Catch a glimpse into what life is like as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee

For any franchise brand, the bottom line of company success comes when the franchisees within your brand find happiness and achieve their own success.

Successful, dedicated franchisees who are bought into the mission of the company are crucial for any franchised brand, and here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we have just that. Since the beginning, when TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets made the decision to franchise her local moving business based out of Lansing, Mich., we’ve gone on to open more than 350 locations across the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

A commitment to high-quality moving services and customer care were key in the growth of the brand, but it’s a franchisee network of like-minded individuals from all backgrounds who keep pushing this mindset and allowing TWO MEN AND A TRUCK expansion. Many of our franchisees started out as movers and drivers before working their way up and know exactly what it takes to open and operate their own successful moving franchises.

Are you interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK? Check out some of these success stories below to see what is possible when investing with us!

Moving People Forward: Juan Gallegos

Moving People Forward: Anthony Jent

Moving People Forward: Rob Wallace

Success Story – Johnathan Cuttino

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Five important details to consider before signing a franchise agreement

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee on the phone

Investing into a franchising brand is a great alternative to traditional business ownership for those who want to be their own boss, as you’re able to buy into a proven system while still being in charge of your location.

Rather than coming up with a business idea and strategy from scratch, you’re tapping into a model that has already been established. Similar to starting your own business, you’re able to run this operation as you see fit within the framework of this established brand without having to struggle through building brand recognition or coming up with fresh ideas to market your business.

Like any business venture, though, it’s important to do extensive research and due diligence to know where your investment will take you. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand strives to be as transparent and honest as possible with potential franchisees so they have a strong understanding of what the business will look like for them one year in, five years in, and beyond.

Whether you’re thinking of franchising with us or with another brand, you should learn as much as you can about the brand and their operational methods, also in addition to thoroughly reviewing the brand’s franchise agreement prior to signing.

When reviewing a franchising agreement, below are a few crucial questions you should consider before moving forward.

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

Franchise agreements generally fall within the range of five to 20 years. Make sure to verify with your franchisor that the agreement spans long enough to cover your initial investment.

2. Is the agreement one-sided?

You’ll find that some franchise agreements contain provisions which can seem to favor the franchisor, such as the ability of the franchisor to make enforceable changes at any time. As someone investing in the franchise, the brand is your most valuable asset, and you don’t want all your hard work washed away by the actions or inactions of a fellow franchisee. Franchise agreements must be strong to protect your investment.

3. 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.

4. Do I have the exclusive rights to the location I’m 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.

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The possibility of business ownership is what drew this North Carolina franchisee to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise building

Throughout the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand, you’ll find endless stories of employees who began their careers within a franchise before working their way up to open their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises.

This theme stuck out to Rich Rivera, who was drawn to positive feedback he saw about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising system and the available opportunities for business ownership. Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Rivera worked as a delivery driver and an operations manager for over two decades in the freight transportation industry. He found himself looking for a change in his career – specifically one that would put him on the path to his dream of business ownership – and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK immediately stood out.

“I started off as a delivery driver for FedEx about 25 years ago, then continued to work in freight transportation for many years before working in household good as an operations manager,” Rivera said. “I started at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK approximately four years ago as a franchise manager at the Durham, N.C., location before becoming a regional manager for an ownership group consisting of six TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises.”

With this role as a regional manager for so many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations, Rivera now had the footing and the experience necessary – as well as the knowledge of the brand and its operations – to set himself up for franchising. He eventually opened his first location in Goldsboro, N.C., on August 1 of 2021, and finalized years of hard work and a dream of business ownership.

“I was always interested in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” Rivera said. “One of the reasons I was interested in working with the company in the first place was the opportunity to eventually become a franchise owner. After a while working as an operations manager, I figured it was time to open my own [franchise]. The opportunity for growth drew me to the company.”

Rivera originally comes from the state of New York, and this is where he got his start in the freight transportation industry and his early professional career.

He later on moved down to North Carolina, which is where he first started noticing the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, as there is a strong presence across the entire state. More so than just noticing the brand moving so many people in the state, he continued to learn more and read how much career promotion from within comes from the brand.

“I was well aware of the brand’s track record of employees becoming franchisees,” Rivera said.

Now, he’s finally running his own location, and the next step is being able to give others the same chance he was given when he joined on with the brand originally.

“I’ve enjoyed my career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and now I have the opportunity to own a franchise and help the community and create a positive environment for my employees.”

