Catch a glimpse into what life is like as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee

For any franchise brand, the bottom line of company success comes when the franchisees within your brand find happiness and achieve their own success.

Successful, dedicated franchisees who are bought into the mission of the company are crucial for any franchised brand, and here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we have just that. Since the beginning, when TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets made the decision to franchise her local moving business based out of Lansing, Mich., we’ve gone on to open more than 350 locations across the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

A commitment to high-quality moving services and customer care were key in the growth of the brand, but it’s a franchisee network of like-minded individuals from all backgrounds who keep pushing this mindset and allowing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK expansion. Many of our franchisees started out as movers and drivers before working their way up and know exactly what it takes to open and operate their own successful moving franchises.

Are you interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK? Check out some of these success stories below to see what is possible when investing with us!

Moving People Forward: Juan Gallegos

Moving People Forward: Anthony Jent

Moving People Forward: Rob Wallace

Success Story – Johnathan Cuttino

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Five important details to consider before signing a franchise agreement

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee on the phone

Investing into a franchising brand is a great alternative to traditional business ownership for those who want to be their own boss, as you’re able to buy into a proven system while still being in charge of your location.

Rather than coming up with a business idea and strategy from scratch, you’re tapping into a model that has already been established. Similar to starting your own business, you’re able to run this operation as you see fit within the framework of this established brand without having to struggle through building brand recognition or coming up with fresh ideas to market your business.

Like any business venture, though, it’s important to do extensive research and due diligence to know where your investment will take you. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand strives to be as transparent and honest as possible with potential franchisees so they have a strong understanding of what the business will look like for them one year in, five years in, and beyond.

Whether you’re thinking of franchising with us or with another brand, you should learn as much as you can about the brand and their operational methods, also in addition to thoroughly reviewing the brand’s franchise agreement prior to signing.

When reviewing a franchising agreement, below are a few crucial questions you should consider before moving forward.

1. How long does the agreement last, and what are the terms of renewal?

Franchise agreements generally fall within the range of five to 20 years. Make sure to verify with your franchisor that the agreement spans long enough to cover your initial investment.

2. Is the agreement one-sided?

You’ll find that some franchise agreements contain provisions which can seem to favor the franchisor, such as the ability of the franchisor to make enforceable changes at any time. As someone investing in the franchise, the brand is your most valuable asset, and you don’t want all your hard work washed away by the actions or inactions of a fellow franchisee. Franchise agreements must be strong to protect your investment.

3. What fees will I be charged?

This is a crucial question to ask right out of the gate, as it’s important to know what you’re getting. In franchising, some of the common fees you will see include the initial franchise fee, a transfer fee, a renewal fee, advertising fees, royalties, technology fees, and training fees. In some instances, a franchise may be required to use certain vendors with their own expenses. Make sure to review all of these details when making your financial projections.

4. Do I have the exclusive rights to the location I’m purchasing?

Make sure you know what your investment is getting you – there are a variety of ways that a company can divide franchise territories, and territories aren’t always exclusive.

5. Is the franchise agreement negotiable?

If you research and find out that your agreement is negotiable, it should raise concerns. It is important to make sure your franchise agreement is uniform because this ensures that you and your fellow franchisees are operating under the same terms. This also guarantees the brand you invest in will retain its quality and value.

Interested in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK? Click here to learn more!

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The possibility of business ownership is what drew this North Carolina franchisee to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise building

Throughout the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand, you’ll find endless stories of employees who began their careers within a franchise before working their way up to open their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises.

This theme stuck out to Rich Rivera, who was drawn to positive feedback he saw about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising system and the available opportunities for business ownership. Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Rivera worked as a delivery driver and an operations manager for over two decades in the freight transportation industry. He found himself looking for a change in his career – specifically one that would put him on the path to his dream of business ownership – and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK immediately stood out.

“I started off as a delivery driver for FedEx about 25 years ago, then continued to work in freight transportation for many years before working in household good as an operations manager,” Rivera said. “I started at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK approximately four years ago as a franchise manager at the Durham, N.C., location before becoming a regional manager for an ownership group consisting of six TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises.”

With this role as a regional manager for so many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations, Rivera now had the footing and the experience necessary – as well as the knowledge of the brand and its operations – to set himself up for franchising. He eventually opened his first location in Goldsboro, N.C., on August 1 of 2021, and finalized years of hard work and a dream of business ownership.

