Completing thorough research can help prevent business scams

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-Written by Erik Sargent

With the increasing landscape of the Internet and its capabilities, the opportunities for conducting business in any aspect are larger than ever. Unfortunately, with this type of access, the chance for running into scams is at an all-time high, and each day, people are losing out on money due to shady business tactics.

Gone are the days of picking up the phonebook and dialing up a number for a contractor, plumber, mover, or other labor service. Now you can search endless job sites and job boards, sifting through, while hoping to find the best price in your area. But how do you know if these are trustworthy services? While one business may offer a cheaper price, they might not be responsible or honest about your service or payment.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, “crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine new technology with old tricks to get people to send more or give out personal information.”

Websites like Facebook, Amazon, Yelp, and Angie’s List all provide a platform for people to do research on a business, everything from seeing what the service has to offer, to finding out what other people have said about their company.

The Better Business Bureau – one of the oldest sites to offer this type of information for consumers – has been around for over 100 years, and was founded on the idea of protecting consumers from misleading advertising.

“Our mission is to help promote a more ethical marketplace,” said Michelle Michels, VP of Operations for the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan. “One goal for us is that from a business perspective, we have millions of customers come to our website looking for a reputable business. For our members, that means that we’re trying to have business be directed toward them.”

The Better Business Bureau serves as the mediator between the business and the consumer, providing a platform for businesses to advertise their services, and a platform for potential customers to do their research on a company. Consumers can leave their reviews on the website from the experiences they’ve had, and business can retain their BBB Accreditation by sticking to the criteria provided.

“We have certain criteria and standards a business must meet, and they are pretty basic,” Michels said. “We ask for a business to be straight with the state they are in, that they are properly licensed, and that they remain responsive to their customers. It sounds like a simple task, but if you’re running a business, it’s hard to satisfy your customers. You’re only as good as your reputation.”

So how do consumers make sure they are getting the best deal while also avoiding a potential scam? Research, research, and more research.

According to the B.B.B., actions like reading contracts, reading terms, and asking questions can save you from falling victim to illegitimate business. It’s also important to make sure you are getting everything in writing, and not paying for a service until the job is completed.

“For consumers, this is the age of ‘If I’m going to buy something, I’m going to read reviews, and I’m going to do research’, because money is hard to come by,” Michels said. “Consumers are pretty savvy, and they go out and research things. We encourage this – not to just look at B.B.B. – but look at everything.”

One business that has built a reputation around putting the customer first and being transparent about their services is the international moving company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. The first and largest franchised moving company in the world, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been in operation for more than 30 years, and carries a 96 percent referral rating.

To match the variety of moving, packing, and storage solutions provided by the moving company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® puts a heavy emphasis on being accessible to all customers in variety of ways, one being through their corporate customer care team which ensures an honest and beneficial relationship between the franchises and consumers.

“We seek to be transparent by sharing information we have about regulations, policies, and our core values, which directs how we interact with customers to provide the best possible moving experience,” said Rina Woodland, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate customer care manager. “When customers are unhappy, we are empathetic and genuine as we work toward an acceptable solution.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® took a major step toward customer satisfaction when developing their own customer relationship center, allowing customers even more opportunities to call and have their questions answered, services explained, and moves booked. The mission of the customer care team is to provide support and uphold high standards of care as they continuously strive to exceed customers’ expectations while protecting the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand.

This kind of up-front mentality is crucial when running a moving company due to the intimate nature of the moving, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been able to develop a world-renowned brand name around this customer service.

“In a society that expects a quick response, we are very responsive, and customers get to speak with a live person when they call,” Woodland said. “So often, a customer just wants someone to listen to them and acknowledge things did not go well. As the “Movers Who Care®” we understand we are moving people’s lives and we take this seriously. We not only listen, but we work with the local franchise toward a resolution, or help the customer understand why a decision was made by the local office. When moving, we realize that not every move can be 100% perfect. If we are able to resolve a customer’s concern, it can be positive for everyone.”

Update – August 3, 2018

According to a recent report from Good Morning America, an ongoing trend of moving company scams are being reported across the country. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK CEO, Jon Nobis®, took some time to share his thoughts on the issue.

Doing your research before paying for a service can be the difference between receiving a good service, and losing out on hard earned money from unethical business practices. Michels and the Better Business Bureau stressed making sure that you get multiple quotes and reading reviews before paying for a service.

At the end of the day, you have to use your best judgment when spending your money, and according to Michels, “trust” doesn’t go as far as it used to in the past.

