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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Franchisee testimonials show ownership possibilities when franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

Since TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Founder Mary Ellen Sheets made the decision to franchise the brand in the late 1980s, we’ve done our best to build a franchisee network of people from a variety of backgrounds and give them the opportunity to find lasting success.

This requires effort from everyone involved with the brand, as we continue to build out additional services and systems to continue attracting new customers and allowing our franchisees to expand their reach. But at the end of the day, it’s our franchisees and their hardworking teams that keep the brand moving forward.

Without their business-savvy leadership and commitment to driving the brand in the right direction, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK wouldn’t be what it is today. We continue to add new franchisees to our network and have several open territories still available.

Curious as to what life is like as a franchisee? Check our some of our newest testimonials to learn more!

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Juan Gallegos

Rob Wallace

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A love for the brand helped drive this New Jersey franchisee’s career path

There’s no one clear cut path to franchise ownership with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and new franchisee Mackenzie Kilgariff is a perfect example of this.

While a number of our franchisees started on the trucks as movers or drivers and worked their way up, a large chunk of our franchisee network carved out their own path in their professional careers. For Kilgariff, franchising with a moving company might not have seemed like something she’d ever do just five years ago when she was attending college for criminal justice, but a love for the brand and its people is what set her on the journey to business ownership.

“When I was about to finish up my freshman year of college, [franchisee] Brittany Ishman was actually the one to tell me the Philadelphia location was looking for a marketing intern to help with social media and grassroots, and I thought I would be a good fit,” Kilgariff said. “I had no idea what I was doing and hadn’t even heard of terms like ‘ad words’ and ‘SEO’. Once I jumped in, though, I immediately fell in love with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. I quickly switched my major to business management, and I knew I wanted to continue with the company. It was like I had an epiphany.”

This epiphany set off a domino effect for a rapid climb up the franchise system for Kilgariff, who went from marketing intern to working in sales as a customer service representative, before her transition to logistics manager and finally landing as the general manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Princeton location.

Throughout this time, she quickly formed a bond with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Brittany Ishman, and it paid off in a big way for Kilgariff after she participated in the Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship program, which gave her the training and education to open the New Brunswick, N.J., franchise with Ishman at the end of 2021.

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the young franchisee, but she’s taking it stride and doing everything she can to grow into the role.

“One of the things I love about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the sky is the limit. You can hold every single position, you can move to another state, you can work with other franchises, you can work at home office, and so on,” Kilgariff said. “If you love the brand, you can go anywhere with it. I also loved the idea of the scholarship program and that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK gives you the opportunity to grow as an individual. I love this brand and everything it has done for me, so becoming a franchisee was an easy decision.”

While it’s been an exciting time for Kilgariff, it’s also been a challenge to learn the intricacies of business ownership, and it’s something she’s working each day to take on and improve with.

“This job isn’t for the faint of heart,” Kilgariff said. “At first, it was a struggle for me to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. This is probably the most notable and important thing I’ve learned as a franchisee. A TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise has a lot of moving parts working together.”

Still, learning and all, it’s been a successful journey for Kilgariff already, and she’s just getting started. When asked what her goals are moving forward, she doesn’t hold back when saying she wants to be the “queen of moving” in the state of New Jersey, and wants TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to be the only name people care about when it comes to home moving in the state.

She also is extremely focused on making sure her New Brunswick location lives up to the company core values at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, specifically “inclusion”, and she hopes to build a diverse workplace culture.

The process of being a franchisee has just begun, but the options are endless for Kilgariff. At the end of the day, she would recommend TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising to anyone who is interested.

“I experience something new and exciting every day,” Kilgariff said. “Owning a franchise never has a dull moment. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a lot of work, but the payoff is equally – if not better – than what you can imagine. Basically, what I’m trying to say is: there will always be a challenge and there will always be bad that comes with the good, but working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK? The good is always great.”

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Illinois franchisee’s motivation and commitment to the brand helped him reach his dream of business ownership

People who tend to find the greatest success in life are the ones who don’t shy away from new challenges, responsibilities, or opportunities, regardless of what they might be.

For new TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Jake Whitt, he fits this description perfectly – in fact, he’s made it a personal point to never say to no to new responsibility since he started with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand more than a decade ago. This started right from the beginning, as Whitt found himself at a crossroads and needing something new professionally.