“I was always interested in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” Rivera said. “One of the reasons I was interested in working with the company in the first place was the opportunity to eventually become a franchise owner. After a while working as an operations manager, I figured it was time to open my own [franchise]. The opportunity for growth drew me to the company.”

Rivera originally comes from the state of New York, and this is where he got his start in the freight transportation industry and his early professional career.

He later on moved down to North Carolina, which is where he first started noticing the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, as there is a strong presence across the entire state. More so than just noticing the brand moving so many people in the state, he continued to learn more and read how much career promotion from within comes from the brand.

“I was well aware of the brand’s track record of employees becoming franchisees,” Rivera said.

Now, he’s finally running his own location, and the next step is being able to give others the same chance he was given when he joined on with the brand originally.

“I’ve enjoyed my career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and now I have the opportunity to own a franchise and help the community and create a positive environment for my employees.”

If you’re looking to learn more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, visit our Franchise Development website to learn more!

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Multiple roles within the brand have shaped this TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee’s career

When looking at the scope of Joe Turbeville’s time with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, you’ll have a tough time finding someone who has experienced more with the brand than him.

Turbeville has seen both sides of the coin working with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, holding positions at the corporate office location in Lansing, Michigan, as well as the work he has done as a franchisee – which now includes multiple locations across the country. Given this wide range of experience, he has a unique view of the brand, its operations, and how he can best put his locations in position for success.

His time with the company began as a simple recruiting pitch from a former coworker, and since then has led down a road full of twists and turns.

“I worked in construction throughout my teens before going into retail sales during my college years,” Turbeville said. “I worked at a local sports store and eventually worked my way up there to associate manager. I then went to work in construction sales as a plant manager, but my former manager at the sports store recruited me to come join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate team.”

At the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate office, Turbeville worked as a franchise business consultant, which put him in a role where he would work directly with multiple franchise teams across the system to help them operate at their highest levels.

This type of work gave him a direct look into how a franchise system operates, and how to find success as a franchisee within the brand.

“I began working as a franchise business consultant where I worked with approximately 40 locations to relay best practices and assist franchisees in areas they were struggling,” Turbeville said. “I learned a lot from franchisees and general managers, and once I was presented with an opportunity to purchase my first franchise location in Boston, I realized what a fantastic opportunity it could be.”

This purchase – which Turbeville made with his business partner and fellow TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Alan Oversmith – laid the groundwork for the duo which would lead to them opening multiple franchises together and expanding into new territories. It all started with the first Boston franchise, and they’ve continued to grow since.

“We moved many employees out from Michigan to manage East Coast operations, and we hit the ground running,” Turbeville said. “We now have half the Boston market.”

Turbeville’s path to becoming a franchisee was not a typical one, but one that has worked out regardless. Partnering with Oversmith, the two knew what was needed to operate a successful franchise, and they were able to apply these ideas within the framework of the brand seamlessly.

“[How I became a franchisee] was slightly unconventional,” Turbeville said. “The opportunity presented itself, and we [Oversmith] wanted to stay within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand. It seemed like a smart financial move. We had the opportunity to see how successful some franchise owners were and becoming a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee was exciting.”

For Turbeville, the most recent location he opened with Oversmith was in Rhode Island, which was a significant opening for both their team and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand overall, as it was the company’s first location in Rhode Island and the 46th state the brand operates.

Turbeville is focused on continuing his expansion on the East Coast and opening franchises in markets where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has yet to operate. He’d also love to become the top moving franchise in the state of Rhode Island.

He’s loved the journey of becoming a multi-unit franchisee and has simple advice for anyone looking to pursue their own franchising dreams.

“It is vital to work hard, stay resilient, and ultimately go follow your dreams,” Turbeville said. “You can build a successful business if you put your mind to it.”

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Life as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise owner

With any type of business ownership opportunity, doing your research is one of the most important things you can do as you determine what the right move is for you.  

When buying into a franchising opportunity like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you are investing into a company with a proven track record of growth, success, and expansion opportunities for its franchisees. Ninety-four percent of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees say they would invest in our brand again based of research done by Franchise Business Review, and this is a testament to the work we’ve put in to tweak our franchising model over the years.

However, sometimes you don’t want to hear it directly from the brand itself – you want to hear it from those who are living it each day.

Two long-time franchisees – Bob Gomori and Chad Arnold – give a glimpse into what franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is like for them, allowing perspective franchisees to learn a bit about what they can expect when investing into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand.

