Just curious, does anyone know why so many veterans leave the military and don't pursue entrepreneurship? The military has provided us with the perfect background for running a business. Even at the lower ranks, soldiers are getting leadership training. They are asked to make tough calls that most upper management will never be asked to make. So why do so many of them choose to get out of the military and go into regular jobs? I have my opinions but I am curious as to what others think.
Posted >1 y ago
My business partner and I are both veteran entrepreneurs, http://citywide.k3client.com/index.html. Its been my experience that vets that have entrepreneurship in their core test the waters first before taking the plunge into entrepreneurship. The real question comes down to what is their financial risk tolerance.
It is absolutely a risk. But there are plenty of opportunities that are low risk and very low overhead. There are lots of people who have started businesses from home including construction, teaching, sales, etc. I started a business and worked it part time until it out payed my full time job. It was no risk at all. There are obstacles, but another thing the military instills is the ability to overcome challenges. I think people get out and they are so stuck in the "follow orders" mentality that they simply fall in line and give up on their dreams.
Most of us just have the daily responsibilities that interfere with starting our own business. I personally just started my own business in finance and had to still work a job for 6 months before going with time with my company. Cover the basics first and make sure you have a great foundation. Plus when I first got out of the military, the transition program just sucks. Shove a bunch of information down your throat and boot you out. Lol.
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