New North Carolina franchisee used family as motivation to advance and grow his career

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Jeremy McDuffie

Career growth is a priority at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK– from our movers and drivers up through our managers, we are proud to create opportunities our franchises can offer their frontline teams to advance their careers.

Many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees began their journeys on the trucks as movers and drivers and for new franchisee Jeremy McDuffie, he is no different. McDuffie – along with co-franchisees Tim Kirian and Brian Churney – recently opened the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Outer Banks, N.C. franchise. This is not only a milestone achievement for our brand as we open a new location, but also for McDuffie, who was able to have years of hard work solidified as he transitions to the franchisee role.

He’s had quite the ride to get to this place, and those closest to him served as his biggest motivation as he worked toward this achievement.

“I initially started as a mover and I was eager to learn the business,” McDuffie said. “Shortly after beginning my career, I was blessed to learn that I had a daughter on the way and would soon be a father. I used that as motivation to be the best employee I could possibly be, and this determination led to me coming a driver, and eventually landing in management positions.”

With so many different roles prior to becoming a franchisee, McDuffie was able to see the workings of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise from various positions, which he knows will help him out as a business owner.

There are still new challenges involved like there would be with any career change, and it’s something McDuffie is looking to take head on.

“The biggest challenge from this transition would be just handling the new responsibilities that are different from what I’m accustomed to in previous positions,” McDuffie said. “I’m working on developing the most effective schedule so I’m able to focus on each task, something I know is vital to being a franchisee.”

It’s not all hard, however, and he’s enjoyed some of the new responsibilities involved with this role..

“My favorite part about being a franchisee so far is just having the opportunity to show employees what can be accomplished when you combine hard work with our core values,” McDuffie said. “I am living proof that you can certainly move forward within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

With being a new franchise and opening a brand new location, there is a never-ending list of tasks McDuffie and his co-franchisees will work on as they build their location and generate customer awareness in their area.

McDuffie is also really focused on the employee side of things as he works to get a team set in place at his location. He feels building relationships is one of his most important jobs as a franchisee.

“I believe everyone working together as a family is what keeps the business moving in a positive direction,” McDuffie said.

It’s the beginning of another franchising journey in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family, and another example of how much is possible with this company when hard work is put in. McDuffie is honored and ready for the new opportunity, and he would encourage anyone interested to go for it.

“I would definitely recommend franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” McDuffie said. “The company’s reputation speaks for itself. It provides endless career opportunities and it provides the chance to give back and help in the community.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Interested in franchising with us or learning more about our franchise opportunities? Visit our Franchise Development website for more details or subscribe to this blog.

What a day in the life of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee looks like

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When it comes to being a a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee, the only constant about day-to-day life is that there is no constant, and you’re continuously experiencing new things as you work to run your business.

A normal day in the life can be a lot of different things, and that’s what makes franchising with our brand so unique. While each franchisee might run their operation a little differently and the day-to-day responsibilities might vary by location, the goal for all of our franchisees is the same: moving customers and employees forward.

“The goal for us is always growth,” said Multi-unit Franchisee Nick Roerig. “We want to grow the business, grow people’s careers, and grow the positive impact we can have on the people around us. That’s what’s great about this company – it is a place where you can grow all of these things with like-minded people.”

How franchisees work to meet this goal depends on their style of business ownership, but there are a few common traits across the board to help summarize a normal day in the life for a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee.

  • Keeping an eye on franchise culture and atmosphere to ensure there is a healthy work environment at each location
  • Making sure the franchise is in compliance with all regulations and guidelines from a corporate and state level
  • Creating a fair work environment that promotes accountability, communication, and team development
  • Using strategic business planning and tactics to help protect the brand, promote the brand, and drive success for the franchise
  • Building relationships with other business owners and organizations in the area to help with participating and giving back to the community

For more insight on what a typical day looks like for a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee, we spoke with Multi-unit Franchisee Holly Stewart who owns multiple locations in Georgia!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee Holly Stewart

What is the day-to-day like for you?

