Why Franchising Is The Solution To Corporate Burnout

Corporate Burnout Is Just The Start for Many Workers

It wasn’t until recently that we’ve been able to talk openly about corporate burnout. In the past, workers were made to feel it was a normal and expected part of the job to put in long hours, endure constant stress, and never be able to put work away. Many workers were even reluctant to question these supposed norms, fearing there would always be someone else willing to take their place. Behind the scenes, however, corporate burnout took many forms: chronic depression, feelings of emptiness, weight gain, substance abuse, physical exhaustion, irritable outbursts, mental fatigue – just to name a few of the many associated symptoms.

Many factors may contribute to corporate burnout, too – heavy workloads, long hours, unhealthy work-life balance, or feeling like you have no control over your work. Indeed, research suggests many workers feel this is a result of unclear job expectations, dysfunctional workplaces, lack of support, and feelings of isolation at work. The Mayo Clinic put together a list to ask yourself if you think you are experiencing corporate burnout: Have you become cynical at work? Do you have trouble finding the motivation to get started for the day? Is it hard to concentrate? Are you dissatisfied with your achievements? Have you become irritable with co-workers and clients? Any of these can be a sign you are suffering from burnout.

Fortunately, corporate burnout is now being talked about in the mainstream. In 2019, the World Health Organization recognized the affliction in the “International Classification of Diseases.” And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, workers have left their previous jobs in record numbers, in favor of new employment opportunities with healthier work-life balances. More than ever before, American workers are fed up with the unnecessary and unrewarding demands of corporate jobs, and are seeking out more meaningful, rewarding, and downright fun career paths.

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The Great Resignation

While corporate burnout isn’t new, the events of the past two years have led us to what’s known as “The Great Resignation.” In 2021 alone, about 47.5 million people voluntarily quit their job – an unprecedented record amount – looking for better work during the pandemic. Even now, this trend shows no signs of slowing down: currently, about 40 percent of employees are considering leaving their job, according to a report in Fortune magazine.

So why are workers quitting their jobs? A Pew Research Center study found most workers cited low pay, a lack of opportunities for advancement, and feeling disrespected at work as the top reasons why they left their places of employment. Respondents in the survey listed they were looking for a better work-life balance and more flexibility. If we’ve learned anything the past two years, it’s that long-standing issues with corporate workplaces were exacerbated, and came to a boiling point, during the pandemic, leading to record shifts in the American workforce.

Franchising Is The Answer

Leaving the corporate world behind, American workers are increasingly choosing to realize their dreams of small business ownership and be their own boss through the benefits of franchising. Case in point: over 17,000 new franchise locations were added in the US in the past year, according to the International Franchise Association.

“Overall, it has been a long and difficult time, but the franchise industry has made it through to the other side,” Forbes magazine wrote. “Now, as more and more people look to take control of their destiny through entrepreneurship, and customers return to their pre-pandemic habits, it is an incredibly exciting time to be a part of the franchise industry.”

Let’s look at why franchising is the preferred choice for aspiring entrepreneurs. For one, franchise owners have all the freedoms of making judgment calls and decisions that are right for their business, while at the same time, having the backing support of a franchise network. To that end, franchisees truly have unlimited profit potential. With a proven strategy and solid business plan in place, franchise owners are provided the groundwork for their investment. With unlimited training and support on operational aspects like technology and marketing, franchise owners have the capacity to focus on growth.

Sport Clips Haircuts is the Perfect Franchise to Fight Corporate Burnout

Sport Clips Haircuts has a long and proven track record of helping entrepreneurs seek greater freedom, a more flexible lifestyle, and a solid foundational future. It’s why so many aspiring entrepreneurs have abandoned the corporate world and chose to invest in Sport Clips as a path to business ownership.

How do we do it? Sport Clips’ business model is manager-style, meaning you work on – and not in – the business, hiring store managers who oversee day-to-day operations. As a result, you have the freedom and flexibility to grow your business, develop and implement marketing strategies, and take care of administrative duties on the back end. Team Leaders are expected to spend only 10-15 hours on their stores per week, which allows for the opportunity for multi-unit ownership.

“Sport Clips was designed from day one to be a multi-unit opportunity,” says Jim Atkinson, vice president of franchise development. “This was never set up to an individual unit where someone buys a job for the rest of their lives. Our business model is very simple: we cut hair. We built our business model to scale, and we have all the resources to scale quickly and effectively. We know when you should add resources and when to build additional infrastructure. Whether you want to scale up to three stores, five stores, 10 stores, or beyond, we have a plan that can help you get there.”

