Why Military Veterans and Spouses Should Pursue Franchising

09/29/2015  |  Tim Courtney

Starting a new career is an overwhelming experience, but it can be especially daunting for those who are transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce. Franchising has become a popular career path for those in the armed forces because the military skills attained translate well into franchise ownership. While many wait to open their franchise until their commitment terms out, a lucrative option is to open a franchise while still serving, but having a spouse run the day-to-day operations. This option is beneficial for both the spouse and the veteran.

Jump Start Your Business

Active duty military spouses can build a foundation and strong client base for their franchise. So, it is fully-functioning and can provide their significant other with a solid business, easing their transition back to civilian life. 


Whether working together from the start, or having a spouse get the business up and running before active duty ends, training is always available to educate franchisees on new tools, hard and soft sales skills and more for continual success. Recognizing that training is crucial to the success of a franchisee, most franchisors offer an initial training to kick start the business, as well as ongoing educational opportunities that are designed for everyone from newbies to seasoned owners.  


Being married to a member of the U.S. military may require frequent Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves, making it difficult to find a permanent job. Several of the challenges they face include job market alignment, state licensing or certification, hiatus in projected career path and the negative impression that they are unreliable and temporary due to impending moves or deployments. Owning a virtual travel franchise enables military spouses to keep their businesses open as they move across state lines. What’s more, it makes it possible to keep existing customers despite frequent moves.

Flexible Schedule

With a home-based franchise, military spouses can juggle the daily needs of single parenthood and earn a living from the comfort of home while their spouse is away serving our country. Upon retirement from the military, the veteran will be able to set his/her own hours and maximize family time to make up for those instances while away on deployment.


Even while their significant other is deployed on active duty, a military spouse will always have a support system in place as part of a franchise. At CruiseOne, franchise owners view each other as colleagues and lean on each other for support in both their professional and personal lives.   In franchising, “you are in business for yourself, not by yourself” and there is always somebody to ask for advice. Additionally, a corporate headquarters team provides support for owners in the form of training, marketing, technology and more. 

Military veterans interested in franchising should use the IFA’s VetFran Toolkit — www.vetfran.com/toolkit — initiative as a resource to learn about different franchising and support opportunities.

Tim Courtney, CFE is Vice President of Franchise Development and Ambassador of Veteran Affairs at CruiseOne®, the nation’s leading home-based travel agent franchise. In operation since 1992, CruiseOne is a member of VetFran and proudly supports military veterans. It is consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a military-friendly franchisewww.CruiseOneFranchise.com/veterans
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