Top Five Reasons Military Veterans Should Enter to Win a Cruise Franchise

Owning a home-based franchise is a popular option for military veterans who are transitioning out of active duty.

Not only do their military skills translate well into successful franchise ownership, Top Five Reasons Military Veterans Enter to Win a Cruise Franchise but owning a home-based cruise franchise has lower start-up costs and provides more flexibility to create hours that allow more time to be spent with family.

Recognizing the value of military veteran franchise ownership, many franchisors offer attractive incentives and contests. A list of these opportunities and additional resources can be found on the website for the International Franchise Association’s VetFran initiative (

Military veterans who love to travel and are seriously interested in owning a home-based cruise franchise should consider entering CruiseOne’s nationally acclaimed contest “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General,” which awards five free franchises to deserving military veterans who have demonstrated their passion for travel and entrepreneurship.

Here are the top five reasons to enter CruiseOne’s franchise giveaway contest.


Home-based franchises generally have a lower start-up fee than those opportunities with a storefront. Even though the initial home-based investment is less than $10,000, the expenses may add up when adding in franchising fees, overhead costs, marketing initiatives and more. By entering to win a cruise franchise, it is possible to eliminate most of these costs. The five winners of Operation Vetrepreneur each receive a grand prize valued at $12,700, which includes a complimentary CruiseOne franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees.

Built-In Due Diligence

Opening a franchise is a serious decision that requires research and due diligence to ensure one is making the best decision. CruiseOne works this into its winner selection process by requiring all candidates to participate in two phone interviews with members of the company’s leadership team. This vital step is beneficial for the franchisor, so it can better qualify the applicant, and for the potential franchisee by naturally providing  information and interviews they would normally have to pursue on his/ her own to learn more about the franchise opportunity.


Franchises operate on systems and in order for them to succeed, it is important they have training methods and tools in place that provide actionable instruction, as well as proven success rates. The training programs in place are an important consideration when selecting a franchise.

CruiseOne has an award-winning training program that begins immediately with weeklong orientation at its world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The training continues when franchisees return home and have access to ondemand training sessions online, as well as regional trainings and a national conference for all franchise owners hosted by CruiseOne. The training curriculum educates new owners on the industry, soft and hard sales skills and how to operate and build a business. These programs are included in the cost of a franchise and are a valuable resource for owners.


A key component of franchising is the support system in place, which begins even before signing a contract and is ongoing throughout the length of the business venture. A Franchise Development Specialist walks all prospective  franchisees through the purchasing process and explains the details of the various incentive programs and contests so the prospect can make an informed decision. All franchise owners have access to a regional Business Development Manager who facilitates boots-on-theground local marketing efforts, an IT team that creates best-in-class technology and provides technical support, and a corporate headquarters team that is committed to the success of each individual owner.

Jump Start Your Business

CruiseOne is committed to the success of all its franchise owners and wants everybody to succeed. One way the homebased franchise positions its military veteran contest winners for success is by requiring finalists to submit a detailed business plan outlining their goals and development plans, which can easily be implemented once they open their franchise for business. A business plan can be difficult to create, but it is important to be successful.

CruiseOne’s “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” contest is open to former members of any of the five branches of the U.S. military who are retired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged prior to the contest start date of May 25, 2015. To enter, candidates must complete an online entry form by Friday, Aug. 7; participate in two rounds of phone interviews; and submit a franchise application, business plan and resume.

The form and all contest details can be found at or on CruiseOne’s Facebook page, www.

Certified Franchise Executive Tim Courtney is Vice President of Franchise Development and Ambassador of Veteran Affairs at CruiseOne®, the nation’s leading home-based travel agent franchise. As part of World Travel Holdings, the world’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, CruiseOne offers consumers the lowest possible pricing on cruise and land vacations through its relationships with every major cruise line and many tour operators. In operation since 1992, CruiseOne is a member of VetFran and proudly supports military veterans. It is consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a military friendly franchise.

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