TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mini-market franchise opportunities offer business ownership in untapped markets

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Franchising is a great alternative to business ownership versus starting your own business from scratch, as it provides the opportunity to run your own operation while investing your money into a proven brand with successful best practices laid out already.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has assisted entrepreneurs and investors with their franchising goals for more than 30 years. Our diverse franchisee network spans across 45 states and four different countries, and we’ve received numerous accolades for our work in the franchising world.

Sometimes, however, it’s not feasible for someone to invest in a full franchise market for a variety of factors. That’s why in 2017, we introduced our alternative to this: mini-markets.

Our mini-market model allows new franchisees to invest in territories with smaller populations, providing them with the much-needed moving services that our company has to offer but with the flexibility to work with less staffing, moving equipment, and trucks.

“Mini-markets run very similar to our tradition markets, but on a smaller scale. We now have the technology and support mechanisms in place to help create a profitable business in a market that requires a smaller local support staff,” said Jon Nobis, CEO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. “The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand has grown significantly throughout the United States, giving customers a recognizable yet local name to do business with no matter where they move.”

Even though mini-markets are smaller than our traditional franchises, they still receive the same dedicated support from our Home Office teams.

Mini-market requirements for opening include:

-A minimum of $80,000 in liquid assets and a $160,000 in net worth. Initial investment ranges are anywhere from $100,000 to $192,000.

-Mini-markets are required to operate with one moving truck at the date of their opening, which is less than the 2-3 truck minimum required of a traditional franchise.

-Mini-markets require a $30,000 franchise fee that covers populations ranging from 100,000 to 225,000 people.

-Mini-market franchises now also offer junk removal services to customers to help diversify revenue options.

“Operating a mini-market franchise is more owner-operator friendly. You don’t need as much staff with a smaller territory, and there are the same opportunities to diversify revenue,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s compliance director Pam Batten in a recent interview with 1851Magazine. “You can still add junk and storage in the long term or short term – all of these opportunities are open to everyone. The potential to build that in markets with the other revenue diversification is there as well.”

We opened our first mini-market locations in 2017 in the state of Montana, and have worked to add more since then. We are currently exploring new territories for opening in the states of Georgia, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming, and West Virginia. To learn more about our new mini-market incentive program, click here to read our story on 1851Magazine.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s franchising model earns multiple recognitions to start the fall season

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The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchising model was created and refined so our franchisees are able to achieve sustained success and make a difference in the lives of their teams and community.

For our current and future franchisees, this is a never-ending chase that has us continually researching new ways to improve our business, drive success to all of our franchise locations, and encourage new franchisees to join our team. It’s the outstanding franchisees across our system that truly make our franchising model special and striving to improve.

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What to expect when joining a franchising brand vs. starting your own business

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If you have the dream of one day running your own business, there is quite a bit that goes into consideration when deciding how to invest your money.

It’s important to do your research on both options, including business profitability, what long-term success looks like, franchising support if you go that route, and much, much more. Perhaps one of the most important aspects is determining what your personal goals are and how to align your business with those goals and beliefs. Continue reading

The month of March signals amped up hiring across TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations nationwide

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In order to best serve our customers and provide world-class customer service, it’s crucial each of our franchise locations have solid teams in place to meet the needs of our customers and exceed their expectations.

This is something we don’t take lightly and each spring, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees embark on the annual hiring campaign known as Career Move Month.

“Through Career Move Month, we organize several programs to showcase our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK core values, culture, and what it’s like to work here,” said Johanna Weitzel, recruiting and retention manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Home Office. “Our franchises get involved at a local level, and are usually thrilled to build upon the national programs we put in place and extend their efforts through the rest of the year so they can build out their great teams.” Continue reading

Five critical questions to ask when reviewing a franchising agreement

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If you’ve made the decision to invest in a franchised business, it’s important to completely understand what exactly you’re getting into before signing on the dotted line.

The proper research, along with extensive planning, is necessary before you officially purchase into a franchising brand, and understanding the franchise agreement you sign is an important step in the journey to profitability and success. These franchise agreements set the tone for the entire business relationship between you and the franchisor, so it’s critical you do your due-diligence to stay up-to-date on everything involved with your purchase. Continue reading

Success stories show why TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising is worth the investment

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-Written by Erik Sargent

As a potential business owner, you want peace of mind that the investment you make is not only worthwhile financially, but will provide you with a satisfying and rewarding ownership experience.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, tour goal is to provide potential franchisees the transparency on what they can expect if they join our award-winning franchising family. When joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you can quickly see the family feel and emphasis put on customer service and supporting our communities above all else. Continue reading

A family connection and dream of business ownership led Pedro Gallegos to franchising

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For those with the dream to one day own their own business, you never know when the opportunity to fulfill that dream might present itself, and nobody can attest to this more than Pedro Gallegos.

With a background in finance, Gallegos had been working on the consulting side of a public accounting firm in Chicago when he met his wife, Alicia. Together, the two had a dream to one day be business owners, and Alicia had a very important connection in her family that was about to make this dream a reality. Continue reading

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees start off the New Year focused and ready for success

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2018 is in the books, and although 2019 signals an opportunity for new change, ideas, and growth – it’s business as usual for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees, who have already been working diligently to get their franchises ready for the New Year.

In order for our franchises to continue offering the best moving services possible, there’s not much time to stop and relax, and it’s this hardworking attitude that has allowed us to grow so much as a brand. Just last year, we eclipsed our 7 millionth move as a system, and our moving teams have no intention of slowing down in the New Year. Continue reading

Our top franchising stories from 2018!

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As we wrap up 2018, it’s always good to reflect on another positive year within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family!

A big focus on our franchising blog this year was story-telling and working to highlight some of the outstanding individuals in our company– and we did just that! From franchisee profiles to stories on our Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship candidates, we were able to highlight some of the brightest minds associated with our brand.

So as we close out the year, let’s take a trip down memory lane for the last 12 months and re-visit some of these stories.

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Meet the 2019 Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® Scholarship candidates!

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The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family atmosphere  is a big driving force that keeps our employees motivated and moving forward with their careers.

Part of the encouragement in moving careers forward is the  Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship Program, which is a year-long program consisting of training courses, assignments, and presentation of a business plan at the end of the program. In the end, one person is chosen as the official winner, and is given $50,000 toward starting their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving franchise in partnership with their current franchisee!

This keeps our tradition of promoting from within going strong and gives existing members in the company the motivation to continue working hard toward their goals of becoming a business owner one day. Continue reading