–Written by Erik Sargent
As the country spent the last week honoring the brave men and women of this country by celebrating Veteran’s Day, it reminds us all how important the sacrifices are these individuals have made for our freedoms we enjoy daily
This sacrifice is something we reflect on here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK year-round, not only in the work we do to give back to the veterans in the communities where we work and operate, but also in the employment opportunities we provide for veteran members. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has become appealing to veterans looking to get into business ownership, and the resources we provide speak for themselves.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been recognized by Franchise Business Review’s Veterans & Franchising Report three different times, and was also ranked 13th in Military Times “Best for Vets” list for 2018, proving we are a top franchise opportunity for veterans.
“As a veteran, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK opened their arms to me and helped me pursue a dream to own a growing and successful business,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs Franchisee Jeff Walker, who’s also an Army Veteran. “It’s been 26 years since my service in the Army, and I’ve never thought business would be so good.”
The core values that make up our company resonate well with former members of our armed services, and the transition has proven to be an easy one as they enter the moving industry.
“Being a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee was an easy transition for me coming from the military,” said Michael Sham, a multi-unit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee with four different locations in the state of Mississippi. “The job is similar in many ways. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK makes franchise ownership easy, and even gives veterans a military discount on the purchase of the location.”
As a company, one our highest priorities is to make this jump into franchising easier for our veterans. This starts with creating a culture that matches well with the personality of veterans, but it also involves providing the necessary resources to make the opportunity worthwhile.
Veterans who purchase a franchise with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK receive a 10 percent discount through our partnership with VetFran, and these savings can be directly invested back into your business to take the pressure off startup costs.
We want our franchisees to succeed, and former veterans who now franchise with us have echoed what a positive opportunity it is.
“I would tell a veteran that’s considering TWO MEN AND A TRUCK that this is just a fantastic opportunity,” said Tim Lighter, a multi-unit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee with two locations in Wisconsin. “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 able to help themselves along the way.”
Lightner, who has been with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK for more than two decades, pointed to the company core values and how well they mesh with the military lifestyle as a reason to consider the opportunity.
“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,” Lightner said. “Values and techniques like discipline, hard work, putting the cause before yourself – those all fit well together, and there’s an overlap.”
For veterans looking for an edge when it comes to work and want to put in the time to build something successful, franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK fits that idea well.
“I would tell not only veterans 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 Bob Christensen, a multi-unit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee with locations in Iowa and Illinois.
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