“Prior to starting at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, I was a member of The Business Professionals of America all throughout high school, and this helped lead me to a management position at a retail store soon after,” Whitt said. “During the recession in 2008, this store went out of business, and I was forced to find a new occupation. Work was tough to come by at this time, but I was able to find an opening at the new TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location which was opening in Elmhurst, Illinois in November of 2009. Soon after, I was making my first moves in February of 2010.”

The rest, as they say, was history. Working under former TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchisee Paul Brown, Whitt continued taking on new responsibilities and working his way up through the ranks at all of Brown’s franchises before finding himself in a management role.

After nearly 12 years of hard work, dedication, and helping move these franchises forward, Whitt reached his professional dream when Brown sold him the Wheaton, Orland Park, and Chicago Midway, Illinois franchises recently.

“I felt I have been given great opportunities throughout my career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and I’m not one to say no to more responsibility,” Whitt said. “I was lucky enough to have a great mentor in my predecessor Paul [Brown]. He molded me into the businessman I am today, and I intend to use what I’ve learned from him and others within the system to continue the growth at the franchise I now own. It’s relationships like that – plus other relationships I’ve made throughout the brand – that made this such an exciting opportunity.”

These relationships and mentorships have also gone a long way in helping Whitt prepare both personally and professionally for this major transition, something he greatly appreciates.

“I feel that Paul did a phenomenal job of preparing me for these transfers from management to owner,” Whitt said. “One thing I’ve learned is that I need to be comfortable in knowing no process is ever complete in this business because things are always changing. I’ve learned the importance of asking questions to my staff members, and I’ve learned the importance of encouraging change within our staff. You must be open for new ideas, but firm in policy.”

While business ownership will be new for Whitt personally, he will be taking over franchises with an already established reputation and customer base.

There are many goals Whitt is interested in completing now that he’s taken over – everything from culture to sales and career growth for employees – but one main objective will always be top of mind for Whitt.

“Total growth,” Whitt said. “By that, I mean molding a team which can handle growth on every front. That’s always the main goal.”

It’s an exciting time for Whitt as he begins this new journey, and he’s ready to dive in headfirst.. It may not been on his radar in November of 2009 when he first heard of the job opening he would end up taking, but the hard work and dedication he has put in since then has rewarded him in a big way.

“Throughout my growth within the company over the last 12 years, I have constantly been able to speak with other franchise managers and franchisees to assist with my own personal growth,” Whitt said. “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been incredibly inclusive to all employees at all stages of their careers, me included. I would tell anyone who is interested in opening their own franchise that it can be a very fruitful investment for you, both personally and financially.”

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides ideal business opportunities for veterans

With Veteran’s Day being celebrated yesterday, we as a brand like to pause and honor the sacrifices made by the brave men and women veterans of this country.

All year long, we strive give back to veterans through programs like our Movers for Military campaign, and we also work hard to be a destination for veterans with employment after their time in the service has ended. Throughout the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family, you can find numerous veterans working in a variety of roles, including  as franchisees of their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations.

“Being a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee was an easy transition for me coming from the military,” said Michael Sham, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee in Mississippi. “The job is similar in many ways. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK makes franchise ownership easy, and even gives veterans a military discount on the purchase of the location.”

Veterans are able to align well with the lifestyle at our franchise locations, and things like our company core values resonate with their military backgrounds.

“I think a lot of the same core values that are in the military align well with being a business owner, especially at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in particular,” said Tim Lightner, a veteran multi-unit franchisee for the Racine, Janesville, New Berlin, Madison, Milwaukee, and Waukesha, Wisc. locations. “Values and techniques like discipline, hard work, putting the cause before yourself – those all fit well together, and there’s an overlap.”

The work we’ve put into our franchising model as a destination for veterans has been noticed on national level, as we’ve been recognized in publications like Military Times and Franchise Business Review as great opportunities for veterans.

It’s a testament to the people who have transitioned from life in the military to our brand finding success, and to the systems we’ve put in place to build a sustainable franchising model.

“I would tell not only veterans but anybody that if you really, firmly believe in customer service and are really willing to work hard, this is one of the best situations I’ve ever seen for starting a business,” said Bob Christensen, a multi-unit TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee with locations in Iowa and Illinois.

For veterans out there who are looking for the next step and who have interest in becoming a business owner, we encourage you to reach out to our Franchise Development team and learn more about the opportunity, or visit our Franchise Development website, here.