“Somebody’s word or somebody’s honor unfortunately doesn’t always mean anything anymore,” Michels said. “Everything you do needs to be in writing.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® prepares to move people forward with 2017 Busiest Move Weekend

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-Written by Erik Sargent 

The summer season is upon us! And that means warmer weather, sunshine, and moving! The busiest time for moving around the country starts during the month of May and peaks around July, according to the American Moving and Storage Association.

As the “Movers Who Care®”, we at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are gearing up for our own busy season, and our Busiest Move Weekend which falls June 23, 24, and 25. That weekend alone, we’re expected to complete more than 5,500 moves! This averages out to 20 moves per franchise with an average distance traveled of around 25 miles for our move teams.Jeff-Wesley

“Busiest Move Weekend is something we are excited to celebrate each year,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “Our locations take pride in our ability to move people forward each year with the best customer service experience in the industry. We are also excited to launch our new Value Flex® service this busy season, which is just another way we continue to serve our customers with a new, long-distance service.”

With more than 350 franchise locations in the United States, we will have our plates full with “Busiest Move Weekend”, and the amount of customers we’ll reach is bigger than ever before. Having recently completed our 6.5 millionth move, there isn’t a moving situation we aren’t prepared for in the moving and packing world.

St. Louis (MO), Columbus (OH), Des Moines (IA), Colorado Springs (CO), Tulsa (OK), Milwaukee (WI), Birmingham (AL), Charlotte (NC), Columbia (SC), and Cleveland (OH) are a few franchises within our system projected to knock out the most moves during this busy weekend, showing our reach across the map, moving our customers forward to a new stage in life.

If you are looking to complete a move this summer, look no further than TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! Give us a call today, and find out how we can be of assistance. If you are scheduled to complete a move this summer, follow these outstanding moving tips we’ve gathered over the past 30 years of moving experience to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be when the big day comes.

Stay organized

It’s important to make sure when the movers arrive at your door, you’re ready to go with everything you need. Making sure all of your things are packed away in the correct boxes is key. Visit our packing and supplies page, here, to find out how we can assist you with packing services, or how we can provide you the proper packing materials.

It’s also a good idea to make sure all of your appliances are unplugged, and to make sure there is enough space throughout your home for the movers to navigate throughout the process.

Communication is key

We’ve been in the moving business long enough to know good communication between us and the customer, is critical to a positive experience. Be sure you have boxes labeled and your movers know where everything belongs in your new home. It’s also a good idea to know who your contact is at the office should you have questions or need anything else during or after your move.

Call for a free estimate today, and work with us to find out all of the details prior to your move so that when the day comes, everything is scheduled correctly and we can get you on your way.

Don’t stress – we’ve got this!

Moving can be a stressful time, but when you hire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, there’s no need to worry. We try our best to take all of the stress out of the moving process, and do everything to make sure our customers receive the best service possible.

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.

Southern California sees major spike in commercial business moves

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-Written by Erik Sargent

When it comes to the moving process, people generally think of small, local moves, usually with homes, apartments, or condos consisting of a few people and their belongings.

There are countless factors to take into consideration when moving a business, mainly the ability to stay in operation, along with transporting belongings and equipment, and changing company info.

According to the Market Intelligence Blue Book from Coldwell Banker Commercial – a company that specializes in tracking commercial real estate moves and helping assist with the process – Southern California has seen a major spike in business moves. The report states this surge in moving is due to a wide range of factors, including low vacancy rates, increased land sale, and strong activity at ports in cities like Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“Employment is predicted to grow at a rate of 1.5 percent over the next five years, adding over 300,000 jobs across all industry sectors,” said the report of the Los Angeles market.

So how does the moving process for a business come to fruition? Meticulous planning and attention to detail are a must, and having a solid plan in place will help ease the process immensely.

One business in this region that recently completed a move was the YWCA of Pasadena. The YWCA of Pasadena is a non-profit organization that serves women and girls in the area, and focuses on empowering them through a variety of platforms.

“Being a non-profit, we have programs after school for girls in the area,” said Jessica Kubel, executive director of the YWCA of Pasadena. “The week that we did the move, we had to put our programs on hold for a few days so we could complete the moving process.”

Kubel and the staff at the YWCA were looking for a safer building for their girls that was ADA compliant, in a better location, had better parking, and more affordable rent. The recent real-estate surge for Southern California made this possible, and soon enough, they were in their new building.

