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JDog Junk Removal: A 4-Star Franchise Service
by Janet Farley, Contributing Editor

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Article Sponsored by: JDog Junk Removal

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You are a bold, audacious, risk-taking warrior, and while you may not be 100% certain about what you want to do in your next job, you’re quite certain you don’t want to squander the years sitting behind a desk and answering to someone else. If this sounds like you, consider doing what Army Reservist Roy Birdwell did last year in Nashville, Tenn. Become your own boss as a JDog Junk Removal franchisee.

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, a rapidly growing national company, is on a mission to offer business ownership opportunities to veterans and their family members. JDog franchisees provide junk removal and hauling services to both residential and commercial customers, delivering service the military way: with respect, integrity and trust. The company believes that when given the choice, the American public will always choose to support a veteran business.

JDog sells franchises exclusively to military veterans and their family members. Franchise owners operate easily recognizable, camouflage vehicles and trailers and wear military-style uniforms.

JDog Junk Removal offers its business owners a familiar sense of community that can’t always be found in other franchises. “It is a military family itself that is military-friendly and themed,” said Birdwell, who adds that it offered him the career flexibility he sought.

“Through my years in the Navy, the National Guard, the Army Reserves and as a civilian contractor in the Middle East, I’ve spent a lot of time away from my own family. Now that my son is in kindergarten, I want to be at home as he grows up,” said Birdwell.

“It was also important for me to work in a job that meant something to me personally. I wanted a job where I could give back to the community,” he added. “Being a business owner gives me more control over my time and, as a result, a better quality of life,” observed Birdwell. “JDog makes it easy for you to be a business owner. If you follow the success plan they have developed, you’ll do fine.”

According to Birdwell, those used to life in and around the military have what it takes to excel in business ownership. “I don’t have any exact numbers on it, but I do know most military members are self-motivated and that’s what you have to be to make a franchise successful,” said Birdwell.

Becoming a JDog Junk Removal franchisee is relatively simple and may be the right fit for you, your family members or other veterans. “You pay an initial franchise fee of about $25K. Of course, there are other costs involved as well,” said Birdwell. “You have to secure your business license and insurance. You have to get a vehicle and a trailer and then you have to get the vehicle wrapped in vinyl advertising,” he said.

According to Birdwell, a reasonably set fixed monthly royalty is paid to the franchise. “This is unique. Other franchises want you pay them a monthly percentage, usually 12%, on your business profit,” said Birdwell.

That’s not the only way things are different, either. “Unlike other businesses, the individual franchisees are not in competition with one another. We share best practices with one another and help each other,” said Birdwell.

New franchisee owners are provided one week of intensive training at the corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa., and a follow-up week of training is provided on the new franchisee site shortly afterwards. All JDog franchisees are also supported by an experienced board of advisors, including decorated military officers and business professionals, who understand the unique attributes and qualifications of veterans.

Birdwell advises you to think carefully about your civilian job after the military. “Find what works for you. Start by figuring out what you’re trying to accomplish,” said Birdwell. “Look at others in similar situations. Based on how things are going for them, can you see where you might be 10, 15 or 20 years down the line doing the same thing?”

The bottom line is simple, according to Birdwell. “If you don’t enjoy doing your job, it’s not worth it. You can always find a job making decent money but will it allow you to have a life, too?” he said.

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Janet Farley is a workplace and careers strategist and the author of several job search books, including Quick Military Transition Guide: Seven Steps to Landing a Civilian Job (Jist/EMC, 2013). Follow her on Twitter @mil2civguide for news you can use in your own transition.

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