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With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we want to feature one of our exceptional franchisees who also has another job – being a great and loving mother. Jennifer Gondolfo has owned the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Delaware South franchise for six years and she loves every minute of it!
Prior to owning the franchise, Jenn owned two doctors’ offices with her ex-husband. She found that everything relies on individual efforts in terms of new business. So when it was time for a change, she knew she wanted to find a concept which had a support system and was more turnkey. She learned a franchise system does this very well and so the researching process began.
For months Jenn researched franchising systems and came across TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. She learned all about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system and how it is built on well-grounded morals and ethics. She also loved the fact that there was a support system of other franchisees and Home Office professionals who genuinely care and want to make sure each franchise is successful. She felt it was the perfect fit for her!
Jenn has five kids that keep her busy; Alex, Zak, Max, Sophia and Isabella. The Gondolfo family loves spending time together, and they have a special tradition called “big breakfast”. On Sundays when they are all home together, Jenn rises first and begins cooking breakfast. And when we say big breakfast, we mean big! It includes three different breakfast meats, eggs, pancakes, and fruit. They eat together and usually play a game of 20 questions. The person thinks of a person, place or thing and the group tries to guess within 20 questions what it is. They have a blast!
The kids love Jen’s franchise and like participating in outside marketing events such as local parades, where they pass out candy. Jenn’s kids are all very proud of their mom and her success; however, they do not like riding around in the company minivan which is adorned with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® lettering.
Both Alex and Zak have been movers at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and Alex is currently a full-time customer service representative at the office. Jen loves having Alex participate in the daily operations alongside her in addition to gaining great work experience. Maybe owning a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise of their own is in the boys’ future!
Mother’s Day Traditions
For the Gondolfo family, Mother’s Day is a time for them to be together. When they were younger, the kids would treat Jenn to breakfast in bed. But as they have gotten older, and do not all live under one roof, this changed to a family meal together at a nice restaurant.
When asked about her favorite Mother’s Day memory, she said it was last year.
“The older children, with their younger siblings in tow, bought me actual gifts from the store. It wasn’t the gifts as much as the fact that they had used their own money and time and had actually gone out as a group for me. Very special!”
The Best Gift
“Wow, the best gift I have ever gotten is probably not an actual material gift, but the gift of where I am right now today. I have five healthy kids, they are all growing up to be good kind people. I have a successful business, that I can be proud of. My franchise has an excellent reputation in my community, which I owe to two things: the brand and a great group of men and women who work for me and take excellent care of our customers. I have come a long way to get to this point and I am excited about where I am headed.”
Advice for Moms
When asked if she had any advice to give other moms who are looking into franchising, Jenn said:
“Franchising does two things very well, support and more support. Support in regards to set up, as you are opening a business that has already been created for you. Support in regards to bringing in new business. These two things alone can either stop a potential new business in its tracks from never opening or close its doors as there is little or no profit. If you take the franchise concept and marry it with being a mother, you can see the compatibility. I don’t have to create concepts they have already been created for me and when I arrive each day for work, there are at least three or more new leads (customers) in my TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® inbox.”