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

Congratulations to the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program winner: Jason Washburn

Written by Hannah Conlin

Jason Washburn receives Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is Moving People Forward® once again. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, accompanied by President Randy Shacka, ventured to Boston, Mass., to present a $50,000 check to the winner of the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program: Jason Washburn.

In the summer of 2015, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® welcomed five managers from across the system into the brand’s second program. The scholarship is designed to provide current managers with the opportunity to own their own franchise in partnership with their existing franchisee. After more than a year of extensive training in sales, human resources, customer service, and fiscal responsibility, the program saw two final candidates in the running. Concluding a comprehensive, rigorous interview with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® executive team in which participants must present their business plan and undergo a challenging question and answer session regarding their leader and ownership capabilities, a winner was determined.

Washburn of the Boston, Mass., location will now be resigning his role as multi-unit general manager to hold the title of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee. He has been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family since February of 2011, and after learning about the opportunity to own his own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location he jumped at the chance to be a part of the scholarship program.

As the winner of the program, Washburn is awarded $50,000 that will go toward opening his own franchise. By March 2017, he will be expanding the brand into Orange, N.J. As outlined in the program’s agreements, Washburn will maintain ownership of the location with multi-unit Franchisee Jason Judson, multi-unit Franchisee John Judson, multi-unit Franchisee Joel Trost, and multi-unit Franchisee Brian Stern.

“Since Jason took the position as the general manager for our Boston locations, I have seen tremendous growth,” said Stern. “The majority of this growth came shortly after he joined the scholarship program. Once the program began, Jason took his abilities to a whole new level. Since joining, he has a sense of confidence and ownership unlike any I’ve seen from him before. He attacks everything with a desire to be the best and break barriers. Having new franchisees like Jason representing our brand shows just how bright our future is. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how proud I am to see where he is today. He is “old school” and I like that. Jason has worked hard to get to where he is today. He has a motor unlike most, and that’s what separates him from the rest.”

Jason Washburn celebrates with team after receiving Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship

Throughout the entire year and half that Washburn was part of the scholarship program, his franchisees truly supported and embodied every opportunity that the project held. They worked with Washburn, guided him throughout this journey, and could not be more excited to step into this next chapter with their new franchise partner.

“We are so blessed to have a scholarship program like this within our system,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Human Resources Director Sara Bennett. “Not only does it allow managers to work closely with Home Office staff and their franchise owners, but it provides them with an abundance of opportunities. People can truly excel their careers within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, they have the tools and resources to get them to that next level, and this program is just one of many that this system offers.”

Needless to say, the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program was just as much of a success as the inaugural rollout which was awarded to Randi Bloodworth, franchisee of the Pearland, Texas, location. General Manager Dan Pettit of the Grand Rapids South, Mich., location, was the remaining participant alongside Washburn. And, although Pettit was not named the winner, he was awarded $10,000 to go toward opening his own franchise. With his hard work and dedication, we know he will continue to be a successful leader for our system.

“The talent that we see from the scholarship program participants is immeasurable,” said Chief Executive Officer Jeff Wesley. “For more than a year we get to see managers from different locations throw themselves into learning every facet of the franchise business model, while building their TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® knowledge base. We could not have asked for better candidates than Jason and Dan. The two worked so hard throughout the duration of the program, utilizing the support of their franchisees as mentors each step of the way. These heavy lifters are committed, not just to excelling in their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers, but are dedicated to the expansion efforts of this entire system. We are so proud of Jason and what he will do for this brand in the New Jersey market, and we are so excited to see where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will take Dan. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® leaders.”

Congratulations, Jason, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s newest franchisee! The entire system is so proud of you and we cannot wait to see your success as you grow the brand throughout New Jersey.

Be sure to check out the live stream video on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate Facebook page to see Sheets present Jason with his $50,000 check to go towards the opening of his brand new location!

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.

