Becoming a business owner can be one of the most liberating decisions you can make. As a military veteran, you’ve certainly earned the right to participate in fueling the economic engine of the American economy. Did you realize that historically, 41.5% of veterans have been self-employed as opposed to 24.5% of non-veterans? Well, who better to 'live' the American Dream of business ownership, than those who have defended that dream through military service?
Business success can be measured in many different ways. First of all, you’ll need to have a passion for what you’re doing. Secondly, you’ll need to learn the skills to help drive that passion. If you enjoy working outdoors and with your hands, StoneMakers Academy will teach you the skills to compete in the landscape and hardscape construction industry using your GI Bill benefits. As more homeowners look to enhance their outdoor living areas with water features, backyard waterfalls, fire pits, patios and outdoor kitchens, the unique StoneMakers system gives you a competitive advantage.
But what about learning the operational skills to run the business? There’s more than being good at building hardscape features. As a veteran, you have resources available to you at no cost, one being the Boots to Business program offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. It’s a three phase program, including an eight week online “mini MBA” course designed for you learn how to run a business. The course teaches you:
- How to develop a business plan
- Marketing on a shoestring budget
- How to obtain financing
- Analytic tools to create a comprehensive business plan
Building a business for the long term takes planning and a lot of hard work. It’s not easy to build a successful business, but then neither was your military service. Whether you’re interested in having a business to support you and your crew, or building a large company with multiple crews and employees, you have the resources as a veteran of the military at your disposal. Isn’t it worth taking advantage of it? Take a look at the Boots to Business program and give your future a jump start.