The move took about a week total, with a majority of the move taking place over two days where most of the big items were transported to the new location.

“This is the first time I’ve had to move the organization, so it was a little new to me,” Kubel said. “(Some challenges were) just having have to re-do all of our I.T. servers, and making sure that our clients, supporters, and donors knew where the new location was. Other than that, it was pretty smooth.”

Finding companies that can handle moves of this magnitude can be a struggle, but one company that has made a name for itself in the commercial business moving industry is the nationally recognized moving company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

With more than 350 locations across the United States and more than six million moves completed, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has established themselves as the leaders of the moving community.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was able to assist Kubel in moving the YWCA building over a year ago, providing the assistance needed and also doing it for a good cause.

“It worked out really nicely with (TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®),” Kubel said. “They were able to donate the moving services to us because we are a non-profit organization.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Pasadena franchise has been involved with many of the commercial business moves highlighted in the Blue Book report, and they are receiving anywhere from three to five business move requests per month.

“Usually businesses get a few different quotes, and they generally go with us because of the higher quality of service,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Pasadena Marketing Manager Stefanie Shook. “The process for a business move is very similar to a home move. We take a look at everything they are trying to move to help us get a better understanding of how many packers, movers, drivers, and trucks we will need to complete the move. Smaller businesses tend to just want to pack themselves, where larger businesses tend to need help packing.”

According to Shook, the most important factor of a business move is communication. They work to have an exact plan for the process before everything begins, and they remain available for contact at all times throughout the move.

Along with communication, Shook said they strive to provide a level of trust and peace of mind for the businesses they are moving, and they go out of their way to do all they can.

“Businesses can expect all of the same great qualities they would receive during a home move from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®,” Shook said. “We provide peace of mind by having drug tested, background checked, fully trained and uniformed movers, all of their furniture padded and stretch wrapped, and the same level of quality care that has run our business for over 30 years.”

The Blue Book Report from Coldwell Banker commercial highlighted a few other regions of the country seeing a major boost in commercial real estate markets, including the Midwest, Northeast, and South Atlantic areas. The Midwest and the Northeast are also seeing a high number of multi-family business moves over the last year.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® introduces new, innovative long-distance moving service with Value Flex®

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With technological advancements continuing to shape the way big business runs, it’s important that companies stay on top of the game with innovation, and here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we are doing just that.

Starting in May of 2017, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will officially launch its newest moving service – Value Flex®. Value Flex® is a fresh new take on the world of long-distance moving, and will provide customers the outstanding customer service we are known for, but with flexible pricing options that aren’t found with traditional long-distance moving options.

Jon-Nobis“We are so excited to introduce Value Flex® to the market,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Chief Operating Officer Jon Nobis. “As one of the largest moving companies in the country, we talk to thousands of customers every day and they tell us what’s important to them. Our excitement in Value Flex® is completely centered around what customers are asking from us, which is options to fit their needs. Our brand mission is to exceed customers’ expectations in value and high standard of satisfaction, and this new service helps us achieve that mission.”

Flexibility is exactly what Value Flex® will bring to potential customers, and after countless hours of research into the service, it’s clear this will change the long-distance moving game completely.

Lindsey-Schaibly-SQ“The Value Flex® service is a key initiative and a natural progression for our brand as it increases interstate moving options not only for our locations, but for our customers who have chosen our services over the last 30 years,” said Moving Services Director Lindsey Schaibly. “We have always been focused on taking care of the customer, and we are thrilled to now be able to provide long-distance moving options while providing the same outstanding TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® customer service.”

Customers’ items will be loaded into 16 ft. containers at their home by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s professionally trained and uniformed movers, and transported to the nearest franchise location. Y

ou never have to share space with other customers’ belongings, and the highly protected boxes provide assurance that your items are in good hands.

Customers are then given an exact date of delivery for when their belongings will arrive at their new location, eliminating any unwanted wait times to receive your items as you relocate.

“We continue to evolve the brand, adapt to the market, and meet our customers’ needs through this new option,” Schaibly said. “Taking monumental steps is what makes TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a leader in the moving industry, and Value Flex® is another step forward.”

Value Flex® has already received outstanding reviews from customers who were able to try out the new long-distance moving service.

“It’s cost effective, and it’s worth it because they work so hard at being fast and efficient in what they do, and they take care of your things,” said Kelly Love, who moved from Lansing, Mich., to Orange County, Fla., in October of 2016. “The container service they are doing now makes it much more affordable because long-distance moves are extremely difficult, and they are also just time consuming and very expensive. The container moves that I was able to do were outstanding, you wouldn’t even know the difference between a container move and a normal long-distance move other than the cost.”

