Making a franchising investment with family

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At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we often talk about how we’re a family-oriented business. Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, along with her children – Melanie Bergeron, Brig Sorber, and Jon Sorber – all were instrumental in taking this company to the heights it has reached today, and each of them are still involved with helping the business continue in its growth.

This family message echoes in many ways throughout our franchises, but some individuals take it to a new level and have invested into our franchises with members of their own family or their spouses. Starting a moving franchise with family members can be both rewarding and exciting, and we have multiple instances to prove it can work. Continue reading

Family culture makes TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a top franchising choice

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-Written by Erik Sargent

For many business professionals, the chance of owning their own business not only provides them with a way to take care of their family while taking pride in building something of their own, but it also presents the opportunity to one day pass down that business to their loved ones. Franchising is a system of flexibility, and makes this transition possible for families going into business together. 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

Father-son team expand their footprint into Texas after 10 years with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Written by Jessy Howe

After carefully exploring franchising opportunities, Drew Werling and his father, Tim, teamed up and joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system February 2005. They purchased their first franchise, Indianapolis North, and quickly settled into their new roles as business owners.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisees Drew and Tim Werling

“We signed for the first franchise when I was only 23 so Dad was a great guide helping and pushing patience,” said Drew. “It’s been a bonding experience and we’ve gotten along much better than most in the same situation.”

Before long they were ready to further expand the brand they had established and went on to purchase Indianapolis West, South, and East in December 2008, taking their total to four franchises. This move secured them with the entire Indianapolis metro market.

Drew first learned of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® through Michigan location in Traverse City, Mich. Here he was able to speak with an already established franchise and get a first-hand look at how the location operated.

“They were very happy with the system’s support and growth opportunities,” Drew said of making his decision to franchise with the company.

Now, as veteran franchisees, Drew and Tim continue to leverage the power of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand in the Texas market as they recently took over four Fort Worth, Texas locations.

“We are able to use our proven model from Indianapolis to help serve the people of Fort Worth,” said Drew.

While Drew and Tim will use their model in Fort Worth to continue to grow the brand, it’s becoming a trend across the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system to see transferred locations blossom at a fast pace. Over the past six years, the average first year sales increase for transferred locations was 20.7 percent versus that of the previous owner. Additionally, the average referral rate increased 2.6 percent and satisfaction increased 0.11 percent.

“With over six years of record growth, our brand continues to present more opportunities. Drew and Tim have partnered with us over this period to achieve record success,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “It is exciting as the brand continues to expand its footprint that we see families benefitting from it also. Moving families forward is something our brand has a history of doing and it is incredibly rewarding to see.”

This couldn’t be more accurate for Drew and his team. Indianapolis General Manager Dan Schuch has been able to grow his career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and move up within the system. With the expansion of the Fort Worth locations, Drew says this continues to present an opportunity for team members to advance.

“The best part about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is the network of people always willing to help each other,” Drew said.

 

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

Learning to work with family

Owning a franchise takes significant time, dedication, and trust in your leadership and business partners (if you have them). The Newman brothers — Curtis, Steve, and Kevin — left their familiar lives in Iowa and jumped on an opportunity to take over two, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises in San Antonio, Texas. Since the three brothers have taken over the franchises they have seen more than a six percent increase in sales growth.newman 1

Before joining the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, each of the Newman brothers were pursuing very different careers. Steve went to the University of Iowa and earned a law degree and furthered his education at New York University earning a Master’s degree in Laws in Taxation. He worked as an accountant, an attorney, and invested in real estate. Kevin received a finance degree from the University of Iowa and previously worked in data management and mortgages. Curtis graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a degree in business administration and accounting. After graduating, he spent time working as a tennis professional (after he played competitively all four years in college), and worked as a finance manager. Steve, Kevin, and Curtis each have a unique background and their combined experiences bring a variety of skills to their businesses.

Although new to Texas, the Newmans aren’t strangers to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand.

“Our family has used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® multiple times in Iowa and we were always very impressed with the service,” said Kevin. “We‘ve used the Des Moines franchise and the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City franchise. Our father and grandfather have each owned their own businesses so that has been our desire ever since we were young kids. Steve and Curtis had previously looked into purchasing FedEx delivery routes, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was a similar business model.  When we learned about the opportunity to purchase the only two franchises in San Antonio, we jumped at the chance.”

Owning a business with others requires you to be in constant communication and make large decisions that affect each other and your employee’s lives. You may be wondering how the Newman brothers work so well together.

“It’s actually very easy to work with my brothers,” said Steve. “We all have the same goals and trust each other unconditionally. Furthermore, we know each other so well that we can be unbelievably blunt with one another without affecting our relationship.”

newman 2Kevin agreed and added in the importance of working toward a common goal. “The only way to keep sane with Curtis and Steve is to laugh often and keep reminded of why we decided to become franchisees. Working together has enabled us to have a part in determining each other’s success and while that is something terrifying, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Owning a franchise is still very new to Steve, Curtis, and Kevin. The Newman’s have realized every decision becomes harder and harder when you are thinking about your brothers’ future along with your own. On the flip side, it’s exciting for them to picture one another living a comfortable lifestyle based on something you’ve helped to achieve.

While the Newman’s are a newer addition to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, we already see them doing great things in San Antonio. Keep up with Curtis, Steve, and Kevin’s story on our blog! In a few short weeks we’ll dig deeper into what life is like owning a business with your siblings.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. For more franchising information, visit our franchise development site.