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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Franchising is a great alternative to business ownership versus starting your own business from scratch, as it provides the opportunity to run your own operation while investing your money into a proven brand with successful best practices laid out already.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has assisted entrepreneurs and investors with their franchising goals for more than 30 years. Our diverse franchisee network spans across 45 states and four different countries, and we’ve received numerous accolades for our work in the franchising world.
As we’ve entered 2021, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand – much like our entire country – is focused on moving forward and putting the struggles of 2020 behind us.
For our brand and franchising model, however, this mindset has never stopped, and we have continued to do our best to keep growing our franchising model and keep opening new avenues of success for our franchisees.
Having more than 35 years and 8.5 million moves under our belts, we’ve come a long way as a brand since the days of two high school students moving customers in Lansing, Mich., for extra spending money.
Founder Mary Ellen Sheets had the simple idea that a local moving company could change the reputation of movers and offer outstanding customer service and quality in the moving industry. With that in mind, she turned this simple idea into a franchising model which covers 45 states and four different countries. While the brand has grown to levels never imagined, the same mindset we created then resonates at all of our franchises today: take the stress out of moving while providing the best customer experience possible.