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“My coach and the team relieved the anxiety and apprehension in my entrepreneurial journey to franchise ownership. They have a ten step process that is guided, easy, and transparent. Zero “I got ya!” moments. I will state that this program is top shelf, the gold standard, and the only one I will recommend!”

– Jason Fish, Schooley Mitchell Franchisee, Army veteran

“My coach and the team relieved the anxiety and apprehension in my entrepreneurial journey to franchise ownership. They have a ten step process that is guided, easy, and transparent. Zero “I got ya!” moments. I will state that this program is top shelf, the gold standard, and the only one I will recommend!”

Jason Fish
Schooley Mitchell Franchisee
Army veteran

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Here’s why it’s life changing

No More Crazy Research Missions

Watch the Franchise Bootcamp to get all the essential franchise 101 information and understand the process, helping you decide if franchising is right for you.

Relieve Your Anxiety and Apprehension

Vetrepreneur Franchise Coaching provides you with a personal franchise coach helping you every step of the way from your initial discovery call to being awarded your franchise opportunity.

No More Endless Searching For the Right Franchise

No More Endless Searching For the Right Franchise

During your Discovery Call, your franchise coach will learn your skills, interests, desired lifestyle, financial resources and location preferences and match those up with franchises that would be a great fit for you and in the location you want to open in! All you need to do is review and pick one.

Guided and Tailored to Your Unique Path

Our goal is to get you to a decision point. On average, the journey takes around 10 weeks to be awarded your franchise. With your coach, you’ll have access to our franchise portal and support from CPAs, legal, loan, and credit specialists as needed. So if you’re thinking about opening your business within the next 12 months, you’re ready to get started in the process.

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Julio C., Franchisee, Army veteran

“Chris stood by our side every step of the way, dedicating his time and expertise to help us find the perfect fit for our entrepreneurial goals. His in-depth knowledge of the franchise industry, coupled with his genuine commitment to our success, made the journey all the more pleasant and rewarding. We wholeheartedly recommend working with Vetrepreneur® to aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to embark on their franchise journey.”

Julio C., Franchisee
Army veteran

David V., Franchisee, Air Force veteran

“Chris and his team supported and explained every step of our process, using the service was free and the end result of the mentorship, encouragement and support was invaluable. On our franchise approval day there were 12 other potential franchisees, when I spoke about Vetrepreneur® and what support we had they were all in awe!”

David V., Franchisee
Air Force veteran

Tolulope O Vetrepreneur Franchisee Navy veteran

“Owning my own business has been a topic of discussion in our dinner table for years. I had been in search for an opportunity to add another revenue stream while at the same time enabling me to continue my other responsibilities. I stumbled upon Vetrepreneur® one day by chance, as I was perusing the monthly veteran news. I am glad I did.”

Tolulope O., Franchisee
Navy veteran

Caleb S., Franchisee, Marine Corps veteran

“After I connected the dots with how franchising worked, my franchise coach started looking for the right match for me. My coach was the perfect contact for me to get started in my journey of owning a business. I refer my coach anytime anyone asks me how to get started.”

Caleb S., Franchisee
Marine Corps veteran

TESTIMONIALS

Vetrepreneur Alumni

Julio Choy Vetrepreneur Franchisee Home Clean Heroes

“Chris stood by our side every step of the way, dedicating his time and expertise to help us find the perfect fit for our entrepreneurial goals. His in-depth knowledge of the franchise industry, coupled with his genuine commitment to our success, made the journey all the more pleasant and rewarding. We wholeheartedly recommend working with Vetrepreneur® to aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to embark on their franchise journey.”

Julio Choy
Home Clean Heroes Franchisee
Army veteran

David V., Franchisee, Navy veteran

“Chris and his team supported and explained every step of our process, using the service was free and the end result of the mentorship, encouragement and support was invaluable. On our franchise approval day there were 12 other potential franchisees, when I spoke about Vetrepreneur® and what support we had they were all in awe!”

