There are, according to a 2018 survey, 19.2 million veterans, accounting for about 8 percent of the U.S. population. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001–a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans–declined to 3.8 percent in 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today (3.21.19).”
That compares favorably to the overall unemployment rate in the U.S., which was about 3.8 percent in February 2019.That means that a large number of men and women returning from active service are finding jobs. Of course, these statistics do not show how satisfied these former service people are in their current employment.
If you are, or know, a U.S. military veteran, you may be interested in the fascinating world of franchising. Franchising is a business model where you own your own business but do it with the help of a franchisor. In other words, you get a known brand, a tested product or service, marketing help, assistance with location and buildout, group purchasing power, and ongoing help and support. Basically, you get the plan and follow the plan. With hard work and persistence, franchisees can make a good living – one that puts money in their own pocket instead of in the pockets of big business. High achieving franchisees can end up building an empire – multiple units of one or more franchises.
Franchising welcomes women as well as men, military and non-military, young entrepreneurs and old, and people born in America as well as those who come here to find the American dream. And, if you are wondering if franchising is a good option for you, consider this: it is a billion-dollar industry that continues to grow.Franchises come in a number of industries and are available at a variety of price points.
Both veterans and non-veterans can benefit from the business expertise offered by franchisors. However, veterans often have an edge. For one thing, military training creates workers who have well-honed leadership skills that help with employee management. Additionally, they have integrity, loyalty and flexibility. Understanding the value of a system and the ability to follow a plan are additional benefits.
Another edge of being a veteran is that many franchise business offer incentives to the military. For example, NOVUS Glass Windshield Repair has a VetOps Program. Active members of the U.S. military or veterans who have been honorably discharged can receive these special incentives:
- $1,000 off the Initial Franchise Fee
- Available financing for up to $12,000 of other initial fees
- A partner with over 45 years of experience
- The freedom to spend more time with your family
- A strong support system from a team of experts in the auto glass industry
Veterans will appreciate the NOVUS training program, which is the most comprehensive and hands-on in the industry. A new franchisee will spend a week at the NOVUS offices learning how to run their auto glass business. Next, there is a two-week training at one of the regional centers, where NOVUS, the pioneer of the auto glass replacement industry, teaches franchisees their high quality, fully guaranteed windshield and auto glass repair and replacement processes. Support for the new franchisee continues with an on-site visit from the regional manager who will help kick off the new NOVUS business, make sales calls with the franchisee, and ensure every system is set up and running as it should.
The NOVUS opportunity is open to veterans or to anyone who wants to own a successful business in a high-demand industry. An international leader in auto glass repair, NOVUS is ready to help you reach your business ownership goals. Learn more at https://novusfranchising.com/, or call 800-944-6811 to get started.Back