Catch a glimpse into what life is like as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee

For any franchise brand, the bottom line of company success comes when the franchisees within your brand find happiness and achieve their own success.

Successful, dedicated franchisees who are bought into the mission of the company are crucial for any franchised brand, and here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we have just that. Since the beginning, when TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets made the decision to franchise her local moving business based out of Lansing, Mich., we’ve gone on to open more than 350 locations across the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

A commitment to high-quality moving services and customer care were key in the growth of the brand, but it’s a franchisee network of like-minded individuals from all backgrounds who keep pushing this mindset and allowing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK expansion. Many of our franchisees started out as movers and drivers before working their way up and know exactly what it takes to open and operate their own successful moving franchises.

Are you interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK? Check out some of these success stories below to see what is possible when investing with us!

Moving People Forward: Juan Gallegos

Moving People Forward: Anthony Jent

Moving People Forward: Rob Wallace

Success Story – Johnathan Cuttino

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising offers veterans business ownership success

Today is Veteran’s Day, a day where the entire country can come together to recognize and honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women who have served this country.

While it’s important to pay tribute to these individuals today, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand strives to do this all year long. Whether it’s through something like our Movers for Military campaign – a program designed for our franchises to collect and donate essential care items to veterans shelters each fall – or through our employment and franchising opportunities, we work hard to create a welcoming atmosphere for veterans.

Throughout our company structure, you can find veterans at all levels – from movers and drivers to franchisees, and even team members at our Michigan Support Center in Lansing, Mich. Specifically with franchising, we have long featured a history of veteran franchisees who find immense success within our franchising model.

“I think a lot of the same core values that are in the military align well with being a business owner, especially at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in particular,” said Tim Lightner, a veteran multi-unit franchisee for the Racine, Janesville, New Berlin, Madison, Milwaukee, and Waukesha, Wisc. locations. “Values and techniques like discipline, hard work, putting the cause before yourself – those all fit well together, and there’s an overlap.”

Franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has become a viable option for veterans because the structure of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is conducive to experiences they’re used to from their time in the military.

Veterans often align well with our team-oriented environment and lifestyle associated with our franchises, creating a chance for success, as well as personal and professional growth.

“Being a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee was an easy transition for me coming from the military,” said Michael Sham, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee in Mississippi. “The job is similar in many ways. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK makes franchise ownership easy, and even gives veterans a military discount on the purchase of the location.”

It’s not just our franchisees and franchise team members who have spoken highly of their time with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, either.

We’ve received numerous recognitions for our work with franchisees from publications like Franchise Business Review and Military times, which is a testament to our franchising model and how sustainable it can be for veterans.

“I would tell not only veterans but anybody that if you really, firmly believe in customer service and are really willing to work hard, this is one of the best situations I’ve ever seen for starting a business,” said Bob Christensen, a multi-unit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee with locations in Iowa and Illinois.

For veterans looking for the next step and who have interest in becoming a business owner, we encourage you to visit our Franchise Development website, here.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Five important details to consider before signing a franchise agreement

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee on the phone

Investing into a franchising brand is a great alternative to traditional business ownership for those who want to be their own boss, as you’re able to buy into a proven system while still being in charge of your location.

Rather than coming up with a business idea and strategy from scratch, you’re tapping into a model that has already been established. Similar to starting your own business, you’re able to run this operation as you see fit within the framework of this established brand without having to struggle through building brand recognition or coming up with fresh ideas to market your business.

Like any business venture, though, it’s important to do extensive research and due diligence to know where your investment will take you. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand strives to be as transparent and honest as possible with potential franchisees so they have a strong understanding of what the business will look like for them one year in, five years in, and beyond.

Whether you’re thinking of franchising with us or with another brand, you should learn as much as you can about the brand and their operational methods, also in addition to thoroughly reviewing the brand’s franchise agreement prior to signing.

When reviewing a franchising agreement, below are a few crucial questions you should consider before moving forward.

1. How long does the agreement last, and what are the terms of renewal?

Franchise agreements generally fall within the range of five to 20 years. Make sure to verify with your franchisor that the agreement spans long enough to cover your initial investment.

