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Two Maids & A Mop CEO Interviewed by Executive Lion

A leading podcast that features prominent business and community leaders from across the nation recently sat down with our Founder and CEO, Ron Holt. The interview takes you back to our company’s early days, when Ron was forced to tackle the simplest of acts just to make it through the workday. The interview navigates you past those early struggles to where we are today; a fast-growing franchise brand with national recognition. A few takeaways from the interview:

  1. Your vision has to be greater than your circumstances if you want to be successful in life or business.
  2. Sometimes the struggle will continue longer than you think but if your purpose and your why drive you forward, you can persevere through the tough times.
  3. When God gives you a purpose and vision, you should pursue it passionately and never quit.

Make sure to watch the motivating interview with Ron by clicking here.

Meet Will & Lydia: Jackson, MS Franchise Owners

Lydia and Will McBryde, franchise owners in Jackson, MS may be the best example of opposites attract.

Will is reserved, almost shy. Lydia never met a stranger. Lydia loves decompressing on Saturday mornings with mindless TV and a cappuccino. Will thinks sweating through yard work is the perfect stress reliever. Lydia is the dreamer; Will likes to have a backup-to-the-backup plan. She’s bold, he’s a bit more conservative and cautious. And it works, in their personal and professional life.

“I loved Lydia’s energy, passion and belief that anything was possible, from the first time I met her,” said Will, “Her confidence in us really forced me to get out of my comfort zone, to take a few more chances and to become a business owner with Two Maids & A Mop.”

All my life, I have always believed in taking risks and embracing opportunities,” according to Lydia. “Will has been my leveler, the logical one. Between us, I just felt we had the perfect traits needed to own a successful business.”

Both Will and Lydia believe the absolute key to creating a solid marriage/business partnership, is to be totally transparent with each other through communication. If there is a conflict, they will talk it out, leaving emotion out of the conversation. They can arrive at decisions which benefit the marriage AND the business.

“I know Will has our best interest at heart, as I do. Our discussions come from a positive place, and not an effort to tear down the other person. That creates trust and makes it easier for each of us to accept the outcome. That’s a win-win,” said Lydia.

Will likes to tell people they met on Facebook, which mortifies Lydia. “The truth is my brother worked with Lydia. He told me she was moving to Atlanta where I was living at the time,” according to Will. “He asked me to show her around, so first, I checked her out on Facebook, then we started communicating online, because I didn’t have her phone number.”

Both were deep into their careers — Lydia, a doctor in physical therapy, and Will, an engineering consultant with a master’s in geology. Will knew he wanted to be more than friends, but Lydia was a little reticent. “I worked really hard for her to see me as more than a friend,” said Will, “but once I stopped doing that, she finally came around.”“Yeah, we went through a bit of a rough patch there. He actually “unfriended” me on Facebook!” laughed Lydia. “Thank goodness he was patient, waiting for me to get my act together.”

They married in 2014, and a couple of years ago, Lydia started thinking about buying an exercise franchise, but it wasn’t a fit. She then challenged Will to find a business they could work together.

Will was the one that discovered the Two Maids & A Mop franchise opportunity, a residential cleaning operation with more than 60 locations across the nation

They liked the fact Two Maids & A Mop was nationally recognized as one of the fastest-growing franchises in the country. Lydia and Will also found the customer-driven business model plan attractive. For example, the Pay for Performance Plan which determines how much the professional house cleaners are compensated.

It did not take long for the McBrydes to decide they were ready to invest. They were so excited they signed the franchise paperwork last January on the way home from the hospital with their newborn baby girl.

Will and Lydia chose to open their franchise in Jackson and run it from their home in the Birmingham area. However, the McBrydes are hardly semi-absentee owners. They communicate daily and visit quarterly with their office manager and eight employees. Following the proven strategies of Two Maids & A Mop, they’re looking forward to becoming another success story for the franchise.

“I am thrilled with how Will has embraced the idea of owning a business, taking pride in building something,” said Lydia. “I think he’s feeling more and more comfortable in becoming an entrepreneur.”

Being prepared for just about any eventuality, having clear priorities, and above all, faith in God, gives both us a ton of confidence,” said Will.

Opposites do attract…and let’s face it, so does dust and grime! Will & Lydia have vowed to build the best residential cleaning service in Jackson, so give them a call if you’re ever in need of a clean home.

