Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.
There is more to connecting Veterans with Veteran business owners than just gaining advice for starting your own business. Many of the Veteran business owners want to hire transitioning Veterans and many of the transitioning Veterans would like to work for a great Veteran owned business. I wanted to take the time to meet the needs of these Veterans also.
This episode of the Veteran Connections Support Series is dedicated to the providing additional knowledge, advice, and resources to help Veteran business owners find the transitioning Veterans they are looking for or to help the transitioning Veterans find resources and gain knowledge when looking for a new career outside of the military.
Today's guest has an interesting background that is a little different than we are used to. She is the daughter of two Army Veterans, she has been a FBI Special Agent that focused on Russian organized crime. After that she worked for General Stan McChrystal who founded the McChrystal Group. She is a Marine spouse and the CEO of Hire Served. I would like to welcome Jean South.
You can follow Jean here
So your story is a little different as you never served on active duty in the military but you did serve in the FBI and you are a military spouse of a Marine. Your parents must have loved that right!
So I know you have had to deal with transition in your own life. Tell me about your transition experience between the FBI and being a military spouse and how did that impact you as far as starting your own business.
What was it that caused you to start your own business?
Tell me about your company's mission and how it helps Veterans
What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?
What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?
What is the key to the success of your business?
I know your company helps Veterans by matching them up with great companies…
Are you also going to use your business in some way to hire other Veterans?
What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?
For transitioning Veterans wanting to start their own business or are preparing to start a new career outside the military what action items list would you give them to ensure a smoother transition?
In this episode with Jean we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!
We got to hear General McChrystal's philosophy of Eyes On - Hands Off
You can use Slack as a communication platform for your team to communicate
I also use Trello which is another great way to collaborate with your team
Take action every time- Get the domain, get the LLC, do it now
Start writing content, it creates community and helps you clarify your thoughts
Be willing to change when needed
Join a mastermind
Use local entrepreneur programs- Bunker labs or bunker in a box is a great one
Listen to podcasts on the subject related to the business that you want to start
Get over perfection! Don't wait to execute until the plan is perfect
Be willing to pay for expertise in areas you have no knowledge in
Get one or more great mentors
The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.
Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)
If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can help you!
I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!
Thank you for listening! -Pete