September feature: Santa Ana Franchisee Juan Reyes

Written by Katie Peterson

For more than 30 years, we have embraced our motto of Moving People Forward®. We love to see people progress through our system, and we are so lucky to play a part in the lives of such great members of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. Moving his own career forward, an integral member of our system, Juan Reyes, began his TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® career as a part-time employee while finishing his Bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. He quickly realized his part-time job was something more and that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offered a great foundation to begin his career. More than 10 years later, Juan is now franchisee of the Santa Ana, Calif., location with a long resume of experience within the system.

Juan reyesHow did you first hear of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I first heard of our company while pursing my Bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. My wife actually brought it to my attention. She thought I would like the company because I preferred working manual labor jobs, and it turned out to be a great fit for me.

What has your climb through the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system looked like?

I think my background is similar to most franchisees and franchise managers in the system. I started off in the system as a mover and held that position for about three months. Being trained and earning my spot on the trucks was really important because it allowed me to gain the experience I needed to move up the ladder. I shifted into the driver’s seat soon after and spent another six months on the trucks. Through some transitions going on at the franchise, I became a trainer for roughly nine months until my position shifted into a sort-of move manager. Around my two year mark I was promoted to operations manager, and after another two years I was promoted to the general manager position. After about six years as the GM, I had the opportunity to partner up and open the Santa Ana, Calif., location as a franchisee.

What is your most memorable moment within the system?

I would have to say my most memorable moment was receiving the email on June 30 of 2014 from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s President Randy Shacka saying I was selected to participate in the first ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward. This scholarship program puts candidates through one year of extensive training to further develop their knowledge of a franchise system. During this year, candidates participate in online classes and live webinars, in addition to working with departments at Home Office on management assignments to continually improve their management skills. That was a great day. It was at a very pivotal time in my life where decisions needed to be made for my future. That email made my decision pretty easy and has turned out great for everyone involved.

Did you ever imagine your journey with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would lead you to where you are today?

In the beginning, I honestly didn’t. I started off working as a mover part-time to keep me busy while I was in school. As time went on, my vision changed and so did my focus.

What are your goals moving forward?

My goals and plans moving forward are to continue to develop my immediate and surrounding areas as a franchisee.

What advice would you offer someone looking to get involved with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

My advice to someone thinking about getting involved in our system would be to take a chance at endless opportunities. It’s a long road so you have to be patient. Take the time to learn your craft and try to make everyone around you better whenever you get a chance to.

What does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mean to you?

Family!!

We are so happy to have you as part of our system, Juan. Thank you for all your hard work, commitment to the brand, and for being our September franchisee feature! You deserve it!

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.

Franchisee Feature: Tyler Whalen and Justin Tangeman

Tyler and Justin front of truck

Written by Katie Peterson

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we value members of our company who exemplify a strong work ethic and core values we were built on, and we love to celebrate them in any way we can. This is where Tyler Whalen and Justin Tangeman come in. The two began working as movers for the same franchise in Iowa during their first summers out of college. Both Justin and Tyler became movers under the assumption they would work for the summer and move on. After recognizing the opportunity in front of them, Tyler and Justin stayed much longer than a single summer, and are now co-franchisees of the Omaha, Neb., location.

Tyler and Justin met on the job when Justin, who had been working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for about a year, interviewed Tyler for a driver position back in 2010.

“We actually didn’t hit it off right away. Tyler was just a pain in the butt employee for a while when he started, he complained about everything,” jokes Justin.

“It’s true. I just didn’t take the job very seriously upon hire. I figured it was just something to get me through the summer,” Tyler agreed.Tyler and Justin pointing to truck

Eventually, Tyler and Justin began seeing eye-to-eye and both their business and personal relationship has grown tremendously over the years. Now the two have teamed up to run the Omaha office that has since grown to be the successful franchise it is today.

Justin and Tyler have been franchisees in Omaha together for just over a year, and in this short amount of time, have executed more than 8,000 moves and in 2015, achieved the highest revenue the Omaha location has seen to date.

What did advancing yourselves in the system look like? What kind of positions did you hold before you became franchisees?