Two Maids & A Mop Named to 2018 Bulldog 100

Two Maids & A Mop’s explosive growth across the country continues to gain notoriety and recognition. Last week, our executive team attended the 2018 Bulldog 100 Awards Gala to celebrate another strong year of growth. The annual program recognizes the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by University of Georgia alumni. Two Maids & A Mop was selected as the 28th fastest growing Bulldog-owned company in this year’s class of businesses.

“Everyone that’s close to me knows about my deep affection for the University of Georgia,” said Ron Holt, CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop. “The school provided me with the best education possible and also provided me with an amazing framework to grow as an adult. I have no doubt that my success as an entrepreneur is attributable to my early, formative years in Athens. My team is honored to be included in this year’s group of businesses.”

To view the full list of Bulldog 100 businesses, click here.

Two Maids & A Mop Named to Franchise 500

Entrepreneur Magazine has released its annual Franchise 500 listing and we’re excited to announce that Two Maids & A Mop has been selected #235 in this year’s prestigious list of franchise companies. Check out what Entrepreneur Magazine had to say about this year’s listing.

“Our annual Franchise 500 list tends to evolve by degrees. It is our continuing effort to best understand and evaluate the franchise marketplace, and we look at fundamental factors — unit growth, investment cost, brand stability and more — as well as factors like social media presence. And this means, over the years, that new categories shift in and out. Franchises come and go. But some stalwarts remain dominant for decades, having mastered that savvy balance between innovation and reliability. This year, in fact, we have a convenient comparison to the past: It’s the first time in 25 years that more than 1,000 companies applied to be part of our ranking. To be exact, we received 1,023 entries this time.”

The recent growth within the Two Maids & A Mop franchise network is so exciting. We’re a small family comprised of ex-corporate executives, stay at home moms, serial entrepreneurs & business people searching to disrupt industry. Times are so good right now and we’re still so early in the game. We’re proud of this big-time national recognition and owe much of our success to our great franchisees and their hard-working employees. Go Two Maids!!

CNBC: This CEO is Revolutionizing The Way Employees Get Paid

Our episode on “The Job Interview” aired last night and we’re so humbled by all of the positive press and feedback. It was an amazing experience for our CEO, Ron Holt, and our Tampa franchisee, Dr. Jaime Kulaga.

The national television exposure for the brand has been amazing; with local, regional and national outlets reaching out for more information on the Two Maids & A Mop story. Just last night, CNBC published an amazing Q&A with our CEO & Founder. Here’s a quick hit from the article:

You are using a very interesting compensation plan of ‘pay for performance’. Is this plan unique to your company or is it practiced withing the cleaning industry as a whole?

It is very unique to just us. I started the plan many years ago, more than 13 years ago … and it was a result of desperation.

We were struggling early on in my business life and … I said I gotta figure out a way to get our employees to care without me being this drill sergeant because I can’t be inside every home every time. I had to figure out a way to scale this business beyond just me…I wouldn’t be able to talk to every new customer, so the genesis of the pay for the performance plan started after reading a book called the “Purple Cow”. It is just what it sounds like, if you were to see a cow in a rural area that was purple, it would be so different and remarkable that you would remember it forever.

So after reading that book, I started brainstorming and trying to create a way to create our own purple cow … so it hit me one day that we needed to align our employee’s interests with my own interests as the owner and allow customer feedback to directly control employee compensation. Every time we clean a home we give our employees a reason to care because customers are going to rate their level of satisfaction on a very simple scale from 1 to 10. It’s our purple cow. It was for sure a lifesaver for the business.

The episode will continue to air multiple times on CNBC, so make sure to check your local listings to see what all the buzz is about. And click THIS LINK for the in-depth CNBC Q&A with Ron.

Two Maids & A Mop Set To Appear on CNBC’s “The Job Interview”

The word is finally out! We’re excited to announce that Two Maids & A Mop will be featured on an upcoming episode of the inaugural season of the prime time CNBC television series “The Job Interview”. The 30 minute episode is set to air December 20th 10 PM ET.

“It’s an honor to showcase our business and the strategies involved in our hiring process”, said Ron Holt, CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop. “My hope is for the audience to learn more about what makes our brand so different than other franchises within the consumer services industry. I’m excited for the world to get a sneak peek behind the scenes of our fast-growing business.”

