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

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-Written by Erik Sargent

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

Find out why franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is a successful and rewarding opportunity

High Angle Images L.L.C.For more than three decades, we’ve centered the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand around our expertise in the moving industry and a love for helping our customers. This is a large part of our brand’s success and expansion across the United States, and even internationally.

Throughout each of the communities we operate in, we do our best to provide customers with the highest quality service imaginable, while also putting a strong focus on giving back through charitable efforts. From our extensive list of core values to our own charitable campaigns we are truly a people-first company. Continue reading

Finding the perfect work-life balance as you open a moving company franchise

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Running your own business can be tough (or a challenge), often times testing your mental and physical boundaries as you strive to run the best operation possible while still enjoying a personal life. This requires an incredible amount of balance and learning how to delegate your time between work and family. Continue reading

Investing in a moving franchise opportunity with family

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Running a business alongside your family members can be a unique and gratifying experience — you have the opportunity to divvy up tasks and work with loved ones while still living the life of a business owner. You’ll face the challenges of starting and maintaining business success with those closest to you, and the family atmosphere can bring comfort and recognition to everyone involved. Continue reading

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® hosts Frontline Annual Meeting

Written by Erik Sargent

East Lansing, MI – Smiling faces, eager employees, and an abundance of stickmen logos filled the halls of the Kellogg Center as the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Frontline Annual Meeting took place this week in East Lansing, Mich.

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Employees from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises all over the country – international locations included – made their way to the Mid-Michigan area for a three day conference focused on continued success, improving on company strategies, and recognizing those who have stood out above the rest in their professions.

With company executives on hand and close to 200 eager team members in attendance, it was a worthwhile experience for all.  The ability of all present to see the happenings of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a company, and get a glimpse into the future was priceless.

“The first thing I want to say is thank you,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “What you have done is create momentum through all of our success. We don’t get to see your faces every day, so we are excited about you being here and are so thankful for what you do.”

The attendees arrived in Lansing Tuesday afternoon, and after checking into the Kellogg Center, were given a chance to visit the Home Office. The guests were given tours of the building and had the opportunity to meet Home Office employees they spend so much time communicating with from their local office. Attendees also had a chance to visit the Lansing, Mich., franchise, as well as the newly expanded Customer Relationship Center.

Wednesday officially kicked off the conference and began with a speech from Wesley, followed by various breakout sessions, workshops, and roundtable discussions.

More than 15 sessions being presented were focused on discussing tactics that have brought success to the company, while also looking forward at what can be done to continue the 82 months of consecutive growth and keep everything moving in the right direction. The visitors took away a wealth of knowledge, and plenty of ideas to apply in their respective locations.

“I’m going to take away the improvements we need to do with our marketing strategy and our sales strategy,” said Dan Arlow of the Barrie, Ontario franchise. “It was eye opening. I thought we were in a good place, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”

Other TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees including Jake Petzold from the Flint, Mich., franchise relayed the same message Arlow did.

“I liked it, I was able to learn a lot,” Petzold said. “Especially about marketing. I’m excited to bring back a lot of new ideas that we picked up here.”

The guests came back together after several exciting sessions for a motivational speech from President Randy Shacka, where he focused on delivering a positive message and encouraging each person to continue their growth on a personal and professional level.

“1 in 3 of our franchisees and 75% of our managers began in frontline positions,” said Shacka. “You owe it to yourself to be your best, but it’s not always easy to do. Hard work is a mindset.”

The day ended with a company tailgate, where games, food and drinks, and other activities such as a furniture stretch wrapping competition for our most competitive frontline members provided great fun for all. While some networked during cornhole tournaments, others grabbed dessert at the ice cream bar and spoke with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® vendors.

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Thursday continued with an additional 10 learning sessions during the morning period offering several insights and techniques to improve locally. After lunch, a period of company recognition took place for some of the top employees to be acknowledged for their work.

With many of the executives and leaders of the company on stage speaking, awards and acknowledgements were made for categories including Top Franchises, the new members of the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship Program, Leaders in Excellence, Customer Service Achievement in Excellence top performers, the Safe Driver Award, the $100,000 Club, Years of Service Recognition, President’s Leadership Award, and the Frontline MVP Award, which at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® stands for mission, values, and purpose.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® founder Mary Ellen Sheets was in attendance for the entire ceremony and left a resonating message for all the employees to head back home with after Frontline Annual Meeting concluded.

“I just wanted to take a minute to thank you,” Sheets said. “I know how hard you work, and I understand the dedication to your positions. I appreciate your commitment to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and while I’m proud to be the founder, you’re the heroes. You really are the heroes, and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® founding family joined the Frontline Annual Meeting. Pictured left to right: Chair Melanie Bergeron, Executive Vice President Jon Sorber, and Founder Mary Ellen Sheets. 