“It really can vary a lot from week to week, but it’s usually some mix of working with managers, putting face time in with front line staff to keep culture and accountability high, meetings with outside parties, and getting my work done.”

What is something people wouldn’t expect that comes with the job?

“It isn’t always the case, but there are times when you can have your cake and eat it, too. The business will reflect you over time and if you’re able to mold everything together, it can be a lot of fun.”

What should people know before becoming a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee?

“Even though you own the business, it’s still a full-time job. Being a franchisee in a franchising system gives you access to outstanding tools and resources and access to a proven roadmap of success, but at the end of the day it’s still up to you to make everything come together. I find it helpful to remember that as the business owner, I have to drive the ship and make the tough choices.”

you’re interested in learning more about what a franchising opportunity with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK could look like for you, visit our franchise development website, here.

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Multiple revenue streams possible when franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

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As a business owner, it’s imperative to establish diverse revenue streams in order to see a positive return on the investments you’ve made.

For TWO MEN AND A TRCK® franchisees, this is one of the major selling points of joining our franchising network and investing with our brand, as we offer a variety of revenue streams to help you keep your business growing and expanding your customer reach. Although traditional home moving is our bread and butter – and what customers tend to know us for best– we offer much more than just packing up a customer’s belongings and moving it to their new home.

From long-distance moving to our brand new junk removal service, packing service, our full line of moving boxes and packing supplies, storage, business moving, and much more – there’s a lot to be excited about as a potential franchisee.

“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.”

With more than 350 franchise locations in 46 states – as well as Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom – it’s clear that our franchise network is taking full advantage of these different revenue streams and using it to grow their locations, and even open multiple locations.

Take a look at the many different service options we are able to offer as a brand and learn how you can diversify as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee!

Home Moving

This is where it all got started for our brand, and what continues to separate us as the leaders in the moving industry. When people think of moving a home, they think of our trucks and our brand.

Long-distance Moving

This is an area where we’ve seen major growth in recent years, and one we’ve worked hard to provide even more options to customers. We offer our traditional, expedited long-distance moving option but also offer two newer, budget-friendly plans: Value Flex® Container and Value Flex Crate moving.

Junk Removal

New to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand (at select locations) is  junk removal. Whether it’s removing unwanted items from a home, staging a home to sell, or more – we can pick up, haul away, and dispose of unwanted items.

Load and Unload Services

If a customer has rented a moving truck or storage container but doesn’t want to do the heavy lifting themselves, they can call our moving teams to take care of it for them.

Business Moving and Storage

All across the country, businesses trust our professional moving teams to help them relocate to new offices, rearrange their current office, or just assist with the moving of heavy items around their building. We work around their schedule to limit disruptions to business hours.

Apartment, Condo, or Rental Moving

It’s the same idea as a home move, but with much more regulations, rules, and planning as you work within the guidelines of an apartment complex or rental community. Moving up stairs and around tight corners is tricky, and that’s why customers trust us to do it for them.

Delivery

When customers purchase a large appliance, piece of furniture, or something else that is heavy and difficult to move, they can call TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to schedule a pickup and delivery of this item to their home. This saves them the hassle and pain of moving it into their home themselves.

In-Home Moving

Sometimes customers at home need just the moving help, and not the truck. We can help with as little or as much in-home moving as a customer needs, from moving furniture in or around the house to helping with home staging, decluttering, and more.

Storage

Select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises now offer storage on-site for customers, eliminating the need for finding separate storage solutions while moving and instead offer an all-inclusive moving and storage experience.

Packing and Moving Supplies

We offer a full-line of packing supplies and a full-line of moving supplies for customers so they have everything they need to get a move done right. If they want, they can even call our teams to come pack up as little or as much as they’d like.

If you’re interested in starting your own franchising journey with TWO ME NAND A TRUCK, click here!