David Vermette
Hounds Town Franchisee

Air Force veteran

Juanita Bovain Vetrepreneur Franchisee College Hunks

“My coach was a great franchise coach, he was able to connect me with a franchise that without his guidance I would not have even considered as an option for me. All of the partners he recommended from the attorney to the lender were responsive, knowledgeable and offered great insight.”

Juanita Bovain
College Hunks Franchisee

Navy veteran

Beau McNeff Vetrepreneur Franchisee Fastest Labs

“My coach was tremendous to work with. He wasn’t pushy, or salesy and took the time to get to know me, what I wanted out of my own business, and where I was in life. He presented me multiple options, and helped me narrow them down based on my background and desires.”

Beau McNeff
Fastest Labs Franchisee

Army veteran

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If you would like to see if owning a franchise is right for you, get started by filling out the form above and watch the franchise bootcamp. The second step is will be to sign up to talk with a franchise coach. We can answer your questions on:

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  • Franchise choices based on lifestyle
  • The road to ownership
  • and so much more!

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The Vetrepreneur Franchise Coaching system is your pathway to achieving your entrepreneurial dreams through franchising. We simplify the journey by guiding you through a straightforward, proven process of discovery, selection, and ultimately, ownership.

Our system is all-encompassing, offering access to a dedicated live coaching team, informative content, regular email updates, and a cutting-edge portal that reinforces your learning. This portal contains all the essential information required to embark on and successfully complete your journey towards business ownership.

Navigating the world of franchising can be overwhelming, with a flood of offers and information coming from every direction. That’s where our trained consultants step in. Our coaches are here to educate, support, and nurture you at every turn. Importantly, there are no costs or obligations associated with using our services.

When you work with us, you’re not just tapping into coaching expertise – you’re leveraging a team with a rich history of assisting veterans in finding civilian opportunities. Our roots in the military community run deep, with milestones including the launch of Vetrepeneur magazine in 2004, the establishment of the National Veteran-Owned Business Association in 2007, and the initiation of the Buy Veteran movement in 2010. Your success is our mission, and we’ve been on this journey alongside veterans like you since 2001.

Our franchise coaching services are 100% free and it won’t cost you any less by going direct to a franchise. Similar to having a real estate agent, we are paid by franchisors if and when you become a franchisee.

Business ownership is not for everyone.  In fact, it’s not for most people.  Our goal is to get you to a decision point. This happens at Step 9 in our 10-Step process. So you are free to exit the process at any point with no obligation.

An important part of the Vetrepreneur Franchise Coaching process is matching you with Franchises that align with you in four areas:  lifestyle desires, professional skills, geographical preferences and financial capacity. Our process ensures that you spend valuable time exploring franchises that are best suited for long term success and that you are guided and educated at every step along the journey. Conversely, shortchanging our process by going to a “franchise buffet” wastes everyone’s time and does a disservice to both the prospective franchisee as well as the franchisor.

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As a member of the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG), we have partnerships with about 600 of the top franchises in the United States in all sectors of franchising.

The first step in our 10-Step process is to educate you in franchising 101 and our process and see if you are the right fit. Then you can sign up to work with a coach. Usually, you can expect to have your initial discovery call with a coach within one to two weeks, though in some cases, it may be even sooner. To initiate the process, please fill out the form above to get started.

Besides self-funding, there are six primary financing avenues for your franchise:

Family or Friends Invest
Seek investment from family or friends, who may receive equity, interest, or even gift it to you.

Rollover for Business Start-up, or ROBS
Utilize funds from your retirement account (401(k), IRA, or TSP) to invest directly in your business. No interest is incurred as it’s your own money.

Home Equity Line of Credit or HELOC
If you’re a homeowner, leverage your property’s equity for financing, often with a speedy approval process.  

SBA Loan
SBA loan can be a good option but the approval process can be up to eight weeks.  Keep in mind that the SBA does not actually fund your loan.  The SBA simply provides banks with a portion of the low repayment guarantee so banks can mitigate their risk.  SBA loans for equipment and real estate is usually less risky because it’s collateralized by a hard asset.

