-Written by Erik Sargent
Hard work pays off to those who put in the time, and for Mike Reps, he’s another great example of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee that’s worked their way up to ownership.
Prior to becoming a franchisee, Reps worked for the Rochester, Minn., franchise location as a general manager for almost three years. Things took a big turn for Reps earlier this year when he was officially introduced as a new franchisee for the Rochester location – a process that was extensive, but worth it.
“[I started by] having to get interviewed and screened by the Home Office executive staff,” Reps said. “It was a very smooth process. As someone who started working in a franchise before franchising, I would recommend working within a franchise before transition to ownership.”
Before his journey began with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Reps spent time working in production agriculture for a few different companies. During his three years as a general manager, he was able to learn the ropes of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, what it would take to become a franchisee, and why he wanted to transition to that role himself.
“I was attracted to the business model, the demand for our service, and the commitment to excellence and growth that you see each and every day from the Home Office team,” Reps said. “Some of my favorite aspects of being a new franchisee are the sense of community and family we have at our location, and how honest the people all throughout the system are.”
Despite his experience at the franchise level prior to taking a role in ownership, there were still some hurdles that Reps needed to clear before he officially became a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee.
Being on the younger end of a business owner, Reps had to find a bank that was willing to invest in him. But once he was able to do that, it was smooth sailing, and he was well on his way to being a business owner. His experience as a general manager had already prepared him working on the people side of things, and he used his business degree to help him blend his people skills into the business side of things.
“[I think that] previously leading a team of people in a hands-on way for such a physical job really prepared me for taking over as a franchisee,” Reps said. “My business degree also helped for the other duties involved as a business owner.”
Although he’s only a few months into his franchisee experience, Reps has hit the ground running, and already has a vision set on where he wants his franchises to go – and beyond.
“I would like to open another location sometime in the next 18 months,” Reps said. “I would also like to continue scoring high as a franchise among the system, and continue to see personal growth from my employees and help them advance further as professionals.”
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK continues to provide opportunities for new franchisees, regardless of their background, and Reps is the latest example of how rewarding business ownership can be with our brand.
With multiple territories available around the country, Reps would recommend it to anyone looking for a franchising opportunity for one main reason – the brand.
“It is a business that is committed to staying in front of the pack,” Reps said. “We get a lot of support from Home Office, and there is endless opportunities for us as franchisees and for our locations.”
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