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Franchising for our Military Heroes

Franchising for our Military Heroes

Jen Jones

“I’ve dedicated years of my life to serving my country, now what?” This is a question asked by many Veterans of the United States Armed Forces on a daily basis, and the answer is different for everyone. For some, the military is an avenue for funding a college education; others use skills and training gained in service to enter the civilian workforce. But for many Vets coming out of service, becoming a business owner is the ultimate dream. And with more than 3 million Veteran-owned businesses in the United States, many are making that dream a reality!

Veteran-owned businesses are responsible for more than 5.5 million jobs and over $195 billion in annual payroll in the United States, numbers that only continue to rise. Uniquely qualified as business owners, Veterans are often more disciplined and have better leadership skills than their civilian counterparts, making them at least 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than those with no active-duty military experience. Despite this, many struggle in finding the right path to business ownership, believing that a revolutionary idea or new concept is required to be a successful business owner. When often, all that’s really needed are skills that Veterans already possess, along with the drive and desire to succeed.

Enter, Franchise Ownership
If buying an existing business doesn't sound right for you but starting from scratch sounds a bit intimidating, you could be suited for franchise ownership. In addition to a well-known brand name, buying a franchise offers many other advantages that aren't available to the entrepreneur building a business from the ground up. Perhaps the most significant is that you get a proven system of operation and training in how to use it. New franchisees can avoid a lot of the mistakes startup entrepreneurs typically make because the franchisor has already perfected daily operations through trial and error. Sound appealing?

The 9Round 30-minute kickboxing fitness franchise model is particularly well-suited to former military members for a number of reasons. Many Veterans are fitness-minded people who have spent an extensive number of hours training their bodies and minds for physically demanding activities. Not only do they understand the physics of exercise, they are often excellent motivators in helping others reach their goals (an excellent combination considering a majority of 9Round franchisees are Owner/Operators and work as trainers in their own gyms.) Former service members also tend to be task and goal oriented and understand what is required of them to succeed and are willing to go the extra mile to make it happen. As an added bonus, communities are eager to support those who have sacrificed so much to serve and protect our freedom and are happy to become patrons of Veteran-owned businesses, giving Veterans a loyal base of customers from which to grow their business.

9Round’s relatively low cost of entry and Veteran-friendly financing options, in addition to a Veteran discount of 15 percent off the initial franchising fee, make it possible to open the doors to your own business for an average total investment of under $100,000. Along with the instant brand recognition, franchisees also receive start-up and ongoing franchise coaching and expert marketing support as part of 9Round’s turnkey system. Not sure if franchise ownership is right for you? Check out what 9Round owner and Veteran, Joshuah Ackiss, had to say about franchising with 9Round and how his military experience has served him as a franchise owner.

9Round Veteran Owner Interview:  Joshuah Ackiss - Stafford, VA

9R:       In what branch of the military did you serve, and for how long? What was your specialty? 

JA:       I served seven years in the United States Marine Corps. I was a helicopter crew chief for the Presidential helicopter squadron HMX-1. Where I served as a Marine One Crew Chief.

 

9R:       Did you enter the workforce after leaving active duty?

JA:       After I first separated from the USMC I became a contractor with CBP (customs and border protection). I was with them for 2 years keeping mission critical aircraft running.

 

9R:       What drove you to become a business owner?

JA:       I have always had an entrepreneurial mindset and when my wife and I learned about 9Round, we knew we had found what our next chapter was going to be.  

 

9R:       Why did you ultimately choose 9Round and how has your military experience helped you succeed as a 9Round owner?

JA:       We chose 9Round because we both have a passion for helping others and 9Round was a perfect way to do that. My military experience has served us very well. The discipline and drive that is instilled in you in the service has made it easy to transition into the 9Round system and to help motivate others to reach their goals of leading a healthier lifestyle.

 

9R:       Did you use any special programs for Veterans to finance your 9Round?  

JA:       We partially used SBA (Small Business Administration) to finance our 9Round.

 

9R:       Would you recommend it to other Veterans? 

JA:       Yes. The process was fairly straightforward and gave us the help we needed to get our business up and running.

 

For more information about becoming a 9Round Franchise Owner, click here.

For more information about special business financing programs for Veterans, check out 9Round partner, Vet Fran, or get more information about the U.S. SBA Veterans Advantage Loan Program here.

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