It’s nature’s joke that we can be attracted to someone who may have a personality completely opposite ours; everyone wonders how in the world it works, but it does. Two Maids & A Mop Jackson, Mississippi franchise owners, Lydia and Will McBryde, just may be prime examples.
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 discovered Birmingham, Alabama based Two Maids & A Mop, a residential cleaning operation with more than 55 locations.
They liked the fact Two Maids & A Mop is 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 buy. 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 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! So why don’t you go ahead and give your local Two Maids & A Mop a call today and let us do the dirty work for you!
Thank you 919 Marketing for interviewing Franchisees, Will & Lydia McBryde