Posted on Aug 22, 2014
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Hello, I am new to participating in RallyPoint forums but wanted to ask the simple question above and get some feedback.
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Maj Jeremy R.
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Yes, I am doing so, but I'm also a reservist.
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1LT(P) Executive Officer
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Absolutely. One of the coolest cases of this is 1LT Betsy Nunez, who started a company that repurposes military surplus into bags and other apparel. Check it out!

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/08/surplus-tents-become-fashion-items-as-army-officer-ceo-creates-jobs-for-vets/
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Sir, to my understanding there is no issue with doing so. If I am wrong, please someone step in. I had started a small business while in the army with the sole purpose of marketing and selling my book. I also have co-started a business with my wife so that she can participate in local craft fairs and sell her jewelry online.
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Austin, thanks for responding. I agree with you that there are not issues with doing so, although many (I think) believe they cannot for a number of reasons.

Also, seems like we have a lot in common! I also started a business at my 18-year point and wrote a book "Active-Duty Entrepreneur" teaching others how to use their military service to successfully launch and grow a small business. We are now in the follow-on called PreVeteran http://www.preveteran.com/. With your experiences, it would be great to get your feedback and thoughts on my book. You can get a free download on the website above.

What was your book about?
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CPT(P) Signal Officer
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Jason,
Not only can military members start a business. They should! Self-Starter, hardworking and intelligent are traits that both Soldiers and entrepreneurs share. There are 168 hours in a week if members of the military develop a business their entire family is passionate about it will be most rewarding on many many levels. If anyone is unsure about how to do this please use the http://www.preveteran.com site or contact me directly for more "soap box" stories pertaining to my own experiences.
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Derek, indeed! Thanks for the comments. With the downsizing DoD and associated defense industry jobs (the typical go-to for military), I hope they will see it is not only sensible, but prudent, to consider small business creation while they are still serving. While it is never too late to get started, it is also not too early. In fact, the members with the most to gain are the much younger service members that have years to go. With very little money, they can begin learning about small business and see if it is for them. Options are always good, especially in this strange, fiscally-strained environment.
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Absolutely you can have a business n definitely should
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