Tyler: I started out as a mover/driver for this small office and then moved into the office to be a kind-of CSR/manager. The office position was really a jack-of-all-trades because we were so small. I was in the CSR/manager position for about a year and was able to become a general manager after the location really took off and began to get a lot of business.

Justin: I was a mover/driver for a while and then I started doing some training, in-home estimates, and scheduling moves over the phone. My position required me to be a jack-of-all-trades doing everything I could for the franchise. After that I just kept taking on more responsibilities. I began on more managerial responsibilities, book keeping , marketing, and eventually moved to Tulsa, Okla., and was assistant operations manager for a large location there, and that’s where I first became a franchisee.

How do you like being a franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Justin: We love being franchisees. It’s so fun, every day is a challenge and something different. You get to do all the different tasks that come with it. Some days you have the hoods popped on the truck and you’re making sure it’s ready to run, and other days you’re sitting at the round table having a meeting and working on the business side of things.

What do you want to tell team members starting out as movers or drivers about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system?

Justin: Continuously work hard and strive to get to the next level, nothing is going to be given to you unless you work for it.

Tyler: The possibilities are really endless. It really just comes down to hard work. I remember from annual meeting listening to one of the original “two men” Jon Sorber say how important it is to always act like you are in the position above you. If you are a mover act like a driver, if you are a driver act like a trainer, if you’re a trainer act like you’re the manager, if you’re a manager act like the general manager, strive to take that next step and be proud of what you do and you are going to be rewarded for it. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® the biggest thing we are pushing right now is to build your bench. Building a solid team and creating a positive  culture with people who want to work hard and take initiative in what they do, there’s a future for them.

Which TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core value most resonates with you?

Justin: Being my best and having fun. When you’re having fun at work it doesn’t seem like work at all, so we like to try and have fun while still working hard.

Tyler: A big one for me is giving back to the community. It is pretty cool to see  the difference we make with our trucks being able to move stuff. A big one we get into is doing bike drives and working with local businesses where we donate our men and trucks to be able to transport donated bikes. It’s just being able to do the little stuff like that where it takes such a small amount of time but makes such a big difference for the kids receiving the bikes and the people who need them transported. It’s pretty cool to see the impact we can have in our community.

Tyler and Justin know what it means to be part of the company who Moves People Forward®. We want to thank these franchisees for helping to make this brand the success it is and being an example of all you can achieve with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Thank you, Tyler and Justin, for being our featured franchisees! You deserve it!

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.

July franchise feature: Brian Stern and the Boston, Ma., franchise

Within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, there are several success stories of movers becoming managers, managers becoming franchisees, and so on. For Boston Franchisee Brian Stern, his story is no different. He’s moved up the ranks in his 10 years with the company, starting as a mover, becoming a driver, trainer, customer service representative, manager, general manager, and now franchisee. To say Brian has experience in every field of the business is an understatement. Now, he’s finding the perfect fit in Boston as he works to grow the brand in a new city.

July FD blog headshot“It is especially rewarding being able to look back and see where you came from,” said Brian. “It allows me to really paint a picture of what this company has to offer when speaking to current managers, CSRs, or even a new hire.”

Currently there are three locations up and running in Boston and year-to-date, the locations have seen more than 30% growth. There are also plans to open a fourth location early 2017, which will be essential in helping with their truck parking needs due to their growth.

Since opening the first Boston location November 2015, the entire team takes pride in the worthwhile community events and charities they’ve had the privilege to be involved in.

“Boston has welcomed us with open arms. One of the most rewarding things we have been part of would have to be the Boston Marathon. Our reputation of giving back to the community apparently spreads fast. Nine months after opening, we were contacted by the Boston Athletic Association. We were able to assist them in fine tuning the logistics and set-up of their 26 course medical tents. This is an area in which they had struggled for years. After several meetings and debriefings on our performance, they are working on a contract to lock us in as a full-time partner. We are thrilled and proud to be part of something that is so important to everyone in Massachusetts,” said Brian.

