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8 Quick Veteran Business Ideas

If you’ve spent time in service, there’s a chance you may want to find a desk job and steer well clear of anything that remotely resembles any active role you played in the field. On the other hand, you may have that itch that prevents you from ever taking a desk job – that wiggly nature that makes the thought of 40 hours/week in a chair feel like your worst nightmare. That’s totally understandable.

For those vets who are looking for more active ways to earn a living while being entrepreneurs, we have some ideas to get you started.

8 Active Business Ideas for Veterans

  • Real Estate Photography – If you have a decent camera and an eye for good shots, you’ll be in demand with real estate agents, especially those who work with high end properties.
  • Mobile Pet Salon – More and more people are skipping kits and getting pets instead – and they’re often busy, high-earning people who have no qualms about shelling out cash on their furry friends.
  • Restaurant Design Consultant – This one requires some schooling, but it’s a multi-disciplinary friend that includes everything from color selection to which furniture will work best, to the installation of energy-efficiency 12v led strip lights. This is a great job for someone with an eye for design, great people skills, and the willingness to do a bit of selling.
  • Dog Walker – Enjoy being outside? Love animals? Dog walking won’t make you rich, but it can be a great way to fill in gaps. It’s also great work for someone who wants time and free headspace to think.
  • Personal Trainer – If you ended your service recently, you’re probably already in great shape – and it only requires a little bit of training to become a personal trainer or fitness instructor. Whether you want to be a general personal trainer or get on board with a particular activity like yoga or even hula hooping, there are tons of great options to choose from.
  • Boat Rentals – Enjoy being out on the water? You could run a business offering Duffy boat rentals or electric boat rentals. This is particularly great if you have credibility in the form of a Navy or Marine background.
  • Moving – Moving is no fun, butt that’s also why people are willing to spend a ton of cash getting someone else to do it. Whether you build your own business or buy into a moving-related franchise, this is an area why demand doesn’t seem to be shrinking anytime soon.
  • In-Home Care – Are you the caring and considerate type? As the American population ages, demand for in-home care services will continue to increase. This isn’t about nursing or skilled care, either. This is often simple stuff like helping with getting dressed, doing some grocery shopping, or preparing meals. It’s a great way to give back to your community without putting yourself in harm’s way.

What Kind of Business Would You Start?

Are you a veteran who’s started his or her own business? What did you choose? Would you go back and choose something different if you could do it all over? What advice do you have for others who want to start a new business after leaving the military? Let us know in the comments!