For customer Ashley Murray who moved from Orange County, Fla., to DeKalb County, Ga., in January, she echoed similar thoughts on the new service, along with appreciation for how secure she felt her items were during the moving process.

“I would recommend it because I had a good experience,” Murray said. “I felt like my items were secure, I like the fact that they were not thrown on the truck with some else’s belongings. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is responsible and has good ratings. (They) are a well-established company, and like I said, I had a good experience, so I would highly recommend it.”

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.

Technological advancements continue to shape big business

 

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The world of technology evolves at a rapid pace, with changes being made and advancements happening almost by the second as people and machines become smarter and smarter, creating profound impacts on the daily lives of almost everyone.

Even with something as simple as a smart phone, people are granted the power to do tasks previously unimaginable, and we are always a touch away from anything we can think of. This rapid technological advancement can be felt in virtually every industry of life, most importantly business.

From the way we buy things and get them delivered, to the method in which we choose to transport ourselves to a new destination, there has been major technological developments in every field, which has affected big business companies tremendously. Self-driving cars have consistently found themselves in the news, and seem to be not far off from reality.

Just last month, the state of California cleared testing paths for autonomous vehicles, as the state holds more companies producing this technology than any other state in the country.

“California has more manufacturers testing autonomous vehicles than any other state and today’s rules continue our leadership with this emerging technology,” said California Transportation Agency Secretary Brian P. Kelly in a press release from the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles. “These rules protect public safety, promote innovation, and lay out the path for future testing and deployment of driverless technology. This rulemaking is the next step in working with stakeholders to get this right.”

Companies like Uber and Google appear to be in the lead for advancements in this technology, and could change the way people get from place to place, and how products make their way to customers when ordering online.

“These rules expand our existing autonomous vehicle testing program to include testing vehicles where no driver is present,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto in the same press release. “This is the next step in eventually allowing driverless autonomous vehicles on California roadways.”

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Another major technology that has found its way into the national discussion is the use of unmanned aerial systems, or as they’re better known, drones.

Amazon made the first national news media splash for public commercial drone usage with the proposed idea of drones delivering packages from the online shopping giant. According to Joe Hupy, the chief technical officer of Menet Aero  – a company founded to provide professional commercial UAS solutions to a variety of industries – the delivery service with drones is far off, but the technological uses are already being felt with businesses across the country.

“There’s a lot of hype surrounding the drone delivery stuff, but if you look at people who have subscribed to the Amazon drone delivery pilot projects, they stopped because they get tired of fishing it off the roof,” Hupy said. “There’s a lot of stuff out there that people in the media will cling to, and one of them is the delivery component, but the delivery component is farther away than self-driving cars because you need to be able to manage air space.”

Drone usage will hinge directly on the regulations that come from the Federal Aviation Administration, and with drones being such a new technology, there is still countless hours of work to be done figuring out the proper guidelines for commercial usage. Hupy did mention that some of the basic rules for drones include not flying the machines over crowds, keeping them under 400 feet, and making sure they are visible at all times while in air.

While people get hung up one delivery services, Hupy explained there is currently too much gray area for that to come to fruition at the moment. However, drones are already being utilized in other practices.

“For example, I did some work with a trial attorney. The trial attorney wanted to bring the jury to the scene of an accident,” Hupy said. “He had no way to display how flat a road was without taking the jury to the site, which is really costly. With a drone, you can fly that, you model that with an animated fly-through that before would have been impossible. With that drone, that was well within the means of his budget.”

The future of drones will be focused on these types of situations more than people realize, helping people gather data and analyze situations in business fields like construction, government, utilities, and energy solutions.

“The future of drones is in many ways using them to gather information and data in ways that before could only be used by the military and big science projects,” Hupy said. “This gets a lot of these different types of markets, such as construction companies, looking to monitor construction activities and county governments looking for zoning, or looking at how much area is permeable versus impermeable. There is a lot than can be done that before was just too expensive to do.”

One major company that has remained at the forefront of technological advancement is the nationally recognized moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, which has found a way to implement new technologies that not only boost production for the company, but also provide a better and smoother customer experience.

An exciting development is taking place at the San Diego franchise of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, as they work to implement new drive cam technologies aimed at providing more of a situation awareness for movers and drivers in the trucks.

