Business Ideas for Veterans
Almost 90 percent of veterans and active duty service members expect to start a second career after they leave the military. And, after researching what types of business ideas for Veterans are out there, almost two-thirds of those service members envision owning a business as their career path, according to a survey conducted by The UPS Store.
It makes sense that veterans would naturally have the entrepreneurial spirit and drive to succeed required to own a business. During their time in the military, service members hone many of the skills needed to be successful entrepreneur. The UPS Store understands this and is proud to have so many veteran-owned businesses in our franchise system.
“The skills veterans develop through their military experience, such as leadership, work ethic and discipline, are integral to pursuing a second career,” said Tim Davis, president of The UPS Store, Inc. and former U.S. Marine Corps captain and Gulf War Veteran. “The UPS Store franchise allows veterans to apply these skills to manage and run their own business. We are proud to support veterans and help fulfill their aspirations to be successful business owners.”
Leadership – check. Work ethic – check. Discipline – check. The skills that Davis lists are exactly the skills that help veteran-owned The UPS Store's franchises succeed.
“At The UPS Store, we are always seeking strong individuals who are ready to take on the rewarding career of franchising,” said Davis. “I have seen firsthand how the drive and discipline gained in the military can be a great advantage for veterans looking to own their own business and open a franchise.”
If you’re a veteran or active service member, we thank you. Your military service helped keep the American dream alive. Now, it’s time to start living your dream of owning your own business. If you’re looking for great business ideas for veterans for your post-military career, check out The UPS Store. We have more than 200 veteran franchisees who own more than 300 The UPS Store locations.
Why Veterans Make Great Franchisees
Veterans are uniquely suited for solving the most pressing challenges life can throw at you – but that’s just part of the reason why they make incredible entrepreneurs and amazing The UPS Store franchise owners. The UPS Store franchise system is a perfect business idea for veterans thanks to the unique abilities that our ideal franchisees have in common with veterans like:
- Working as a team: Veterans know that the success of an organization relies on every member working together to build a team and a business that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
- Executing a plan: The UPS Store provides our franchise owners with a proven business plan and ongoing support, but it’s on them to execute. Which is exactly what our veterans learn to do while in the military.
- Thriving under pressure: Veterans know things don’t always go according to plan. The military provides service members the training and discipline needed to remain calm and thrive under the most pressure-filled situations.
- Working hard to accomplish a goal: Business owners dream of a self-made life, but not all have the commitment and work ethic needed to accomplish their goals like veterans do.
Why The UPS Store is a Great Business Idea for Veterans
We Offer Discounted Franchise Fees for Veterans
As our way of saying thank you for your service to our country, qualifying veterans receive $10,000 off the franchise fee for opening a new The UPS Store location, which includes 50 percent off the initial application fee.
Our Dedication to Veterans
As a dedicated participant in the VetFran program, The UPS Store ranked No. 1 among veterans in 2008, awarding more veteran franchise opportunities than any other participating company.
In 2018, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked The UPS Store in the top 10 franchises for offering incentives and other programs to help veterans become franchisees.
We Provide the Support of an Established Brand, You Enjoy the Benefits of Owning a Business
Here’s what one of our veteran franchisees said about his experience opening his The UPS Store location:
“The advantages of owning a franchise versus being an independent business is the business model they provide. We have support at the local level and regional level with continued education, training and marketing help. It’s a much greater opportunity to succeed with that support in the background. I get up every day and enjoy going to work, helping people, talking with my customers and solving their problems.” Bob Tate, franchisee and veteran