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.
Today’s guest is Desheun Hines. He is the Founder of VetaStart and a Marine Corps Veteran. Desheun also does modeling for posters and commercials to attract veterans to the state of Florida and to schools in the Tampa Bay area.
You can follow Desheun here
Transition from the military
Tell us about your company
How did you start your business? Tampa Bay WaVE
Did your military experience and training help prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?
What were some of your concerns when starting your business?
What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?
What is the key to the success of your business?
Do you think your military experience is responsible for the success in your business or are there other things you had to apply and learn along the way?
What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with other Veteran business owners?
For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business what action items would you give them?
In this episode with Desheun we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!
- Start your transition a year out
- Refine your soft skills, like facial expression and public speaking
- Find an entrepreneurship symposium for Veterans. Desheun did and he won so he got capital as a prize that went towards starting his business.
- Find the right team
- Try a business model canvas. You can use the canvas to describe, design, challenge, and pivot your business model because a business plan can change the minute it hits people or customers. Desheun quoted Mike Tyson saying “Everybody has a plan till they get hit in the mouth”.
- Have passion for what you are doing if you want to succeed
- Care more about the vision and mission, not money, helping others is rewarding
- Be willing to take advice and change to meet your customers’ needs
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