2. Is the agreement one-sided?

You’ll find that some franchise agreements contain provisions which can seem to favor the franchisor, such as the ability of the franchisor to make enforceable changes at any time. As someone investing in the franchise, the brand is your most valuable asset, and you don’t want all your hard work washed away by the actions or inactions of a fellow franchisee. Franchise agreements must be strong to protect your investment.

3. What fees will I be charged?

This is a crucial question to ask right out of the gate, as it’s important to know what you’re getting. In franchising, some of the common fees you will see include the initial franchise fee, a transfer fee, a renewal fee, advertising fees, royalties, technology fees, and training fees. In some instances, a franchise may be required to use certain vendors with their own expenses. Make sure to review all of these details when making your financial projections.

4. Do I have the exclusive rights to the location I’m purchasing?

Make sure you know what your investment is getting you – there are a variety of ways that a company can divide franchise territories, and territories aren’t always exclusive.

5. Is the franchise agreement negotiable?

If you research and find out that your agreement is negotiable, it should raise concerns. It is important to make sure your franchise agreement is uniform because this ensures that you and your fellow franchisees are operating under the same terms. This also guarantees the brand you invest in will retain its quality and value.

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The possibility of business ownership is what drew this North Carolina franchisee to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise building

Throughout the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand, you’ll find endless stories of employees who began their careers within a franchise before working their way up to open their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises.

This theme stuck out to Rich Rivera, who was drawn to positive feedback he saw about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising system and the available opportunities for business ownership. Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Rivera worked as a delivery driver and an operations manager for over two decades in the freight transportation industry. He found himself looking for a change in his career – specifically one that would put him on the path to his dream of business ownership – and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK immediately stood out.

“I started off as a delivery driver for FedEx about 25 years ago, then continued to work in freight transportation for many years before working in household good as an operations manager,” Rivera said. “I started at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK approximately four years ago as a franchise manager at the Durham, N.C., location before becoming a regional manager for an ownership group consisting of six TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises.”

With this role as a regional manager for so many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations, Rivera now had the footing and the experience necessary – as well as the knowledge of the brand and its operations – to set himself up for franchising. He eventually opened his first location in Goldsboro, N.C., on August 1 of 2021, and finalized years of hard work and a dream of business ownership.

“I was always interested in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” Rivera said. “One of the reasons I was interested in working with the company in the first place was the opportunity to eventually become a franchise owner. After a while working as an operations manager, I figured it was time to open my own [franchise]. The opportunity for growth drew me to the company.”

Rivera originally comes from the state of New York, and this is where he got his start in the freight transportation industry and his early professional career.

He later on moved down to North Carolina, which is where he first started noticing the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, as there is a strong presence across the entire state. More so than just noticing the brand moving so many people in the state, he continued to learn more and read how much career promotion from within comes from the brand.

“I was well aware of the brand’s track record of employees becoming franchisees,” Rivera said.

Now, he’s finally running his own location, and the next step is being able to give others the same chance he was given when he joined on with the brand originally.

“I’ve enjoyed my career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and now I have the opportunity to own a franchise and help the community and create a positive environment for my employees.”

If you’re looking to learn more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, visit our Franchise Development website to learn more!

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Franchisee testimonials give a glimpse into life as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK owner

As TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has continued to grow over the years, so too has our franchising model and how we position our franchisees for success when they invest with our brand.

We’ve dedicated years of research and development into building the best service options possible for our franchises, which has helped us become leaders within the moving industry. We offer more than just moving options, but also junk removal, packing services, storage, long-distance and corporate relocation, load and unload services, and more. With all of these services available, franchisees are able to reach even further with their customer base and increase revenue for their locations.

“After speaking with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and learning about their core values and what they stood for, I was hooked,” said Samantha Miller, a new franchisee with our brand with a location in California. “I knew I could be successful with their support behind me. Growing up, my brother worked for a local moving company, and I saw how successful the owners were. By partnering with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I didn’t have to wait to build brand recognition, I could jump right in.”

