Determination, self-discipline, and passion: the keys to success

Every business owner works at length to make their business prosperous. They put in countless hours to do everything they can to help it succeed and grow. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Franchisee Erin Whitty has done just that.

In 2013, Erin opened her first franchise in Atlanta, Ga., after working in the system for a number of years. This month, Erin opened a second franchise in Houston, Texas.

“I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to grow our brand in the great state of Texas,” said Erin.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Houston conducted their first move on Saturday, May 16. Erin has pErin 1lans to hold their official grand opening this June. Their new goal? Finish staffing the new office in time for the busy summer months — there is never a dull moment!

“Erin is testament to our system,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley. “Through Erin’s efforts she has been able to grow her career and become a widely successful franchise owner.”

Erin’s contagious attitude, strong business skills, and passion for the system sets a great example of the possibilities franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® can give you.

“I am proud of Erin and lucky to be able to watch her evolve,” said Jeff. “I applaud her for her success, determination, and accomplishments. The system is stronger and blessed to have Erin Witty.”

Right now, Erin is soaking it all in. Her success in combination with her entrepreneurial drive has paid off and allowed her to expand her business to a second location.

Has Erin’s story inspired you? This is the second story highlighting Erin’s success as a business owner. See how Erin balances life as a mother and business owner here.

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Culture; the essence of business growth and the backbone to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s success

So, you’re looking to start a new business venture. You’re ready to hit the pavement and begin the search for your next business opportunity with a company that is the best fit for you. But, where do you start? What’s the most important thing to look for in a new company?

There is no simple answer to what you should look for when searching for a new business to become a part of. The brand you are buying into, the marketing area you will be working in, and your business plan are all extremely important facets to keep in mind when considering a career change. However, one aspect remains constant as a qualifier to effectively determine if the new business you plan to become part of will be the best for you: culture.

Culture is an essential part of any business. It is the backbone that drives a company’s success. Think about it, you love the product you provide, you love the branding, you love your marketing area, you love working with your customers, but, you hate going into the office each day due to a negative work environment. If you schlep into the building and are continuously counting down the hours until you are able to go home and enjoy a few hours of freedom before you must wake up and do it all again, then you will be miserable. If you are not happy, your business will crumble.

Jeff Knowles, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee — with locations in Ocala, Pasco, Spring Hill, and Tampa, Fla. — believes culture is important to align a business for growth and effective results.

“Company culture is one of the main factors that can steer a business in one direction or another,” he said. “Keeping employees happy and taking care of customers will always produce positive results.”

Complete success, and ultimately, the growth of your business, lies in your people. Your team is valuable in putting your action plans into place and will propel the company into the right direction, creating room for future growth opportunities. The happier and more comfortable your team is with their work environment, the more they will believe in the brand, and become motivated to see it thrive. A good culture keeps a company moving, but a positive culture keeps a company moving forward.

TMATSPRING2013247-2627600322-OWhen researching companies you’re interested in franchising with, be sure to look at the core of the business, noting the culture. Look at retention rates. As a franchisor, we have done an exceptional job building a positive culture and keeping our franchisees happy. Do staff genuinely seem happy and engaged with the company and in the overall growth path for the brand? If the company does not appear to have longevity in its employees, it could be an indicator that the business’s culture is subpar.

Culture is a vital necessity to any business. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we believe in creating a positive culture for all of our employees, from our frontline staff, and franchise managers, all the way up to our franchise owners. One of our company’s core values is Be Your Best and Have Fun. We want our employees to want to come to work each day. We want them to love their jobs so much, they will put forth their best effort each and every day for the betterment of the brand. Our business is centered on creating a positive culture and experience for both our employees and customers.

“Fun, caring, and success are three words that come to mind when I think of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s culture,” said Knowles. “Fun: We enjoy going to work every day. Caring: We truly are the “Movers Who Care®” by giving back to our community. Success: It’s exciting watching our business grow through the years and watching our employees grow with us.”

Keep the business’s culture at the forefront of your mind as you search for your next venture. A positive culture will not only make a company successful, but will contribute to its longevity in the community.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. To learn about franchising opportunities, visit http://www.twomenandatruckfranchising.com.

Mom and businesswoman. It can be done!

This month, we celebrate Mother’s Day. We celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, God mothers, aunts and motherly figures in our lives. Face it, being a mom is hard work. What about the mothers who also work full-time as business owners? How do they do it and what’s their secret?

Erin Whitty is a mother to three adorable little ones and a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee. She earned her degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina, has been part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand since 2001, and has loved watching the system grow and evolve over the years.Erin 2

After working in the system for 12 years, Erin opened a franchise in downtown Atlanta, Ga., on May 1, 2013.

“It’s been my goal since joining the Norwalk, Conn., franchise, all those years ago, to one day become a franchisee.”

Erin’s hard work and success hasn’t gone unnoticed. Right now, she is in the process of opening up a second franchise in Houston, Texas.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to dig a little deeper to see how Erin finds the time to balance both her work and family schedules.

“If you’re fortunate enough to have a supportive family like I do (spouse, parents, etc.), they will help you achieve and maintain a sense of balance but you have to allow yourself to ask for their help,” said Erin. “It’s the only way I survive balancing a growing business and being a mother.”

Erin believes we are given the opportunity to influence the lives of the people that we encounter, specifically, our children.

“My hope and dream is that, as a mother and a business woman, I show my children a spirit of determination and self-discipline balanced by compassion and honesty they will want to imitate,” she said.

Whether you realize it or not, your children take in everything you do. Their minds are constantly absorbing and taking notes on your actions, work ethic, and demeanor. As a business owner, it’s imperative to teach your children about hard work, dedication, selflessness and much, much more.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. For information on starting your own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise location, click here.