“San Diego is piloting a new program by Lyxt, and the new program is called Unisyn. It is merging the event-based monitoring utilized in DriveCam with ‘always on monitoring’ to capture all events, even if an event does not trigger it,” said James Silvers, IT Desktop Administrator at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office. “It is envisioned to assist the franchises with training and being able to review previous videos for incidents that may have occurred on the ramp, vehicle accidents and close calls.

Another technology TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is set to launch in 2017 is the Value Flex® moving service, which gives customers an additional long-distance moving option with reduced pricing for those flexible with their move dates.

Value Flex® will run through hubs featured at various TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise locations across the country, helping the company move people anywhere across the map. State-of-the-art containers are used to hold customers’ belongings, and there is flexible scheduling for pickup and delivery.

“Every Hub will utilize tablets and will fill out the majority of the paper work digitally,” Silvers said. “We are working on a customer tracking portal that will send each customer an email with the current position of their container two times per day until the move is scheduled to be completed.”

The company plans on launching the new long-distance moving option at the beginning of May.

National jobs report shows upward trend in employment across the country

-Written by Erik Sargent

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One topic that always finds a way to stay relevant in the national landscape discussion is the job market around the United States of America, as people constantly look for new and improved work opportunities in their career.

At the end of each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor releases a monthly job report, which helps paint a picture of what the current job situation in the country looks like, focusing on employment increases and decreases, as well as job availability.

According to the report for the month of February, the areas of work that saw major employment gains were construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining. The unemployment rate for the month of February was also down from 4.9 percent in February of 2016, showing a slight change to 4.7 percent for this year.

The report also showed that the average hourly earnings for all employees in private nonfarm payrolls increased by six cents to $26.09, following a five cent increase in the month of January.

“It looks like month over month, all major industries have gone up in terms of job postings,” said Emily Underwood, Senior Account Manager at the employment search engine Indeed.com. “A huge increase has been in hospitality from February last year to February to this year, as those jobs continue to grow. With jobs like information technology, it’s still a very, very hot market and much needed market, but it looks like there has been a slight decrease in job postings.”

Indeed presents data tracking the number of job postings on their site, as well as areas where the job postings are available.

Along with the major increase in hospitality jobs, there was a major increase in jobs in the media, real estate, and retail industries. Education saw a -13 percent decrease in job availability from this time last year, and healthcare also saw a major drop.

In terms of the markets where jobs are hot, Indeed tracks how many jobs are posted per 1,000 people in the area. San Jose (CA) took the top spot with 63 postings per 1,000 people, with Salt Lake City (UT), Denver (CO), Raleigh (NC), and Indianapolis (IN) rounding out the top five.

“This is basically telling us that there are four jobs available per person in a city like Salt Lake City,” Underwood said. “It shows here that the unemployed person has jobs to choose from, and it looks like this is more of a job seekers market vs. an employer market. Down at the bottom of the list, for example, Las Vegas (NV) is 49th – it’s a one-to-one ratio. It’s a little bit more competitive for the job seeker.”

One job market that is currently trending upward is the moving industry, and a company that is looking to hire is the international moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. The franchising company kicked off their Career Move Month campaign at the beginning of March, an initiative to recruit more people to their growing system.

“Our goal with Career Move Month is to ramp up for our busy season by hiring at least 1,200 new team members across the country,” said Human Resources Director Sara Bennett. “We have part-time and seasonal positions available, but there is also plenty of opportunity for full-time and long-term roles in the company.”

The movement is focused on showing that while moving is the core of the industry, there is a wide-range of opportunities within the system.

“Career Move Month is an exciting time of year for us because it gives us a chance to showcase the opportunities that exist at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® across the country,” said Bennett. “Many people don’t realize the variety of specialized roles that are available in our system. We of course have openings for movers and drivers, but there are also opportunities for positions in marketing, management, logistics, accounting, human resources, IT, and more.”

The national job report showed that professional and business services have continued trending upward, adding 597,000 jobs for the year. Industries like wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government all showed little or no change over the last month.

The next job report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled for April 7, 2017.

Teams prepare for the busiest move weekend!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® prepares to welcome 1,200 new employees

-Written by Erik Sargent

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At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the month of March means one important thing – Career Move Month. On March 1st of every year, we officially kick off the Career Move Month campaign, which aims to bring in new members to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system wide, all across the country. Continue reading “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® prepares to welcome 1,200 new employees”

Moving Careers Forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

-Written by Erik Sargent

Providing excellent customer service to our loyal customers is a huge priority for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team. However, none of that is possible without the hard-working, passionate team members across the country who strive to also move their careers forward.

