Vatic Note: There are so many homeless vets out there in this world right now that are not being taken care of by the military, that I felt this could help them if they have access to a computer, or to a library with public computer use. This was of interest to me because, while veterans make good employees, they also make some very good critics of bad management, so they don't always work out as employees. I know, "I ARE ONE". Right, I am a vet and was self employed for over 30 years. Actually, this below is good advice for anyone seeking to become self employed. As a vet you have the skills already to do what it takes.
Frankly, I got tired of mid-management making bad decisions, running the company I was working for, out of business and then I had to go on another job search again. That got really old for me. I needed stability and was not going to find it working for others, so I started my own business.
That way, I reasoned, if I became unemployed, I had no one to blame but myself and it removed that feeling of helplessness I always had when I saw my managers making mistakes that I knew would hurt the company, but they would not listen to me, so self employment was the only alternative. I lasted over 30 years self employed.
All of these below are so true and valuable for a new start up company, that I just had to put it up to help out someone else like me. I had no where to go to get the advice and help I needed. I learned by making the mistakes and correcting them as I saw them or as they were pointed out to me by the employee or family and friends.
The tip I found most valuable was the one that says "Find a Need and fill it", because that is what I did on my first venture into self employment. It worked, but eventually I got in over my head and did not know how to grow that business in that line of work, since I had never done it before.
So the other tip about doing what you "KNOW BEST" and also using seniors and other resources as information and training aids, is also very valuable to walk with you through the different growth stages. I ultimately ended up in my chosen field that I had a passion about which was the mortgage business, ironically.
Every successful closing resulted in people obtaining their dream, which was home ownership and we would be their constant consultant if they got in trouble or lost a job. WE always told them, you have a team behind you forever, after closing. It doesn't stop at closing but goes on to help them through tough times.
We had the lowest foreclosure rate on our loans in the whole four corners area of my state. I am proud of that fact. So, check this out below and seriously consider doing self employment in something you love to do. I truly believe the future economically, in America is going to be in small businesses run by average citizens. The day of big megalopoly corporations is gone. They destroy more then they create.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Veterans today for this article, its timely and desperately needed.
5 Tips for Veterans Thinking About Starting a Business
Posted by GPD, Veterans Today, on May 27, 2015
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