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If you’re burned out in the corporate world and want all the freedoms of owning your own business, Sport Clips is the best bet investment for you. American workers are demanding more out of their careers, and Sport Clips offers a flexible, rewarding, and healthy work-life balance with the opportunity to earn big. To learn more, visit our research pages here or request more information by filling out our form here.

Franchise Culture Contributes To Franchisee Satisfaction

A Strong Franchise Culture Means Strong Franchisees

A franchise’s culture is, at its core, the ethical codes and values a company lives by. Just as important, it’s how potential franchisees know whether they are a right fit when deciding which brand to invest in. When defining a franchise culture, many factors are at play – brand values, policies, procedures, ethics, goals, and attitudes. At the end of the day, these operating principals make up a company’s character and work environment. Increasingly, a strong culture is important not only for the success of the business, but also for the strength of the franchisee. According to a study by Deloitte, 94 percent of executives and 88 percent of employees believe a distinct workplace culture is important to a business’s success.

In practice, a strong franchise culture goes beyond just a mission statement or employee manual. According to Forbes magazine, “It’s those things and more. It’s a set of very often at least partially unwritten rules about how the franchisor and franchisee work together as a whole to deliver what’s written down, how they communicate with each other, how they support each other, interrelate and behave with each other, and what’s expected of them individually and overall. The culture of the franchise is what should keep the franchise team together as just that – a team.”

A clear culture is a win-win. For the franchisee, they know from the outset whether they are a match for a particular company and its business style. For the franchisor, defined expectations and leadership goals help steer the company in the right direction. That’s why Sport Clips Haircuts has spent years meticulously building its franchise culture, by setting out clear expectations, policies, and values. For nearly three decades, Sport Clips has followed a well-defined mission statement and clear vision, and makes sure its executive team and franchisees exemplify it. As a result, Sport Clips has earned one of the best brand reputations in the country and continues to be a highly sought-after investment for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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The Sport Clips Franchise Story

Sport Clips was founded on a bright idea in a landscape of opportunity. In 1993, Gordon Logan, an industry veteran who had been in the salon industry for years, saw a gap in the hair care service market: no one was catering to specifically men and boys’ haircuts. One location in Austin, Texas methodically grew into a nationally recognized brand, which now boasts nearly 1,900 locations open in every U.S. state, as well as in Canada. Through it all, Sport Clips’ growth is due to the company’s values: do  what’s right, do your best, and treat others the way they want to be treated.

“Our values aren’t just words on the wall,” says Allyson Young, chief people officer. “We live these values every day – and they’re true, timeless values. It’s so important that everyone in our organization aligns with our culture, because we only win with everyone on board. Everyone in this organization has an essential role to play, and we’re accountable to each other. If we’re successful at the store level, the entire brand is successful.”

To maintain a strong culture, Sport Clips is highly selective in making sure franchisees are a good fit and will ensure the integrity of the brand. Every year, franchisees come together at a “National Huddle” to work as one team with a shared goal: to make Sport Clips the strongest, most exciting franchise in the industry. The 2022 huddle theme “Dare to Be” challenged Team Leaders to enhance training programs for stylists, advance technology for the franchise and clients, and to also think of ways to renew their commitment to philanthropy. Giving back has been key to Sport Clips, and its “Haircuts with Heart” program focuses on national philanthropic partnerships, while encouraging franchisees to take on charity efforts of their own.

“In any business, the competitive advantage is the people who make up the organization,” says Gordon Logan, Sport Clips founder and chairman. “We’re looking for people with passion and people who love people. We’re looking for people who want to build teams and see their teams succeed. If we can attract the Team Leaders that focus on their teams, that’s the right fit. We believe success flows up.”

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Sport Clips boasts one of the most renowned franchise stories in the nation, with a strong culture that has defined its growth. As a result, our franchisee satisfaction rate is at an all-time high due to a clear and well-defined franchise culture that gives our Team Leaders a voice and and allows them to feel heard.

To learn more about Sport Clips’ franchise culture, visit our research pages here. If you’re ready to start a conversation with our franchise team, fill out our form here. One of our team members will be in touch with a copy of our Franchise Information Report.

Sport Clips Haircuts Showcased for MVP Experience

MVP Experience Getting Attention

Making clients feel like they’re special and receiving first-class service is no easy task, but Sport Clips Haircuts has perfected the craft. Recently, Franchising.com acknowledged Sport Clips’ famed MVP Experience and how it makes the wildly popular hair care provider stand out as a fan favorite. When a client comes into a Sport Clips location for MVP service, they are greeted with a hot steamed towel, massaging shampoo, and neck and shoulder treatment, as well as a precision haircut. Now, Sport Clips has released a new addition that’s already become a hit – a proprietary custom blend of organic scents.

