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.”


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Idaho franchisee group expands TWO MEN AND A TRUCK footprint with new Twin Falls location

Spencer Esmond, Zach Serafine, Zachary Gonzales, and Terry Bruns all come from different walks of life and have different business backgrounds, but the four of them all shared one thing in common: the desire to own a business.

In December, the group did just that when they partnered together to open the Twin Falls, Idaho location. It’s one of the newest chapters in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise model, which allows franchisees to open smaller operations in smaller territories. And it’s gaining traction — and success — quickly!  

Bruns was the only existing franchisee of the bunch, as he owned the Boise, Idaho location where Gonzales – the location’s general manager – and Esmond – a former mover and office staff member – also worked. Serafine spent over 25 years in the food industry as a general manager, bringing his business expertise over to the world of moving when he partnered with Bruns more than two years ago at the Boise location.

Together, the four have teamed up and are tackling their goal of expansion throughout the state of Idaho.

“Our goal is to grow the Twin Falls market as much as possible over the next few years,” Esmond said. “We’re in a fast-growing city that’s in high need of our services, and we want to take every opportunity possible, hit the ground running, and take the area by storm over the next five years. Our goal is to get operating with four to five trucks consistently and have a fully staffed office.”

The group is hoping this shows what’s possible in the fast-growing state of Idaho for the moving industry. As they expand their franchises, they hope to become a destination for employees looking to start new careers.

“Echoing some of what Spencer said, we’re taking the formula we’ve already used here and just operating our business and with our core values, we’re thinking the future is bright. With everything going on in our state, we have very high expectations, and I believe confidence is at an all-time high. I think we can be very successful.”

For Serafine, Esmond, and Gonzales, this is a new experience for them as they become official franchisees with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand.

Each brings a different flavor to the vast franchisee network of our brand which will be beneficial with new voices and new ideas involved.

“For me, I’ve always wanted to be a business owner and work for myself,” Esmond said. “I never had an opportunity or knew how to do that on my own, and in the couple of years leading up to this, I had a few big life changes, got married, and had a kid. I was looking to the next step in my professional life to start a business and do something as a career. When this popped up, I thought it was ideal because I love the moving industry, and I love working with Terry and Zach.”

The three new franchisees also pointed to the excitement and passion of Bruns, who painted a picture of success for them and sold the idea of partnering together to achieve big things.

“When I was hired, speaking to Terry in the interview process, there was talk of potential growth and how great of a company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was as far as promoting that growth,” Serafine said. “When you have an owner who’s excited to branch out and bring other people on, it’s infectious, and for myself I don’t know how you could pass up that opportunity. It’s a natural thing. I’ve been a general manager for twenty-something years, so the potential for ownership was something I always wanted to do.”

For now, with the Twin Falls location being so new, the group is still working on the initial steps of opening a franchise that include building out a strong team, tweaking their internal processes, and raising awareness of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in the Twin Falls community.

It’s a never-ending grind, but the group is more than ready to deliver. Bruns recommends franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to anyone who feels they are good fit personally with the brand, as fitting in with the company’s goals will go a long way in helping a new franchisee find success.

He also stressed the importance of making sure you have a good relationship with the people you partner with in the business, as there are many tough decisions which need to be made as franchisees.

“I really believe you need to make sure you’re a fit with your franchise,” Bruns said. “It’s a very close relationship, and you want to make sure you’re on the same page with everything. You’re not going to agree on everything. You’ll disagree on decisions, but you need to have more positives than negatives, and if you pay attention to having your core values aligned – that’s important. I don’t always agree with everything, but I wouldn’t do it any other way because the positives outweigh the negatives.”

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What does the timeline to ownership look like when franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK?

There are plenty of ways an individual can reach their dream of business ownership, and one way which should be highly considered is through the avenue of franchise ownership.

Buying into a franchising brand gives you plenty of the perks you’d imagine with business ownership, but instead of dreaming up an idea and building everything from scratch, you’re buying into a proven model of success with brand recognition to match. You’ll also tap into a wealth of knowledge and resources from the existing franchisee network, full of individuals who have been in your shoes and understand what it takes to get a successful franchise up and running.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been in franchising for nearly four decades now, and we’ve built a vast network which spans 46 states across the U.S. We’re a proven name in the moving industry – one which people know they can trust – and we have a wide-range of service options to meet all customer needs which help our franchisees diversify their revenues.

“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 Mainland. “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.”

If you’re interested in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we encourage you to take a look at our franchising timeline below and get a feel for how the process works. If you find yourself interested in learning more, visit our Franchise Development website and see how you can start the franchising process with the “Movers Who Care®”!