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The Boston team has also been very active in the Massachusetts’s Mover’s Association, and Brian has recently been voted onto the Board of Directors for the organization.

“Knowing how important these associations are to our industry, I’m really looking forward to the learning opportunity and will put my best foot forward to give back to the association,” he said.

Being a major hub on the I-95 corridor, Brian said they’ve had the ability to partner with many other TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations down the east coast to maximize interstate revenue and move even more people forward.

As TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® growth continues, east coast opportunities are still available! Check out the territories in Bridgeport, Conn., Northern Virginia, Frederick, Md., and Providence, R.I.

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.

People make the brand: Who’s franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Jessy Howe

In 2015, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system experienced a record-breaking year concluding with 72 months of record growth and more than $400 million in revenue. Through providing outstanding customer service resulting in a more than 95% referral rate, we’ve continued to grow and set ourselves apart from others in this space.

Over the next four years, the moving industry is predicted to grow and evolve substantially. We expect a similar upward trend and to continue evolving while keeping a keen eye on meeting the needs of our home and business customers. No matter the size or distance, we want to be the preferred mover with a professional team customers can count on for a stress-free, efficient moving experience. With a vision and a franchise system that is committed to Moving People Forward®, our customers can trust we will be here to meet their unique needs.

As we continue to expand, we rely heavily on our people to successfully move the brand forward as a system of one. In 2016, we will hire more than 9,000 employees in total and sign on 30 new locations. Having been named as one of Forbes 2016 Best Franchises to Buy, we are excited for this significant year ahead.

The infographic below illustrates our growth and breaks down who is franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. There are currently 349 U.S. locations and 35 internationally between Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. We are proud to have 2,586 trucks and 6,545 system employees helping to complete two moves per minute on average! Each location is independently owned and operated.

For more information or to learn about opportunities in becoming a franchisee at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com to begin moving your career forward!

Finding success in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Jessy Howe

Franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

As we continue to lead the moving industry with innovative ideas, we’d be lying if we didn’t say it is an exciting time to be at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! 2015 was a record-breaking year hitting the highest revenue year in system history. During 2015 we also completed our 5.5 millionth move, but the momentum doesn’t stop there.

In our recent annual Franchise Business Review survey, results showed that 88 percent of current franchisees who responded enjoyed being involved in the system and nearly 90 percent would do it all again.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was also recently ranked #3 on Franchise Gator’s Top 100 Franchises of 2016 and ranked #20 on Franchise Business Review’s Best of the Best list in 2015 celebrating our 10th consecutive year on the list.

With plans to sign 30 new locations in 2016, our system is excited to continue expanding the brand across the country focusing on top markets including California, Oregon, and Washington. With these additions we will continue to welcome hardworking and dedicated individuals to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family.

We look for motivated individuals that are passionate for providing top-notch customer service and are committed to working closely with their community. Many of our franchisees come from a variety of back grounds bringing diversity to our system. Professionals in careers across multiple industries ranging from law, medicine, military, real-estate, accounting, and many more have found their perfect fit as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee. Perhaps the most important thing they have in common is the level in which they believe in the brand.

“We have had six years of record growth and feel blessed as the largest and most successful franchise moving company in the world. More importantly our brand is recognized for its commitment to our core values and a high level of customer service,” said CEO Jeff Wesley. “We are adding a record number of locations with franchisees who love our brand and recognize the vision we have for the future.”

As a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee you will be provided with the support to move your business forward from the very beginning. Upon signing, new franchisees receive start-up support including business planning sessions and vendor partnerships to recruitment assistance and an onsite start-up team. The corporate office employs several subject matter experts in all fields including operations, training, sales, human resources, marketing, information technology, and national accounts to guide franchise teams through the various aspects of your business.

As the nation’s first and largest franchised moving company, we’ve learned how to help franchises thrive. Considering investing in us and becoming a franchisee today! Visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com to learn more about franchising opportunities at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!