BTU #31 – Andreas Jones – Starting your own business and making your dream a reality

“What a lot of people do in networking is they go in with the mindset of “what can I get from it.” The important switch i made was, “what can I give to this relationship that I’m looking to start.” Stop trying to figure out what’s in it for you. Give and it’s the law of nature – if you plant seeds of good and positive vibrations all the time, it’s going to come back to you.”
 – Andreas Jones

Andreas Jones is the CEO and Principal Business Strategist and Leadership Consultant at Combat Business Coaching. Andreas served in the US Army for over 8 years, where he was as a Logistics & Supply Chain Manager. In his civilian career he has worked as: a contributing writer to Forbes and The Huffington Post; a Project Manager work at The Home Depot; and a Vice President of Procurement and Strategy at the Financial Services Company, the Sun Trust.
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In this conversation, we cover a lot of topics, including:

  • From the Army to starting his own business – what Andreas learned along the way
  • Advice on how to find a co-founder or initial team
  • Advice on how to learn and grow through networking
  • What day-to-day life looked like while starting a company
  • Advice Andreas would give to other veterans considering starting their own business
  • And much, much more…

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Show Notes

  • 1:11 – Andreas’ background
  • 3:40 – How Andreas decided to leave the Army
  • 4:25 – How Andreas approached is initial job search and what he learned along the way
  • 7:01 – What Andreas does for a living, and what his life looks like on a day-to-day business
  • 12:40 – From the Army to starting his own business – what Andreas learned along the way
  • 15:10 – Advice on how to find a co-founder or initial team
  • 16:10 – Advice on how to learn and grow through networking
  • 24:24 – Other advice to help you start your own company
  • 25:10 – What day-to-day life looked like while starting a company
  • 28:24 – When Andreas started his own company, how he felt ahead of his civilian counterparts and where he felt behind
  • 30:23 – Advice Andreas would give to other veterans considering starting their own business
  • 31:05 – What Andreas has liked most and least about starting his own company
  • 32:15 – Other resources Andreas would recommend to listeners
  • 34:05 – The most surprising aspect of Andreas’ transition from the Army to civilian life
  • 36:40 – Final words of wisdom for veteans