Is College Hunks a Good Franchise for Veterans?
College Hunks Hauling Junk offers a 10% discount to veterans
College Hunks Hauling Junk is an ideal franchise for veterans. Our highly developed systems, careful attention to team building and deep camaraderie are perfect for those who have served our country and are ready to move on to a new challenge.
Several of our franchisees are veterans, including Carl Carter, who owns the College Hunks franchise in Jackson, Mississippi. The veteran of the first Iraq war launched his business in 2013. He was attracted by the market opportunity, but he has grown to love the chance to instill leadership qualities in the young people he coaches every day.
“One of our core values is building leaders, and hopefully my guys will learn how to run a business,” he says. He teaches them about the importance of how they behave and the attitude they project, and that impacts their career and their lives. He also enjoys having a fun work environment. “We want people to enjoy themselves and display that collegiate environment.”
College Hunks is great for veterans who want to be business owners, and it’s also great for veterans who are returning home and are eager for a job with a clear path for advancement. While our name is “College Hunks Hauling Junk,” many team members are young men who are in their early to mid-20s, and we have a few Hunkettes, too. HUNKS stands for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable Service. Nobody fits the HUNK profile better than someone who has already demonstrated their courage, professionalism and commitment by serving our country.
College Hunks Hauling Junk provides a platform for franchisees to help them build business skills they need to advance as team members, the skills they will need to launch new careers or the skills and knowledge they need to become entrepreneurs.
Mentoring leaders is one of our core values. Veterans are a perfect fit for us, and we hope that they’ll see that we’re a perfect fit for them, too.
Co-founder Nick Friedman explained why he loves partnering with veterans in a guest column for The Huffington Post:
As a business owner, I firmly believe that a veteran’s worth stems far beyond the commitment and sacrifice they made in the name of our country. Serving in the military provides citizens with an unprecedented advantage in the business world. I would even argue that there are intangible skills learned in the military that a college degree cannot teach. The experience gained during the enlistment period, from the discipline learned at boot camp to living in a foreign environment, is beyond invaluable. It is experience that small businesses can benefit from tenfold if they understand how to harness this skillset effectively.
Working in a small business environment is a stark contrast to traditional corporate positions. Particularly with start-ups, small businesses rely heavily on the productivity of their employees, often having them take on multiple roles and juggling multiple tasks. In order to flourish in this kind of environment, employees must be able to jump in feet first and adapt to a constantly evolving environment.
There are several qualities that veterans possess that are both attractive and vital for small businesses. First and foremost is leadership, the obvious common thread tying together military veterans with the business. The ability to navigate a team through uncertainty in order to achieve success is a valuable commodity in any business, and it’s a quality that vets typically possess in abundance.
Second is veteran’s ability to adapt to an evolving environment. Small businesses, especially start-ups, are constantly changing. As the business grows, employees are often required to shift focus, take on new projects and juggle multiple roles. Adaptability is key to successful ventures. Veterans are trained to adapt quickly to changing environments, often ones they have no control over. This instinct to survive, or in the case of small business thrive, is a valuable characteristic veteran’s offer.
In order to grow and thrive, small business owners must surround themselves with employees who are willing to invest themselves emotionally in the company vision and values and commit themselves fully to their “mission.” This includes the day to day “small” projects to larger firm wide initiatives- all adding to the greater success of a business. Small businesses often go through long periods of trial-and-error. This is where veteran’s ability to jump right in and get their hands dirty is most important. Having a “learn as you go” mentality is essential and a skill which many veterans gain through their experience in the armed services. Furthermore, the systematic approach to following process and procedures instilled by military training helps veterans learn and perform within a structured environment as well.
For these reasons, coupled with a deep respect for the sacrifices of all current and former members of the military, College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving has focused on providing substantial opportunities to military veterans through the VetFran Initiative.