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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

 

Two Maids & A Mop Featured in Delta Sky Magazine

Two Maids & A Mop is proud to be featured in this month’s edition of Delta Sky magazine. The story talks about the franchising industry and why it’s so lucrative for entrepreneurs interested in building a business without having to deal with all of the typical startup headaches.

“Every business encounters a pivotal moment at some point in its life”, said Ron Holt, CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop. For Two Maids & A Mop, our moment occurred several years ago when we switched from a corporate growth strategy to franchise growth. It was a big move at the time and one we thought long and hard about. But truthfully, it should have been a much easier decision because our life has never been the same since the switch. Today, we work with our franchise partners to build a great business and our motivations are all on the same page. Both of us want to build a successful business and our relationship runs in perfect harmony as a result.”

To read the rest of the story, please click here: Delta Sky Magazine Article.

 

CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop Talks About His Journey

                                                 A Photo of Ron During The Early Days at Two Maids & A Mop

The Two Maids & A Mop story was shared recently by our CEO & Founder, Ron Holt. Ron discusses his early beginnings with the original location and also talks about the never-ending battle to build the largest, most innovative residential cleaning company in America.

“My journey started a long time ago inside a 250 square foot office space. I can still remember the wood-paneled walls and cheap office furniture, ” said Ron Holt. “But it was my little baby and I just knew that the business was going to grow into a legitimate national brand. I’m so fortunate to have lived through those tough early days and humbled by our success today.”

If you’re considering a franchise opportunity with Two Maids & A Mop, and truly want to know how our leadership thinks, please check out the 40 minute interview on the Middle Market Thought Leader Podcast series.

Here is a link to the full interview: Middle Market Thought Leader Interview.

Entrepreneur Magazine Names Two Maids & A Mop One of Top Franchises For Veterans

The 2017 list of top franchises for veterans to own was recently published by Entrepreneur Magazine. The designation was earned after interviews with actual franchise owners and by also accessing veteran-based incentives for the franchise opportunity. More than 1,000 franchise opportunities were surveyed.

“We have multiple veterans participating in our franchise network and we’re proud they have chosen us to help create a better financial future”, said David Luke, COO of Two Maids & A Mop. “Our doors will always be open to veterans. They believe in systems, work tirelessly inside their business and serve as great leaders in their community and workplace.”

Two Maids & A Mop is a member of VetFran, a membrship-only group supported by the International Franchise Association. The group connects veterans with franchise opportunities and each member agrees to offer some type of financial incentive to a prospective franchisee. More than 6,500 servicemen and women have become franchisees and more are being added every month through the IFA’s VetFran program.

Two Maids & A Mop offers a 10% discount towards the initial franchise fee to any veteran of the US armed forces. To check out this year’s list of veteran-friendly franchises, click here for the Entrepreneur Magazine list.

Two Maids & A Mop Selected As Top 50 Franchise in America

Two Maids & A Mop is proud to announce that our brand has been selected as one of the Top 50 Franchises to Own in America. The list was compiled by Franchise Business Review, one of the nations most respected franchise industry magazines. There are lots of “top franchise” lists out there, but Franchise Business Review’s annual Franchisee Satisfaction Award is the only franchise ranking based on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance. For this year’s top franchise list, the magazine surveyed over 30,000 actual franchise owners, representing 334 leading franchise brands, to identify the Top 50 Franchises to own in America.

“We’re honored to be included in this exclusive group for the second consecutive year:, said Ron Holt, CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop. “Our brand has been recognized so many times over the years but this particular designation is most impressive since the award is determined after receiving actual feedback from our franchise owners.”

A full list of the 2017 Top 50 Franchises to Own can be found by clicking on this link: Franchise Business Review Top 50.

Two Maids & A Mop & Cleaning For A Reason

                                                                       Marnie Millard of Washington, DC

Two Maids & A Mop is a proud partner with the national non-profit organization called Cleaning for A Reason. Our partnership with the charitable organization allows us the unique opportunity to provide free cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment.

“I can still remember the first time we ever cleaned the home of a cancer patient at no cost”, said Ron Holt, CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop. “The patient desperately needed our services and we walked out of the home better people because of the service. So much emotion was shared during that visit and I’ll never forget it.”

Two Maids & A Mop has long been known for its innovative Pay for Performance Plan. But we believe that our brand stands for much than just a business earning profits. We pride ourselves in taking the lead within our industry and hope that our experience with Cleaning for A Reason enables other cleaning companies to join the movement.

Please take the time to watch a phenomenal interview with our Washington, DC franchisee on their local ABC News affiliate: Two Maids & Cleaning for A Reason.

Two Maids & A Mop Awards First College Scholarship

The success generated by our fast growth has created so many opportunities for our franchisees, franchise network employees and home office employees. A little over one year ago, we made a strategic decision to use our success in other ways beyond just earning profits. We wanted to give back to our communities by empowering the families of our franchise network employees. The first ever Two Maids College Scholarship was then born and a full year of applications from hundreds of people were accepted shortly after the inception of the program.

The 500+ employees working inside our franchise network have been anxiously awaiting to hear results from our initial round of applications. And just yesterday, we had the pleasure of awarding our first-ever scholarship to Megan Sandoval, the daughter of a long-time employee in Huntsville, AL.

Megan was shocked to hear the news and almost every emotion poured out once she learned of the scholarship. Local news stations heard of our story and were on-site to capture the moment when Megan received the big news. Check it out by clicking here: Two Maids Scholarship.

CEO of Two Maids & A Mop Profiled in Leading Newspaper

Ron Holt was recently interviewed by AL.com; a leading newspaper magazine representing markets throughout the state of Alabama. The interview chronicled Ron’s journey from a small startup into today’s fast-growth towards a nationally recognized brand.

“There are another 250 markets we can enter in the U.S.,” Holt said. “We’re getting close to being sold out in the southeast, but it’s wide open in the northeast and out west.” The residential cleaning service franchise already has 46 locations, which includes the corporate location in Birmingham. “We are the fastest growing residential cleaning service in the country,” he said. “When we had one store, we had the same vision and people thought we were crazy. But we believed in it then, and we believe in it now.” Those plans present a big growth curve, but Holt said he feels the company is equipped internally to make the leap. Using its on-demand scheduling, Two Maids & A Mop sees itself as a “disruptor” business, like Uber.

The Two Maids & A Mop story has been recognized by more than 50 leading publications; from CNN Money, Fox News, Forbes, Success, Yahoo News, Better Homes & Garden, Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazine. To read the entire AL.com interview, please click the following link:  Two Maids CEO Interview.