wealth and equity for your future instead of someone else’s while you enjoy what you are doing. Here are 3 great reasons to consider a nontraditional career option:

  1. Your military experience makes you an ideal candidate for business ownership. Success can be achieved by following a successful system and staying focused on achieving results. Franchise companies know that veterans are able to follow proven procedures and that you are disciplined, mission focused, adaptable, resilient, self-confident and resourceful. These traits can now be channeled to help you succeed in any profession! Decision-making and communication skills you honed over the years will come in handy as you encounter a new set of challenges. You’ll learn that you have the requisite skills to find viable solutions to any problem.

  2. Franchising can cost less than what a new car costs today and there is special funding and financial incentives for Veterans. You get access to a proven business model and receive training and ongoing support with a franchise. Many franchisors offer financial incentives from 5%-20% discounts on franchise fees. You can leverage the government’s money to fund the business with Vet Fran Military funding available through SBA for up to $150k and even pay yourself a salary during ramp up and have funds for working capital.

  3. There are a large number of industries and options for business models available through franchising offering unique opportunities for your career advancement. Franchising is more than fast food and auto repair. There are over 4,000 franchises in more than 85 industries; both business-to-business and business-to-consumer opportunities. Many are operated from a home office, avoiding the expense of a storefront. Some can be operated on a part time or semi-absentee basis, allowing you to maintain a traditional job while building your business if you choose. A wide variety of options are available for operations, management or sales-driven individuals in a wide variety of backgrounds.

Taking the path less travelled may create a favorable set of circumstances to separate yourself from the crowd. Free professional help is available to assist you in finding the right business opportunity to become self-sufficient. I personally have over three decades of experience helping my clients learn what’s out there. Our coaching includes developing a thorough understanding about you and what you are trying to achieve using tools, assessments and on-line courses through our strategic approach to help you learn and make an informed choice about your future.

Contact me or connect today to learn more. There is no cost to you for our coaching, assessments, tools and support.

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