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Q&A with Jerry Flanagan, JDog Junk Removal

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JDog Junk RemovalJerry Flanagan is the creator of JDog Junk Removal. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served from 1987 to 1989. He did basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. and then went on to Ft. Gordon, Ga. for Advanced Individual Training as a cable assembler and finished as a Distinguished Honor Graduate.

He was later stationed at Ft. Stewart, Ga. and achieved the rank of E-4 Specialist. After the Army, Flanagan attended college and technical school on the GI bill before starting his career and several entrepreneurial endeavors.

JDog Junk Removal is a full-service junk removal franchise offered exclusively to veterans, active-duty members of the United States Military and their family members. The company is the only U.S. franchise business devoted solely to military veterans and their families.

The JDog movement is currently in six states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Montana and Tennessee, and is actively looking to expand across the country.

Q: Why would a veteran want to open a franchise?

The structure of a franchise business is something that’s easily understood by veterans because franchises are team-based systems; there is a common goal and the unit works together to achieve it. As returning veterans transition back to civilian life, they are looking for another way to serve and another system to be a part of. The advantage is that they know how to lead a team and contribute to a team at the same time. In many ways, a franchise demands similar performances. Veterans’ unique qualifications are something I decided to capitalize on by offering them exclusive opportunities.

Q: How does JDog Junk Removal correlate to your military training?

 

Much like in business, my experiences in the military were often as challenging as they were rewarding. So, while the job may not always be simple, I believe I have created a simple business system that lends itself to an easy-to-follow, fool-proof model. By removing the guesswork, our team can focus on our mission to reverse the stigma of the service industry by working with respect, integrity and trust. As an Army veteran, I wanted to seek out a recession-proof service model that transferred the work ethic and discipline I acquired though active duty and the unmatched values military veterans display in the civilian workplace.

Q: How has your military background had an impact on your business today?

 

The key to success in the military, and in business, is your ability to work successfully as a team. My time in the military was 100%, 100% of the time. That level of commitment has directly translated to JDog’s franchise business model, myself as a leader, and that which I expect of my franchisees. The military taught me that a group of determined, hard-working individuals can be a larger adversary than one that’s loosely structured and without direction. I understand the difficulties of transition back to civilian life and what military skills are marketable in the workplace, which is why I have created this opportunity.

Q: What would you say to a fellow veteran considering a franchise such as JDog Junk Removal?

 

Suit up! JDog Junk Removal franchises strictly to veterans and veteran family members - a decision that was made to help fulfill an unmet demand for military professionals who are looking for a way to make the transition from military life to civilian life a little easier. JDog offers a proven business model which allows owners to maintain an active, flexible work schedule. The opportunity is also attractive to disabled veterans, since they can hire staff to manage the business and not have to do all of the heavy lifting.

If you are interested in learning more about a JDog Junk Removal franchise, contact Wayne Turner at (844) GET-JDOG, (844) 438-5364, or go to www.jdogjunkremoval.com.

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