What to expect when starting your own business versus joining an established franchise brand

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Becoming a business owner is a dream many have as they look to establish themselves as professionals at the beginning of their working careers.

However, deciding how to get there is a complicated process and involves a lot of planning and decision making as you figure out how to invest your money. While the traditional route is starting your own business, franchising is another avenue to business ownership that could be strongly considered for those looking to be their own boss.

When it comes to starting your own business, you have to come up with an idea from scratch, build a product and following, and continue to innovate as you expand your business reach and customer network. With franchising, you are buying into a proven model of success where brand recognition is already prevalent as you open a new chapter of a business people already trust.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has allowed people to achieve their dream of business ownership for more than 35 years, and in turn, has built a diverse franchisee network full of experienced, hardworking individuals who come from all backgrounds.

“I became a franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in December of 2014,” said Curtis Newman, who is a multi-unit franchisee with locations in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. “The process was very detailed and organized in the months leading up to everything. We were fortunate enough to be able to speak with the Home Office First Gear Team on a weekly basis, and they made sure we had everything in order to be successful.”

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand is now open in 45 states across America – as well as Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom – and we’re looking to continue our expansion in these areas as time goes on. For three decades now, we’ve made a mark on the moving industry as being a reputable moving service with outstanding customer service.

It’s a brand people can trust, and that trust makes franchising an exciting opportunity for potential franchisees who are interested in joining the brand.

“I love being my own boss and being hands-on,” said Jim Frederickson, a multi-unit franchisee with locations in Arizona. “Having my own company in my hometown and providing a quality service to my network of friends, relatives, coworkers, classmates, and so on is just an awesome experience. I still say today that my mom is my biggest referral source.”

Dedicated support

A major selling point of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising experience is the support you get from our dedicated Home Office subject matter expert teams. All areas of business are covered here – marketing, sales, accounting, human resources, operations, risk and safety management, and more – to ensure your franchise is successful.

Working together with these Home Office teams, you’ll develop the best plans for your business while also gaining access to daily support and communication should you have questions.

Training

We are strong believers in extensive and ongoing training for everyone involved with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK so we can continue to improve at every level. From the moment you sign on as a franchisee with our brand, you are given access to a large resource of training options.

From our Gearing Up course for new franchisees to monthly webinars and our Stickmen University library, you’ll have every topic of the franchising world covered.

Growing service options

In order to have a successful franchise, you need successful service options, and that’s exactly what we have here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. We’ve continued to evolve over the years from just local, home movers, and we now offer business moving, long-distance moving, storage options, packing options, and our newest service – junk removal.

These will help you become a one-stop-shop for all moving needs for your customers.

If you would like to learn more about franchising opportunities within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK or you’re interested in getting the process rolling to start your own, visit our Franchise Development website, here.

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Five things to consider when reviewing a franchising agreement

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Making the investment into a franchising business can be a thrilling time, as you’re buying into a brand with a proven business model and giving yourself a chance at business ownership within this framework.

Instead of starting from scratch with your own idea, you buy into an established brand where people recognize the name as you work to grow your operation in a new area. Like any business venture, it’s important to do extensive research and have a complete understanding of what your investment is going toward.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, tour goal is to be as open and honest with potential franchisees about what they are buying into so there aren’t any surprises or questions after they’ve opened. Whether you are thinking of franchising with us or you’re buying into a different franchising model, there are some important questions you should ask when reviewing a franchising agreement.

1. 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.

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

More often than not, franchise terms generally fall within the range of five to 20 year category. Make sure to verify with your franchisor that the agreement is long enough to cover your initial investment.

3. Is the agreement one-sided?

Often times, franchise agreements can contain provisions which on the surface, can seem to favor the franchisor, such as the ability of the franchisor to make enforceable changes to policies at any time. By investing in a franchise, the brand is your most valuable asset. You do not want the hard work you have put into your franchise to be undermined by the actions or inactions of a fellow franchisee. Franchise agreements must be strong to protect your investment.

4. Do I have the exclusive rights to the location I am 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.

If you’d like to learn more about what franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is like, check out the video below!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers continuous support and communication for franchisees during difficult times

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Our brand’s success isn’t much without the success and growth of our franchisees and the locations they run. This is why it’s so important to us as the franchisor to provide ongoing support and communication – especially during difficult times.

Perhaps nothing has qualified more as “difficult” in recent memory like when the pandemic hit  and it required us to develop a quick strategy and communication plan to ensure our franchisees were up to date on everything happening not only with our business, but the rest of the business world. From adapting and tweaking services to fit safety needs to the introduction of new service options for customers, franchisees needed to get updates in real time to keep their businesses running smoothly and safely.

