Joining a Franchise vs Starting a Business

Achieving your dream of business ownership can happen in a variety of different ways and determining the best route for you is an important piece of the puzzle as you find ways invest your money. While starting a business from scratch is the oldest form of business ownership, one alternative method is joining a franchising brand.

When you join a franchising brand, you’re investing into a proven model of success, with operational models and strategies already set in place from years of experience. You’re still a business owner but get the benefits of a franchising model, which can help in the early days of operation as you’re buying into brand recognition and service options that have already been developed.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® features a vast, diverse franchising network full of individuals who come from all business backgrounds and who have now found success within our brand. Many go on to open multiple locations, and we’re always looking for new franchisees to help us expand our footprint and serve even more customers.

We’re committed to being the one-stop-shop for our customers when it comes to moving, and we’re more than just home movers. With long-distance moving, packing services, junk removal, storage, and many more specialty moving services – the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand continues to look forward and find new ways for our franchises to expand with diversified revenue options.

Below, you’ll see several benefits of franchising vs. starting your own business.

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Training For Franchisees

Right off the bat, you receive expert training to prepare you for life as a franchisee with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. We believe strongly in extensive and ongoing training for all levels of the brand, and we continually update our training methods while building new educational courses to help our franchisees and their team members succeed.

With programs like our Gearing Up course – built for first-time franchisees to help them learn the ropes of being a franchise owner – to our Stickmen University library, you’re always a click away from the latest and greatest information as you learn new parts of the business or just need a refresher.

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As a business professional, you might be wondering how you can open a moving franchise when you don’t have any background in the industry. The answer? Our Field Training team!

This team was developed to help new franchisees get up and running after they have committed to investing with the brand. The Field Training team is there to support you with every step of the journey, from getting your franchisee agreement signed to helping you open the doors to your new location and getting your trucks in operation with moves on the books.

With the First Gear team, the seemingly daunting task of opening your own moving franchise suddenly becomes manageable and obtainable as they take their years of experience and expertise and apply it to your location as you work through the process of opening your doors.

The Field Training team is available to support franchisees in the following areas:

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Ongoing Support

Arguably no resource is more valuable to new TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees than the corporate support team. Our corporate office location in Lansing, Michigan – the home of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK – features dedicated support teams for all areas of the business with one goal in mind: ensuring you have what you need to achieve success with your franchise.

These teams – which are experts in all areas of the business such as marketing, sales, accounting, human resources, operations, risk management/safety, and more – continually work to build the latest and greatest strategies to support our franchises with grow.

From support for building out marketing plans to raise awareness of your location to developing ideas for new service options or providing resources to help you achieve financial growth, these support teams are a phone call away and ready to help at all times. In-person and virtual training courses are also offered for franchisees to help them stay up-to-date on best practices for the brand and their teams so they can keep their locations moving forward.

Hear it from our franchisees

“In December of 2014, I finally became a franchisee for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK. It was a very detailed and organized process in the months leading up to signing. We were fortunate enough to be able to speak with the corporate First Gear Team on a weekly basis, and they made sure we had everything in order to be successful.”

- Multi-unit franchisee Curtis Newman, who owns locations in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska and Texas.

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