The Job Interview takes an inside look at the world where the words you say, the clothes you wear, and even the expression on your face can mean the difference between success and failure. Each half-hour episode of this observational series brings viewers into the room as a real employer conducts real interviews with real candidates – with only one person left standing with an actual job offer from an employer.

More details to come….

Yellowhammer News Celebrates Entrepreneurial Journey of Two Maids & A Mop

History has proven that entrepreneurs who decide to get their hands dirty early on in their business’ life have a better chance of long term success. Legendary business people such as Sam Walton, Bill Gates & Howard Schultz each embodied this strategy as they built their own global enterprises.

Here at Two Maids & A Mop, our founder wanted to take a similar path and ditched his professional lab coat for a mop and a broom more than fourteen years ago. The decision to tackle the less-than-glamorous act of cleaning a home was grounded on a desire to understand everything about the business and its industry.

“I was scared to death as I entered the home of our first customer, said Ron Holt. “I had never cleaned a home, not even for myself. So it was a particularly troubling moment because my customer just assumed that I knew what I was doing. Thankfully, I survived and eventually grew to become a pretty decent cleaner. I don’t know if you can say that I loved cleaning those dirty toilets back then, but I’m certain that I wouldn’t be here today without living through the experience.”

Yellowhammer News learned of Ron’s journey and recently published a great article that chronicles his story. We’re so proud of Ron’s perseverance and excited that the world is stumbling onto our little-known secret of a business.

Make sure to check it out to learn how Ron used passion, high energy and frugality to build one of the nation’s fastest growing franchises.

Click here for the article.

Success Magazine Recognizes Two Maids & A Mop

Cleaning homes can be a dirty business. We clean everything from dirty floors to nasty toilets. But after all of those germs and dust particles are removed, a decent amount of money is left behind for the owner of a cleaning business.

Success Magazine recently profiled five entrepreneurs that tackled the dirtiest possible jobs and built successful businesses around the dirty tasks. Our CEO & Founder – Ron Holt – started out like so many other hungry entrepreneurs. He met directly with the first clients, sold them on his services and even cleaned their homes in many cases. Nothing was too dirty for him and we’re so glad that he stuck it out during those early days.

Our franchisees today are not asked to clean dirty homes, but we also won’t deter them if they ever want to pick up a broom if their business needs them in that capacity. Knowing your business at the most basic level is an essential element of building a profitable business.

Get to know Ron’s journey during the early days of Two Maids & A Mp by clicking here for the nationwide article inside Success Magazine.

CNBC Profiles The Two Maids & A Mop Story

The Two Maids & A Mop rags to riches story was recently chronicled by CNBC. The network interviewed our CEO & Founder to talk about his early days prior to starting the business and then goes on to detail the company’s new direction in franchising.

Working at the lab from 1997 to 2003, not only did Holt dream of running his own business, he also set his sights on the field he’d go into: home cleaning.

That industry had three key features that Holt believed would lead to success. First, it had the prospect of recurring revenue — a stable inflow of cash from happy customers. Second, it was a field that didn’t embrace technology, creating opportunity outside the tech-laden start-up field. Finally, how many entrepreneurs can genuinely be excited about scrubbing grout and taking out the trash? I really wanted to be in an industry that no one else wanted to be in,” he said. “Silicon Valley isn’t really chasing us because at the end of the day you got to clean dirty toilets.”

Still, Holt had plenty of competition. Large cleaning service franchises include Merry Maids, Molly Maid and MaidPro. Small mom-and-pop operations fought for customers on the local level.

In order to seed his new business, Holt put away $150,000 over seven years. He spent his days working at the lab, but would moonlight flipping burgers, cleaning for friends and installing “for sale” signs for real estate agents to drum up extra cash.

Holt also shrunk his expenses, subsisting on fish sticks and rice every night. The upside was that he had no real social life, so he saved money that way, too.

“I was in my mid-20s,” he said. “Eating fish sticks and rice wasn’t very cool.”

Once Holt scraped up enough money, he bought a small one-man cleaning service in Pensacola, Florida, on April 1, 2003. That was Two Maids & A Mop’s first location.

We love our brand’s story and are so excited that the world is now discovering the unique evolution from our mom & pop heritage into today’s version of a nationally recognized brand.

To read the story and watch the interview, please click here: CNBC Talks To Two Maids