28 Veterans Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

28 Veterans Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a veterans business in 2022?

We put together 27 of the best veterans businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other veterans businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a meal prep business ($720K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $4,170,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,833
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills

TJ Clark from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA started Healthy Chew over 6 years ago, a meal prep business.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Case Study

My name is TJ. I am currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and 50% owner. I was originally hired to help my business partner Peter wash dishes and make breakfast. Peter had been meal prepping for about 1 year before he brought me on board. When I was hired, I saw that he was a fantastic chef, handled sales, and was able to grow without efficiency.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That one Facebook video doubled our client base overnight.

I filled in the gaps and taught him how to properly scale the company, hire more employees, and both structure and organize it into a self-sustaining business. I lacked the sales and cooking experience he had. So we were very yin and yang.

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2. Start a construction company ($4.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $10,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$8,339,916
Time To Revenue
360 days
Skills
Business model

Clifton Muckenfuss from Apex, North Carolina, USA started Carolina Exteriors about 12 years ago, a construction company.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Apex, North Carolina, USA

Case Study

The founders are childhood best friends from small-town America (South Carolina). We took different paths after college and approximately 9 years later, reunited in North Carolina. I (Clifton) was recruited from Florida to work for a Mortgage Company in Raleigh, NC and Wesley was already established here (Raleigh) working for a major building materials manufacturer (James Hardie). After the housing crisis, the Mortgage Company went bankrupt and I (Clifton) found myself without a job. I then founded a Residential/Commercial/Cleaning Company (still in operations today, Managed by my wife, Mary Ann) and grew that business from $0 - $500K rapidly.

Surround yourself with POSITIVE people.

Then, Wes and I were talking about the possibility of starting a siding/exterior remodeling company since most of the contractors were retreating after the recession and the ones that remained, didn’t focus on the customer, but rather, only on the transaction.

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3. Start a retail business ($24M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $3,000,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$27,102
Time To Revenue
330 days
Skills
Business model

Stephanie Stuckey from Eastman, Georgia started Stuckey’s Corporation over 85 years ago, a retail business.

  • Revenue: $2,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 40
  • Location: Eastman, Georgia

Case Study

When my grandfather started Stuckey’s, there were no other roadside retail chains, so motorists had nowhere reliable to pull over for gas, a clean restroom, and a cold drink / hot snack. He saw a real need in the market and met it. Stuckey’s grew from those humble roadside stand origins with a $35 loan from his grandmother to at one time a must-stop for family vacations along the nation’s interstates in the 1960s and 1970s.

Fast forward to today, while the competitive landscape has dramatically changed, there’s still a need for a trusted and unique roadside experience. What sets Stuckey’s apart is that we produce a product for which we’re known, our pecan-based snacks and candies, especially our pecan log roll which my grandmother invented. The key to rebuilding this brand is to stick to the basics, providing quality snacks for the consumer that will remind them of the fun of taking a road trip and exploring America by car.

Although started in 1937, I still have a founder’s mentality given our company’s incredible rise and fall. It’s almost unheard of for a nostalgic brand to get back in family hands after being run by large corporations, and I see that as an incredible opportunity at a second chance. Under corporate control, Stuckey’s became just an asset on a balance sheet and not the unique and special brand that it was and can still be.

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4. Become a mobile personal trainer ($720K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $8,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 4 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Chris Anderson from Overland Park, Kansas, USA started Live Fit over 11 years ago, a mobile personal trainer.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Case Study

I started Live Fit because I felt I was running out of options in the industry I loved so much. Personally, I felt the misses in the personal training industry and wanted to change that. Personal Training, as well as all types of fitness, can be very intimidating to most people. And honestly, the people that are most intimidated by fitness are often the people that need it the most. I set out to create a company that provided the same types of exercises, programming, and results as generally all fitness companies, but I wanted to make it a comfortable experience from the moment a potential client stepped through our doors.

All our processes, our studio layout, our team of trainers we have hired, and our entire mission are based on making clients feel comfortable, appreciated, and valued. We do things differently and over the past 10 years, I have seen other companies in our area follow our lead. Long gone are the days of slamming weights, extremely loud music, and uncomfortable gym environments. People want to go where they feel comfortable and respected.

I have always loved sports and started at a young age, with my dad as my coach. I continued athletics through high school and went on to run college track where I based my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees entirely on building my career in the fitness industry. The last thing I was willing to do was to throw it all away based on a lack of opportunity, so I created my own with Live Fit. I believe in spirituality and the law of attraction and base my life on those principles. So in early 2011 when I couldn’t focus on my spiritual study and spiritual growth because my mind was consumed with running numbers about opening my own company, I knew that was a sign from God it was time to create something great.

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5. Start a logistics business ($1.8M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$125,000 — $2,083,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$6,250
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model

Ben Elizer from Nashville, TN, USA started Velocity International Group almost 7 years ago, a logistics business.

  • Revenue: $150,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 17
  • Location: Nashville, TN, USA

Case Study

Velocity was born back in 2015 after months and months of research. I have a degree in logistics from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and a Masters’s degree in Business Management from Tennessee Tech University. I worked at a logistics company as a Manager in Training in Nashville, directly after college. After almost 5 years at the business and earning my MBA while working, I wanted more responsibility, but they didn’t want to expand the business or take on those new jobs to help me grow as an individual personally or professionally.