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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How to start a moving company

When it comes to opening a moving franchise, nobody has more experience than TWO MEN AND A TRUCK — we’ve helped new franchisees start their own moving companies for nearly four decades now.

Since the very beginning when Founder Mary Ellen Sheets made the decision to take her local moving operation and begin franchising it in the late 1980s, we’ve worked on tweaking and developing our franchising model to be as effective and profitable as possible. This involves developing new services to diversify revenue streams, staying innovative with technology and equipment, expanding our footprint to reach even more customers, and finding new ways to keep our franchisees and their employees growing both personally and professionally.

We’re proud to say we have over 350 franchises across the United States, as well as locations in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. And guess what? We’re not done!

If you’re looking to be next in line on our list of successful franchisees, check out the video below on how to start a moving company and learn some of the main aspects of franchising with TWO MEN AND TRUCK!

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Mini market territories provide TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise ownership in areas with smaller demographics

Regardless of how big or small a certain area of the country might be, one thing is usually a constant: the need for high-quality, professional moving services.

With this idea in mind, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK created the mini-market franchise model, which allows us to bring the reputation we’ve built in the moving industry to areas with smaller populations. This is perfect for potential franchisees who have wanted to get into franchising and own their own businesses, but on a smaller scale than with a traditional market.

The mini market option began in 2017 and has continued to grow at a rapid pace ever since. We are already in the double-digits for mini market locations with territories still available!

Our mini market plan got its start in two states – Montana and Wyoming – and both have found sustained success ever since opening their doors. They’ve helped us fine-tune the blueprint for the minimarket model, learning what works and what doesn’t work, which allows us to provide best practices and useful information to franchisees opening mini markets moving forward.

Watch our video below to see the story of Rob Graham and Justin Woods, who opened their minimarket in Cheyenne, Wyoming!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising allows franchisees to take advantage of multiple revenue streams in the business

A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mover loads a mobile storage container.

The key to any successful business – regardless of the industry – is having access to multiple channels of revenue in order to diversify your business and see a return on the investment you made.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we’ve worked diligently to continue diversifying revenue streams and ensuring our franchisees have the right service options available to them to serve all moving needs for local customers.

People may think of us as just home movers – rightly so – but we’re able to offer so much more to customers than just moving from one home to the next. We offer long-distance relocation, storage options, junk removal, packing services, in-home and load-only moving, business moving, corporate relocation – the list goes on and on.

All of these services were developed with the intention of being the go-to resource for someone looking to move, and we knew it was imperative to give our franchisees as many options as possible to grow their franchises.

“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.”

As our service options have expanded, so has our company footprint, and we are now open in 46 states across America, as well as in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Take a look at the variety of services we’ve developed that you can offer customers as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee!

Home Moving

You can probably guess this, but home moving is where it all began for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK when the original “two men” – Brig Sorber and Jon Sorber – began moving belongings in the Lansing, Michigan area as a way to make extra cash in the early ’80s. This is our bread and butter and who we are at our core.

Long-distance moves

Long-distance moving is another long-time service option for customers. We offer a traditional expedited long-distance relocation plan, as well as our Value Flex crated option for long-distance moves.

Junk removal

One of the newer service options at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, our brand is taking junk removal head on and making a name for ourselves in this space. We can pick up, haul away, and properly dispose of most unwanted items from a home or business.

Load and Unloading

Sometimes, you’ll find customers who just want the moving help but don’t want to pay for the truck or the full moving experience. We’re able to send our movers to do the heavy lifting for them and save them the trouble.

Business Moving and Storage

As a business, we understand what it’s like to be a business, and we tailor our business moving plans to fit the needs of business owners so they feel comfortable hiring us to move their office buildings or office equipment with little to no interruptions to their operations.

Condo, Apartment, and Rental Moves

Not every move is a home or business move, and people will often hire movers to take them to and from rental properties. Different rules and regulations come into play when planning for these types of moves.

Delivery

When customers purchase large appliances, pieces of furniture, or other large and bulky items, they can call TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to schedule a pickup and delivery of the item to their homes. This saves them the hassle and pain of transporting it and getting it into the home on their own.

In-Home Moving

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

Storage

Select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises offer on-site storage 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 and moving supplies for customers so they have everything they need to get their 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 these diverse revenue streams sound like the right fit for you, we’d love to talk! Click here to learn about the franchising process with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK: A moving company on a mission

When Founder Mary Ellen Sheets put in a local newspaper ad for the moving business her two sons were running with their pickup truck in the early ’80s, she never imagined how far it would go.