“When our clients come in, we’ve found that even if they’re in a hurry, they want to feel relaxed while they’re getting a haircut,” says Edward Logan, Sport Clips CEO and president. “We introduced the MVP service in 2005, 12 years after we opened our first store in 1993. Through years of perfecting the processes in becoming the pros in men’s hair, we’ve found the addition of ‘scent’ enhances the client experience and allows the relaxation to begin soon after they walk in the door.”

Sport Clips has found soothing scents improve a client’s overall experience. Now when a client visits their local Sport Clips, the hot steamed towel that’s applied to the face during the MVP is infused with a relaxing blend, such as chamomile, lavender, and eucalyptus. As an added bonus: the scents are plant-based and all natural. Already it’s proven to be a successful service: 82 percent of clients surveyed in product testing said the new scent improves the MVP experience.

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Sport Clips Always Evolving

Sport Clips is proud to have grown to nearly 1,900 locations since it was founded in 1993, but that doesn’t mean the franchise has become complacent. Instead, Sport Clips is always looking for ways to evolve and adapt to client needs and desires.

Among our many new and innovative ideas, Sport Clips’ online check-in platform makes it easy for clients to check in for their service on their phones, tablets, or laptops. Then, when they arrive, their name is on a digital wallboard, so they can see when “on deck” for their haircut. In recent months, Sport Clips has invested heavily in new technology and marketing strategies to make sure we’re ahead of the curve and ahead of competitors. As part of Sports Clips ingrained culture, we make a point to include franchisee input, because who knows better how to improve our business model than the people running it day to day?

Sport Clips is primed for growth, but not just growth for growth’s sake – we place a high value on strategic growth, only opening where it makes sense for the strongest likelihood for success. Our franchisees have also invested in multi-unit ownership in record numbers, expanding their footprint and diversifying their revenue stream. Now, Sport Clips is offering opportunities in prime markets across the U.S.

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Sport Clips has mastered providing an unparalleled, first-in-class experience for our clients, and it shows. Sport Clips has become one of the nation’s largest franchises for hair care and is expecting strong growth and expansion over the next few years, while adapting to the future of client behaviors.

If you’re ready to invest during this exciting time, visit our research pages here. If you’re ready to start a conversation with our franchise team, start by filling out our form here. We look forward to hearing from you!

New Franchise Location Built on Teamwork

Game On: How Two Families Joined Forces to Open Sport Clips Haircuts Newest Franchise Location

With close to 2,000 locations all over the U.S. and in Canada, Sport Clips Haircuts is one of the top-rated men’s hair franchises globally. As an investment opportunity, owning a Sport Clips franchise is a great diversifying tool for entrepreneurs seeking to build wealth. Two separate husband and wife teams, Jai Thar and Sweta Shah, and Varun and Chhavi Suri, were two such couples looking for their next venture in business when they met and went through the Sport Clips Discovery Days process. Today, they have joined forces and are on schedule to open the newest franchise location of Sport Clips Haircuts Franchise in Columbus, Ohio. The two couples, and their road to opening their franchise, are outstanding examples of the opportunity Sport Clips Haircuts gives to prospective franchisees.

From Corporate Workers to Franchise Owners

sport clips new franchise location owners thar suriLong before the two couples met and decided to join the Sport Clips team, Jai worked in informational technology for Fortune 500 companies. Similarly, Varun Suri also held executive positions for many years, but as time went on, both couples decided the best way forward was to begin exploring possibilities for building a franchise while maintaining their current jobs.

“Our wives were actually instrumental in looking for ownership opportunities and diversifying our portfolio options,” Varun explained. “Both of us shared the vision that we didn’t want to reinvent the wheel when it came to building a business. We wanted to follow a successful model and use our skills to run the finances and the overall business. Investing in the Sport Clips’ franchise gave us the power to do just that.”

With both couples being savvy in their business experience, a lot of homework was done before purchasing the franchise. “We looked at a few options, but as we went through the immersive onboarding process, we found the information Sport Clips provided was very transparent,” Varun said. “They took the time to clarify expectations, and together we determined if we were the right fit for each other.”

Sold on Support

Both couples met with other Sport Clips Team Leaders (franchisees) and went to different Sport Clips stores to gain as much knowledge as possible about the brand. “Meeting with the entire Sport Clips team made the decision for me,” Jai said. “The support was outstanding.” The Sport Clips franchising model encompasses a complete and innovative launch process for new owners. The company has poured hours of time and resources into giving owners, stylists, and team members the most up-to-date and tech savvy training in the industry. So, when you join the Sport Clips family, you are really joining a team of champions who are ready to pour time and energy back right back into you.

