top 10 franchises for retired veterans

Tracer Consulting is a veteran-owned and operated business. Listed here are our top 10 franchises for retired veterans, or veterans with extensive business experience. These opportunities require greater initial capital and business acumen.

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Initial Investment: $350,000 – $390,000


Some veterans wish they could work at a man cave where everyone gets a beer and plays video games while they hang out. This is exactly what’s going on here. Diesel Barbershop is a manly, cool, inviting and comfortable joint for men to get haircuts, shaves, beard trims, grey hair coloring and a shoulder massage while having a beer or beverage on the house. Locations deliver a better customer experience while making much more money than a value haircut brand.

Initial Investment: $312,000 – $369,000


I personally know a Marine’s favorite thing to do is smash things. Smash My Trash is like unleashing a battalion of grunts into a dumpster, and you get to direct the carnage. There’s a veteran discount and it’s perfect those who want to build a large business before they retire.

Smash My Trash provides services to customers throughout the United States, including 3 of the top 10 largest companies in the world, and 5 of the top 20 largest companies in the United States. They keep things simple – save money, save time, and cut emissions.

Initial Investment: $315,000 – $485,000


Be the CEO of a tree cutting franchise. With a highly professional model, Monster Tree Service has turned what was once a lawless industry into something you would recommend to your neighbor. They are the only tree care franchise in the US. Huge tax incentives AND a veteran discount. For gun loving, outdoorsy people, chain saws outdoors is a close second.

Monster Tree Service provides year-round tree removal, pruning, land clearing, stump grinding and other tree care services to residential and commercial customers. You do not need to be an arborist or a crew member.

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WaveMax offers a special financing deal for veterans that can only be discussed with a franchise consultant after confirming veteran status. For more info, contact us.


Some veterans want to retire and just work a couple hours a day to supplement their income, spending the rest of their time with family, hobbies, and relaxing. WaveMAX’s revolutionary, industry-disrupting business model,  combined with their generous veteran discount and in-house financing will prepare you to do just that.

WaveMAX has developed a system to change the way coin laundry locations are built, perceived, and operated. They are looking for professionals that want to build a multi-unit franchise empire and still have quality of life in running the business.

Initial Investment: $195,000 – $664,000


Veterans are some of the most athletic people I have ever met, and the lifestyle doesn’t have to stop with your DD-214. If you want to be in an intense, performance-focused environment while being your own boss, this is the franchise for you. Not only will you train young adults, but you’ll watch as they’re recruited to D1 colleges – like the over 1,000 athletes and 90 NFL draft picks before them.  

Rated a Men’s Health top 30 gym, D1 training offers recurring revenue streams through memberships and performance training.

Initial Investment: $197,548 – $313,136


With a fun atmosphere, thorough corporate support, and simple business model, FASTSIGNS is a great option for veterans who want a start in franchising. Now more than ever, businesses look to FASTSIGNS for innovative ways to connect with customers in a highly competitive marketplace. FASTSIGNS is the most recognized brand in the sign industry, driving significantly more traffic to the web than any competitor.

  • FBR50 Franchisee Satisfaction Award 2006-2016
  • Franchise Business Review – Best in Category 2016
  • Franchise Research Institute World Class Franchise – 2011-2016
  • Franchise Research Institute #1 Rated Sign & Graphics Franchise 2014-2015
  • CFA Franchisees’ Choice Designation – 2011-2016
  • CFA – Awards of Excellence, bronze winner 2016

Initial Investment: $276,000


This is like an MOS change, they have 4-9 months of residential and non-res training while the store build is occuring, then you manage a large team of people independently operating who report back to you on their progress. Expedia CruiseShipCenters Franchisees own and operate a retail travel agency that’s connected to their local community – backed by the most recognized travel brand in the world. A single franchise location can be continuously scaled over time as the Franchise Partner grows their team of Vacation Consultants (travel agents) who sell travel on their behalf from the store or their home offices.

Since 1987, the company has been a market leader and a top seller with every major cruise line. They’re averaged 30% annual sales growth every year for the past two decades!

Initial Investment: $150,500 – $391,500


Many veterans are tattooed and confident enough to feel like they have nothing to prove. A veteran and his wife felt the same way, so they opened the first tattoo franchise focused on a laid back, no-tough-guys atmosphere. Match that with inq’s focus on customer service, profit-maximizing technology, and salaried artists, and you have a loyal employee and customer base.

inq Tattoos premium boutiques offer professional, custom tattoo services and related retail products with a focus on clean design, transparency, use of technology, and a customer-first approach. 

Initial Investment: $350,000


I served with plenty of guys who felt like youth sports was the defining activity of their childhood, and they wanted to go home and be involved. Play It Again Sports gives you the opportunity to do just that, and earn high profit margins while doing it.

Franchisees buy and sell used sports equipment and uniforms, allowing children who otherwise can’t afford equipment the ability to own great gear. Per their FDD, in 2018 the average gross sales was $818,699. 

Initial Investment: $200,000 – $365,000


This is only for veterans with prior business experience – a minimum of 10 years in sales and/or management to be exact. However, this catapults you to a CEO position of a franchise that feels like a Fortune 500 company, and needs you to perform like you’re in one.

City Wide is a management company in the commercial building maintenance industry. It is not an operational model, meaning there are no hourly employees, no equipment, or supplies to buy. You secure the business and manage it through independent contractors. You will build a sales and management organization. This high ROI opportunity allows for recurring revenue and the chance to build a legacy business.

Pay for your franchise while paying yourself.

Franchise ownership is more accessible than you think.


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