To see how the franchising process can benefit you, and to learn more about who we are as a brand, check out these TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee testimonials and find out why we’re a smart option for business ownership!

Holly Stewart – Multi-Unit Franchisee

Steve West – Multi-Unit Franchisee

Jonathan Crain – Multi-Unit Franchisee

Justin Tangeman – Multi-Unit Franchisee

If you’re looking to learn more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, visit our Franchise Development website to learn more!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK: Seeing on a return on your investment

At the end of the day, the goal of any functioning business remains the same regardless of what industry the business entails: seeing a return on investment.

Franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is no different, and we’ve built a sustainable franchising model to help our franchisees find continued success once they invest with our brand. When you franchise with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you’re buying into established brand awareness, a proven variety of service options, and a reputation of trust that spans multiple decades.

“I wanted to create a successful business not only for myself and my family, but for my community, which is why I chose to franchise,” said Samantha Miller, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee in California. “If I hadn’t partnered with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I would be starting in an industry that I didn’t come from and had no experience in. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has the experience and a successful business model developed from trial and error that will give me a head start at success.”

We have worked hard to tweak this franchising model to encourage people of all business backgrounds to join, and this type of commitment helps potential franchisees feel comfortable making their investment with us.

What started as a traditional home moving company has now turned into a business that can provide long-distance moving, junk removal, storage, packing services, in-home delivery, in-home moving and loading/unloading services, and much more. With all of these revenue streams at the disposal of our franchisees, we can truly brand ourselves as a one-stop-shop for customers.

More than just being able to offer a variety of moving options to customers, though, is the ability to make an impact on others and the communities where we operate each and every day. Through our services and our commitment to giving back in the community, we can truly improve the lives of others every single day – something our franchisees embrace.

“I would recommend franchising to someone interested for the chance to change lives and move people forward,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Johnathan Cuttino, a franchisee in Georgia. “It’s a chance to be able to create the change you would like to see. If you care about people and want to make a living while helping them, this is a perfect opportunity.”

The stats below show the value of investing in our brand:

  • $3.08 million in average annual gross sales
  • 94% franchisee satisfaction brand-wide
  • 15% Average Annual Profitability as a brand
  • $14.3 million annual growth salves average for multi-unit franchisees
  • 53% of franchisees own 1 locations, 20% of franchisees own 2 locations, and 26% own 3 or more locations

“Franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK gives you the ability to run a small business with the support of a very caring system,” said Josh Payne, franchisee of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Canton, Ohio, location. “The revenue and profit potential in comparison to other franchising opportunities is incredible. When you add those things with the ability to truly help people and make a difference in the community, it is an opportunity everyone should look into.”

If you’re looking to learn more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, visit our Franchise Development website to learn more!

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Multiple roles within the brand have shaped this TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee’s career

When looking at the scope of Joe Turbeville’s time with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, you’ll have a tough time finding someone who has experienced more with the brand than him.

Turbeville has seen both sides of the coin working with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, holding positions at the corporate office location in Lansing, Michigan, as well as the work he has done as a franchisee – which now includes multiple locations across the country. Given this wide range of experience, he has a unique view of the brand, its operations, and how he can best put his locations in position for success.

His time with the company began as a simple recruiting pitch from a former coworker, and since then has led down a road full of twists and turns.

“I worked in construction throughout my teens before going into retail sales during my college years,” Turbeville said. “I worked at a local sports store and eventually worked my way up there to associate manager. I then went to work in construction sales as a plant manager, but my former manager at the sports store recruited me to come join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate team.”

At the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate office, Turbeville worked as a franchise business consultant, which put him in a role where he would work directly with multiple franchise teams across the system to help them operate at their highest levels.

This type of work gave him a direct look into how a franchise system operates, and how to find success as a franchisee within the brand.

“I began working as a franchise business consultant where I worked with approximately 40 locations to relay best practices and assist franchisees in areas they were struggling,” Turbeville said. “I learned a lot from franchisees and general managers, and once I was presented with an opportunity to purchase my first franchise location in Boston, I realized what a fantastic opportunity it could be.”

