Harness the skills you learnt in the forces and work for yourself.

Regardless of the rank that you achieved or the sector of the forces you were stationed in, the personal skills that you would have developed during your years in the service will make you an ideal candidate to start your own business.

In order to be a successful business owner you need to be a motivated individual, be able to manage your time effectively and also have the confidence to put yourself out there in front of customers or potential clients. Deciding what business niche you want to work in will depend on the time that you have at your disposal, the amount of manual labour that you’re capable of doing on a daily basis and your ability to travel. If you own a car and have a clean driving license then you’re options will be a lot wider, but you can still earn good money without leaving your house – it just takes some perseverance!

Have a look at these potential streams of revenue and consider whether one of these might be the right fit for you:

Buy a mobile cleaning franchise

You might think that you don’t have the slightest clue how to set up a franchise business, but the best thing about this option is that franchises will give you a huge amount of support and training, so that you can best represent their brand. Buying a franchise like the oven cleaning business, Ovenu, is by no means a cheap venture. Purchasing the rights to use the brand, access the training and equipment starts at £15,900 – however yearly returns can rocket up to £50,000, if you play your cards right. Remember that a jobs such as this would be intensely physical and would involve a fair bit of driving. 

Selling on eBay

There are many ways to make money online; selling items on eBay is one of the oldest and most reliable methods. There are minimal set-up fees should you wish to open a business on the popular auction site; for £19.99 a month you can open a store and list up to 100 items.

What you choose to sell is up to you, it’s usually best to pick a niche that has a relatively small investment cost to start with, unless you’re happy spending big money on stock up front. Choose a product that belongs to a niche that you’re passionate about, so that you can sell goods you believe in.

Personal Trainer

Many veterans miss the active lifestyle that they have whilst working in the Forces, but there are ways that you can continue to life life in the fast lane post-retirement. Although any one could feasibly become a personal trainer, without any formal qualifications you risk opening yourself to law suits if one of your clients injures themselves. For this reason, it’s best to gain a qualification in Personal Training first, so that you can use legitimate techniques and protect yourself from liability issues. Build up a wide-base of clients and you could find yourself exercising every day and getting paid for it!

Taxi Driver/Delivery Driver

If you live in a relatively urban environment and have access to either a push-bike or a car, then you’ll be able to sign up to work for one of the rising tech startups of the on-demand sector.

If you’d like to get some good exercise and aren’t worried about earning a lot of money, then you can ride for Deliveroo, delivering restaurant meals to people’s homes. A car and a clean driving license will make you eligible to drive for Uber, where you can make decent money if you work the busy hours of the week. Either of these options offer you a decent amount of flexibility, it’s totally up to you when you decide to work.

Understandably, not all of these occupations will be ideal for everyone and each one comes with it’s own set of pros and cons. Working for yourself can be a rewarding experience, but it’s not necessarily for everyone. Should you get sick or injure yourself, you won’t have a safety net to fall back on, so it’s important that you consider these risks before you invest any time or money.


For more information on how to get back into the working world, check out our post on Training Opportunities or head to https://www.veteranemployment.co.uk/