Settling back into the community after military retirement isn’t always the easiest thing to do. But a career in home inspecting might be the perfect fit for someone who is self-motivated, detail-oriented and full of ambition, like most service men and women.
Unlike retiring from a civilian job, many military retirees are still very young and have a lot of earning years left ahead. Home inspecting can give you a great job that fits the schedule that you want, and you can grow your business as large as you want it to be.
Here are some of the benefits of home inspecting as your next career:
#1: Learn on Your Own Time
ICA School lets you learn and move ahead at your own pace. So whether you’re already retired or leading up to it, our program fits into whatever schedule you’ve got. Study in the evenings or on weekends, and take all of the time that you need.
If something comes up, such as an unexpected duty, you don’t have to worry about losing your place in school. Just pick back up again and keep moving forward once your schedule allows. You can train in as little as a few weeks, or work on any schedule that you want.
#2: Low Startup Costs
There are plenty of business opportunities for vets, but startup costs can often be prohibitive. Home inspecting takes very little startup cash. In fact, you might already own many of the materials and supplies that you’ll need.
You won’t need an office, since your home base can be a spare room or even the kitchen table for a while. Most of the tools are fairly common and not high-tech, although you’ll probably upgrade as you go. And a laptop computer or tablet lets you start off with digital reports, which is what most inspectors use.
#3: Low Overhead
Running a home inspection business isn’t much different from starting one, at least as far as costs go. In fact, it’s one of the lowest overhead businesses that you could start. Keep working from home for as long as you like, maybe even permanently, and build up as slow or as fast as you want. No brick-and-mortar office is ever required.
Probably the biggest expenses over time will be association memberships, insurance, marketing and work tools. Memberships and insurance are critical, and marketing helps you grow your business. As for tools, you’ll learn in time which advances are important and which ones aren’t. There’s still no real improvement over a Phillips screwdriver, but electrical testers have seen a lot of advances in recent years.
#4: Set Your Own Hours
Home inspecting brings a lot of freedom from day-1. You’ll have plenty of responsibility, since you’re in total control. But being in control means that you make all of the decisions based on what fits your life. Set your own hours, and take as many or as few appointments as you can handle.
Setting your own hours can work negatively if you work too much, but that’s a common hazard with any startup business. But the positive side of that is making those business decisions based on your own goals. Maybe you will feel like working 6 days a week. That might not be sustainable, but you only answer to you.
Retired servicemen and women already have what it takes to be successful in any new business. The discipline alone goes a long way, and that doesn’t even touch on the ethics and commitment to a good day’s work.
There’s a lot to be said for being your own boss, and home inspecting gives you more freedom and room to expand than many other small business choices that you might consider. Get a free ICA School course demo today and see what our training program is all about. You could be operating your own business in no time.