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VA loan to start business

Im getting out of the army in 2017 and I want to use my VA loan to open an auto repair business. I want to specialize in something, probably transmissions.

My question is does anyone on here own a shop/know someone that does? What was the start up process like? Im going to be using the next 5 years to get ASE certs do these help at all with getting capitol from lenders? any other advice would be great.

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I suggest you go work for someone already in the business for a couple of years before just jumping into opening your own shop.

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Ive been doing this for years guy.

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Well...if you've been running your own business for years then I guess you're one step ahead of the game!

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my bad, ive been working in shops for years....being an army mechanic isnt really too different from working a civilian shop we just go shoot guns every couple weeks and visit foreign countries. Im pushin 30 im not some punk kid its time to step my game up.

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hey what are your qualifications HeavyG?

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Working in an Army shop you don't have to worry about:

meeting a payroll, cost control, advertising, insurance issues/requirements, dealing with state,local regs, zoning laws, local permits and building inspectors, bookkeeping, marketing, etc., etc., etc.

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hey what are your qualifications HeavyG?
None...just a guy in an internet forum.

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I'll give you what I hope will be motivation for you. About 5 years ago I helped one of my best friends move all of his tools and equipment out of a shop he was working at into a two bay building when he started his own business. On Friday I'm helping him move out of his current 4-bay lease building into an 8-bay building that he bought. Hard work, good help and great customer service will make you in any business. You can hire an accountant and lawyer that you trust to help you with the paperwork. One of the best things you can do is find any area that doesn't have a specialty shop so you can fill a need. Also, don't ever be afraid to turn down the hard jobs; that makes you the go-to guy.

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Working in an Army shop you don't have to worry about:

meeting a payroll, cost control, advertising, insurance issues/requirements, dealing with state,local regs, zoning laws, local permits and building inspectors, bookkeeping, marketing, etc., etc., etc.
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like I said ive got 5 years to figure it out. thanks!

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None...just a guy in an internet forum.
^ this made me laff.


transmissions are meh.... i know a guy from the gym (just an acquaintance) and it seems that forced induction is his specialty. and let me tell you, that guy doesn't have enough time in the day to work. he constantly has people throwing money at him.

what one man can do, another can do.

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