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Marine Moves From Bankrupt to $4 Million (PS018)

Meet Nick Baucom

Nick Baucom, founder Two Marines Moving

Nick served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps deploying to Iraq as an infantryman.

Nick’s the founder of Two Marines Moving, a company dedicated to employing veterans in the transportation field within the Washington D.C. Metro Area.

He has assisted hundreds of veterans in their transition from military service to civilian life. His company Two Marines Moving employs more than 100 people in a variety of positions including movers, drivers, dispatchers, and sales staff.

Nick’s also a columnist for INC. Magazine. I met Nick at 1776 in Washington D.C after a TechStars Patriot Boot Camp event that helps veteran entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

About Two Marines Moving

Two Marines Moving hires veterans to provide local, long distance, residential and commercial moving services, and storage, to residents of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.


  • RallyPoint: the world’s largest professional military network. Join the community to get help with your transition to civilian life.

Show Notes

In today’s episode, Nick Baucom answers:

  • (After going bankrupt…) How do you prevent the same cash flow problems?
  • How do you make sure you don’t take on too many business projects at once?
  • What’s one challenge you’re experiencing right now running Two Marines Moving?
  • What’s one thing you believe attributes to your success as a founder?
  • What’s the best business advice you ever received?
  • What’s your plan to grow Two Marines Moving and expand to other locations?
  • How are you able to mix, or not mix, family and business and have your ex-wife still as your business partner?
  • What do you like best about being an entrepreneur?
  • What’s the first step someone should take if they want to write a book?
  • What was your process for turning your ideas into a book, and how long did it take you to complete your book?

Key Topics discussed:

  • Facebook advertising tips for small businesses
  • How to write your own book
  • The importance of marketing your business and hiring the right people
  • EOM email hack to save time
  • Work/Life balance and advice on working with your spouse
  • Opportunities for veterans working at Two Marines Moving
  • PopSmoke Partnership with RallyPoint

Apps and Articles Mentioned

  • Elon’s First Principles Reasoning Approach: Elon Musk Presents His 5 Secrets of Success To Graduates at USC
  • Business Insider: Veteran Entrepreneur section.
  • Advantage Media: Helps busy professionals, create, market, and publish a book to grow their business.
  • Free Enterprise Panel: Nick will participate in FreeEnterprise’s first-ever panel, “Why Should Startups Have All the Fun? Innovating At All Stages of Business,” at this year’s upcoming Small Business Summit.
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Mastermind Group: The Junto was a club for mutual improvement established in 1727 by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. Its purpose was to debate questions of morals, politics, and natural philosophy, and to exchange knowledge of business affairs.

Favorite Small Business Weapon

Favorite Read

  • Accept No Mediocre Life [David Foster]: Author, trainer, pastor, and radio talk show host David Foster urges readers to rip off the labels and limitations people have stuck on them, and commit to a lifelong pursuit of excellence.
  • On the Move: A Marine’s Guide to Entrepreneurial Success [Nick Baucom]: Nick shows you how to take care of your team while you lead, persist, and persevere through any business challenge that gets in your way. Anyone can own a business.
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I can not live without books. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Don’t sweat the small stuff. ~ Nick Baucom

Being an entrepreneur means to have an insatiable thirst for learning, evolving and creating. There is simply no one end goal. ~ Richard Branson

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