This purchase – which Turbeville made with his business partner and fellow TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Alan Oversmith – laid the groundwork for the duo which would lead to them opening multiple franchises together and expanding into new territories. It all started with the first Boston franchise, and they’ve continued to grow since.

“We moved many employees out from Michigan to manage East Coast operations, and we hit the ground running,” Turbeville said. “We now have half the Boston market.”

Turbeville’s path to becoming a franchisee was not a typical one, but one that has worked out regardless. Partnering with Oversmith, the two knew what was needed to operate a successful franchise, and they were able to apply these ideas within the framework of the brand seamlessly.

“[How I became a franchisee] was slightly unconventional,” Turbeville said. “The opportunity presented itself, and we [Oversmith] wanted to stay within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand. It seemed like a smart financial move. We had the opportunity to see how successful some franchise owners were and becoming a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee was exciting.”

For Turbeville, the most recent location he opened with Oversmith was in Rhode Island, which was a significant opening for both their team and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand overall, as it was the company’s first location in Rhode Island and the 46th state the brand operates.

Turbeville is focused on continuing his expansion on the East Coast and opening franchises in markets where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has yet to operate. He’d also love to become the top moving franchise in the state of Rhode Island.

He’s loved the journey of becoming a multi-unit franchisee and has simple advice for anyone looking to pursue their own franchising dreams.

“It is vital to work hard, stay resilient, and ultimately go follow your dreams,” Turbeville said. “You can build a successful business if you put your mind to it.”

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Long-time TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee expands the brand throughout Minnesota

If you had to describe Nick Bailey’s relationship with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, there’s one simple word: “Lifer”.

It’s the best way to describe Bailey’s time with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® because for more than 20 years now, he’s been involved one way or another. His start can be traced all the way back to the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Bailey began as a mover for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Madison franchise.

Nearly 23 years later, he’s as committed as he’s ever been as a multi-unit franchise owner.

”During my time as a student, I worked as a mover and driver for the Madison franchise,” Bailey said. “My parents had been in business my whole life, and they were looking for a change at about the same time. When I talked about what I was doing, they looked into purchasing a franchise and taking the steps to become a licensed mover in Minnesota.”

“When I graduated in 1999, my father and I started up our first TWO MEN A TRUCK franchise in Burnsville, Minn., while my mother continued to teach. In 2013, we bough the St. Paul North territory and added a storage office/warehouse in New Brighton.”

In 2020, despite the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bailey and his team also opened a new franchise in St. Cloud, Minn., and a storage facility to complement the brand in Shakopee, New Brighton, South St. Paul, and Burnsville. In addition to storage offerings, Bailey has also placed a heavy emphasis on adding significant junk removal options for these locations as well.

He’s had the opportunity to expand throughout the state of Minnesota and build a footprint for his franchise group as they find new ways to reach customers with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK services.. He’s got the mindset, experience, and drive to do what it takes to keep growing, and he’s not looking to slow down any time soon.

“Purchasing new territories is always a possibility, and we always have our eyes open,” Bailey said. “We try to focus on digging deep into the markets we have, though, and feel like that is the best strategy for long-term success. We’ve been in Burnsville for over 20 years, and we continue to grow in that market. There is a lot of strength in longevity.”

Although the opening of the St. Cloud location was interrupted by pandemic complications, they’ve still built a footprint in the community while continuing to develop brand presence. Bailey and his team have the experience necessary when it comes to entering a new market, and they know how to tackle this new challenge and show how they can provide for customers in the area.

“You only get to stay in business if you add value to the communities you are in, so we’ll add value to the area by doing what we do in all of our markets: sending professional moving teams out to do a really difficult job very well at a fair price,” Bailey said. “Moving is stressful and kind of scary for a lot of people. Having a recognized and well-reviewed brand with high internal and transparent service standards and high integrity is a welcome option for just about any community. That’s what we try to bring to the table every day.”

Twenty-three years is a long time with any business, but it’s been a rewarding and successful journey for Bailey as he’s continued to open additional locations across Minnesota. For those interested in franchising, he encourages people to strongly consider what you’re looking to get with your money before deciding to invest.

