Building a Post-Military Career: 3 Entrepreneurial Paths for Veterans

Veterans are the guardians of our nation’s safety and security, dedicating their lives to protect and serve. However, when they retire, transitioning to civilian life often becomes challenging for them. 

It is because many retired veterans have service-related disabilities. This poses challenges in finding conventional employment.

But, as the saying goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” These dedicated service members can establish an entrepreneurial future using their unique skills and experiences. 

Let’s learn how!


Franchise Ownership

For veterans seeking a business opportunity with a structured framework, franchise ownership can be ideal. 

It’s a popular business model where individuals can own and operate a branch of an already established company. That means veterans don’t have to start from scratch but can benefit from an existing successful system. McDonald, Snap-on Tools, and Marriott International are some of the popular franchises. 

But why is this an ideal entrepreneurial option for veterans? Well, it is because, as part of the military, they are familiar with following standard operating procedures and adhering to a chain of command. This process aligns well with the franchise structure.

Moreover, many franchises offer incentives, such as reduced fees or financing assistance, to help veterans get started.


Technology Services

If veterans have a tech-savvy background, starting a technology-focused business can be an exciting and rewarding career option. One of the popular and convenient options here is to create software or applications. 

For this purpose, veterans establish partnerships with software outsourcing companies to turn their app idea into reality. It will help them get access to a pool of skilled developers and tech experts, reducing the costs and time required to hire and train their own team. 

From idea conceptualization to design, coding, testing, and maintenance, veterans can rely on the experience and proficiency of the outsourcing partner to deliver top-notch software solutions.

Additionally, outsourcing companies often have experience working on diverse projects, allowing veterans to offer a wide range of technological services to their clients. Ultimately, they can channel their leadership and management skills to effectively lead their team and deliver excellent client results.


Leadership Training and Coaching

Finally, after years of honing their leadership skills in the military, veterans can begin their careers in leadership training and coaching roles. As a matter of fact, many organizations, both in the public and private sectors, seek leadership development programs to enhance the capabilities of their employees.

Veterans can use their experiences to provide practical and results-driven leadership training. Whether it’s through workshops, seminars, or one-on-one coaching sessions, they can share real-life incidents to inspire others and assist them with decision-making, teamwork, and problem-solving. 

It will help drive a positive change in numerous industries- fostering a culture of growth and success in the professional world and empowering others to become effective leaders. 


To Sum It All Up

Veterans possess unique skills and experiences that make them well-suited for entrepreneurship. Of course, the decision of which career path to go on is pretty challenging to decide. But, by considering their potential and that of the industry, veterans can continue to make significant contributions to society. 

Author: Patrick Cosby, NAAV Volunteer Writer and Internet Marketing Expert; email:

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