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Learn all about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mini-market opportunities with new virtual information sessions

In order to continue expanding our franchise network and growing the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand, we‘re offering new informational sessions on what the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee experience entails!

We’re thrilled to announce our virtual sessions will kick off in October – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchising 101: All About Mini-Markets!

These sessions will help potential franchisees learn about our exciting mini-market model, which is a plan we developed in 2017 that allows franchisees to open TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises in smaller markets for an investment that is less than our traditional franchise model.

Franchisees who have opened mini-markets with our brand have found success quickly, and that’s why we are looking to continue expanding this option while targeting additional markets across the country with a need for high-quality, professional moving services.

During our Franchising 101, you’ll learn all about franchising with our brand, hear from members of our Home Office Executive and Franchise Development teams, as well as other important details about starting a mini-market franchise, including startup costs, available territories, details about the business, and knowledge from experienced franchisees.

Register here for one of three sessions held on October 26 and 27!

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Get familiar with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchising timeline

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For those exploring the world of business ownership, franchising is an avenue which should be considered if you’re someone who doesn’t want to start a business from scratch.

When you join a franchising system, you are buying into a brand with proven success as well as a recognizable name. You will also have the ability to run your franchise within the brand’s established perimeters as a franchise owner. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been in the world of franchising for more than three decades now, and we’ve built a franchisee network of experienced business professionals covering 45 states in the U.S., as well as locations in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is a brand name people recognize in their communities as movers they can trust, which is why new franchisees are able to quickly find success when they invest with us.

“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 No Limit Agency. “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.”

We’ve created a streamlined process to get people on the road to franchising, one that usually takes anywhere from four to six months to complete.

Follow our timeline below!

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.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchising most frequently asked questions

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Having more than 35 years and 8.5 million moves under our belts, we’ve come a long way as a brand since the days of two high school students moving customers in Lansing, Mich., for extra spending money.

Founder Mary Ellen Sheets had the simple idea that a local moving company could change the reputation of movers and offer outstanding customer service and quality in the moving industry. With that in mind, she turned this simple idea into a franchising model which covers 45 states and four different countries. While the brand has grown to levels never imagined, the same mindset we created then resonates at all of our franchises today: take the stress out of moving while providing the best customer experience possible.

For those looking to start their own business journey, franchising is something to be considered, and we have worked diligently over this time period to create a model geared toward long-term success for our franchisees. It’s why so many of our franchisees continue to reinvest in the brand, expanding their brand footprint into new territories.

If you’re interested in franchising and what TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has to offer, we want to hear from you! In the meantime, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about franchising with the “Movers Who Care”.

Can franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK be more successful than owning my own business?

While all business investments are contingent on a variety of factors, franchising with a brand like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK versus starting your own brand allows you to operate within an already established model of success. Our brand holds weight in communities everywhere; it’s a name people trust and recognize. With over three decades of moving people, we are ready to handle any changes the industry might throw at us.

What makes franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK worth my investment?

If you’re looking for a business opportunity with the potential for success and something where you have the chance to make a daily impact in the lives of others, then TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is for you. We’re a family-oriented company, and it’s our mission to make moving – which is a stressful time in anyone’s life – a little bit easier.

Our founder, Mary Ellen Sheets, built this brand around a commitment to giving back in the company and a set of core values which define who we are, and this is echoed from top to bottom in our system. As a franchisee, you’ll receive daily dedicated support from our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Home Office team, and access to years of business strategies and a diverse network of successful franchisees to connect and communicate with.

What should I expect as a franchisee in the moving industry?

When you open a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise, your main goal is to oversee all assets of the franchise and ensure they are operating smoothly. This includes hiring a management staff and movers and drivers, purchasing trucks and moving equipment, and more. Most importantly – you want to build a culture of success within your franchise to ensure you keep growing within your community.

When can I expect to see a return on my investment as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise?

If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a brand, it’s that the need for professional moving services will never go away. Whether we endure an economic recession or a global pandemic with COVID-19, people have continued to rely on our services to help them move. With this in mind, it provides assurance that there will always be opportunity for growth with a moving franchise.

According to our own research, franchises see an average gross sales that exceed their expenses in year one. By year three, most franchises have experienced major growth and by year five, have experienced an average of 11% profit. These details go a long way in shedding light on how quickly you can expect to see a return on your investment with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes to franchise with or you’re interested in inquiring more about a potential franchising opportunity, visit our Franchise Development website.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.