-Written by Erik Sargent
Being a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee requires a strong attention to detail all year long in order to keep the business running strong, but perhaps no time is more important than during the busy moving season, which typically runs from April through September.
For the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, the moving peak is this weekend, which we call “Busiest Move Weekend”. An astounding 6,200 moves are expected to be completed by our movers across the country at our franchise locations, with more than 3,100 trucks used and 430,000 miles driven.
“There is a lot of excitement around the busiest move weekend of the year for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, as it’s our time to shine during the most challenge days for our brand,” said Randy Shacka, president of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. “We are accomplishing close to three moves every minute during this time. That is not easy, but with our systems and amazing people in place, we are looking forward to it. It reinforces that our brand is on the right track, as a record number of customers are choosing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK – something we do not take for granted.”
For our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees, it’s important they prepare their locations and teams to handle the large influx of moves which will ensure they meet all customers’ needs.
This starts with hiring efforts, something that franchisees place a huge emphasis on in the months leading up to “Busiest Move Weekend”.
“Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting – it’s very important to us [here at our franchise],” said Pedro Gallegos, franchisee of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK San Diego, Cali., location. “I have been doing two recruiting events a week for the past two months [in preparation for busiest move weekend]. We have plans to run 15 trucks this weekend, and it starts with recruiting.”
These preparation efforts are happening throughout the year, and for franchisees, they know this is the weekend of the year that can define their location and their reputation.
“It is a truly continuous, year-long grind to be ready and make the most of busy season,” said Brian Stern, multi-unit franchisee with locations in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. “Any decision we make, whether it be about equipment, policies, strategy, we consider effects it will have on us in busy season. If it’s something that will not work during our peak season, then there is no reason to implement it. With this mindset year-round, we are always planning for our next steps.”
As a business owner, getting ready for busy moving season goes beyond just getting the people needed on your staff – it’s also about making sure they are taken care of and ready to perform.
Providing a culture for movers, drivers, and front office staff to succeed goes a long way during times like “Busiest Move Weekend”, and it’s something all franchisees have in the back of their minds when making plans.
“The prep we do for [busy] week is stocking equipment, fleet needs, and working on leadership to support the backfill volume as needed,” said Brooke Wilson, multi-unit franchisee with locations in Georgia and North Carolina. “We load up on refreshments and ‘thank you’ swag to recognize the guys’ hard work. The busiest move weekend usually falls on the hottest week of the year in North Carolina and Georgia, so we are stocked on up cooling towels, refreshments, wipes, and water balloons. It’s all about keeping the teams hydrated and motivated.”
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