How Franchising Can Help Military Veterans Achieve Their Goals
New Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning Franchisee Douglas Green Shares His Experiences
In 1995, I joined the United States Marine Corps and spent eight years serving our country. During that period of service, I was deployed multiple times around the world. I spent 18 months in Japan, 12 months in Thailand, and was engaged in multiple tours of duty throughout the Middle East. I served in Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.
During that time, I learned a lot of valuable things, skills that would help me serve not only as a better Marine but also as a competent business owner when I returned to the United States. These leadership and organizational abilities would become especially important after I experienced numerous injuries.
I received multiple spine injuries, knee injuries, and even had to have one of my shoulders completely reconstructed. My experiences also left me suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
An Unwavering, Entrepreneurial Spirit
However, these issues didn’t stop me from pursuing my future. I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and these injuries were another obstacle I would seek to surmount. So, after coming home, I opened two businesses and ran them for 11 years. I’m proud I was able to do that, but I also had to face the fact that, due to my injuries, there were limitations to the physical work I could do.
But, like I said, I learned a lot during my time as a Marine, and chief on that list was the value of persistence. Never once did I feel like I couldn’t be a successful business owner, and that’s a truth I hope other disabled military veterans will embrace.
So, while I could no longer run my other businesses, I wasn’t going to give up on my entrepreneurial dreams. I began to search hard for opportunities where I could be a business owner and a job creator within my community. That’s where Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning comes in; they are an eco-friendly, fast-drying franchise concept with a history of helping military veterans become business owners.
Though I am a 100% disabled veteran, Oxi Fresh’s model provided me with a roadmap to pursue growth and allowed me to run my business despite not being able to physically go out and do the work. I hope that my becoming a franchisee with this brand serves as an example to other disabled veterans that they too can pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams, and I believe that franchising is a great means by which to do just that.
The Benefits of Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning
Having a franchisor like Oxi Fresh has been a great help opening my business amid the pandemic. They have been there to assist me along every step of the way. On top of that, Oxi Fresh has systems and processes in place that are designed to help me grow my business.
The brand provides franchisees with access to a whole suite of new systems, protocols, and technology. Oxi Fresh also assists with things like scheduling jobs and marketing, all of which empowers a franchisee like me to focus on building my business, rather than just running it.
Since my business provides an eco-friendly carpet cleaning service, we have been busy during the pandemic as people look to create a clean environment at home. Demand has really risen during this time, which has been an especially valuable boost for a new business.
A Future with Franchising
I’d advise other military veterans to look at achieving their business ownership goals through franchising, especially with Oxi Fresh. Not only does Oxi Fresh offer a discount to military veterans, but the structure of the franchise system pairs perfectly with those who have military experience.
In the military, you are part of an organization that has systems and processes in place to help you achieve your goals, and the same can be said with franchising. The franchisor provides you with a system to help you open, operate, and own your own business.
By becoming a franchisee of Oxi Fresh, I was able to achieve my goal of owning my own business, proving to myself and, I hope, other disabled military veterans that we can be entrepreneurs. After all, military veterans are some of the most hard-working, skilled, and dedicated individuals out there. Their familiarity with following a plan and structure can really help them excel in a franchise system.
I strongly encourage veterans to utilize the skills they learned in the military to become their own bosses, and I encourage them to pursue franchising as one of the ways they can achieve their business ownership goals.