Why We Chose To Become PreVeteran Entrepreneurs (Part 2/4)

Make Your Own Tracks

Its important to find your own tracks in life. PreVeteran

Euphoria and Frustration

There is nothing like a nice, new, crisp idea to set your mind free and give you energy. That is also true of small business. The idea that you can take a thought and turn it into an existing entity, like a business, is a very intoxicating notion. This is especially true after spending years in the military, where the system and bureaucracy controls and regulates your every move.

When we conceptualized our first business, JHLocals.com, we had no idea what we were doing…but it was exciting! Neither of us had experience starting a business before, so in the wake of zero experience we just started doing everything we could to educate ourselves. We contacted the Small Business Administration and began taking classes in disciplines we thought would be helpful – marketing, accounting, trademarks, patents – you know, the garden variety for those aspiring to be small business owners. While taking the classes, we began developing a network with other small business owners in the Northern Virginia area. (more…)

Get in the Habit of Capturing Your Ideas – PreVeteran Blog

Capturing Your PreVeteran Idea

When I speak to friends and colleagues, I am often asked how I come up with my PreVeteran entrepreneurship and small businesses ideas. When they ask me the question, I often ask them one right back. “Have you ever had a great idea?” The answer, nine times out of ten, is “yes.” My next question is, “Did you capture it?” The answer is almost always “no.” (more…)

Why We Chose To Become PreVeteran Entrepreneurs (Part 1/4)

Driving into Jackson Hole, Wyoming, July 2014.

Driving into Jackson Hole, Wyoming, July 2014.

The last 90 days of my 20-year career with the Air Force were fantastic! My wife, two small kids, and I traveled Space A to Europe, visited my wife’s family in Michigan and trekked across the country from Virginia to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where we will live our post-retirement life and raise our children. The change of pace from living in Northern Virginia and working at the Pentagon to living in Wyoming cannot be more different. The blue skies, big mountains, and slower pace of life are a very welcome changes indeed! (more…)

Approach Business Rationally

After talking to hundreds of PreVeterans about creating a small business while serving, most members seem to fall into two distinct categories of thought. Those who have never considered small business creation as a viable path to financial and personal freedom and those who are overly optimistic and want to hard-charge toward small business with no plan. Despite these two groups being diametrically opposed, it appears to be the landscape and not a position that acts in the best interest of either group.

More than ever, I believe that PreVeterans have the very best DNA to become entrepreneurs and small business owners. They are organized, educated, motivated, know how to plan, and lead a group of people in a common direction to carry out an objective or mission. Small business is not different. In fact, it is exactly the same. However, in order to begin making inroads with both groups and promote a more successful approach, we need to understand the challenges associated with their train of thought and develop and instill a more rational approach to thinking about small business. (more…)

Welcome to PreVeteran – A New Way of Doing Business

What is PreVeteran?

PreVeteran is an educational website dedicated to help active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and spouses create and grow a small business while still serving in the military.

Why PreVeteran?

While there are lots of reasons, here are some of the more salient points.

1). You Have Great Small Business DNA
You may not believe it, but you do! As an active duty, Guard, Reserve, and spouse, you are an educated, independent-thinking leader who has the ability plan and execute. You use it everyday in the military. Now you can channel it into creating your own bridge to post-military life. (more…)