If you’re looking to learn more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, visit our Franchise Development website to learn more!

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Multiple roles within the brand have shaped this TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee’s career

When looking at the scope of Joe Turbeville’s time with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, you’ll have a tough time finding someone who has experienced more with the brand than him.

Turbeville has seen both sides of the coin working with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, holding positions at the corporate office location in Lansing, Michigan, as well as the work he has done as a franchisee – which now includes multiple locations across the country. Given this wide range of experience, he has a unique view of the brand, its operations, and how he can best put his locations in position for success.

His time with the company began as a simple recruiting pitch from a former coworker, and since then has led down a road full of twists and turns.

“I worked in construction throughout my teens before going into retail sales during my college years,” Turbeville said. “I worked at a local sports store and eventually worked my way up there to associate manager. I then went to work in construction sales as a plant manager, but my former manager at the sports store recruited me to come join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate team.”

At the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate office, Turbeville worked as a franchise business consultant, which put him in a role where he would work directly with multiple franchise teams across the system to help them operate at their highest levels.

This type of work gave him a direct look into how a franchise system operates, and how to find success as a franchisee within the brand.

“I began working as a franchise business consultant where I worked with approximately 40 locations to relay best practices and assist franchisees in areas they were struggling,” Turbeville said. “I learned a lot from franchisees and general managers, and once I was presented with an opportunity to purchase my first franchise location in Boston, I realized what a fantastic opportunity it could be.”

This purchase – which Turbeville made with his business partner and fellow TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Alan Oversmith – laid the groundwork for the duo which would lead to them opening multiple franchises together and expanding into new territories. It all started with the first Boston franchise, and they’ve continued to grow since.

“We moved many employees out from Michigan to manage East Coast operations, and we hit the ground running,” Turbeville said. “We now have half the Boston market.”

Turbeville’s path to becoming a franchisee was not a typical one, but one that has worked out regardless. Partnering with Oversmith, the two knew what was needed to operate a successful franchise, and they were able to apply these ideas within the framework of the brand seamlessly.

“[How I became a franchisee] was slightly unconventional,” Turbeville said. “The opportunity presented itself, and we [Oversmith] wanted to stay within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand. It seemed like a smart financial move. We had the opportunity to see how successful some franchise owners were and becoming a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee was exciting.”

For Turbeville, the most recent location he opened with Oversmith was in Rhode Island, which was a significant opening for both their team and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand overall, as it was the company’s first location in Rhode Island and the 46th state the brand operates.

Turbeville is focused on continuing his expansion on the East Coast and opening franchises in markets where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has yet to operate. He’d also love to become the top moving franchise in the state of Rhode Island.

He’s loved the journey of becoming a multi-unit franchisee and has simple advice for anyone looking to pursue their own franchising dreams.

“It is vital to work hard, stay resilient, and ultimately go follow your dreams,” Turbeville said. “You can build a successful business if you put your mind to it.”

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Long-time TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee expands the brand throughout Minnesota

If you had to describe Nick Bailey’s relationship with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, there’s one simple word: “Lifer”.

It’s the best way to describe Bailey’s time with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® because for more than 20 years now, he’s been involved one way or another. His start can be traced all the way back to the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Bailey began as a mover for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Madison franchise.

Nearly 23 years later, he’s as committed as he’s ever been as a multi-unit franchise owner.

”During my time as a student, I worked as a mover and driver for the Madison franchise,” Bailey said. “My parents had been in business my whole life, and they were looking for a change at about the same time. When I talked about what I was doing, they looked into purchasing a franchise and taking the steps to become a licensed mover in Minnesota.”

“When I graduated in 1999, my father and I started up our first TWO MEN A TRUCK franchise in Burnsville, Minn., while my mother continued to teach. In 2013, we bough the St. Paul North territory and added a storage office/warehouse in New Brighton.”

In 2020, despite the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bailey and his team also opened a new franchise in St. Cloud, Minn., and a storage facility to complement the brand in Shakopee, New Brighton, South St. Paul, and Burnsville. In addition to storage offerings, Bailey has also placed a heavy emphasis on adding significant junk removal options for these locations as well.

He’s had the opportunity to expand throughout the state of Minnesota and build a footprint for his franchise group as they find new ways to reach customers with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK services.. He’s got the mindset, experience, and drive to do what it takes to keep growing, and he’s not looking to slow down any time soon.

