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Entrepreneur Ranks College Hunks Among Best Franchises For Veterans

January 15, 2019

Our junk hauling and moving franchise was practically made for veterans. See why College Hunks and veterans work so well together.

For the second time in two months, College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving was ranked among the best franchises for veterans, this time by Entrepreneur magazine.

Director of Franchise Development Dana Hansen, along with our Beaumont, TX, franchise owner Trini Gonzales, were guests on Fox News Radio’s “Opportunity You” to talk about why our franchise and veterans are a great match.

While many of our franchise owners came to College Hunks from corporate America, we also have a lot of veterans, Hansen explained. “This is a really great business for veterans,” he said. “I’m a veteran myself of the United States Air Force. What’s great about this business is we’re looking for leaders, and the military is really good at developing leaders.”

How we made the cut

Entrepreneur magazine invited franchise companies that offer financial incentives to veterans to participate in a survey about their veterans programs. “From there,” the magazine says, “we developed our ranking of the top 150 franchises for veterans, taking into account each company’s veteran incentive, how veteran franchisees are attracted to and supported by the company, and how each company scored in the 2018 Franchise 500.”

Why College Hunks is great franchise for vets

Our business is based on a set of values, and one of the values we cherish most is elevating future leaders.

“Every company has a mission statement, but the best companies live their core values,” Hansen said. “That really starts with a vision, creating a strategic plan and living by it. Who we hire, who we award a franchise to — every decision boils down to is it good for the company, is it good for the customer.”

Trini Gonzalez was a missions support officer the Air Force and a paralegal in the U.S. Army before becoming a construction manager in Beaumont. “I learned how to read contracts, I learned how to run profit-loss businesses in my time in the military and took those skills into the construction world,” Gonzalez told the radio show.

“I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and run my own business, but I didn’t know if I was ready. But when this opportunity came up after I got laid off, it was perfect timing. Everything I had learned up to this point just fell into place. This is definitely the business to be in in my area.”

A discount for vets

The startup costs for our franchise are even more accessible to qualified veterans, who are eligible for $5,000 off the $50,000 franchise fee.

We are a proud member of VetFran, the branch of the International Franchise Association (IFA) that helps U.S. military vets transition into civilian life by giving them greater access to franchising opportunities.

College Hunks could be that perfect franchising fit, particularly when you take into account our financial picture.

“College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving is more than a fun franchise opportunity with a catchy name,” said Hansen. “When people invest their hard-earned money in a franchise, they want to make sure the business has a strong financial upside. We have new owners who are experiencing record revenues, exceeding numbers that even a couple of years ago we wouldn’t have thought possible. In our FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document), the Item 19 shows average gross revenue in 2017 of $946,319. And we’re really proud of the fact that four of our franchise locations made it on the Inc 5000 list for 2018. We have a truly special franchise opportunity.”

Learn more

To find out why College Hunks keeps getting ranked among the best franchises for veterans, take a look at our free franchise report. You can also learn more by exploring our research pages.