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Franchising for Veterans Industry Analysis 2017 - Cost & Trends

Franchising for Veterans in 2017

As of the 2012 US Census, 2.5 million businesses were veteran-owned, out of 27.6 million US businesses in total. The 21.8 million veterans in the United States make up approximately 9% of all business owners!

Franchising presents a great opportunity for the nearly 2.5 million United States armed forces personnel that are currently on active or reserve duty -- as it is, 1 in 7 franchises in the US are owned by veterans!

Franchisors believe that veterans make for great franchisees for several reasons. Many of the factors that made veterans excel within the military environment make them ideal for franchisees. The world of franchising represents a marriage between the self-start world of entrepreneurship and the rigorous discipline needed to follow a set of instructions and execute on a proven plan. The ideal franchisee is someone who can take direction and work within guidelines provided by the franchisor, but who can also effectively lead a team and get things done.

The road to running successful franchise involves having a long term plan and hewing close to the plan, even when there are bumps along the way – neither the franchisee nor military personnel can let minor setbacks get in the way of a longer-term goal. In addition, veterans know how to rely on a support network, which is essential for franchise success. As veterans have learned to trust and rely on their fellow personnel, franchisees must lean on franchisors, fellow franchisees, employees, and others to ensure progress in their franchise.

In addition to being suited to business leadership, military personnel are also often offered benefits or cost concessions as incentives to become franchisees. Many of these incentives are negotiated and run through the VetFran program (a great resource on franchising for veterans). Initially started during the Gulf War as the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, the program was relaunched after 9/11 as VetFran. Nearly 400 franchises participate in this program.

Offering ten percent off the franchise fee for veterans is a fairly common practice for participating franchisors. According to a survey by VetFran, the most popular franchises owned by veterans are Matco Tools, the UPS Store, Sports Clips, and Dunkin' Donuts. Although VetFran receives no government funding, it is officially endorsed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Veterans Enterprise.

The SBA (Small Business Administration) also offers a number of resources for veterans on their site, including financing options, mentoring and training and plenty of educational materials. It’s also worth checking out their broader Office of Veterans Business Development for even more great resources. The SBA also provides a list of Veterans Business Outreach Centers, which are regional and can provide all sorts of useful training and counseling on small business and franchising for veterans.

These combinations of financial incentives are a great way for veterans to enter the franchise industry, where the skills and training they’ve gained through their experience in the military makes them uniquely qualified to run successful franchises.

Education Industry Analysis 2017 - Cost & Trends

The educational services market is large and growing with multiple types of opportunities available for franchisees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 100k establishments in the private Education Service industry; almost 200k when including local, state and federal government institutions; combined this industry employs over 3.5 million people. On the private side, the industry is largely fragmented – the fifty largest companies represent just 30% of the total revenue in the industry.

Hotel & Travel Industry Analysis 2017 - Cost & Trends

The travel industry is comprised of several different segments including hotels and other lodging as well as travel agencies. Within lodging there is a wide range of lodgings from high class full-service hotels, to no-hassle business motels, to resorts and campgrounds. Travel agencies coordinate flights, lodging, cruises and other types of trips to both retail and business customers and can be conducted at offices or out of the home. Partnerships between hotels and travel agencies are often crucial to the success of both.

Senior Care Industry Analysis 2017 - Cost & Trends

Thanks to the baby boomer generation born in the late 1940s and 1950s, the number of American senior citizens is growing. As the boomer population reaches age 65, the senior population is projected to reach 83.7 million – almost double the estimated number in 2012 and approximately twenty percent of the total US population. Roughly 10,000 people will turn 65 every day for the next 20 years! This increasing elderly population has and will necessitate more senior healthcare. In fact, one market research provider estimates that the global home health care sector, just one part of the overall industry, should see revenues grow to $300Bn in 2020 from $180Bn in 2014 - a compound annual growth rate of 8%.