TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchising opportunities recognized nationally with multiple awards

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-Written by Erik Sargent

 

For over 30 years, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has worked harder than anyone to revolutionize the moving industry and make it more than just a moving company. From outstanding and innovative moving services to other specialty relocation services and giving back to the community, it’s been a strong effort from everyone in our system, and it starts with our franchise locations. Continue reading

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.

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

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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®!

Six things to think about when considering franchising

Written by Jessy Howe

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The thought of becoming a franchisee might have crossed your mind a time or two, and for good reason. Franchising is a growth business model filled with immense opportunity for you! With a proven track record of success and more people wanting to own their own business, the popularity continues to grow.

With more than 30 years of experience and continuous year-over-year growth, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the fastest-growing franchised moving company in the country with more than 330 locations worldwide. While getting involved with a successful franchise company is exciting, are you prepared?

Below are six things to consider before joining a franchise system.

Learn the basics
If you wish to be successful, invest the time to learn and fully understand franchising. Do your research and become familiar with franchising terms, the business model, and what becoming a franchisee entails. Read up on success stories and industry news to educate yourself and ensure you have realistic expectations of the opportunity.

Choose the right fit
It is imperative to understand the brand expectations, capability, support, and success. Look at the sustainability of the model and track record of success to help determine if it is the best fit for you. Additionally, explore the brand beyond the numbers. Are they involved in their community? Do they donate to charity?

Assess your needs
Develop a comprehensive business plan that determines timelines, budgets, a competitive analysis, organizational charts, and in-depth details. It is also crucial to understand the start-up costs needed to get your franchise off the ground.

Identify trends
Evaluate the overall health and trends of the brand you are considering franchising with. Identify the success at all levels and in all states/locations. Often times you can speak with already established franchisees and compare how various franchises operate. If the business is more of a fad and will not sustain in the next five-10 years, consider investing your time, energy and money elsewhere.

Establish the opportunities
Determine the unique opportunities, both in business and personally, that the franchise system will be able to provide you. Is there opportunity for growth or expansion? Do your values align with the core values of the brand? Does the business model support your needs long term? Find out the answers to important questions such as these early on.

Be passionate
If you are not energized by the opportunity, it probably is not the right path for you. If you are not passionate and dedicated to what you are going to do, it will be difficult to find happiness and success in your business.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® our core purpose is to move people forward. We love to serve our communities and our system holds a long tradition of giving back to communities in which we work and live. After our founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ first year in business, she donated her profits to 10 different charities.

Franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we are a system of one. One of the strengths that sets us apart from other franchise brands is the level of support provided to both new and existing business owners. In order to best assist franchise teams running various aspects of their business, the corporate office employs subject matter experts in all fields. When signing on as a new franchisee, you receive business startup support including business planning sessions, onsite start-up team, webpage development, vendor partners and contacts, recruitment support, and so much more.

If you are interested learning more about franchising with us, visit franchise.twomenandatruck.com. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today!

Franchising: Is it Truly Entrepreneurship?

When you become a franchisee, are you truly an entrepreneur? According to Merriam-Webster, an entrepreneur is one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. At a basic level, as a franchisee, you will meet this definition. However, working in economic development for six years, I learned that entrepreneurship has a range — from complete start-up where you tackle building and growing the model on your own to embracing a more established business model while still taking on the financial risk of making a new business take flight. It is the latter part of the range that a franchisee falls in, but there are some great benefits to being this type of entrepreneur, including a partnership in investment and risk with your franchisor.

While franchising gives you the excitement of starting and building a business, you will not be alone in building your venture. Your franchisor, if they are worth the fee and time, will have established systems (including at least some IT), processes, marketing and sales tactics, and best practices, thereby taking some of the guesswork out of starting and growing the enterprise. Typically, the longer a franchisor has been around, the more formulaic some of these aspects of running their branded business may become. But even with younger franchisors, they still have enough figured out to have packaged their opportunity in some form, again taking out some of the mystery of a new business. Whether young or more established, if you decide to go down this route of entrepreneurship, make sure your franchisor has a track record of updating processes and practices to keep up with the times, and they truly view the relationship with their franchisees as a partnership. So what does partnership mean?

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Partners work together to make things happen. In the case of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we work together to satisfy customers and maintain our high referral rate. Franchisees are not our customers, but we re-invest in the system to form a partnership in satisfying customers.  And while we seriously consider the franchisee input daily in refreshing and upgrading the system, at the end of the day our partners are agreeing to use the system and not go off on their own taking some risk on behalf of the brand and the rest of the system. Are you an entrepreneur that is willing to be this type of partner and participate in a system? Or, are you more independent than this? These are probably the two most important questions you will answer as you embark upon some form of entrepreneurship. So where do you go from here as your dreams of entrepreneurship loom?

I would recommend if you had any ambivalence about the questions just asked, that you start by seriously considering the pros and cons of going independent versus taking on a franchise opportunity. You probably want to narrow your list of franchise opportunities before going through the pros versus cons exercise. The brands you’re looking at, if you open yourself up to talking to the Franchise Development team, can be an asset in the process of narrowing your opportunities down. If you think of them as potential long-term partners, then those you connect with on a fundamental relationship level might be your best options if you like the system performance you are being given as well. If after this process, you still feel confident in being independent in your pursuit of entrepreneurship, then you may have to rule out franchising.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we are completely okay when a prospect makes this decision. If you want to go the franchise route after all, make sure you have found the right partner and that you click with the Franchise Development team, the executives, and the support teams of the brand. Your entrepreneurship experience will be so much more rewarding as a result.