“We saw the difference with our own eyes,” Varun explained. “The experience was so refreshing. Our wives loved the process, and they felt heard and listened to from the very beginning. When my wife learned that in the world of male grooming, owners could make a real impact in their communities and in the lives of those they employ, she said ‘game on.’”

Jai, Sweta, Varun and Chhavi will be game-ready when their franchise opens later this year. “We are so keen to get this going,” Varun said. The four franchise owners are at the finish line of their prep work and are eagerly awaiting the kick-off of their franchise investment later this year.

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If you or someone you know is interested in making the move into franchising, Sport Clips is looking for enthusiastic entrepreneurs interested in investing in their future. For more information, visit our research pages here. If you’re ready to start a conversation about investing in a new franchise location with Sport Clips, fill out our form here and we’ll be in touch!

Why Sport Clips Haircuts Beats Food Franchise Opportunities

Sport Clips vs Food Franchise Opportunities

Labor shortages, an oversaturated market, poor hours, food inventory – increasingly, food franchise opportunities face extreme challenges and uncertainties that are intrinsic to their business model. That’s why aspiring entrepreneurs looking for best bet investments have turned to Sport Clips Haircuts, the nation’s leading hair care franchise for men & boys. A Sport Clips franchise is an easy-to-use business model that’s recession resistant, has better hours, and more flexibility for owners. Sport Clips has emerged as the brand to beat.

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So why does Sport Clips outcompete food franchises as a best bet opportunity? We’ll narrow it down to four main reasons: a superior business model, a service that is recession-resistant, incredible flexibility for franchisees, and a smart and responsible growth plan that benefits not only Sport Clips, but also individual franchisees. Let’s break it down a little further.

Business Model

For starters, food franchises are incredibly complex to run. Food franchise owners must bank on high volume to bring in profits. Plus, you have to take into account the ever-shifting cost of food, rent, staff, training, and utilities, to name a few. Restaurant owners also have to worry about food spoilage, volatile food cost, and food safety concerns.

Sport Clips franchises, on the other hand, boast a business model that’s simple in nature, with minimal inventory to track. As compared to food franchises, Sport Clips owners don’t have to worry about throwing away profits (spoiled food) or E. Coli outbreaks or other food safety concerns. Our franchisees are freed up to focus on growth and profits. Time and again, hair care has proven to be a more efficient and simpler model that is need based.

Recession-resistant

Sport Clips also boasts the edge over food franchises when it comes to the unknowns life throws at you, such as recessions. For one, haircuts can’t be outsourced or automated, which means our services will always be in demand, no matter the economy. As a result, Sport Clips continues to open stores in strategic locations in growing markets and focus on quality locations over quantity. During the 2008 – 2011 economic downtown, Sport Clips continued to grow responsibly and continued to be positioned well at the high end of the value space. As full service and luxury priced salons declined during that period, Sport Clips was proud to continue to grow while providing a value added service at a reasonable price!

If that wasn’t enough, Sport Clips also isn’t subject to commodity pricing that wildly fluctuates in times of recession. Simply put: our franchisees are not at the mercy of inflation or price increases as restaurants are. As we saw over the past two years during the pandemic, food franchises are especially vulnerable to lockdowns. Sport Clips, on the other hand, not only survived the pandemic, but experienced an unprecedented comeback after restrictions were lifted, as customers were beyond eager to get back in the barber chair.

Flexibility

Think of a restaurant owner, and what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Stress! It’s no secret – food franchise operators work long, chaotic hours. Even when the restaurant is closed to the public, managers and staff are either prepping for the day or cleaning up at night. It’s almost a 24/7 operation, which means little flexibility for franchisees. You can kiss those dreams of semi-absentee ownership goodbye.

Sport Clips franchise owners, however, can set their own hours and, because of our simple business model, can focus their time and effort on the growth of the company. With managers handling the day-to-day, Sport Clips’ semi-absentee/manager-run business model gives franchise owners the opportunity to focus on the business growth and leave day-to-day management to your trusted team. No salon experience is necessary!

Responsible growth plan

On top of it all, whereas restaurants can be found on every corner, Sport Clips has a responsible growth plan in place, adding quality locations every year. In 2021, for instance, it was estimated there were more than 188,400 quick-service franchise restaurants and over 32,000 full-service restaurant franchises in the U.S. Indeed, some of the biggest names in the food franchise industry base their entire business on unmitigated growth, no matter the health of individual franchisees.

