Why Chem-Dry is a Great Franchise for Veterans
Chem-dry is a great franchise opportunity for veterans
Proven systems, processes and results are a major draw for military vets. Many Chem-Dry franchise owners are veterans and first responders — which ought to tell you something.
First, consider their desire to control their own professional and financial destiny. According to research by the Commerce Department and Small Business Administration, 14 percent of veterans are successfully self-employed — the highest percentage of any identifiable group of Americans.
Then realize that these highly trained men and women aren’t looking for just any type of business. They seek entrepreneurial opportunities that will capitalize on and reward their many skills: a capacity for hard work and service; respect for authority and the property of others; and an ability and willingness to follow proven systems within an organization to reach specific goals.
Chem-Dry is an especially good choice for veterans, because of how well we align with the skills mentioned above and also due to our in-house financing package, which helps entrepreneurs with little access to capital. Chem-Dry is a member of the International Franchise Association and participates in the IFA’s VetFran Program, which offers veterans and first responders a 10 percent discount on the initial license fee, thus opening the possibility of franchise ownership for veterans who might not be able to afford it otherwise.
Chem-Dry franchise owners don’t need a tremendous amount of technical skill to get started — just a willingness to work hard and learn.
Who makes a good Chem-Dry franchise owner?
Veterans tend to be thorough when evaluating an opportunity, which means that if they purchase a Chem-Dry franchise, they have assessed and approved of the way the company operates, says Jim Kilty, who launched Green Leaf Chem-Dry in the greater Seattle area in February 2017.
“I left the Air Force in 2009, and then worked as a defense contractor for a while,” Kilty says. “I’d always wanted to own my own business and looked at a lot of franchises. My first way of cutting through the clutter was to look at what I could afford, and what was really worth my while at that price point. Chem-Dry was a good fit for what I was looking to do, and what I felt I could operate successfully.”
Persistence has been key to his business growth, Kilty says, noting that the support he’s gotten from the marketing, training, operations and other teams has also been important.
“I have benefited from having access to a business coach, someone to call and bounce ideas with,” he says. “I’ve also been very pleased with the online marketing support, because pay-per-flick adverting has been my biggest draw for customers so far.”
And, he adds, “My military experience does help. I was in a very different line of work in the military and as a defense contractor, but things like integrity and responsibility for what you are doing are mantras in the Air Force. Those, along with persistence and hard work, and attention to detail, really laid the foundation for me to do well with this business.”