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A passion for moving employees forward inspires Ohio franchisee to keep chasing success

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Of all the knowledge a working professional can have during their career, perhaps nothing is more valuable than years of experience to help guide and serve as a reference point when making decisions.

For TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Stephanie Clarey, she has just that – experience and nearly two decades worth of it at her side. Clarey has held a variety of roles within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK system for 18 years now and over this time, has worked her way up to now owning her own location.

“I had just graduated from college when I was hired as a marketing manager and human resources assistant,” Clarey said. “Owning a franchise started to become a more attractive idea as my husband and I started working out of college and deciding what we wanted to do with our careers.”

Clarey and her husband, Justin, make their first franchise purchase in January 2019 when they signed on to take over the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Columbus, Ohio franchise. It was a major milestone for the two as they had been working their way up for years, and it was a chance to take on a franchise in a thriving market for the moving industry.

Their years of experience – paired together with the training and mentorship they received from the previous owners of the Columbus location – helped make the transition smooth as they became business owners.

“We trained with the previous owners and shadowed them for several years before making the transition to ownership,” Clarey said. “We thought it was really helpful for us to do that, and it’s made things easier for us as we were able to understand issues better and work through them.”

Still, like any big career move, there are some challenges involved with making a big shift like becoming a business owner. Clarey was now tasked with seeing things from a big-picture perspective, instead of focusing on certain areas like she did in previous roles.

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“I was the sales manager before I became a franchisee, so I wasn’t used to looking at the company as a whole,” Clarey said. “When you are a franchisee, you focus on all departments. I just hadn’t had experience doing that before.”

As Clarey navigated her new role, she continued to see the impact she was able to have on so many different people, which is something she really enjoys.

“I love seeing the growth in our employees as they move forward,” Clarey said. “We enjoy that each day is different – or even each year, as we learned last year with COVID-19. It keeps you engaged and encourages you to always keep learning and growing.”

While Clarey is focused on growing her location in Columbus, she also wants to hone in on the people side of things and wants the absolute best for her team.

Her and her husband have both transitioned seamlessly into the franchisee roles, and she encourages anyone who enjoys making a difference in people’s lives to pursue a franchising role.

“Yes, I would absolutely recommend franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” Clarey said. “It is just so rewarding to make a difference in someone’s life.”

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What to expect when starting your own business versus joining an established franchise brand

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Becoming a business owner is a dream many have as they look to establish themselves as professionals at the beginning of their working careers.

However, deciding how to get there is a complicated process and involves a lot of planning and decision making as you figure out how to invest your money. While the traditional route is starting your own business, franchising is another avenue to business ownership that could be strongly considered for those looking to be their own boss.

When it comes to starting your own business, you have to come up with an idea from scratch, build a product and following, and continue to innovate as you expand your business reach and customer network. With franchising, you are buying into a proven model of success where brand recognition is already prevalent as you open a new chapter of a business people already trust.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has allowed people to achieve their dream of business ownership for more than 35 years, and in turn, has built a diverse franchisee network full of experienced, hardworking individuals who come from all backgrounds.

“I became a franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in December of 2014,” said Curtis Newman, who is a multi-unit franchisee with locations in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. “The process was very detailed and organized in the months leading up to everything. We were fortunate enough to be able to speak with the Home Office First Gear Team on a weekly basis, and they made sure we had everything in order to be successful.”

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand is now open in 45 states across America – as well as Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom – and we’re looking to continue our expansion in these areas as time goes on. For three decades now, we’ve made a mark on the moving industry as being a reputable moving service with outstanding customer service.

It’s a brand people can trust, and that trust makes franchising an exciting opportunity for potential franchisees who are interested in joining the brand.

“I love being my own boss and being hands-on,” said Jim Frederickson, a multi-unit franchisee with locations in Arizona. “Having my own company in my hometown and providing a quality service to my network of friends, relatives, coworkers, classmates, and so on is just an awesome experience. I still say today that my mom is my biggest referral source.”