Enjoy!

Being a Franchise Owner – Bob Gomori

Being a Franchise Owner – Chad Arnold

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising allows franchisees to take advantage of multiple revenue streams in the business

A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mover loads a mobile storage container.

The key to any successful business – regardless of the industry – is having access to multiple channels of revenue in order to diversify your business and see a return on the investment you made.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we’ve worked diligently to continue diversifying revenue streams and ensuring our franchisees have the right service options available to them to serve all moving needs for local customers.

People may think of us as just home movers – rightly so – but we’re able to offer so much more to customers than just moving from one home to the next. We offer long-distance relocation, storage options, junk removal, packing services, in-home and load-only moving, business moving, corporate relocation – the list goes on and on.

All of these services were developed with the intention of being the go-to resource for someone looking to move, and we knew it was imperative to give our franchisees as many options as possible to grow their franchises.

“Franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK gives you the ability to run a small business with the support of a very caring system,” said Josh Payne, franchisee of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Canton, Ohio, location. “The revenue and profit potential in comparison to other franchising opportunities is incredible. When you add those things with the ability to truly help people and make a difference in the community, it is an opportunity everyone should look into.”

As our service options have expanded, so has our company footprint, and we are now open in 46 states across America, as well as in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Take a look at the variety of services we’ve developed that you can offer customers as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee!

Home Moving

You can probably guess this, but home moving is where it all began for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK when the original “two men” – Brig Sorber and Jon Sorber – began moving belongings in the Lansing, Michigan area as a way to make extra cash in the early ’80s. This is our bread and butter and who we are at our core.

Long-distance moves

Long-distance moving is another long-time service option for customers. We offer a traditional expedited long-distance relocation plan, as well as our Value Flex crated option for long-distance moves.

Junk removal

One of the newer service options at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, our brand is taking junk removal head on and making a name for ourselves in this space. We can pick up, haul away, and properly dispose of most unwanted items from a home or business.

Load and Unloading

Sometimes, you’ll find customers who just want the moving help but don’t want to pay for the truck or the full moving experience. We’re able to send our movers to do the heavy lifting for them and save them the trouble.

Business Moving and Storage

As a business, we understand what it’s like to be a business, and we tailor our business moving plans to fit the needs of business owners so they feel comfortable hiring us to move their office buildings or office equipment with little to no interruptions to their operations.

Condo, Apartment, and Rental Moves

Not every move is a home or business move, and people will often hire movers to take them to and from rental properties. Different rules and regulations come into play when planning for these types of moves.

Delivery

When customers purchase large appliances, pieces of furniture, or other large and bulky items, they can call TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to schedule a pickup and delivery of the item to their homes. This saves them the hassle and pain of transporting it and getting it into the home on their own.

In-Home Moving

Sometimes customers just need the moving help, and not the truck. We’ll step in to do as little or as much in-home moving as a customer needs, from moving furniture in or around the home to helping with home staging, decluttering, and more.

Storage

Select TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises offer on-site storage for customers, eliminating the need for finding separate storage solutions while moving and instead offer an all-inclusive moving and storage experience.

Packing and Moving Supplies

We offer a full line of packing and moving supplies for customers so they have everything they need to get their move done right. If they want, they can even call our teams to come pack up as little or as much as they’d like.

If these diverse revenue streams sound like the right fit for you, we’d love to talk! Click here to learn about the franchising process with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

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Learn why you should consider a franchising opportunity with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee on the phone

To get where we are today as a franchising brand, a strong commitment to our franchisees, their franchises, and the overall franchising system we built was critical.

Today, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK proudly operates over 380 franchises across four different countries, and we recently completed our 9 millionth move as a brand. We’ve come a long way as a company from the days of two high school brothers trying to earn a little extra spending money in the Lansing, Mich., area in the mid-1980s, and this is in large part due to the franchise network we have built.

Our franchisees come from all different business backgrounds and walks of life, and we have kept growing our franchise footprint with each passing year by offering a franchising model built for success. With proven systems in place, a sustainable business model, and brand recognition to go with it all, an investment into a franchise with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK can be a lucrative and worthwhile experience.

Click the links below to see the layers of our franchise model and how it can benefit you!

Training and Support

It all starts with training and support for new franchisees, and we offer extensive training opportunities to make sure you’re ready to go when it’s time to open the doors of your new franchise.