Fast forward to today and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the largest franchised moving company in the country with franchises in 46 states and four different countries. With each passing decade, we’ve continued to build our franchising network, expand our service options, serve even more customers, and further establish ourselves as the Movers Who Care®.

But this didn’t just happen overnight. It took endless hard work, dedication, and commitment from each person in the brand. We’re proud to feature a diverse, successful franchisee network and welcome new ways to improve our processes to ensure we’re a brand people want to continue investing in.

To learn more about who we are, what we’ve done, and where we are going, check out the video – “A Moving Company On A Mission” – below!

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Franchisee testimonials show ownership possibilities when franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

Since TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Founder Mary Ellen Sheets made the decision to franchise the brand in the late 1980s, we’ve done our best to build a franchisee network of people from a variety of backgrounds and give them the opportunity to find lasting success.

This requires effort from everyone involved with the brand, as we continue to build out additional services and systems to continue attracting new customers and allowing our franchisees to expand their reach. But at the end of the day, it’s our franchisees and their hardworking teams that keep the brand moving forward.

Without their business-savvy leadership and commitment to driving the brand in the right direction, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK wouldn’t be what it is today. We continue to add new franchisees to our network and have several open territories still available.

Curious as to what life is like as a franchisee? Check our some of our newest testimonials to learn more!

Anthony Jent

Juan Gallegos

Rob Wallace

To learn more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, click here!

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A love for the brand helped drive this New Jersey franchisee’s career path

There’s no one clear cut path to franchise ownership with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and new franchisee Mackenzie Kilgariff is a perfect example of this.

While a number of our franchisees started on the trucks as movers or drivers and worked their way up, a large chunk of our franchisee network carved out their own path in their professional careers. For Kilgariff, franchising with a moving company might not have seemed like something she’d ever do just five years ago when she was attending college for criminal justice, but a love for the brand and its people is what set her on the journey to business ownership.

“When I was about to finish up my freshman year of college, [franchisee] Brittany Ishman was actually the one to tell me the Philadelphia location was looking for a marketing intern to help with social media and grassroots, and I thought I would be a good fit,” Kilgariff said. “I had no idea what I was doing and hadn’t even heard of terms like ‘ad words’ and ‘SEO’. Once I jumped in, though, I immediately fell in love with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. I quickly switched my major to business management, and I knew I wanted to continue with the company. It was like I had an epiphany.”

This epiphany set off a domino effect for a rapid climb up the franchise system for Kilgariff, who went from marketing intern to working in sales as a customer service representative, before her transition to logistics manager and finally landing as the general manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Princeton location.

Throughout this time, she quickly formed a bond with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Brittany Ishman, and it paid off in a big way for Kilgariff after she participated in the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship program, which gave her the training and education to open the New Brunswick, N.J., franchise with Ishman at the end of 2021.

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the young franchisee, but she’s taking it stride and doing everything she can to grow into the role.

“One of the things I love about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the sky is the limit. You can hold every single position, you can move to another state, you can work with other franchises, you can work at home office, and so on,” Kilgariff said. “If you love the brand, you can go anywhere with it. I also loved the idea of the scholarship program and that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK gives you the opportunity to grow as an individual. I love this brand and everything it has done for me, so becoming a franchisee was an easy decision.”

While it’s been an exciting time for Kilgariff, it’s also been a challenge to learn the intricacies of business ownership, and it’s something she’s working each day to take on and improve with.

“This job isn’t for the faint of heart,” Kilgariff said. “At first, it was a struggle for me to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. This is probably the most notable and important thing I’ve learned as a franchisee. A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise has a lot of moving parts working together.”

Still, learning and all, it’s been a successful journey for Kilgariff already, and she’s just getting started. When asked what her goals are moving forward, she doesn’t hold back when saying she wants to be the “queen of moving” in the state of New Jersey, and wants TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to be the only name people care about when it comes to home moving in the state.

She also is extremely focused on making sure her New Brunswick location lives up to the company core values at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, specifically “inclusion”, and she hopes to build a diverse workplace culture.

The process of being a franchisee has just begun, but the options are endless for Kilgariff. At the end of the day, she would recommend TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising to anyone who is interested.

“I experience something new and exciting every day,” Kilgariff said. “Owning a franchise never has a dull moment. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a lot of work, but the payoff is equally – if not better – than what you can imagine. Basically, what I’m trying to say is: there will always be a challenge and there will always be bad that comes with the good, but working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK? The good is always great.”

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.