At Sport Clips, we maintain high standards for responsible growth, making sure all our franchisees have the opportunity to thrive. It’s one of the many reasons why Sport Clips was ranked as the top hair care franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and is one of top 25 franchise brands in the country. We take care of our people, and help our franchises reach their full growth potential by becoming multi-unit owners.

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There are so many reasons why entrepreneurs looking for a smart, lucrative investment chose Sport Clips. If you’d like to learn more about the exciting franchise opportunities at Sport Clips, please visit our research pages here. If you’re ready to start a conversation about investing in a Sport Clips franchise, fill out our form here. We’ll be in touch with a copy of our complimentary Franchise Information Report.

Sport Clips Haircuts National Huddle Celebrates Store Growth

A Commitment To Store Growth

Huddles aren’t just for the football field. For years, Sport Clips Haircuts has hosted an annual National Huddle to bring franchisees (Team Leaders) and their Team Members from across the country together to create a sense of teamwork, come up with innovative ideas, and work as a group toward problem solving. The 2022 Sport Clips Haircuts National Huddle theme was “Dare To Be” to challenge Team Leaders and Team Members to strive for greatness.

“The Sport Clips brand is strong, and the excitement for the future is even stronger. We were thrilled to have three thousand franchisees, stylists, support team members and supplier partners gathered in Nashville, with everyone focused on serving our clients as the pros in men’s hair,” says Edward Logan, Sport Clips CEO and president. “The Huddle theme of ‘Dare to Be’ is defined by our enhanced training for stylists, advancements in our technology to better serve our clients, and a renewed commitment to philanthropy to position Sport Clips.”

At the Huddle, Team Members discussed that 2022 was on track to have the highest number of store openings since 2018. Sport Clips is also the only national hair care provider, with more locations now than in 2019. It was also shown that new franchisees are coming from more diverse backgrounds than ever, with an increase in veteran franchisees since 2020 (who now represent 12% of the system). And, according to a client survey, Sport Clips ranked the highest out of any hair care brand as the one customers would recommend, with one of the best in-store experiences.

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At Sport Clips, we want our Team Leaders to have every resource available to grow their business, as well as thrive and prosper over the long term. Because you take on a manager-style role, we make sure you have all the tools, resources, and coaching you need to be an effective behind-the-scenes owner. That starts with helping you hire and develop a great team, how to manage staff, setting clear expectations of everyone’s role, and how to market effectively and engage with your community. Once you’ve mastered your first location, we’ve seen countless Team Leaders go onto multi-unit ownership.

Growth is what Sport Clips is all about. Even with almost 1,900 locations across the U.S., we still have room to grow and prime markets available. Sport Clips takes great care to have a very strategic approach to growth. We make sure locations are a perfect fit for the brand, the franchise owner and the communities they serve. We make this process as easy as possible with a business model that’s scalable by design. Some of our most successful franchise owners have grown from one store to five in no time.

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Sport Clips is not only committed to store growth, it’s committed to smart store growth. We have a strategic growth plan in place that’s identified the markets with the most potential. Now, we’re looking for the right Team Leaders to hit the ground running.

To learn more, we invite you to fill out our form here. One of our dedicated franchise team members will be in touch with a copy of our Franchise Information Report. We can’t wait to start a conversation with you!

Why A Hair Salon Franchise Is A Good Investment

The Time To Franchise Is Now

After two years of financial uncertainty in the U.S. the hair salon franchise system is ready to go. Indeed, according to Forbes magazine, 2022 has been dubbed “The Year of the Franchise.”

“The last 18 to 24 months of the pandemic have been challenging for many businesses, but data shows the franchise industry is thriving,” Forbes reported. “After nearly two years of economic uncertainty, more and more people are following their entrepreneurial dreams and taking control of their destiny through business ownership.”

Franchising is proving to be the preferred option for so many aspiring entrepreneurs who want to run their own business, and it’s not hard to see why. Franchising holds less of a risk than starting a business from scratch. You will know the range of how much it’s going to cost to start operating your first store and there’s a tried and true business model in place that’s easy to follow. You also benefit from all the brand recognition and backing support of a franchisor. As we head into the second half of 2022, the franchise system is without a doubt a best bet investment for motivated and energetic candidates who want to run their own business.

Why the Hair Salon Franchise Industry?

The hair salon industry has seen an incredible recovery since businesses started to reopen after the pandemic. Clearly, customers are eager to get back into salons and barbershops. According to one industry study, nearly 80% of consumers said that regular salon and spa services are critical to regain a sense of normalcy as the world reopens.

And we’re seeing this translate into revenues. According to IBIS World, for instance, the hair salon industry generated nearly $40 billion in the U.S. in 2021. A separate study from Trafft projected the market could hit $87 billion by 2023.