“Purchasing new territories is always a possibility, and we always have our eyes open,” Bailey said. “We try to focus on digging deep into the markets we have, though, and feel like that is the best strategy for long-term success. We’ve been in Burnsville for over 20 years, and we continue to grow in that market. There is a lot of strength in longevity.”

Although the opening of the St. Cloud location was interrupted by pandemic complications, they’ve still built a footprint in the community while continuing to develop brand presence. Bailey and his team have the experience necessary when it comes to entering a new market, and they know how to tackle this new challenge and show how they can provide for customers in the area.

“You only get to stay in business if you add value to the communities you are in, so we’ll add value to the area by doing what we do in all of our markets: sending professional moving teams out to do a really difficult job very well at a fair price,” Bailey said. “Moving is stressful and kind of scary for a lot of people. Having a recognized and well-reviewed brand with high internal and transparent service standards and high integrity is a welcome option for just about any community. That’s what we try to bring to the table every day.”

Twenty-three years is a long time with any business, but it’s been a rewarding and successful journey for Bailey as he’s continued to open additional locations across Minnesota. For those interested in franchising, he encourages people to strongly consider what you’re looking to get with your money before deciding to invest.

The support he’s received from the brand – and from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate office location in Lansing, Mich., – over the years have played an instrumental part in his success. It was this kind of dedication to franchisees that sparked his family’s interest in the first place.

“We ultimately chose franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK because I knew something about the business from my time working at the Madison franchise, and my father saw how other franchises were performing,” Bailey said. “He had a strong business and accounting background, and he thought the opportunity was good for all of us.”

“The brand is very powerful. Those trucks and that logo are immediately recognizable and memorable, and there wasn’t really anything like it in the industry at the time. We were very confident we would thrive.”

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Life as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise owner

With any type of business ownership opportunity, doing your research is one of the most important things you can do as you determine what the right move is for you.  

When buying into a franchising opportunity like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you are investing into a company with a proven track record of growth, success, and expansion opportunities for its franchisees. Ninety-four percent of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisees say they would invest in our brand again based of research done by Franchise Business Review, and this is a testament to the work we’ve put in to tweak our franchising model over the years.

However, sometimes you don’t want to hear it directly from the brand itself – you want to hear it from those who are living it each day.

Two long-time franchisees – Bob Gomori and Chad Arnold – give a glimpse into what franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is like for them, allowing perspective franchisees to learn a bit about what they can expect when investing into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand.

Enjoy!

Being a Franchise Owner – Bob Gomori

Being a Franchise Owner – Chad Arnold

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Idaho franchisee group expands TWO MEN AND A TRUCK footprint with new Twin Falls location

Spencer Esmond, Zach Serafine, Zachary Gonzales, and Terry Bruns all come from different walks of life and have different business backgrounds, but the four of them all shared one thing in common: the desire to own a business.

In December, the group did just that when they partnered together to open the Twin Falls, Idaho location. It’s one of the newest chapters in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise model, which allows franchisees to open smaller operations in smaller territories. And it’s gaining traction — and success — quickly!  

Bruns was the only existing franchisee of the bunch, as he owned the Boise, Idaho location where Gonzales – the location’s general manager – and Esmond – a former mover and office staff member – also worked. Serafine spent over 25 years in the food industry as a general manager, bringing his business expertise over to the world of moving when he partnered with Bruns more than two years ago at the Boise location.

Together, the four have teamed up and are tackling their goal of expansion throughout the state of Idaho.

“Our goal is to grow the Twin Falls market as much as possible over the next few years,” Esmond said. “We’re in a fast-growing city that’s in high need of our services, and we want to take every opportunity possible, hit the ground running, and take the area by storm over the next five years. Our goal is to get operating with four to five trucks consistently and have a fully staffed office.”

The group is hoping this shows what’s possible in the fast-growing state of Idaho for the moving industry. As they expand their franchises, they hope to become a destination for employees looking to start new careers.

“Echoing some of what Spencer said, we’re taking the formula we’ve already used here and just operating our business and with our core values, we’re thinking the future is bright. With everything going on in our state, we have very high expectations, and I believe confidence is at an all-time high. I think we can be very successful.”

For Serafine, Esmond, and Gonzales, this is a new experience for them as they become official franchisees with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand.

Each brings a different flavor to the vast franchisee network of our brand which will be beneficial with new voices and new ideas involved.