What to know when reviewing a franchise agreement

So, you are investing in a new franchise business. Congratulations! At this point, you may be close to reviewing the franchise agreement where the franchisor grants you, as a franchisee, the right to be part of the system. The franchise agreement outlines the partnership between the franchisor and franchisee while providing outlines for how the business will be run. Before you sign the franchise agreement, be sure you are looking it over carefully and consider these points as you’re reviewing the document.

How long does the agreement last, and what are the terms of renewal? There is no specific time required for a franchise term, they usually range from five to 20 years. It’s important to verify whether the term of the agreement is long enough for you to recover your initial investment.

Do I have exclusive rights to the area I’m purchasing? There can be many different ways franchise companies divide territories, and territories don’t necessarily have to be exclusive. Be sure you know what you’re getting for your money.

What fees will I be charged? Common fees include an initial franchise purchase fee, a renewal fee, a transfer fee, royalties, advertising fees, technology fees, and training fees. In addition, franchisees may be required to use certain vendors at their own expense. Make sure you understand all fees and what they’re for when making financial projections.

Is the agreement negotiable? If the agreement is negotiable, this is a red flag. You should want the company’s franchise agreement to be uniform because you want your fellow franchisees to be required to operateFranchise Agreement by the same terms under which you are operating. This ensures the brand you are investing in retains its quality and grows its value. Uniformity of franchise agreements also gives franchisees more power as a group.

Is the agreement one-sided? It is pretty typical for franchise agreements to contain provisions which may seem favorable to the franchisor, such as the ability of the franchisor to make enforceable changes to policies at any time or broad termination clauses. By investing in a franchise, the most valuable asset you are getting is the brand. You do not want all of your hard work into your franchise to be undermined by the actions or inactions of a fellow franchisee. Franchise agreements must be strong to protect that investment.

Contracts are essential and the terms are important, but remember that good franchise systems are built on solid relationships. You want to be a part of a proven, successful system with happy franchisees. Talk to existing franchises within the system you are considering before pulling the trigger.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. For information on starting your own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise and to access performance information which is available to prospective owners, click here.

Living our core value of giving back

Working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a blast, especially this time of year! Our national program, Movers for Moms®, is in full swing and together with their communities, our franchises across the country come together to spread the news, collect donations, and plan events to raise awareness of the program and give back to local mothers in need.

Movers for Moms® is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s national program designed to celebrate women who are forced to rely on the support of local homeless or domestic abuse shelters around Mother’s Day. Franchises partner with local shelters, schools, businesses, and community organizations where members of the community drop off items such as beauty bryan m4mproducts, hygiene products, blankets, gently used clothing, and much more.

Each year, we see franchises team up with new collection partners and plan fun events to make the program a great success. One of the most rewarding pieces of franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the opportunity to get involved and give back to the community through cause marketing programs and community volunteering.

Bryan Gerstner is a franchisee at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Kansas City, Mo., and has taken his Movers for Moms® program to a new level this year.

“For me, it’s giving back to the community for a very good cause that is not widely talked about, but affects so many people,” he said.

This spring, Bryan, along with his team, has gone above and beyond to make Movers for Moms® successful. Their franchise partnered with two television stations, ABC TV9 and NBC TV41, to help spread the word.

“ABC TV 9 embraced the program and really went over the top with promotions. For that we are so grateful,” said Bryan.

Bryan’s franchise also partnered with Race 4 Domestic Violence Prevention, an annual 5k run in their community, and partnered with the Nebraska Furniture Mart as a collection site for folks to drop off donations.

For Bryan, the most rewarding part of Movers for Moms® is the satisfaction he feels when they drop off the collected items at their local shelter. It is a rewarding experience to positively impact womens’ lives.

In addition to the fantastic efforts TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Kansas City has shown during this year’s Movers for Moms® campaign, numerous other franchises across the country have fully embraced their Movers for Moms® program this year and are doing great things!


Movers for Military

Movers for Military is one of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s fall programs which gathers and delivers donations to homeless Veteran’s shelters and families in need around Veteran’s Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCmilitary by truckK® Tampa took Movers for Military on full force last fall. After a lot of contemplating, Marketing and Sales Manager Eugenia Parlow decided to host a golf outing to raise money for Movers for Military.

“I made the suggestion to our owner, Jeff Knowles, and he thought it would be a good idea and the rest is history,” said Eugenia. “After we had a flyer designed, we got talking to our vendors, chambers, and community partners.  They all had a big part in the program’s success.”

When Eugenia began working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, she was thrilled to find we help those in need through programs like Movers for Military and Movers military gold outingfor Moms®.

“Giving back is something I’ve always been passionate about. Movers for Military is especially exciting because our franchise owner, Larry Knowles, my husband, and many of our friends are veterans.”

Last fall, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Tampa raised more than $5,000 at their golf outing and used the cash donations to buy additional products that were on their charity’s wish list.

In July, they will start planning the 2nd Annual Movers for Military Tournament which will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2015.

2014 Humanitarian Award Winner

At our company-wide annual meeting each spring, we hold an awards night and recognize our franchises across the system for their achievements.

This year, T2014 humanitarianWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Des Plaines/Chicago was the recipient of the 2014 Humanitarian Award. Franchisees Joel Trost, Jason Judson, John Judson and the rest of their team were extremely deserving.

The Humanitarian Award is given to the franchise who has donated the most move hours and moving supplies to local nonprofit organizations throughout the year. In 2014 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Des Plaines/Chicago collectively donated a total of $32,950 in charitable moves and supplies!

Giving back to the community is a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core value our franchisees across the system encompass in their daily lives. Our system makes a point to give back to the community in many ways, and we couldn’t be more proud.

Franchising is exceptionally gratifying. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchise moving company in the United States. If you’re interested in joining the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family, please visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com!