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Keep Your Job and Start a Business

Posted by on March 21, 2016 in Biz Ops
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You might love your job; or, you might need your job. Maybe you cannot afford to quit and start a business. You are already living month to month. I know exactly what that is like. Here is how I started a business while teaching high school and coaching sports, and having a wife and kids.

I was working as a teacher and a coach at a high school. I loved my job!  I did not want to quit; but, I could just barely survive and support my family with what I was paid. I had to do something! — Getting a part-time jobs helped a bit. But it the little money I made wasn’t worth the time it took away from my personal and family life.

I realized that I needed to start a small business that I could do in the evenings so I could work at for a while and then build my business big enough to hire employees to do the work for me. — I could not afford to buy one. I did not even have enough money to rent an office. I would have to run it out of my home and garage. What kind of business would it be?

I did some research. The largest growth industry in the country by a huge margin is the Service sector. OK. What service could I provide that would make me a lot of money but would not cost me hardly anything to start? I decided on office cleaning. I already owned a vacuum, broom, dust pan, garbage can, mop, and squeegee. I had all sorts of cleaning products, sponges and towels. All I needed now were a few offices to clean.

I scoped out a few places where there were doctor offices that I could cold call after work: 4 PM to 5 PM. (I knew that doctors have appointments all day and that they can’t leave early.) I picked up enough accounts by referral that my business grew so much that soon it was making twice as much as my teaching job.

I was able to clean these offices anytime between when they closed and when they opened. So after teaching and coaching, I would go home, have dinner, spend some time with my family and then take off around 7:30 to 8 PM. I’d be back by midnight. Sleep for 7 hours and then start another day. My business soon became large enough for me to hire veterans to do the work. Then I just spent a few hours a week checking on the accounts and my workers.

My lifestyle greatly improved. Over time, I sold that business. Then I started another. Sold it. Started another and sold it.

Now, I teach people how to do what I did: Start a janitorial business: US Military Maintenance. I provide everything you need to get started, including equipment and website. I show you how to find accounts and provide scripts, business cards, letters, emails, agreements, and bid sheets. — In return, I ask for you to make hiring local US veterans a priority. I will provide you step-by-step instruction on how to do this too, and how to get you on your local TV News stations, radio Talk shows and to speak at businesses meetings and clubs by promoting veteran hiring.

If you have a job and need to earn more income to achieve financial security, here is another article with more details about starting this business:

US Veterans Deserve a Great Job: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/us-veterans-deserve-great-job-look-mark-baird

US Military Maintenance is a program of the non-profit, Patriotic Hearts.

Contact me: Mark Baird/  founder@usmilitarymaintenance.com/ 760-908-5339.

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Mark Baird

Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a HirePatriots.com website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.

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