Moving and junk removal franchise opens new location in Detroit area
Q&A with new College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving franchisee Gloria Beckley
As a former manager of an ice cream shop, you could say that Gloria Beckley was living the sweet life. But after more than a decade with a well-known ice cream franchise, she decided it was time to open her own business.
At first, Beckley considered purchasing the franchise that she worked at, using her experience as a finance professional to investigate more closely. But she quickly realized that was not the opportunity she was looking for.
That’s when she discovered College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving. She was attracted to the company’s business model, growth potential, their concept of building future leaders and all the different levels of support the company offers its franchisees.
This is her story.
What were you doing before becoming a College Hunks franchisee?
I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and I worked in different companies for a number of years doing customer service, accounting, collections and a little computer support. When I got laid off the last time, I became a manager at an ice cream shop franchise and I liked being in charge. I was there for 10 years. I got a lot experience hiring, firing and managing staff.
Why did you decide you wanted to do something new?
Well, the owner for the ice cream franchise was looking to sell the shop and I was considering purchasing it, because I always wanted to have my own business. But I didn’t really see the opportunity I was looking for. So, I got in contact with the Better Business Administration and they referred me to a franchise consultant who presented me with a number of opportunities. Of course, College Hunks was one and the more I looked into it, the more I liked the business model and the culture. I went down to Discovery Day and I really liked it and here I am!
What was it about College Hunks that attracted you?
The opportunity, the 1-800 number, the idea of building leaders. I really like all the different levels of support College Hunks offers. Also, the marketing and how they try to capture the market share.
What are your goals for the business?
The overall plan is that I do this for at least 10-15 years and then I’ll retire. It’s something I want to do until I retire.
How was the training for you as a new franchisee?
The training was excellent. They train you on everything from the Hunkwear to the office set-up, what to look for when choosing a location and hiring, for example. Our Franchise Ramp Up Coach, Laura, has been very helpful. You also get a lot of tips from your fellow franchisees. That’s very nice.
So, there’s a camaraderie among franchisees?
Yes! Of course, there’s a little bit of competition because you always want to be the best. But, it’s not like a cutthroat thing. Everybody helps each other.
How did you choose your location?
At first, when I was choosing my territory, I wanted to be located in the area where I live, but another franchise already had that area. It turns out that where I landed is a real growth area. I have Livingston County, Southwestern Oakland County, part of Northwest Detroit, part of Wayne, Livonia, Redford, Novi and Brighton. These are all very good growth prospects.
What’s been the reaction from family and friends when you told them what you’re doing?
Very enthusiastic with lots of offers to spread the word, so it’s been great!
What’s your business address and phone number?
We’re at 25334 Five Mile Road, Redford, MI 48239. Our phone number is (313) 528-2818. Give us a call and our Hunks will haul!
Is there anyone else helping you out in the business?
Well, when I expand into moving, I plan on hiring Michael Sanders, my retired police officer boyfriend, as my estimator. (laughing) I figure if he can talk people into getting into a police car, he can talk people into a few hundred dollars on a job.
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