Express Employment Professionals was proudly named the No. 2 franchise brand for veterans by Entrepreneur magazine.
Transitioning from military to civilian life can be rough, especially trying to break back into the workforce. Veterans are used to a very structured living environment, which can leave them feeling lost when choosing a career.
Potential employers may also be discouraged by a military applicant’s gap in experience and skills while they were away, serving their country.
These hardships may be one of the reasons why veterans often choose to start their own businesses, according to Entrepreneur magazine.
A Successful Alternative
Entrepreneur magazine said that a higher percentage of veterans than non-veterans are actually self-employed. Those veteran-owned businesses generate $1.2 million in sales and employ 5.8 million workers.
Looking to start a new business from the ground up can be daunting. That’s why franchises like Express, which have an established framework, are perfect for veterans. It allows them to have structure in their business while indulging in their entrepreneurial spirit.
David Lewis, Vice President of Franchising at Express, told the magazine that veterans bring something unique to franchising.
“In the military, you learn that predictable success comes from following proven systems, but you also learn how to adapt to current conditions,” he said. “That is almost the definition of franchising.”
Lewis, however, encourages interested veterans to do their homework. They should research the industry and talk to other franchisees in the system.
Express offers 50 percent off its franchise fee for U.S. and Canadian veterans.
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