What do you do after receiving your last set of orders in the military? Have you ever thought about starting your own business, or perhaps you simply want to use an entrepreneurial spirit to succeed in your post-military profession working for someone else? Regardless of what your transition plans include, every military veteran can benefit from reading Grace Major’s “Hang Up the Uniform: Bridging the Gap Between Military Service and Business Ownership.”
We often hear about veterans helping veterans, and this is one of the ways Major (a retired Navy veteran) is helping her fellow service members and their families make the transition from the military to civilian life. As she points out in her book, many of the skills that are second-nature to military service members are highly valued in the business world.
Major offers easy-to-follow, down-to-earth advice that includes road tests, myth busters, and take-action checklists. The road tests help a transitioning veteran decide if business ownership should be considered. Major offers some honest questions that should be addressed before considering whether or not a person really wants to work for him or herself.
As part of Major’s simple business plan, she provides three myths that will help prevent a veteran from going down the wrong path. She follows this myth-busting with the name game to help an aspiring entrepreneur decide what to name his or her business.
No military operation is complete without a checklist, and Major delivers a powerful, succinct list of items to consider when making the transition from uniformed service to civilian business ownership. The checklist is supported by an extensive list of references which will prove valuable to any military person, whether or not he or she is considering owning their own business.
It’s clear that Major’s heart is serving others, and her book goes a long way in helping her fellow veterans make one of the biggest moves of any military career: Hanging up the uniform for the last time.
In true “veterans helping veterans” spirit, Major is donating a portion of the book proceeds to Wounded Warriors.
You can find Major’s book at www.amazon.com/Hang-Up-The-Uniform-Ownership/dp/1477680101
This book review was completed by Alvin Plexico, PhD. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I asked to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”