Dedicated support

A major selling point of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising experience is the support you get from our dedicated Home Office subject matter expert teams. All areas of business are covered here – marketing, sales, accounting, human resources, operations, risk and safety management, and more – to ensure your franchise is successful.

Working together with these Home Office teams, you’ll develop the best plans for your business while also gaining access to daily support and communication should you have questions.

Training

We are strong believers in extensive and ongoing training for everyone involved with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK so we can continue to improve at every level. From the moment you sign on as a franchisee with our brand, you are given access to a large resource of training options.

From our Gearing Up course for new franchisees to monthly webinars and our Stickmen University library, you’ll have every topic of the franchising world covered.

Growing service options

In order to have a successful franchise, you need successful service options, and that’s exactly what we have here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. We’ve continued to evolve over the years from just local, home movers, and we now offer business moving, long-distance moving, storage options, packing options, and our newest service – junk removal.

These will help you become a one-stop-shop for all moving needs for your customers.

If you would like to learn more about franchising opportunities within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK or you’re interested in getting the process rolling to start your own, visit our Franchise Development website, here.

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Five things to consider when reviewing a franchising agreement

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Making the investment into a franchising business can be a thrilling time, as you’re buying into a brand with a proven business model and giving yourself a chance at business ownership within this framework.

Instead of starting from scratch with your own idea, you buy into an established brand where people recognize the name as you work to grow your operation in a new area. Like any business venture, it’s important to do extensive research and have a complete understanding of what your investment is going toward.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, tour goal is to be as open and honest with potential franchisees about what they are buying into so there aren’t any surprises or questions after they’ve opened. Whether you are thinking of franchising with us or you’re buying into a different franchising model, there are some important questions you should ask when reviewing a franchising agreement.

1. 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.

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

More often than not, franchise terms generally fall within the range of five to 20 year category. Make sure to verify with your franchisor that the agreement is long enough to cover your initial investment.

3. Is the agreement one-sided?

Often times, franchise agreements can contain provisions which on the surface, can seem to favor the franchisor, such as the ability of the franchisor to make enforceable changes to policies at any time. By investing in a franchise, the brand is your most valuable asset. You do not want the hard work you have put into your franchise to be undermined by the actions or inactions of a fellow franchisee. Franchise agreements must be strong to protect your investment.

4. Do I have the exclusive rights to the location I am 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.

If you’d like to learn more about what franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is like, check out the video below!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers continuous support and communication for franchisees during difficult times

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Our brand’s success isn’t much without the success and growth of our franchisees and the locations they run. This is why it’s so important to us as the franchisor to provide ongoing support and communication – especially during difficult times.

Perhaps nothing has qualified more as “difficult” in recent memory like when the pandemic hit  and it required us to develop a quick strategy and communication plan to ensure our franchisees were up to date on everything happening not only with our business, but the rest of the business world. From adapting and tweaking services to fit safety needs to the introduction of new service options for customers, franchisees needed to get updates in real time to keep their businesses running smoothly and safely.

Daily email updates and videos from our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK executive team to the franchises became the norm, and we ramped up our support efforts to ensure an open line of communication was available for franchisees once moving was deemed an essential business.

We spoke to a few franchisees about the support they received during the pandemic – see what they had to say about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK supports franchisees!

Pedro Gallegos – Franchisee – San Diego, California

Holly Stewart – Multi-unit Franchisee – Georgia

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Get familiar with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising timeline

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For those exploring the world of business ownership, franchising is an avenue which should be considered if you’re someone who doesn’t want to start a business from scratch.

When you join a franchising system, you are buying into a brand with proven success as well as a recognizable name. You will also have the ability to run your franchise within the brand’s established perimeters as a franchise owner. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been in the world of franchising for more than three decades now, and we’ve built a franchisee network of experienced business professionals covering 45 states in the U.S., as well as locations in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is a brand name people recognize in their communities as movers they can trust, which is why new franchisees are able to quickly find success when they invest with us.