If you want to attract customers, show them how you can save them money, save them time, reduce a level of stress, and overall make their lives easier.

After interviewing for a few jobs, and applying for many more without much success, I decided to take the knowledge I had acquired over the past 4 to 5 years and put it to work. I left my previous employer, with a colleague, and started Velocity International Group. Validation of the company came from my previous experience in business and building trust in our customers by going above and beyond with great service.

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6. Start a healthcare advocacy business

Examples of a successful healthcare advocacy business:

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7. Start a bar

Time To Revenue
390 days
Skills
Business model

Examples of a successful bar:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bar:

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8. Start an auto detailing business ($72K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $6,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,666
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 8 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Examples of a successful auto detailing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a auto detailing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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Case Study

My name is Matt Paskow. I started a mobile auto detailing business called Fresh Look Mobile Auto Detailing which services North County, San Diego.

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9. Start a veteran's needs serving business

Examples of a successful veteran's needs serving business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a veteran's needs serving business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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10. Start a franchise ownership business

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month

Examples of a successful franchise ownership business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a franchise ownership business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Case Study

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been fortunate to be still in such a strong position. We have around one thousand clients spread out across our 15 multilingual sites and a combined monthly average of 675,000 visitors, 525,000 of which are unique. Our websites achieve almost two million combined page views per month. We currently have over 500,000 active subscribers in our email database, which is a 17% increase from this time last year. I think that in itself speaks volumes on just how popular we have remained despite the global crisis.

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11. Start a fishing guide business

Examples of a successful fishing guide business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fishing guide business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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12. Start a special event security

Examples of a successful special event security:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a special event security:

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13. Become a general contractor

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful general contractor:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a general contractor:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a general contractor ➜

Case Study

Jamie and Anthony are the founders of Outdoor Office LLC. They design & create, oversee the construction of, and offer turnkey outdoor office sheds to clients.

This business constructs and designs unique, fully-finished backyard studio spaces for home businesses, stay-at-home employees, and imaginative dreamers.

As a builder and creator, Anthony believed he could create something that would enable others to work from home without interruptions while also encouraging creativity and passion.

The duo is making more than 1 million per year from their outdoor office building business.

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14. Start an extreme adventure trips business

Examples of a successful extreme adventure trips business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a extreme adventure trips business:

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15. Start a gym

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $1,200,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$75,875
Skills

Examples of a successful gym:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gym:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a gym ➜

Case Study

Hey everyone! I am Chris and in March 2011 I started Live Fit. Live Fit is a personal training company that was created to change the standards in the personal training industry. Early on I focused on building a company that is not only based on results, as most fitness companies are, but that is also focused very heavily on relationships. Relationships create trust, trust creates buy-in, and buy-in leads to the accountability and dedication it takes to get results.

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16. Start a garage business

Examples of a successful garage business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a garage business:

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17. Start a Building affiliate sites business ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$349,983/month
Skills

Examples of a successful Building affiliate sites business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a Building affiliate sites business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a Building affiliate sites business ➜

Case Study

My name is Gregory Elfrink and I’m the director of marketing with Empire Flippers. We’re a three-time winner of the INC 5,000 award for being one of the fastest growing companies in America and we help people buy and sell online businesses.

We have brokered over $50 million worth of deals, and since we’re a big believer in transparency we also created a scoreboard that details most of our stats - from the hundreds of thousands of website visitors we get to our pool of potential buyers that grow by the hundreds every month.

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18. Start a security guard business

Examples of a successful security guard business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a security guard business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a security guard business ➜

19. Start a coffee shop

How Much Can You Make?
$15,000 — $52,500/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,650
Skills

Examples of a successful coffee shop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a coffee shop:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a coffee shop ➜

Case Study

My name is Beth Baxter and I co-founded Camper Cafe, a mobile coffee van business. The idea for our business started with my partner’s love for vintage VW campervans. He had a rusty old shell of a T25 Campervan given to him, that he wanted to convert into a trailer for his motorbikes.

Although we never really thought about this ever becoming more than just a lifestyle business, we found we were turning so much work away from that in 2019 when the company was turning over around £150k from working only 70 days of the year, we decided that I should go full-time to see the potential.

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20. Start a butcher shop

Examples of a successful butcher shop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a butcher shop:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a butcher shop ➜

21. Start a firearms training business

Examples of a successful firearms training business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a firearms training business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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22. Start a security services business

Examples of a successful security services business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a security services business:

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23. Start a shooting range training business

Examples of a successful shooting range training business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shooting range training business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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24. Start a convenience store business

Examples of a successful convenience store business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a convenience store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a convenience store business ➜

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25. Start a workplace training business

Examples of a successful workplace training business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a workplace training business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a workplace training business ➜

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26. Start a tech consulting business

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000 — $10,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful tech consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a tech consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a tech consulting business ➜

Case Study

Hi! My name is Piyush Singhal, and I am the co-founder and CEO of HIC Global Solutions, a registered partner of Salesforce. We started HIC Global Solutions in the year 2015. Just recently, we celebrated our sixth anniversary!

We provide them with the utmost care and growth plans so that they get to know the full potential of Salesforce technologies and automation and get a clear view of their next deals and track customers.

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27. Start a disaster planning and preparation business

Examples of a successful disaster planning and preparation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a disaster planning and preparation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a disaster planning and preparation business ➜

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