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5 Reasons Why Your Defence Experience Makes You Awesome At Running Your Own Business

Veterans' experiences in the military have equipped them not only with leadership and problem-solving skills but also with the mental fortitude necessary to tackle the challenges of running a business. Their training in handling high-pressure situations and resilience in overcoming adversity make veterans great candidates for entrepreneurship, especially in the field of mental health and wellness.



The unique range of skills and experiences developed in the ADF makes serving personnel great business owners after transition. Image courtesy of http://images.defence.gov.au/S20230112

Here’s 5 reasons why ADF members and veterans have a head start over civilians when starting a business:


1. Leadership experience: Veterans have a wealth of leadership experience from their time in the military. They have led teams and managed personnel, which translates well to running a business.

2. Adaptability: Veterans are used to working in fast-paced, dynamic environments and are able to adapt to new situations quickly. This skill is essential for business owners, who must constantly adapt to changes in the market and economy.

3. Work ethic: Veterans are known for their strong work ethic and determination. They are used to working long hours and pushing through difficult conditions, which is essential for running a successful business.

4. Problem-solving skills: Veterans have developed strong problem-solving skills through their military training and experience. They are able to think critically and come up with creative solutions to problems, which is an important skill for business owners.

5. A diverse skill set: Veterans have been trained in a variety of fields, such as logistics, engineering, and information technology. This diverse skill set can be an asset for business owners, as they can draw on a wide range of expertise to help their business succeed.


Many organisations and agencies offer training, counselling, and financial assistance for veterans looking to start their own business. But you are dealing with people who can’t connect with you as they have no shared experience and they just want to focus on you being “broken”, because that’s their funding narrative.


InnoClub is not just about starting a business, nor is it just about ensuring start-up success and growth. We are about cohort and community and a sense of purpose. That’s why the guidance and support you receive is from mentors with lived in experience in the ADF and Services.


You already have the essentials for running a successful business, so let us work with you and your business or idea, and make a positive impact in the community.


Join now, reconnect with your tribe, and be on your way to more positive outcomes and success.

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