A pair of high school students in Lansing, Michigan are at the heart of this successful moving company. After leaving for college, the boys’ mother found that the demand for her sons’ homegrown moving business was still there as she continued to receive requests for their services. This mother, Mary Ellen Sheets, founded Two Men and a Truck. There are now 200 franchises in the Two Men and a Truck family.
Start-up Cost: $158K - 460.91K
Unishippers Global Logistics was started in 1987 and has since grown to include nearly 300 locations in the United States. The company provides packing and shipping services for customers. Through its partnerships with major package carriers like UPS and Saia, Unishippers is able to provide a variety of shipping options.
Start-up Cost: $46.63K - 610.2K
In 1969, Weichert Real Estate was run out of one small office. Now, the company has grown to include around 500 separate offices - some company owned, many independently run franchises. Wiechert operates on a model of extensive customer service, making agents available to customers at nearly all times and creating several avenues through which buyers and sellers can quickly receive answers to their questions and help with their real estate transactions.
Start-up Cost: $50K - 364.7K
Worldwide Express works with small and medium-sized businesses, providing them with air and ground shipping solutions. The Worldwide Express model holds that smaller companies should be able to enjoy the attention and service that had once been reserved for big corporations. The Dallas, Texas based company works through 150 individual franchises operating around the United States.
Start-up Cost: $46K - 364.85K
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada WSI Internet is an internet service provider operating in almost 90 different countries from nearly 1200 offices. Founded in 1995, when the internet service industry was still a fairly new concept in the business world, WSI provides internet service and solutions to fit residential and commercial clients’ needs.
Start-up Cost: $54.7K - 84.7K