“There are very few brands that are as committed to franchisee support as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” said Nick Powills, CEO and founder of No Limit Agency. “From the depth of corporate departments to the depth of training at the corporate headquarters, franchisees can clearly see their royalties at work. This is a business focused on never being satisfied, which in turn, will continue to change the lives of those who are allowed to join this exclusive club.”

We’ve created a streamlined process to get people on the road to franchising, one that usually takes anywhere from four to six months to complete.

Follow our timeline below!

Step 1: Review (7-10 days)

This is the initial step in the process where we get to know the candidate to find out what they are looking for, what their expectations are, and walk them through important details such as financial requirements that are necessary to kick off the process.

Step 2: Application (7-10 days)

This is where you’ll fill out a request for consideration, giving you a chance to put into words why you think you’re a good fit with us. Where do you want to be in five years? How involved will you be? What are your goals as a franchisee? All of these questions come into play during this step.

Step 3: Acceptance (14-30 days)

The expectations for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees are presented with our Franchise Disclosure Document, and we also encourage potential franchisees to speak with current or former franchisees to ask questions about their time in the system to learn more about the role.

Step 4: Planning (30-60 days)

The longest stage of the process, we will provide the potential franchisee with a business plan template for them to fill out. Various team members from our Home Office departments are available to assist you with developing your plan and answering questions you might have about various parts of the operation.

Step 5: Discovery Day (14-30 days)

Come meet our team! This day is all about you as a new franchisee, and you’ll see all of the work involved with the franchising process starting to come together. You’ll learn who we are, what we do, and get a chance to meet various people throughout the business.

Step 6: Awarding (30-60 days)

Congrats – you’re a part of the team! Now, it’s time to get working. We’ll work with you to get your doors open and your business running, with operational experts helping you work through the transition of opening your first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise.

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Franchisee success stories highlight how many meaningful franchising opportunities are available with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

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When TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets decided to franchise the brand, she did so with the intention that all franchisees would play an integral part in the company’s mission to not only move people forward with outstanding moving services, but also make an impact locally by giving back to the community.

More than 35 years later, all of our franchisees have lived up to this vision, and as we’ve surpassed 8.5 million moves as a brand and opened locations in 45 states across America as well as Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, it’s clear that a strong franchisee network has helped continue our push to be the leaders of the moving industry.

The success of our franchisees is imperative to the success of our brand. This is why we put so much commitment into our franchising model and ensure our franchisees have the proper resources and support to see success at their franchises and expand their franchise network if they choose.

From our extensive training programs for new franchisees to numerous in-person events for networking, training, education, and recognition – we’ve built a culture of success for all of our franchisees.

Take a look below at some of the great TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising success stories!

Holly Stewart – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Georgia

Justin Tangeman – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico

Nick Roerig – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Georgia, Tennessee, Texas

Steve West – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Illinois, Maine, Missouri, South Dakota

Mike Reps – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Minnesota, North Dakota

To learn more about the franchising opportunities TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has to offer and to learn how you get started on your own franchising journey, visit our Franchise Development website.

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Franchisee Kyle Norcutt named 2021’s “Moving People Forward” award winner

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The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand is fortunate to have outstanding franchisee leaders who contribute to our brand’s continued growth by investing in their teams.

A mantra that we often use here is, “Moving People Forward®”, and this can mean moving both customers and employees forward in their lives. This is now an award given at our company’s annual meeting to recognize franchisee leaders who have made a real impact in the lives of their team members. Last week, we announced our 2021 winner of this award is Multi-unit Franchisee Kyle Norcutt.

Norcutt has been with the brand for multiple decades now, and currently is the owner of franchises in Colorado, Michigan, Utah, and Washington. Numerous employees who have worked at Norcutt’s franchisees have gone on to do great things with our brand, and it’s a testament to the culture that Norcutt has built across all of his locations.

Here what those who have worked closely with Norcutt had to say about their time together and his journey!

Congratulations, Kyle!

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