“Sport Clips is stronger than ever before,” says Edward Logan, CEO of Sport Clips. “We’ve proven that we’re not only recession-resistant, but we’re also pandemic-resistant. This is a very stable business with steady cash flow and straightforward business model. Now is a great time to invest in Sport Clips as we head into 2022.”

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How Much Do You Need to Start?

Sport Clips is a low cost investment with the potential for high returns, with initial investment costs ranging from $266,300-$439,500 for one store. This includes everything you need to get started – initial franchise fee, costs of build out, marketing expenses, and six months of working capital. You also have access to our proven business model and all the training and support you need to run a SportClips franchise.

Sport Clips now boasts more than 1,800 locations, with hundreds of entrepreneurs thriving. After surviving shutdowns and capacity restrictions, Sport Clips has rebounded, with some of the best years for revenues on record. We’re only positioned for more growth as the world reopens.

Recurring Revenue Stream

One of the most important aspects of a successful hair salon is repeat, loyal customers. At Sport Clips, we make a point to build relationships with our customers, through pairing them with the right stylist, taking an interest in their life during service, offering rewards programs, and making sure to schedule their next appointment when their haircut is done. This way we make sure every customer feels like they made a connection and are sure to come back for more.

Can’t Be Outsourced

In business, there are few services that just can’t be outsourced or replaced by true, in-person quality service, and hair care is atop the list. There’s simply no alternative for getting your hair cut than visiting your local salon and having that face-to-face interaction with stylists we all know and love. That’s why investing in an industry that won’t be going away anytime soon is a best bet investment opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Easy To Scale

The Sport Clips business model is also an easy franchise to grow, and opening your second or third unit is incredibly attainable with our proven business plan. Our platform provides a way for our Team Leaders to manage multi-units, making it easy for our Team Leaders to scale their business. In fact, Sport Clips is home to several double-digit owners who have 10 to 40 stores open.

“Sport Clips was designed from day one to be a multi-unit opportunity,” says Jim Atkinson, Vice President of Franchise Development. “This was never set up to be an individual unit where someone buys a job for the rest of their lives. Our business model is very simple: we cut hair. We built our business model to scale, and we have all the resources to scale quickly and effectively. We know when you should add resources and when to build additional infrastructure. Whether you want to scale up to three stores, five stores, 10 stores, or beyond, we have a plan that can help you get there.”

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With the franchise system on fire, and hair salons making an unprecedented comeback, now is an amazing time to invest in a Sport Clips franchise. We offer a low cost investment with the potential for high returns, all with a proven business model that has launched hundreds of entrepreneurs into business ownership.

To learn more, visit our research pages here. To start a conversation with our franchise team, fill out our form here and we’ll be in touch with our complimentary franchise information report.

Sport Clips Supports Childhood Cancer Research

Sport Clips Donates to help Fund Childhood Cancer Research

Sport Clips recently announced a $1 million donation to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants, over the next three years. This is the third million-dollar commitment Sport Clips has made to St. Baldrick’s since the partnership began in 2016. Through both financial contributions and supporting St. Baldrick’s shave events with stylist volunteers, the brand commits itself to providing critical funding and support to advance promising childhood cancer research.

“Through our Haircuts With Heart program, we believe in creating opportunities for Sport Clips team members to give back,” says Edward Logan, Sport Clips president and CEO. “So many talented Sport Clips stylists and franchisees volunteer their time in local communities to support St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events to help the cause of funding childhood cancer research at the local level. We are proud to continue our support of St. Baldrick’s and the efforts and the work of the foundation.”

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Sport Clips, A Franchise That Gives Back

Sport Clips has a long and storied history in supporting important causes and charities, with a specific focus on veteran causes. Philanthropy is one of the foundational core practices implemented when the brand was created in 1993. Since 2013, Sport Clips has contributed $10 million to fund more than 2,200 scholarships through the VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program. Sport Clips is the primary sponsor of Dream Flights, which provides flights to senior veterans in a Boeing Stearman biplane.

Through the Gratitude Initiative, Sport Clips helps the organization provide educational support and college scholarships to children of military service members, veterans, disabled veterans and those killed in defense of our country. Sport Clips also partners with the Aleethia Foundation, which provides assistance to injured service members and their caregivers, and regularly donates to other veteran organizatiosn including Honor Flight Network (Austin) and VetFran. In addition to veteran causes, Sport Clips has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to promote quality cosmetology education among candidates who don’t necessarily have the funds to advance their hair care careers.

Sport Clips has built a reputation on fostering a family-like environment, and that starts with looking outside profits and margins, and giving back to communities. Helping friends and neighbors is a top priority for this company, and Sport Clips backs up that commitment at every opportunity.