The support he’s received from the brand – and from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate office location in Lansing, Mich., – over the years have played an instrumental part in his success. It was this kind of dedication to franchisees that sparked his family’s interest in the first place.

“We ultimately chose franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK because I knew something about the business from my time working at the Madison franchise, and my father saw how other franchises were performing,” Bailey said. “He had a strong business and accounting background, and he thought the opportunity was good for all of us.”

“The brand is very powerful. Those trucks and that logo are immediately recognizable and memorable, and there wasn’t really anything like it in the industry at the time. We were very confident we would thrive.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Life as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise owner

With any type of business ownership opportunity, doing your research is one of the most important things you can do as you determine what the right move is for you.  

When buying into a franchising opportunity like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you are investing into a company with a proven track record of growth, success, and expansion opportunities for its franchisees. Ninety-four percent of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees say they would invest in our brand again based of research done by Franchise Business Review, and this is a testament to the work we’ve put in to tweak our franchising model over the years.

However, sometimes you don’t want to hear it directly from the brand itself – you want to hear it from those who are living it each day.

Two long-time franchisees – Bob Gomori and Chad Arnold – give a glimpse into what franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is like for them, allowing perspective franchisees to learn a bit about what they can expect when investing into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand.

Enjoy!

Being a Franchise Owner – Bob Gomori

Being a Franchise Owner – Chad Arnold

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California franchisee finds ideal balance between motherhood and business ownership

Like so many people around the world, Samantha Miller was growing in her marketing career for a large retailer when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, causing her office in California to relocate to New York.

She found herself faced with a difficult choice: move to New York with two newborn twins or move into a new position elsewhere. After some time off to mull the decision, she ultimately opted for a new role in marketing for an environmental science company, but during this time began to explore the world of franchising and what it might entail. After researching more than 20 franchising brands, she came across TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and began the process – a move that ended up being a completely new start for Miller.

“After speaking with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and learning about their core values and what they stood for, I was hooked,” Miller said. “I knew I could be successful with their support behind me. Growing up, my brother worked for a local moving company, and I saw how successful the owners were. By partnering with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I didn’t have to wait to build brand recognition, I could jump right in.”

Jump right in she did, as Miller and her husband Aaron recently opened their first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise in Pomona, California.

“I was ready to be my own boss, and we had looked into the franchising industry before COVID-19 and saw TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was still going strong two years later,” Miller said.

It was a major life move for Miller, but one she was ready to tackle after thorough research and concluding the decision to step into franchising was the right move.

“I read every page on their website, looked on Yelp reviews, and even searched on their franchisee Instagram pages to see how involved they were with the local community. I called every franchise owner in California and many across the country and basically interviewed them to learn more about their experience with the brand. I didn’t meet anyone during this time who didn’t love TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. I also went to the Pasadena location and walked through their operation – from dispatch to storage – and saw how strong their team culture was.”

Miller was attracted not only to the business model set in place by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, but also their involvement in each of the communities they currently operate in. She also enjoyed how the brand develops employees into becoming leaders, and she looks to provide these same opportunities for her own employees down the road on top of her other business goals – one of which includes future expansion.

“I definitely have plans for growth, and I would love to own multiple territories in the future,” Miller said. “My next goal would be to open another territory in about three years. We’re currently looking to fill our team with six drivers and nine movers.”

Franchising allows Miller to be her own boss and build something of her own – a welcoming change as the mother of two twin toddlers and stepmom to a teenager. Family time is a priority to Miller and this allows her to continue working hard while still giving her the flexibility of spending quality time with her family.

She would encourage anyone who is interested in franchising to do extensive research and don’t give up right away. She pointed out how finding a good fit for you personally is arguably the most important thing in franchising, which is exactly what she found with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

Now, it’s time for the Millers to build up their franchise and establish themselves in this new California market.

“I want to create a successful business not only for myself and my family, but for my community, which is why I chose to franchise,” Miller said. “If I hadn’t partnered with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I would be starting in an industry that I didn’t come from and had no experience in. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has the experience and a successful business model developed from trial and error that will give me a head start at success.”


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.