Daily email updates and videos from our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK executive team to the franchises became the norm, and we ramped up our support efforts to ensure an open line of communication was available for franchisees once moving was deemed an essential business.

We spoke to a few franchisees about the support they received during the pandemic – see what they had to say about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK supports franchisees!

Pedro Gallegos – Franchisee – San Diego, California

Holly Stewart – Multi-unit Franchisee – Georgia

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Get familiar with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising timeline

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For those exploring the world of business ownership, franchising is an avenue which should be considered if you’re someone who doesn’t want to start a business from scratch.

When you join a franchising system, you are buying into a brand with proven success as well as a recognizable name. You will also have the ability to run your franchise within the brand’s established perimeters as a franchise owner. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been in the world of franchising for more than three decades now, and we’ve built a franchisee network of experienced business professionals covering 45 states in the U.S., as well as locations in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is a brand name people recognize in their communities as movers they can trust, which is why new franchisees are able to quickly find success when they invest with us.

“There are very few brands that are as committed to franchisee support as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” said Nick Powills, CEO and founder of No Limit Agency. “From the depth of corporate departments to the depth of training at the corporate headquarters, franchisees can clearly see their royalties at work. This is a business focused on never being satisfied, which in turn, will continue to change the lives of those who are allowed to join this exclusive club.”

We’ve created a streamlined process to get people on the road to franchising, one that usually takes anywhere from four to six months to complete.

Follow our timeline below!

Step 1: Review (7-10 days)

This is the initial step in the process where we get to know the candidate to find out what they are looking for, what their expectations are, and walk them through important details such as financial requirements that are necessary to kick off the process.

Step 2: Application (7-10 days)

This is where you’ll fill out a request for consideration, giving you a chance to put into words why you think you’re a good fit with us. Where do you want to be in five years? How involved will you be? What are your goals as a franchisee? All of these questions come into play during this step.

Step 3: Acceptance (14-30 days)

The expectations for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees are presented with our Franchise Disclosure Document, and we also encourage potential franchisees to speak with current or former franchisees to ask questions about their time in the system to learn more about the role.

Step 4: Planning (30-60 days)

The longest stage of the process, we will provide the potential franchisee with a business plan template for them to fill out. Various team members from our Home Office departments are available to assist you with developing your plan and answering questions you might have about various parts of the operation.

Step 5: Discovery Day (14-30 days)

Come meet our team! This day is all about you as a new franchisee, and you’ll see all of the work involved with the franchising process starting to come together. You’ll learn who we are, what we do, and get a chance to meet various people throughout the business.

Step 6: Awarding (30-60 days)

Congrats – you’re a part of the team! Now, it’s time to get working. We’ll work with you to get your doors open and your business running, with operational experts helping you work through the transition of opening your first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise.

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Franchisee success stories highlight how many meaningful franchising opportunities are available with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

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When TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets decided to franchise the brand, she did so with the intention that all franchisees would play an integral part in the company’s mission to not only move people forward with outstanding moving services, but also make an impact locally by giving back to the community.

More than 35 years later, all of our franchisees have lived up to this vision, and as we’ve surpassed 8.5 million moves as a brand and opened locations in 45 states across America as well as Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, it’s clear that a strong franchisee network has helped continue our push to be the leaders of the moving industry.

The success of our franchisees is imperative to the success of our brand. This is why we put so much commitment into our franchising model and ensure our franchisees have the proper resources and support to see success at their franchises and expand their franchise network if they choose.

From our extensive training programs for new franchisees to numerous in-person events for networking, training, education, and recognition – we’ve built a culture of success for all of our franchisees.

Take a look below at some of the great TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising success stories!

Holly Stewart – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Georgia

Justin Tangeman – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico

Nick Roerig – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Georgia, Tennessee, Texas

Steve West – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Illinois, Maine, Missouri, South Dakota

Mike Reps – Multi-Unit Franchisee – Minnesota, North Dakota

To learn more about the franchising opportunities TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has to offer and to learn how you get started on your own franchising journey, visit our Franchise Development website.

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Franchisee Kyle Norcutt named 2021’s “Moving People Forward” award winner

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The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand is fortunate to have outstanding franchisee leaders who contribute to our brand’s continued growth by investing in their teams.

A mantra that we often use here is, “Moving People Forward®”, and this can mean moving both customers and employees forward in their lives. This is now an award given at our company’s annual meeting to recognize franchisee leaders who have made a real impact in the lives of their team members. Last week, we announced our 2021 winner of this award is Multi-unit Franchisee Kyle Norcutt.

Norcutt has been with the brand for multiple decades now, and currently is the owner of franchises in Colorado, Michigan, Utah, and Washington. Numerous employees who have worked at Norcutt’s franchisees have gone on to do great things with our brand, and it’s a testament to the culture that Norcutt has built across all of his locations.

