Guest Post By: Jerry Flanagan, Founder and CEO of JDog Junk Removal & Hauling (based in Berwyn, PA)
The transition from active duty military to civilian life is not easy for anyone. With government programs, enticing corporate incentives and career advisors muddling the landscape, it is difficult to know what the best option may be for your transition and your family’s future. As a military veteran, former corporate employee and now business owner, I have experienced first-hand the difficult decisions that come with the transition from military to civilian life. Through that process, I discovered the successful connection of military skills with small business ownership that is often overlooked.
After my years in the Army climbing to the rank of an E-4 Specialist, I found myself working in various management positions at retail companies back at home that did not feel like the perfect fit for what I knew I was capable of doing. When the recession hit, I knew I needed to find a career outside of the fickle retail sector, one that would last a downturn in the economy, let me continue to support my family and be my own boss. The solution came through junk removal and hauling services.
In 2011, I started hauling junk around the Philadelphia area. The fast success of JDog Junk Removal & Hauling came from the core values I learned in the military – respect, integrity and trust. That’s when I realized there was something bigger to the business that could help other veterans with similar skills achieve the American Dream of small business ownership –franchising became the answer.
When I first started the conversation about business ownership with veterans seeking employment after deployment, many did not realize this type of opportunity was within their means, nor did they understand that the risk is worth the reward. The typical route of a veteran who returns from active duty is to seek entry level, corporate jobs that do not necessarily suit the skills they have spent years perfecting in the military, but business ownership and franchise models do.
Today, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling has found its place in becoming the only U.S. franchise business devoted solely to military veterans and their families. The franchisees that have joined me across the country liken our businesses to a movement among military personnel and their families who are seeking sustainable income opportunities as they transition into civilian life. This movement appeals to veterans who prefer to be entrepreneurs, where they can operate according to a proven business manual and maintain an active, flexible work schedule while revolving around the sound values and work ethic that are established in a military career.
Active duty veterans transitioning back to the civilian world, veterans who want a career change, civilian contractors and military family members are able to be considered for a JDog Junk Removal and Hauling franchise. If you would like to start a conversation to see if business ownership is the right next step for your family, visit www.jdogjunkremoval.com.