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Do you want to be part of a brand that values giving back to the communities it serves? Then look no further than Sport Clips Haircuts franchise, which has a long track record of being a franchise that cares.

If you’re ready to learn more, we strongly encourage you to check out our research pages here for more. Cycle through our informational pages on the Sport Clips franchise opportunity, costs, and support. If you’re ready to invest in a Sport Clips franchise and become a franchisee in the haircutting industry today, fill out our form here. One of our dedicated franchise team members will be in touch with our Franchise Informational Report and to start a conversation about your franchise goals. We can’t wait to learn if your franchise goals can be met with Sport Clips franchise ownership!

Is This The Year To Invest In The Hair Franchise Industry?

The Year of the Franchise

As millions of Americans reevaluated their career paths in the past few years and decided they want to control their own fate by running their own business, 2022 has truly become the year of the franchise, and for most, the best time to jump into the franchise industry.

Indeed, the COVID pandemic reversed a decades-long decline in the pace of entrepreneurship. According to a report in Vox, a record 5.4 million Americans applied for business IDs in 2021, with 2022 on track to surpass that number.

Even Forbes magazine reported that as many businesses struggled during the pandemic, franchises thrived. For so many Americans who wanted to run their own business, they chose the franchise model, which offers so many advantages, such as a proven operating strategy, strong backing support and brand awareness.

“After nearly two years of economic uncertainty, more and more people are following their entrepreneurial dreams and taking control of their destiny through business ownership,” Forbes wrote. “As a result, interest in franchising is reaching an unprecedented high, and 2022 is set to be a year of major franchise growth.”

Salon Franchise Industry is Booming

The hair care and beauty industry has seen this same remarkable growth in the past few years. In the U.S. alone, the hair and beauty industry generated $64 billion in revenue in 2018, with the 50 largest salons accounting for about 15% of sales.

According to a report Trafft, the market could hit $87 billion by 2023!

“The hair care and beauty industry is dynamic and continues to grow at a rapid pace,” Trafft reported. “Consumers are always looking for the latest trends and the best hair care products and services. Their needs are always changing. In order to meet these demands, the hair industry continues to develop and evolve.”

Why Invest In Sport Clips?

All over the country, our franchisees are reporting their customers are restless to get back in the barber chair and reconnect with the people who have cut their hair for years. That’s why we believe Sport Clips is truly poised for a banner year in business and growth in 2022 and beyond.

But don’t just take our word for it – Sport Clips is consistently one of the highest ranked hair franchises among franchise industry experts.

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Franchise Rankings

Entrepreneur magazine ranked Sport Clips as the No. 24 best franchise to invest in for 2022 on its esteemed “Franchise 500” ranking, beating out hundreds of other franchises across a swath of other markets and industries. Entrepreneur highlighted the brand’s low initial investment costs, training & support program, recent growth, and ability for franchisees to scale up.

Top Franchise, one of the premier trackers in the franchise industry, also recently listed Sport Clips as one of the top 10 best haircut franchise businesses opportunities out there.

“For entrepreneurs looking to build a business, Sport Clips franchise is an easy-to-understand business model that’s simple to execute while offering something every guy needs,” Top Franchise wrote in its rankings. “Enjoy greater freedom and reach your personal and financial goals, growing a business on your terms that will always be in demand and has recurring revenue.”

Last but certainly not least, NerdWallet, the go-to spot for so many Americans and their business needs, recently reported Sport Clips was among the top hair salon franchises for 2022, pointing out Sport Clips has grown from about 50 stores in 1998 to now more than 1,800 locations across the U.S.

Franchise Support

Sport Clips is here to support our franchisees as they grow their businesses, and that starts from the ground up.

From day one, Sport Clips has an entire team dedicated to helping our franchisees secure the right location, implementing GIS technology, as well as demographic and psychographic data. We also have long-term relationships with landlords and developers, which has a tremendous advantage in helping secure a location.

We also make a team of coaches available for you to utilize to train your managers and stylists, and outfit you with a comprehensive marketing strategy to make sure you reach customers in your community.

At the end of the day, you’ll have all the tools and support you need to master all the Sport Clips business fundamentals, including how to hire and develop a team, manage compensation, scheduling, and recruiting, understand team roles, use our technology to understand financials, market effectively, engage with your community, and much, much more!

Invest In The Hair Industry Today!

Hair care and beauty industry studies show customers are eager to get back to scheduled appointments after shutdowns temporarily closed salons and barbershops in the early days of the pandemic. Not surprisingly, nearly 80% of consumers said that regular salon and spa services are critical to regain a sense of normalcy as the world reopens.

