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Two Maids & A Mop Featured in Orlando Sentinel

After surgery, 12 rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiation sessions, Lisa Ford found she no longer had the energy or inclination to worry about scrubbing her bathtub.

“I felt like every cell in my body was under attack,” said Ford, a 50-year-old Oviedo, FL resident diagnosed with breast cancer last fall. “My focus was on surviving the biggest battle of my life.”

So two months ago, when a local home cleaning company contacted her with an offer to clean her home for free, she didn’t hesitate long.

Cleaning for a Reason, a nationwide nonprofit, put her in touch with Two Maids & A Mop of Oviedo, a for-profit franchise business that donates housecleaning services to women fighting cancer.

“It was a team of two women, and they scrubbed my house from top to bottom for four hours,” Ford said. “I was just floored. They made my house sparkle like I had not seen it sparkle in many years.”

Melody Montgomery, who opened the Seminole/Volusia franchise just five weeks ago, donated the cost of the cleaning from her own pocket — paying her staff as she would for any other job. The charitable work is a big reason she signed on with the franchise, she said.

Montgomery lost her sister-in-law to cancer two years ago. “She fought three times, but after her third cancer, she didn’t make it,” Montgomery said. “I just always felt like, ‘What can I do to make anything about this better for you? I know how much this part of your life sucks, and if I could take away one little piece of the burden — even if it’s only a Lego block out of a whole building — I would do it.’”

Cleaning for a Reason, started by a Texas woman, recruits housekeeping services across the country — 1,200 of them at last count — to help supply the labor. Since 2006, its providers have volunteered their time to clean for more than 30,200 women, services valued at about $10 million.

Two Maids & A Mop of Orlando, which covers Orange County, also participates. “I do it because I believe in the cause,” said franchise owner Anthony Truong, now in his third year with the business. “I’ve met some of these patients, and they’re not in good shape. I just can’t imagine what it’s like not to be able to fend for yourself because you have this disease, this condition you never asked for.”

Montgomery, who worked with cancer patients for eight years in her previous job running imaging centers, worries that not enough people know about the free service. Though she can only accept two patients at a time herself — each gets a thorough monthly cleaning for two months — she still wants to spread the word.

“I know I never heard of it until I signed on with the franchise, and I had spent years in all these oncology centers,” she said. “Now I’m sending out brochures to doctors’ offices.”

In Ford’s case, her 24-year-old daughter, Malia Campbell, discovered the service while researching online. If you or anyone you know is currently undergoing cancer treatment, please visit Cleaning For A Reason to learn more about the application process.

2018 Annual Franchisee Conference

                                                      MaidCon 2018 on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

Another amazing MaidCon is on the books!

MaidCon 2018 occurred during the weekend of June 15-17th down in New Orleans. The conference was a tremendous success with 98% of our franchisees attending the fun-filled event. The special event brings franchisees together for a full weekend of networking, education and entertainment. Speakers for this year’s conference talked about everything from improving the customer experience to upgrading the talent level inside a franchisee’s office. We enjoyed multiple panel discussions with franchisees from across our growing network and the roundtables again represented one of the most lively events of the weekend. The social life was active with the event being held in New Orleans and the highlight was a private-escort with a band down the lively avenues of Bourbon Street.

“I was overwhelmed by the sense of hunger and ambition inside the conference this year,” said Ron Holt, CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop. “The energy level was at an all-time high and I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference with our franchisees. Two Maids & A Mop is a true family and the hustle of our franchisees is never more evident than we’re all together talking shop. I love them and believe they are the real reason for the brand’s tremendous success.”

This year’s award winners include Lee Sheridan of Virginia Beach (Breakthrough Office of the Year), Mari Mallard of Rockville, MD (Fastest Growing Office of the Year), and Jim Torcivia of Nashville (Most Talked About Office of the Year). The biggest award of the evening is always the induction of two new members of the Pink Blazer Club. The award is given to the two franchises with the highest bottom line profit margin. Representing the 0-2 year franchises was Anthony Truong of Orlando & representing the 2+ year-old franchises was Elizabeth Lamar of Huntsville. The annual awards are always fun, but the bottom line is that these franchisees are growing their business at an extremely healthy rate due to their drive, determination and quest for success.

MaidCon brings national vendors, business experts, franchisees and our home office staff together for a fun-filled weekend of events designed to help propel every franchisee’s business for the net twelve months. It may sound like just another business conference, but it’s so much more for the people attending the show. It’s a family reunion that produces life-long memories for everyone in the Two Maids family. Go Two Maids!

The 2018 Pink Blazer Club

The Two Maids & A Mop annual franchise conference concluded this past weekend with the biggest award going to our new inductees into the Pink Blazer Club. The club represents the two franchises with the largest bottom line margin and is the highest honor in our franchise system.

