Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.
There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.
I connected with today’s guest on LinkedIn and we talked about what he could do to help Veterans. I started out by helping him get the word out to the Veteran community on how he could help them. He ended up helping me also. He is a hard charger that has started his business while still on active duty. He is currently a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the United States Army and has also served in the Marine Corps. He is the Founder of Team ADDO. I would like to welcome James Boggs.
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Well we are both a little crazy considering we signed up for two different branches of the military. I think most people get enough after signing up once! I was in the Navy, served my time and got out, then I joined the Marines.
James you started out in the Marines, then you got out and became a police officer, and now you’re in the Army and fly helicopters. Tell me about all this transition you’ve been through to get you where you are today flying helicopters.
It sounds like you are about ready to retire. What kinds of transition steps have you taken to get ready for civilian life?
What was it that caused you to start your business while still in the military?
Starting a business while still in the military means working twice as hard while wearing two hats. How do you manage to do that and make sure you don’t cross any lines as far as the military is concerned. Can you talk about what special things you had to do to make that happen?
Tell us about your company’s mission
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What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?
Do you feel like your military experience and training helped prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?
What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?
What is the key to the success of your business?
Would you say it was your military experience or other things you learned that have been more helpful in making you successful in your business?
Are you going to use your business in some way to either help or hire other Veterans?
What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?
For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items list would you give them?
Now we talked about what transitioning Veterans need to consider before starting their own business. What other things do you think they need to think about outside of business as they prepare for transition?
In this episode with James we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!
- Fundraising for a great cause is a great way to gain funds needed to move a new business or non-profit forward
- Networking is essential to get the word out and find the right people to help you succeed
- Education is always important so be sure to continually keep learning
- Have multiple mentors to give you feedback and tell it to you straight
- Have your idea evaluated by people in the industry
- Don’t ever give up, stick with it if you want to succeed
- Understand your competitors, your market, and your target customer
- Be flexible because you cannot control everything
- Have faith in where God puts you
The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.
Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)
If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can help you!
I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!
Thank you for listening! -Pete