-Written by Erik Sargent
For many business professionals, the chance of owning their own business not only provides them with a way to take care of their family while taking pride in building something of their own, but it also presents the opportunity to one day pass down that business to their loved ones. Franchising is a system of flexibility, and makes this transition possible for families going into business together.
When you buy a franchise with the international moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, you are given the freedom to incorporate members of your family or those closest to you and work together fluidly within a proven system of success. As the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has more than 30 years of experience in the moving industry, and our brand continues to grow with the times as we bring more innovative service options to our customers.
A family business
From coast to coast across our 350 locations, we have numerous franchises run by several family groups, from parents and kids, to siblings, and so on.
Franchisee Fred Schaard is a businessman in Michigan, but saw the potential for success within the system and purchased several locations in Portland, Oregon. His son, Joe, and two step sons, Bernardo and Adrian, all hold various positions at the location, and receive guidance from their father.
“The team consists of my three boys and our General Manager Katie Skoczylas, who worked with me at my full-time job, provided a strong trust and comfort level when making the investment,” Schaard said. “I feel confident in each of my sons’ abilities and trust them in making decisions.”
Schaard’s three sons work closely with Skoczylas while keeping him closely involved to ensure that the franchise is up and running successfully. It also provides Schaard with a great opportunity to see his children grow professionally.
“The greatest thing about going into business with my sons is seeing their personal development,” Schaard said. “I have owned and operated several businesses, and I can honestly say it’s fun for me to watch the efforts of my sons as they gain experience and confidence under the guidance of Katie and the great contributions from our former marketing manager, Christine.”
Preparing for a better future
If you’re planning on passing down a business to members of your family, it’s critical to make sure your business has a plan that ensures long-term success and longevity.
As a company, we’ve experienced steady growth since December 2009, and our system currently sits at 91 months of consecutive revenue growth. Our franchisees come from every background of business imaginable, with 57 percent owning one franchise, 23 percent owning two or more franchises, and 20 percent owning three or more locations.
Most importantly – of the total number of franchises that were in operation as of December 2016, 41 percent of them exceeded the gross sales average set by the system. Success is extremely obtainable with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and we want to help you get where you need to be as a franchisee with your family.
A traditional family atmosphere
Many businesses speak of their family atmosphere, but at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, that is literally the foundation of how the company began. Founder Mary Ellen Sheets helped her two sons, Brig and Jon, form a local moving business to make some extra cash as high school students.
After they departed for college, she kept receiving phone calls about the business, and decided to keep it going. Over 30 years later, it has grown into an international industry leader in the world of moving, and there are no signs of slowing down.
With a strong set of core values that each employee lives by each day and a never ending effort to give back to the communities we work in, these family values have shaped who we are as a brand, and are welcoming to any potential families wishing to join in.
If you’re interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and helping to move people and your family forward, click here.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network! If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, franchise.twomenandatruck.com.