Time and time again, you’ll find stories of employees who have started as movers in the system, and who have worked their way up to higher positions on the company ladder. Other times, you find people who’ve developed various professional skills with us and went on to be successful in other fields around the globe. We offer a wide variety of career options, including jobs in marketing, accounting, management, and many more.

Moving People Forward® is a lifestyle that is taken very seriously at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, and it’s something we strive to do each and every day. Take a look at stories of our team members to see how the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system has allowed them to reach their career goals!

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® Wishes Everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

-Written by Erik Sargent

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® wants to thank all of our customers for their outstanding loyalty to us, and we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We feel extremely blessed this year, and with our 96% referral rate, more than 380 locations, six million moves completed, and a never-ending commitment to our communities – it’s the wonderful customers that make it possible to celebrate our many milestones.

If you’ve moved with us recently, we hope you’re all settled in and satisfied with your experience. If you’re looking to move in 2017, check out what we have to offer, especially our new, budget-friendly long-distance service, Value Flex!

We wish you all the best during the holiday season from the “Movers Who Care®”!

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.

Creating your dream office space on a shoestring budget

Written by Charles Staky

 

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s first “real office” at Mary Ellen’s mothers home.

As a small start-up, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s first “real” office was in a barn, which sat in the backyard of Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ mother’s home. After moving to a new space, which we quickly outgrew, Melanie Bergeron, our President at the time, sat at the copy machine. We’ve lived in all sorts of offices, each unique and special, and sometimes challenging in their own way.

Moving into a new office space is often an exciting time for a company; however, it can be an expensive investment, leaving your interior design budget in a sad state. No one wants to spend eight hours a day working in a boring space they don’t enjoy. Here are a few things you can do to spruce up your business new home while saving some of your hard-earned money. And, believe us when we say, we speak from experience!

Find the right space

First and foremost when looking for an office space make sure it’s right for your setup, and that it comes at the right price. You want a space to fit your operation with room to grow. However, to avoid being buried under rent payments, be sure the space isn’t too expensive to handle.

If you go with a less expensive office you’ll find the savings can be put to use in other ways to make the space more livable. Shop around in different neighborhoods when searching for office space. If you’re an operation like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, which has unique needs such as space to park trucks, be sure the space you are looking at can accommodate.

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Clean it up

You can decorate your office space in hundreds of different ways, and the same can be said for the layout you choose. One thing is for sure though, no matter the size or any other factor, your office space will feel larger and nicer if everything is organized. Not only will an organized office provide you with more workspace, it can also relieve added stress and save valuable work time for those in it. Prvacysense.net says the average employee spends about two and a half hours a day searching for information. But, if you run a neat and organized office that time could be easily shortened. Cleaning up your office costs you nothing, but adds value to how your space looks and how productive it is.

Be careful where you buy supplies

When stocking your new office, remember the supplies you buy don’t have to be top-of-the-line. According to the Office Depot website, ball point pens can cost you anywhere from $2 to $33 for a box of 12 pens. This can mean savings of more than $2 per pen. Paper can also vary more than $20 per case, while the cost of colored ink cartridges can vary by up to $25, depending on the cartridge. Be mindful of the supplies you buy, small cost differences in areas such as these can add up quickly.

Do you need a reception space?

If your business has a large volume of customers coming in and out, a reception area can be extremely beneficial. A simple coffee table paired with nice chairs at your entrance will do the trick. When customers make their way into your office, you have a welcoming space to accommodate them without breaking the bank.

Good culture = A happy office

It has been said time and time again that a positive culture is a staple of any successful business. But, here is a new way to spin it. If the office culture is enjoyable and your team is genuinely happy being around each other, your office space doesn’t need all the bells and whistles to keep everyone satisfied and working hard. So, before you stress about the newest office chairs or a food and beverage cart, be sure the people you employ have good attitudes and a passion for the company. In the end this trumps any amenity you could provide.

In addition to these ideas to keep cost down for your new business, browse resources such as Pinterest for endless inspiration on a budget. We’ve gathered our personal favorites here.

It’s important to remember most businesses start out small with limited money to spare on items such as professional designers and interior decorators for their office space. But, if you take pride in your business and work every day to exceed your customers’ expectations, soon your business will grow and your shoestring decorating budget will grow with it.