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Owning a business is an American dream that increasing numbers of military veterans choose. That’s because as a former service member, you’ve already developed the skills perfect for business ownership. From driven dedication to a willingness to do the hard jobs, your military background gives you a unique advantage.

But, how do you get started in the PRO business without a business background or knowledge of the portable sanitation industry? Dive in and learn how to combine your military experience with industry resources to start a successful portable restroom business.

Benefits for Veteran Business Owners

If you’re new to the portable sanitation industry or business ownership, you’ll find plenty of support both online and off. Government agencies, like the Office of Veterans Business Development and Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, provide a wealth of information and programs specifically for veteran-owned businesses. Find resources to help you secure funding, access training, and secure government contracts. 

  • Funding. The Small Business Association helps veterans find lenders for a PRO startup. Plus, programs like the SBA Veterans Advantage reduce loan guarantee fees for veterans.
  • Training. From online courses to in-person classes, you’ll find specific business training programs for service-disabled veterans, women veterans, and even spouses of former service members.
  • Contracting. The government sets aside funds for contracts with service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. Additional programs at the city and state level can verify your business as a certified veteran-owned company for further benefits.

As a thank you for your service, you’ll find that many organizations assist veteran-owned companies. For example, manufacturers and suppliers may offer deals for veterans. When researching potential vendors, ask them if they provide discounts for former service members.

Portable Restroom Startup Basics

Turn your plans into reality with research followed by action. Before becoming a portable restroom operator, you’ll need to create a strategy that outlines your steps to startup. Use a basic checklist and earmark sections where you have questions or need extra help. Put your military experience to work by being thorough in your preparation. You’ll need to:

  • Complete market research, including a SWOT analysis.
  • Create a PRO business plan.
  • Figure out financing and licensing.
  • Find a location.
  • Set up your shop, including office software.
  • Purchase supplies and equipment.
  • Develop a marketing strategy.

Of course, these are just a few startup steps you’ll need to take to get started as a PRO. You may run into questions about how many toilets you need or if you should hire an accountant. Don’t let these roadblocks stop you from moving forward with your portable restroom business. Keep the ball rolling by researching your concerns and reaching out to experts.

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Get Support from PROs

You’ve defended the American dream for years, and now it’s time to experience it for yourself. Use the benefits available to veterans to set up your portable restroom business successfully. You can rely on expert advice and industry insights with a free JohnTalk membership, which includes access to our in-depth Startup Guide — over 70 pages of must-have information! Sign up to get yours today!

Looking to Take Your Portable Restroom Business to the NEXT LEVEL? Download our FREE Guide: “Your Guide to Operating A Portable Restroom Business.”

Thinking About GETTING INTO the Portable Restroom Industry? Download our FREE Guide: “Your Guide to Starting A Portable Restroom Business.”

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