“For me, I’ve always wanted to be a business owner and work for myself,” Esmond said. “I never had an opportunity or knew how to do that on my own, and in the couple of years leading up to this, I had a few big life changes, got married, and had a kid. I was looking to the next step in my professional life to start a business and do something as a career. When this popped up, I thought it was ideal because I love the moving industry, and I love working with Terry and Zach.”

The three new franchisees also pointed to the excitement and passion of Bruns, who painted a picture of success for them and sold the idea of partnering together to achieve big things.

“When I was hired, speaking to Terry in the interview process, there was talk of potential growth and how great of a company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was as far as promoting that growth,” Serafine said. “When you have an owner who’s excited to branch out and bring other people on, it’s infectious, and for myself I don’t know how you could pass up that opportunity. It’s a natural thing. I’ve been a general manager for twenty-something years, so the potential for ownership was something I always wanted to do.”

For now, with the Twin Falls location being so new, the group is still working on the initial steps of opening a franchise that include building out a strong team, tweaking their internal processes, and raising awareness of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in the Twin Falls community.

It’s a never-ending grind, but the group is more than ready to deliver. Bruns recommends franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to anyone who feels they are good fit personally with the brand, as fitting in with the company’s goals will go a long way in helping a new franchisee find success.

He also stressed the importance of making sure you have a good relationship with the people you partner with in the business, as there are many tough decisions which need to be made as franchisees.

“I really believe you need to make sure you’re a fit with your franchise,” Bruns said. “It’s a very close relationship, and you want to make sure you’re on the same page with everything. You’re not going to agree on everything. You’ll disagree on decisions, but you need to have more positives than negatives, and if you pay attention to having your core values aligned – that’s important. I don’t always agree with everything, but I wouldn’t do it any other way because the positives outweigh the negatives.”

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What does the timeline to ownership look like when franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK?

There are plenty of ways an individual can reach their dream of business ownership, and one way which should be highly considered is through the avenue of franchise ownership.

Buying into a franchising brand gives you plenty of the perks you’d imagine with business ownership, but instead of dreaming up an idea and building everything from scratch, you’re buying into a proven model of success with brand recognition to match. You’ll also tap into a wealth of knowledge and resources from the existing franchisee network, full of individuals who have been in your shoes and understand what it takes to get a successful franchise up and running.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been in franchising for nearly four decades now, and we’ve built a vast network which spans 46 states across the U.S. We’re a proven name in the moving industry – one which people know they can trust – and we have a wide-range of service options to meet all customer needs which help our franchisees diversify their revenues.

“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 Mainland. “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.”

If you’re interested in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we encourage you to take a look at our franchising timeline below and get a feel for how the process works. If you find yourself interested in learning more, visit our Franchise Development website and see how you can start the franchising process with the “Movers Who Care®”!

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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Mini market territories provide TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise ownership in areas with smaller demographics

Regardless of how big or small a certain area of the country might be, one thing is usually a constant: the need for high-quality, professional moving services.

With this idea in mind, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK created the mini-market franchise model, which allows us to bring the reputation we’ve built in the moving industry to areas with smaller populations. This is perfect for potential franchisees who have wanted to get into franchising and own their own businesses, but on a smaller scale than with a traditional market.

The mini market option began in 2017 and has continued to grow at a rapid pace ever since. We are already in the double-digits for mini market locations with territories still available!

Our mini market plan got its start in two states – Montana and Wyoming – and both have found sustained success ever since opening their doors. They’ve helped us fine-tune the blueprint for the minimarket model, learning what works and what doesn’t work, which allows us to provide best practices and useful information to franchisees opening mini markets moving forward.

Watch our video below to see the story of Rob Graham and Justin Woods, who opened their minimarket in Cheyenne, Wyoming!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK: A moving company on a mission

When Founder Mary Ellen Sheets put in a local newspaper ad for the moving business her two sons were running with their pickup truck in the early ’80s, she never imagined how far it would go.

Fast forward to today and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the largest franchised moving company in the country with franchises in 46 states and four different countries. With each passing decade, we’ve continued to build our franchising network, expand our service options, serve even more customers, and further establish ourselves as the Movers Who Care®.

But this didn’t just happen overnight. It took endless hard work, dedication, and commitment from each person in the brand. We’re proud to feature a diverse, successful franchisee network and welcome new ways to improve our processes to ensure we’re a brand people want to continue investing in.

To learn more about who we are, what we’ve done, and where we are going, check out the video – “A Moving Company On A Mission” – below!

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