Here what those who have worked closely with Norcutt had to say about their time together and his journey!

Congratulations, Kyle!

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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 franchising starts off 2021 with national recognition

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As we’ve entered 2021, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand – much like our entire country – is focused on moving forward and putting the struggles of 2020 behind us.

For our brand and franchising model, however, this mindset has never stopped, and we have continued to do our best to keep growing our franchising model and keep opening new avenues of success for our franchisees.

As a brand, we’re thrilled to share our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising model has received numerous awards and national recognitions to kick off the year. It’s a testament to the hard work put in by our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Home Office teams, our training programs, the franchisees who invest with us, and the team members who make up all of our 350-plus franchise locations.

Check out some of the awards we’ve recently earned and see why franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is worthy investment!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® named a 2021 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was recently named a Top Franchise for 2021 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 16th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchise business owners. View the entire list, here.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® ranked a top franchise by Entrepreneur’s highly competitive 42nd annual FRANCHISE 500®

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK ranked in this year’s 2021 Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® selected to the 2021 Franchise Gator Top 100

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been named to the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchise List for 2021. This is the 8th year the online franchise directory has published a Top 100 ranking, and was created to help those seeking to invest in a franchise opportunity.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® ranked No. 58 on Training Magazine’s Training Top 100 list

Training Magazine ranked TWO MEN AND A TRUCK No. 58 on their Training Top 100 list – moving us up 10 spots from last year!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchising most frequently asked questions

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Having more than 35 years and 8.5 million moves under our belts, we’ve come a long way as a brand since the days of two high school students moving customers in Lansing, Mich., for extra spending money.

Founder Mary Ellen Sheets had the simple idea that a local moving company could change the reputation of movers and offer outstanding customer service and quality in the moving industry. With that in mind, she turned this simple idea into a franchising model which covers 45 states and four different countries. While the brand has grown to levels never imagined, the same mindset we created then resonates at all of our franchises today: take the stress out of moving while providing the best customer experience possible.

For those looking to start their own business journey, franchising is something to be considered, and we have worked diligently over this time period to create a model geared toward long-term success for our franchisees. It’s why so many of our franchisees continue to reinvest in the brand, expanding their brand footprint into new territories.

If you’re interested in franchising and what TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has to offer, we want to hear from you! In the meantime, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about franchising with the “Movers Who Care”.

Can franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK be more successful than owning my own business?

While all business investments are contingent on a variety of factors, franchising with a brand like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK versus starting your own brand allows you to operate within an already established model of success. Our brand holds weight in communities everywhere; it’s a name people trust and recognize. With over three decades of moving people, we are ready to handle any changes the industry might throw at us.

What makes franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK worth my investment?

If you’re looking for a business opportunity with the potential for success and something where you have the chance to make a daily impact in the lives of others, then TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is for you. We’re a family-oriented company, and it’s our mission to make moving – which is a stressful time in anyone’s life – a little bit easier.

Our founder, Mary Ellen Sheets, built this brand around a commitment to giving back in the company and a set of core values which define who we are, and this is echoed from top to bottom in our system. As a franchisee, you’ll receive daily dedicated support from our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Home Office team, and access to years of business strategies and a diverse network of successful franchisees to connect and communicate with.

What should I expect as a franchisee in the moving industry?

When you open a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise, your main goal is to oversee all assets of the franchise and ensure they are operating smoothly. This includes hiring a management staff and movers and drivers, purchasing trucks and moving equipment, and more. Most importantly – you want to build a culture of success within your franchise to ensure you keep growing within your community.

When can I expect to see a return on my investment as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise?

If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a brand, it’s that the need for professional moving services will never go away. Whether we endure an economic recession or a global pandemic with COVID-19, people have continued to rely on our services to help them move. With this in mind, it provides assurance that there will always be opportunity for growth with a moving franchise.

According to our own research, franchises see an average gross sales that exceed their expenses in year one. By year three, most franchises have experienced major growth and by year five, have experienced an average of 11% profit. These details go a long way in shedding light on how quickly you can expect to see a return on your investment with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes to franchise with or you’re interested in inquiring more about a potential franchising opportunity, visit our Franchise Development website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

Hands-on training programs offer new franchisees support for building strong business foundations

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Franchising is a unique form of business ownership where you get many of the perks of starting your own business, but instead, buy into a proven model of success that guides and offers you strong support throughout the journey.

There are many factors that determine how successful you can be with franchising, and two of the most important are training and support. Simply put: it’s crucial for new franchisees to understand the business they are buying into in order to create long-term success with their investment. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has continued to modify and improve franchising processes for more than three decades, and one of the most important things to us is providing in-depth training to give new franchisees a step toward success.

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