DOT and Risk Management

DOT and risk management are critical when running a moving franchise, and we’ll help you understand the nuances of both.

Finding Employees

A good TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise starts with assembling a motivated and reliable team.

Applicant Pool

To assemble a strong team, it starts with knowing how to find the proper employees for your location.

Ongoing Support

The support you receive as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee is never-ending. From our Home Office support teams to a diverse network of successful franchisees, you have endless resources to help you succeed.

Growth Opportunities

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we practice what we preach, and we preach employee growth within the company at every level.

Capacity and Growth

Any business plan needs to show the ability to grow, and we’re always looking for ways to expand who we are at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. From new service options like junk removal to how we operate, we’re always innovating.

Marketing

As a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee, you gain access to tried-and-true marketing tactics that work on both a local and national level.

Opening the Franchise

After you open your TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location, you continue receiving ongoing support on all levels of the business.

If you’re interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK or you want to begin your franchising journey, click here!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK: The Story of the Stickmen

Another year has passed  and at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we continue our journey of moving customers forward with a variety of service options as we head into 2022.

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand has been around now for nearly four decades, and although we’ve grown immensely over the years, the core of who we are and what we believe in has remained the same. From the days when it was actually just two men – Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ sons, Brig and Jon – moving customers’ belongings around the Lansing, Mich., area in an old pickup truck to today, where we have franchises in 46 states across the country in addition to Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom – we’ve always focused on the customer experience while giving back to the communities where we work and live.

To learn a little more about the history of how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK came to be, we present the following: The Story of the Stickmen.

Enjoy!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK embraces Hulu to reach new customers and help franchisees strengthen the brand across local markets

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee on the phone

As the media landscape continues to evolve, consumer behavior follows close behind. With more consumers ditching traditional cable or satellite TV subscriptions and consuming content through their connected TV (CTV )— usually on one of the many over-the-top (OTT) services such as Hulu — brands are shifting even more ad dollars to these emerging channels. For context, the number of CTV users in the U.S. reached 203 million in 2020.

These trends are why TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® began using Hulu Ad Manager in 2020 to create impactful, local streaming TV campaigns. We’re able to leverage Hulu’s 39 million subscribers and their robust targeting options to put our brand in front of the right consumers.

“At the corporate level, we have initiatives to help local franchises understand options for spending their local marketing budget. Up until now, the spend has been focused on social media, search and display, and network and cable television,” said Bill Barrett, a franchise marketing specialist for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate team. “While we provide useful information to the franchises, it’s up to them to manage their local marketing spend. One of our challenges, specifically with TV buys, has been the inability to help them if they get stuck, since we lack insight into the campaigns they are individually managing. One of the appealing benefits about Hulu Ad Manager is the ease with which we can buy and manage Streaming TV ads on the franchisees’ behalf.”

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK campaigns use a blend of demographics, life events, behaviors, interests, and ownership status. Using Hulu’s first-party data and targeting, we’re confident our ads will show to users who fit our ideal customer profile. Franchisees are starting to share similar confidence as more begin to add Hulu to their media mix.

In-depth targeting capabilities are not as readily available in cable and network TV campaigns. These extra layers allow for more control over our campaigns than ever before.

It’s imperative to the growth of our brand that we leverage emerging advertising and marketing technology that provides tangible benefits and value to our franchisees. We are thrilled to add Hulu advertising to our ever-growing list of marketing tools — as we’re confident it will be an integral part of our continued marketing success.

You can read more about how we use Hulu to propel our brand forward in this conversation with the Hulu team.

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Wyoming franchisees use TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s mini-market model to excel in smaller territory

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Moving Truck

While there are certainly smaller-sized cities and regions throughout the country, one thing’s for sure … there is still a need for professional moving services!

This was the driving idea behind TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s mini-market franchise model, which was designed to bring our world-class, professional moving services to areas with smaller populations. It gives potential franchises the opportunity to open their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise, but at an investment cost that is lower than our traditional franchise model.

“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.”

Mini-market franchises started in 2017, and since then, we’ve added 10 to our franchise network. There are still many more open territories to fill!

Two of the first states to open mini-market franchises were Montana and Wyoming, and both have hit the ground running with their operations as they work to expand the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand in these states.

Watch the video below to learn about our mini-market franchises in Wyoming and its franchisees, Rob Graham and Justin Woods, to see how the experience has gone for them!

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