September 03, 2014 // Franchising.com // OKLAHOMA - The middle of the war in Afghanistan was the last place Lieutenant Andrew Wilson expected to begin his entrepreneurial journey in 2002.
But, while reading Fortune Magazine as explosions rang in the distance, the Army veteran told Military Transition News that he stumbled upon the article that set him on his next career; franchising.
The article detailed the international success of Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK®, Brian Scudamore. Wilson was inspired by the franchisor's customer-service focus and how 1-800-GOT-JUNK® had professionalized and brought a national brand to the junk removal industry.
Wilson dove into franchising when he returned from Afghanistan, opening a 1-800-GOT-JUNK® franchise in Kansas City. In 2013, Scudamore launched a new venture called You Move Me - a company promising a new spin on the moving industry. Wilson bought in to that as well, opening a location in Tulsa.
Wilson told Military Transition News about You Move Me, "We take something ordinary and make it exceptional. Moving can be stressful, but we make it less stressful. We make it almost fun."
Military Transition News reports that franchising offers many veterans a smoother transition into the civilian workforce because it has the flexibility of business ownership combined with the structure of an existing brand.
But both Wilson and Military Transition News warn veterans that franchising is hard work, and there are secrets to success. For example, choose a niche market to decrease the impact of local competition and ensure the business is family-friendly.
By finding a franchise with these traits, Wilson has made millions removing junk from people's homes and is poised to do the same moving people, not just their boxes with You Move Me.
You Move Me is a professional, local moving company that moves people, not just their boxes. You Move Me is pioneering a new standard for the moving industry with a customer experience that is different from what's expected. It's a full service moving company that's almost fun; offering moving, packing, and supplies options; and a wardrobe box that doubles as a kid's fort! You Move Me really cares - from morning coffee service to a housewarming gift - this is professional and friendly packed up into one great company. You Move Me services 60 million people in more than 30 metros throughout Canada and the U.S. Visit www.youmoveme.com.
PR Manager, You Move Me