Unsecured Term Loan
This option requires good credit and income and carries higher interest rates due to its unsecured nature. Typically used for short-term working capital needs, it should be paid off quickly.  

Leasing Vehicles and Equipment
For franchises requiring vehicles or costly equipment, explore leasing options through manufacturers or other parties, often facilitated by your franchisor.

You can tap into these sources independently or rely on our coaches to connect you with franchise funding experts who can tailor a financing solution to your specific needs.

2024 Veteran-Owned Business Resource Guide

This guide is meant to serve as a resource for you in your journey to franchise ownership. We will uncover some of the funding opportunities and resources available to you as a veteran or military spouse-owned business.

Oil changes, mufflers, brakes, tires and accessorizing.  Retail location.  Generally high fixed and variable costs.  Automotive is ideal for growing areas where these existing services don’t exist yet.

Many people who are new to franchising or ate at the “franchise buffet” come to us and want to open a Chick-fil-A, Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings or whatever their favorite restaurant is.  Hey, I like to eat at those places like everyone else.  And for a chosen few, those may be good options.  But for the vast majority of us…

Franchising is SO much more than just restaurants.

1. Franchising includes home services, senior care, pet care, child services, gyms, beauty salons and so much more.  These are great businesses and, more importantly, finding your perfect match can only happen if you start by looking at the full menu.

Just because you like the product or service, doesn’t mean you’ll like the business.

2. A successful franchise owner is one who understands the unique role that only they can play.  You have three primary jobs as a franchise owner.  Lead your employees, exceed your customers’s expectations and manage the business.  Notice that all three of these jobs are agnostic of the product or service you are selling.  Your job is not to make the product or provide the service.  And it certainly isn’t eating the product!  The franchisor will teach you and train you on what you need to know about the product and service.  A franchise owner who does those three things well will be successful in any industry. 

Restaurants Have Unique Challenges

3. Restaurants have high fixed costs, high and volatile variable costs, disrupted supply chains, and your product has a shelf life so you’ll have waste.  Restaurants require owners to be physically present or you must have a very highly trusted on-site manager.  Theft, especially with employees, is common.  Owners typically work nights and weekends when customers want to eat out.  All industries struggle to recruit and retain workers these days but restaurants are especially challenged.  Eating out is usually one of the first things consumers cut back on when the economy turns south.  And finally, your business is subject to high levels of competition which are constantly bringing new concepts and product innovations to win over your customers.  

When we recommend food & beverage, we prefer to find those with simple menus, lower costs and those which prioritize automation, take-out and delivery.  

In the end, restaurants are great for the right person. But most people aren’t right for restaurants.

Lashes are big right now.  Hair always is, although it was much bigger in the 80s:)  Spas and anti-aging salons are big business, and with growing disposable income and a desire to treat ourselves, these categories are poised for high growth.  As with any retail location, you’ll have higher fixed costs and you’ll likely be open on nights and weekends.  But unlike food, your variable costs are usually very low.  Labor is your primary variable cost but you can simply add more workers as demand grows. 

Veterans are familiar with fitness.  It’s part of military life.  There are two types of fitness franchises:  gyms and in-home personal training.  

Gyms involve a retail location, which means a higher fixed cost than home-based businesses.  On the high end, you’ll need to buy a bunch of cardio or weight-bearing machines to fill the gym.  On the lower end, you’ll have mats and mirrors for yoga, pilates or stretching.  Gyms benefit from recurring membership revenues but also struggle with renewals and are subject to constantly changing fitness trends.  

In-home personal training, on the other hand, has a near zero fixed cost and enables the gig economy by enabling personal trainers to work when they want.  In-home personal training franchises leverage the growing disposable income, health awareness, in-home fitness and desire for individuals to have someone hold them accountable to their fitness goals.

Americans are spending more money on their kids than ever.  Kid related franchises include tutoring, sports involvement, STEM immersion and even kids birthday party themes.  Since kids franchises tend to be very hands-on, they’re ideal for people who love kids, teaching and coaching.