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Developing our brand in the 50 best cities for entrepreneurs

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Written by Charles Staky

Starting a business is a tough thing to do. Uncertain markets coupled with pressure from competitors, unexpected costs, and slow revenue growth are all things that can stand in the way of success for a new business. Many times these forces can even be strong enough to push a young business out of the market completely. Fortunately, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a franchise system and when a new franchisee opens a location, they’re given tools and protocols systems that have been proven making their chances of success much better than those who start on their own. Beyond the name brand recognition and the guidance of corporate office support staff, the market conditions in which a franchise is opening is one factor that must be addressed. Entrepreneur Magazine’s August edition included a piece featuring “The 50 best cities for entrepreneurs.” These cities were picked based on a variety of factors including unemployment rate, business tax rates, percentage of college-educated residents, cost of living, commute time, projected household income through 2020, and many more. With so many variables, this top 50 list seems to be a very good indicator of friendly markets to open a business in.

As we looked over the list we noticed several of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises already call these cities home. Even better news – there are franchising opportunities available in several cities featured! The combination of locating in a favorable market and starting a business with the proven practices a national brand results in a huge head start for any entrepreneur.

We reached out to a few TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise owners in locations near the open markets on the top 50 list to see if they felt like their markets were favorable areas to own a business. To no surprise, they seemed to agree.

“It’s a growing market with ample opportunity. When you are in Richmond, Va., you get a sense of how many industries actually do business here,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Richmond Franchisee Nathan Bocock. “Not only does state government play a huge part in the economic success, but education, manufacturing, healthcare, and the financial services industry all have a large presence.”

While Richmond did not make the list, a few cities close by — Fredericksburg and Alexandria—both did, and they most likely can feel this same positive energy. Bocock, a multi-unit franchise owner, said he has seen faster growth in his Richmond location when compared to his other locations system-wide. The growth, however, is not totally attributed to the business-friendly ecosystem of the area.

“The population is good and transient, which means more potential customers in general. However, there is some competition so marketing, public relations, and maintaining a good brand image and presence is key to growth,” says Bocock. While a business-friendly market helps, a plan for growth must still be established. This is where the franchise system can help a business. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand brings legitimacy to the table and with it comes the help of our corporate-based franchise marketing support team who can help a location with everything from awareness advertising to public relations. This assures a location in one of these entrepreneur-friendly cities can tap into their market.

Another location who can attest to the Entrepreneur article is Sioux Falls, N.D., which sits at number 21 on their top 50 list. Sioux Falls Franchisee Jeff Lodike agrees it is a great place to be.

“We knew right away during our exploration visit, this area was it. Sioux Falls is a beautiful, streamlined city, and we were amazed at how friendly everyone was. The winters are a little tough, which took a little adjustment coming from St. Louis,” said Lodike. “Overall, we are very excited to be here and would recommend it to anyone that asked.”

While Sioux Falls may be off the market, another Dakota city, Fargo, N.D., comes in even higher at number seven. Just three and a half hours to the north, Fargo is one of 15 cities on the where there is opportunity to open a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location. This area stands out as it would most likely give the same friendly atmosphere which has allowed the Sioux Falls location to grow 167 percent through June 2016. Sitting high on the best cities for entrepreneurs list indicates the opportunities for growth in Fargo are most likely greater than those of its neighbor to the south.

“Entrepreneur cities are perfect for the brand. These cities value hard work, an iconic brand, and the effort that goes into creating a great customer experience,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “They also appreciate our brand story and how much we continue to give back to entrepreneurship, communities, and charities.”

However, the excitement surrounding the success franchises in these cities are experiencing, while immense, is overshadowed by the opportunity the brand has in the cities not yet colonized. As we work toward our vision in the coming years, Wesley says the brand will to continue to innovate and focus on customer service. Even after 80 months of consecutive growth, there is still room to improve and grow.

“People are always moving and we want every move to be the best customer experience. Our team loves the opportunity to come into work each day and improve upon our success,” said Wesley. “We will never stop being proud of the brand, but at the same time, we respect the need to work harder in order to continue performing and exceeding our customer expectations today, tomorrow, and into the future.”

Opportunities for growth are present everywhere in current TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® territories as well as areas the brand can grow into. By encouraging franchises to take advantage of their local environment, the tools offered by home office support staff, and by continuing to work to exceeding customer expectations, the future remains bright for this brand. It appears 80 months of consecutive growth might only be the beginning.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. Let us move your career forward. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today! Visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com to learn more.