-Written by Erik Sargent
For the men and women who bravely serve our country, transitioning into the working world is a crucial step as they move forward in life. Everything from the type of work to the people they’re surrounded with, and even the employer’s values, it’s best to make ensure future opportunities align with personal beliefs.
A rewarding and exciting opportunity for veterans post-service is working in the moving franchise business, particularly with the company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the country, and has an extensive track record of providing job opportunities for veterans through all levels of the system.
“The values that are embodied in a military veteran make them very desirable as franchisees,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Franchise Development Manager Noelle Burak. “They are able to manage people, processes, and implement the best business practices based off their prior training, which translates well to franchising.”
We’ve received a number of accolades for our support of veterans over the years, including a spot on the Top 10 Best for Vets list by Military Times, being named in the Franchise Business Review’s Veterans and Franchising Report in 2012, 2014, and 2015, and countless others.
“I think a lot of the same core values that are in the military align well with being a business owner, especially at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in particular,” said Tim Lightner, a veteran multi-unit franchisee for the Racine and Madison, Wisc. locations. “Values and techniques like discipline, hard work, putting the cause before yourself – those all fit well together, and there’s an overlap.”
When you become a franchisee with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, you become part of a strong team that is working together toward the same goal of success, and part of a system of outstanding people who value hard work. Our core values are the foundation of our company, and are values we practice each and every day here with all of our employees.
These core values are synonymous with the lessons learned by those who have served in the military, and it’s easy for veterans to find similarities to their time of service.
“I would tell a veteran that’s considering TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® that this is just a fantastic opportunity,” Lightner said. “They’re going to be able to use a lot of the values learned from their service and put them to work in their communities and with their employees. They’re also going to be helping themselves along the way.”
Resources to Help You Lead the Way
At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we provide extensive resources to potential franchisees to lead them on the path of success, making sure they are well accommodated as they take on this new business venture.
Veterans who make the decision to franchise with us receive a 10 percent discount off the franchise fee through our partnership with VetFran. These savings can be directly invested back into the business, taking some of the burden off from startup costs.
Once you‘ve made the decision to purchase a franchise, you are invited to visit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office headquarters in Lansing, Mich., where you will attend “Gearing Up”. This training program teaches new franchisees everything they need to know about the system and the process involved with joining a moving franchise, giving insight to the company’s 30 years of experience.
Additionally, buying a franchise with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® grants you access to our online training courses and webinars, which are hosted by home office subject matter experts. You’re also granted direct contact to these subject matter experts, which you can communicate with daily. There are experts in every field of the business including training and development, human resources, marketing, sales, information technology, risk management, DOT and fleet safety, accounting, and national accounts.
“I would tell not only a veteran, but anybody, that if you really, firmly believe in customer service and are really willing to work hard, this is one of the best situations I’ve ever seen for starting a business,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Multi-unit Franchisee and Army Veteran Bob Christensen.
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There’s never been a better time to purchase a moving franchise, and with more than 91 months of consecutive growth within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, we’re showing no signs of slowing down.
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.