Selling is the primary duty of a distributorship.  Product manufacturers use distributor franchises to sell products to end-users.  Typically this involves a unique service that is provided in addition to the product: in-home flooring sales (we come to you) and window installers are successful examples.  You’ll typically work pretty normal hours and your focus will be on business development and selling at appointments.  These franchises typically have low fixed costs, carry little to no inventory and have higher margins.

B2B means business to business, as opposed to business to consumer (B2C).  B2B means you are a business selling to other businesses.  Examples of franchises in the B2B category range from blue collar pursuits like parking lot striping, restaurant exhaust duct cleaning, office space cleaning to white collar services like employee drug testing, leadership training, IT and cost reduction.  As franchise owner, you’ll do a lot of networking with small and mid-sized businesses in your area to bring in business.

Americans are living longer, have more disposable income and want to stay in their homes.  Senior care franchises deliver in-home health care, in-home companion care and referrals to nursing facilities.  There are also senior care franchises for running estate sales after seniors leave their homes and others for outfitting senior homes with stairlifts, walk-in baths and other mobility devices.  Senior care franchises tend to be home-based so lower fixed and variable costs.  Those which deliver medical care are mostly insurance pay.  Those which deliver companion care are mostly private pay.  There are pros and cons to each.

Seems like everyone got a dog or cat during the pandemic. Pet ownership is at historic highs and pet owners have the disposable income to pay someone to train, walk, board and groom their dog.  There are even franchises for cleaning up the dog poop in your yard!  Pet franchises enjoy multple revenue streams and strong recurring revenues.  Many are home-based, which have lower entry and fixed costs.  But doggy day care facilities are a huge business if you have the capital to get into them.

We saved the biggest and one of the most attractive categories for last!  

A generation ago, people spent their weekends doing cleaning, household maintenance, landscaping or tending to honey-do lists.  Nowadays, we spend our weekends in leisure activities or carting kids around to 91 different sports activities.  We work hard all week and don’t want to work all weekend.  And we have the disposable income to hire someone else to do all that other stuff we used to ourselves!  

Home services franchises exist to do the work that consumers either don’t want to do, don’t have the time to do or can’t do.  And.  It’s.  Booming!  

Your typical home services franchise involves wrapping a van or truck, fill it with a technician and some tools and go into peoples’ homes.  The fixed and variable costs are much lower than a retail location and you can control them by only adding as demand grows.  

In most home services franchises, you’ll work normal hours and will often benefit from recurring revenues and referrals from satisfied customers.  Home services tends to be recession-proof because people will cut many other expenses in their lives before they go back to doing things they don’t like to do!

Since workers and technicians in home services are more skilled, and hence paid more, you won’t struggle with labor access as much as lower paid, unskilled labor.  Worried about training your employees to do the work?  In most cases, the franchisor will help with that.

If you want to scale and grow, home services allows two ways to do that.  The first is growing horizontally by providing the same services across a larger geographical territory.  The second is by stacking multiple services on the same geographical territory.  Those same households that need cleaning services also need repair, maintenance and trades!

Home services franchises include four main areas:  Cleaning, Maintenance, Repair and Trades. 

Franchise Home Services Cleaning

There are franchises for residential home cleaning, pool cleaning, powerwashing, auto detailing and even cleaning your dryer vent.  Cleaning also includes junk removal and restoration services, which is clean-up after water or fire damage.

Maintenance include painting, pest control, lawn care and handyman services.

Franchise Home Services Repair

There are franchises to repair cracked driveways, windshields and granite countertops.  There are franchises that refurbish front doors and repair tears in leather furniture.

Skilled trades include the usual suspects like plumbing, electrical and HVAC. And before you ask, the answer is no. No, you don’t have to have experience in the trades to open a skilled trade franchise. In fact, there are plenty of stories about plumbers who open plumbing businesses and find out they prefer to clear drains or install bathrooms. When they do that as an owner, nobody’s leading employees, meeting customer expectations and managing the business. Keep in mind that your job as a business owner is not to deliver the service!
Ah yes. You remember Monopoly don’t you? Community Chest. The wildcard. There are franchises for crime scene clean-up, art studios, vending, laundromats and more.

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