This is exactly the case at Sport Clips. Founded in 1993, Sport Clips has grown to over 1,800 locations in North America and is the only hair cutting franchise to have a footprint in all 50 states.

If you’re ready to invest in a Sport Clips at this exciting time for franchising, fill out our form here and one of our team members will be in touch. We can’t wait to start a conversation with you!

Three Types of Franchise Ownership

Not Every Franchise Is The Same

Not all franchises are the same, therefore not all franchises are created equally. That’s why there are different types of franchise ownership.

It’s truly a common misconception that the franchise model is a one-size-fits-all. When you break down the facts, you start to realize every franchise is unique. Some run very differently from others, especially depending on the services and/or products offered.

What’s more, not every franchise support team is the same. Some cater less to franchisee success, while others are very hands-on, with you every step of the way. At Sport Clips, we make sure our franchisees are set up to thrive, providing you with well-documented systems, a strong support team, and a proven business model to help your entrepreneurial dreams become reality.

Not Every Franchisee Is The Same

Not only do franchise systems differ, but so do the people who run them. In fact, franchisees can come from an incredibly diverse background from all types of careers and previous work experience.

It’s common for people who enter the franchise model to have a multi-level franchise portfolio, which allows individual business owners to diversify their revenue streams and product/service offerings.

At the same time, it’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs just starting their franchise journey. According to a report in NPR, applications to start new businesses hit 5.4 million in 2021 – a new record – surpassing the 2020 record of 4.4 million. “In the pandemic, millions of people have decided this is the moment to chase their dreams,” NPR reported.

Also, people who start franchises also aren’t limited by lifestyle. Some are retirees, looking for a new, exciting adventure in the next stage of their career. Others have families and are just starting to build a life for themselves and their loved ones.

Across the board, we see all types of people decide the franchise system is the right call for them, like immigrants building their life in America, and veterans looking for the best opportunity after their years of service.

Without a doubt, we’ve seen so many franchisees, some with experience in hair care, some without, find incredible success with Sport Clips.

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Owner/Operator

The first type of franchise ownership we’ll talk about is “owner/operator.”

With this model, you are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business, which allows you to maintain total control over your investment. As an owner/operator, you make all the decisions. Typically, this model is the first step for a first-time franchisee.

Some drawbacks to consider: this model can be time consuming, and will likely require you to give up your day job (if you have one) and that income. And, because one unit will require long hours, it will take a while before you are able to expand.

However, your costs for employees will be lower compared to other models since you are in charge. This is a great model for detail oriented people who like to have control over every aspect of the business.

Executive/Absentee

Looking solely for an investment opportunity? Then the executive/absentee model is the fit for you.

Since you hire out all functions of the business and don’t get into the nitty-gritty of day-to-day operations, your time commitment is minimal and no industry knowledge is required. If applicable, you can maintain your current job and commitments. Lastly, this model allows for incredible growth, since you can run multiple locations in a backseat, management style.

Some cons: you’ll have higher staffing and operational costs. You trust your success with your employees, which may require you to invest more capital to hire the right people for the job.

Semi-Absentee

Think of a semi-absentee model as a blend of the owner/operator and executive/absentee. This model is ideal if you want additional income and to build equity to diversify your current income. Yes, you hire staff for day-to-day operations, but you focus on leading the business strategy and managing the managers. As a result, this is a good model for people who like to manage, with no industry knowledge required. And, it allows you to own multiple locations because of the investment’s scalability.

Indeed, this franchise model combines the control of an owner/operator model with the time commitment of the executive/absentee model.

What Makes Franchising With Sport Clips Different?

With Sport Clips, our franchisees are focused on a higher level of personal engagement when it comes to their locations. The type of franchise ownership that works at Sport Clips is a people first version of the semi-absentee model. As part of the franchise application/evaluation process, we ensure candidates are a great fit for the culture and requirements of the Sport Clips model. At the same time, we give careful consideration that franchisees are compatible with our business model. Enthusiasm is something many brands ignore, but it is a must at SportClips. It’s embedded in our culture and aligns our franchisees for long-term success in attracting and keeping the best stylist in the industry.

From day one, we make sure our franchisees have every possible resource at their disposal, offering one of the most robust support platforms in the entire industry. We focus on providing you with the tools, resources, and coaching you need to thrive as a business owner, whether you’re just starting out or adding to a complex franchise portfolio.

Ready to start your next chapter as a Sport Clips Team Leader?

If you’re interested in learning more about the Sport Clips franchise opportunity, simply fill out an inquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly. We can’t wait to learn more about you!