This year’s inductees include Elizabeth Hayes of Huntsville, AL & Anthony Truong of Orlando, FL. Both of these franchisees have built amazing businesses with an extremely strong bottom line. Profits are the purpose of every business and we’re excited these two hard-working people have built businesses that deliver such strong cash flows. Their work ethic is unmatched and their business’ success has created so many jobs and opportunities within their respective communities. They deserve this award and we’re proud to call them franchise partners.

The Pink Blazer Club enjoys a lifetime membership, a fancy pink blazer and an amazing sun-soaked trip to a tropical destination. Congrats to Liz and Anthony on working so hard to build amazing businesses!

Two Maids & A Mop Recognized as #11 Top New Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur Magazine just announced its list of the next big brands in franchising and we’re excited to be ranked as the 11th best top new franchise in America. The list of high-flying franchises is comprised of brands that appear to be on the cusp of becoming a nationally known brand.

“Our story dates back more than 15 years ago after we opened the first office on April Fools’ Day way back in 2003,” said Ron Holt, CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop. “I opened that first office in Pensacola as a sort of business incubator. I tried just about everything until I finally landed on the best idea of my life: the now-famous Pay for Performance Plan. I’m honored for our brand to be included in this up and coming list but also reminded that we didn’t just start building this business yesterday. It’s been a long journey built on years of strategic planning and execution.”

The brands included on the list are ranked based on the scores they received in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 evaluation, which analyzes more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.

Meet Joe & Kelli Cox: Baton Rouge Franchise Owners

Kelli and Joe Cox, are proud to be products of their environment. Both grew up in small, rural towns. Joe grw up in Colquitt, Georgia while Kelli was raised in Zachary, Louisiana. Like many small town folks, both were raised by two hardworking parents that today serve as role models for them.

“We both grew up working on family farms, so we realized very early on, as kids that nothing would be handed to us in life, except the opportunity to work hard,” said Joe. “Our parents loved us enough to instill that ethic and we are now passing it on to our children. Anything of worth is worth working to get it.”

Joe is an estimator in industrial construction and Kelli is a nurse anesthetist. They are living the American dream, but wanted something more. The opportunity to own a franchise business came to mind. To have someone manage the franchise for them and enjoy the recurring income. They believed this would allow more time for their kids, as well as more volunteer hours for their church and the hospital.

“I really want to be able to give parents with newborns in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit an opportunity to take needed breaks from their emotional vigils with their babies,” Kelli said. “As a nurse, I know time in the NICU can get pretty intense. If I can be there just to either hold or rock those babies for a while, to help those parents, it would be such a blessing to me.”

Kelli and Joe researched several franchise business opportunities, but it was a “Colquitt Connection” that got them started with Two Maids & A Mop.

“Ron Holt, the CEO and Founder of Two Maids & A Mop, was a couple of years ahead of me in high school in Colquitt,” remembers Joe. “I had read an article about Ron’s story that talked about the challenges he faced when he started Two Maids & A Mop and how it eventually grew to be become the most successful franchise residential cleaning company in the country. I got so fired up, I called him that day!”

That first conversation was a game changer for Joe. “I was so impressed with not only Ron’s proven systems and processes to help franchisees grow their business quickly, but also his desire for EVERYONE in the organization to be successful. He and the home office really care about our success. You can just feel the love every time you talk with anyone inside the home office.”

Joe says one way to capitalize on that success is spring cleaning season. He says his Two Maids & A Mop team scores big every year.

“This is our Super Bowl! People either want to experience our deep clean for the first time or maybe they might be selling a home and want one of our move-out cleaning jobs,” Joe explains. “There’s nothing like a fresh, clean, sweet-smelling home at the start of Spring. After customers experience the wow factor of our proven, systematic cleaning processes, a one-time customer becomes a returning client, which is a touchdown for us.”

The Two Maids & A Mop Pay for Performance Plan is another part of what draws customers in. There’s nothing like it in the industry. It’s a proven difference maker when it comes to the competition.

What does the Two Maids & Mop’s Pay For Performance Plan look like?

  • Customers rate their cleaning on 1 to 10 scale.
  • Rating is applied to pay scale Two Maids & A Mop uses to pay employees.
  • Employees entire paycheck is determined by the customer rating.

“Pay for Performance is a terrific way to incentivize and help our teams bond to do the best possible job on EVERY job,” Joe said. “The clients love it too, because they have more control and input. It’s a win-win!”

Kelli and Joe opened their Baton Rouge cleaning service franchise two years ago, just in time for the flooding that devastated the area in 2016. Joe calls it a testing time. He says the flood knocked them down, but not out. Today, they have grown the franchise to nine employees, including a manager who oversees the operation. According to Joe, they are in the black and are on track to reach their franchise goals.

But according to Kelli, it’s not all about financial rewards.

“Let’s face it, cleaning houses is not the most glamorous business, but we look at it as a way to serve others and truly make a difference. We are giving families something very precious — time. Either time to spend with their kids, time to spend with each other or time to spend traveling or on hobbies. This gives us such a wonderful feeling of fulfillment!”

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.

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.