-Written by Erik Sargent
When seeking business opportunities, it’s important to find something that you trust and believe in. Time after time, you see people taking leaps of faith with their money and coming up empty, and this is often due to a lack of knowledge on what they are investing in.
For people working to start their own business, these lingering issues can often seem like an insurmountable hurdle, but what if there was another way to invest your money and become a business owner with a stable foundation? A popular route is franchising, specifically with a moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.
Although franchising is one of the best business opportunities available today, there are many fears people have about joining a franchising system, including the fees required, being under the control of a brand, and the freedom you have as a franchise owner. Just like with any business venture, it’s important to do your research and find what the best fit is for you.
“I think there are some bad apples in franchising that cause all franchises to be judged poorly,” said Jonathan Crain, a multi-unit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee in Florida. “I worked at a sandwich franchise in high school, and the owners always complained about paying incredibly high prices for the logo cups and napkins. The franchisor was treating those items as an additional revenue stream. I discovered there are good and bad franchises, and it’s important to do your research and ask questions of current franchisees.”
When franchising with a moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you’re buying into a model of success that has sustained for over 30 years as leaders in the moving industry. With more than 350 locations in the United States, the reach of our brand extends into communities from all regions of the country, and it’s the local, family-atmosphere that has helped us grow significantly.
With 94 months of consecutive growth as a system, you’re buying into a proven method, and this is what attracts many of the franchisees in our system who have extensive business backgrounds.
“I wanted to purchase a franchise because I had grown up in the car business and ran a small, franchised used car dealership during and after college,” Crain said. “I wanted to get out of the car business and decided purchasing a franchise was the best way. I wanted a proven system where I would be trained and educated on the new industry in which I had no prior knowledge or experience.”
As Crain mentioned, the training and support we offer our new franchisees helps put any fears of not being knowledgeable in the industry to rest. From our “Gearing Up” training program to our online training catalog, we make sure each franchisee who buys into TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is given all the proper tools to succeed with their new operation.
Like any business, you will be in charge as the franchisee of your moving company, and the success you experience is contingent on the team you put in place, the training and development you implement, and your desire to grow your operation. Over the past four years, locations that had been open for a year-long time frame saw an average gross sales that exceeded their expenses, proving this is a profitable and sustainable business option.
“I think TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has a good long-term outlook, whereas some companies and industries may not be around in 10 years,” Crain said. “I like that it is an industry that is somewhat recession resistant. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK specifically has experienced excellent growth consistently throughout its history.”
Don’t be scared of franchising! Despite what you might hear elsewhere, joining a franchised moving company like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is an excellent way to invest your money, and you become part of a system with a hardworking, family atmosphere that is focused on giving back to the communities we work in and making a difference in people’s lives daily.
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.