From Stylist To Owner

How Three Sport Clips Haircuts Franchisees Built Their Future

Sport Clips Haircuts has established itself as the “Pros in Men’s Hair” and a reliable choice for men’s haircuts nationwide. What sets Sport Clips apart to its clients is a product of the work environment fostered by store leadership. For some store owners, managing a team of stylists comes second nature, because they got their start as stylists themselves.

Amanda Mazzone, owner of three Sport Clips locations in the New Jersey area, has been with the franchise since she was 22 years old, when she started out as a coordinator with dreams of becoming a stylist. Mazzone was drawn to this work as a child, because she saw other stylists carrying themselves with incredible confidence. “I loved who they were as people,” she said. Mazzone brought this people focused approach to her management style, where she prioritizes building relationships and treating employees and clients with kindness. The perspective gained through experience as a stylist provides substantial benefits when it comes to leading a team.

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“It has an advantage, because you know what you are doing, and the stylists always say ‘You understand us better’,” said Almaz Haile, who began her journey with the franchise in 2000 as a stylist. Management positions require an ability to multitask and think on your feet, skills that Haile learned through working as both a stylist and manager. The insight into all the roles that make up a Sport Clips team is a glimpse into what sets the brand apart from others.

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“I’ve seen other shops where they don’t care about their employees, but with Sport Clips, the way we focus on the culture of the store and how we focus on the team members, that mentality helps drive us to how successful it has been in every state,” said Gregory Zotian, who also began as a barber to gain experience before owning his own stores.

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The Sport Clips Difference

The Sport Clips difference extends from the team member culture to the service enjoyed by the client. Zotian said Sport Clips is unique because it focuses on cultivating the specialized in-store experience, elevating it above a simple haircut. Mazzone adds, “It’s not just a haircut, it’s an entire experience.”

And working within the Sport Clips franchise allows store owners (team leaders) to focus on cultivating the extraordinary client experience they are known for, instead of spending time on some of the elemental concerns solo store owners have. From on-going education to employee assistance to operations to human resources to a brand marketing team, the Sport Clips franchise supports its store owners by allowing them to devote their time where it matters: their team members and clients.

However, that doesn’t mean managing your own store doesn’t come without long hours and hard work. The biggest piece of advice all three stylists/barber turned owners gave to others looking to follow their footsteps? Work hard. “I tell them the grass is greener here, because we make it green,” Haile said, speaking to the importance of putting in effort to get yourself where you want to go. “It doesn’t happen overnight,” she said, “but with hard work you can get there.”

Learn More about Sport Clips

Whether you are interested in a career as a stylist or in becoming a franchisee, Sport Clips provides the resources and support you need to pursue a rewarding, lifelong career. To learn more, visit our research pages here or make a request for more information today.

Sport Clips Is Proven To Be Recession Resistant

Why Invest in a Recession Resistant Franchise?

Like it or not, there are some things in life that are out of our control. As a business owner, one of the major unpredictable forces that can have a huge impact on your livelihood are recessions. In the simplest terms, a recession is a prolonged period of weak and/or negative growth in real GDP. For small businesses, that means they can face declines in sales and profits, be forced to cut spending and staff, and in worst case scenarios, significantly scale back or even close. But, there’s a huge silver lining – some industries, markets, and businesses are more immune to the economic ups and downs that are beyond our control. Time and again, it’s those segments that more entrepreneurs are investing in for the long-term financial health of their business and livelihood.

According to a report in AP News, nearly 60% of U.S. business economists expect a recession to begin in this spring or summer, a result of high interest rates and increasing inflation. One economic expert told ABC News that a slowdown in the economy brought on by the Fed typically results in a lag of a few months behind given rate hikes. “Just because the economy is doing OK today doesn’t mean the economy won’t go into recession,” Nancy Lazar, chief global economist at Piper Sanderl, told ABC News. “It’s happening slowly.”

By investing in an industry or franchise system that has proven to withstand the challenges of previous recessions, entrepreneurs can soften – and even thrive – in times of economic hardships. Indeed, a report in Investopedia said recession-resistant companies can generally deliver stable revenue, regardless of outside economic conditions. “When looking to minimize downside risk during a recession, investors should look for companies that sell products or offer services consumers cannot easily cut,” Investopedia reported.

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A Recession Resistant Industry

Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking a recession-resistant industry must hone in on industries that have constant demand and are always needed. In steps the hair care industry. Hair, like home services, always grows and will always need to be cut. There’s simply no alternative to having the quality service and care that your local hair salon can provide. Case in point: after the forced shutdowns brought on by the pandemic, hair salons across the U.S. experienced an unprecedented surge in visitation, as customers were beyond eager to get back in chairs and have their hair cut by a professional.

But don’t just take our word for it. According to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hair care industry has a “bright outlook” in the coming years. Overall, the personal care services industry, which includes barbershops and hair salons, is projected to grow 8.1% from 2020 to 2030, nearly five times faster than the average 1.7% growth for total employment!

“The primary long-term factors driving employment growth in the personal care services industry are the general increase in demand for grooming services, a growing customer base, and the introduction of new services,” the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. “A new haircut or manicure can boost self-confidence and make people feel better. As a result, many turn to professionals at barbershops, beauty and nail salons, and other personal care services for help to get that perfect haircut or style.”

Proven and Tested

Among the hair care industry, there is no company with a better reputation and bigger brand recognition than Sports Clips, the go-to spot for men and boys hair care. Founded in 1993, Sport Clips has become a mainstay in just about every city and town throughout the U.S. Case in point: despite the 2008 recession, despite the shutdowns of 2020, and despite the lingering impacts of the pandemic on the U.S. economy, Sport Clips not only continues to thrive, but also expands across the country. As of now, Sport Clips boasts more than 1,800 locations in all 50 U.S. states, with plans to open even more units in the coming years. What more proof do you need than that?

Sport Clips continued growth is attributed to its straightforward, high profit potential business model, an operating plan that excels at low ongoing and overhead costs, and a backing team of professionals that are there to support Team Leaders every step of the way. Entrepreneurs seeking a best bet investment opportunity would be lost finding a better brand with more proven growth than Sport Clips.

“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, because as we head into 2022, we’re excited about the great real estate opportunities that exist right now, as well as the disruption of client behavior. As people change their buying behavior and their habits, the brands that go out and capture those clients are going to win an outsize market share. That’s going to be us because that’s how we’re thinking.”

Unmatched Franchise Support

It all starts with the amount of training and support Sport Clips provides to its Team Leaders. This is why Sport Clips has invested so heavily in one of the most robust ongoing support platforms in the industry. As a Team Leader, we’ll help you master how to hire and retain staff, manage operations, use our state-of-the-art technology, market effectively, meet your financial goals, and much, much more. From day one, the Sport Clips team helps you find a location for your business, as well as all the tricky ins and outs of the real estate process. We also provide a comprehensive training plan for your stylists, ongoing support, and professional advancement. For anything and everything, Sport Clips is there.

“Culture is key,” says Julie Vargas, Vice President of Career Development & Team Member Engagement. “If you take care of your people, they will take care of you. It sounds so simple, but it’s so important. If you have happy stylists, they will go above and beyond for your customers. But just as importantly, if you take care of your people, they will stay with you, they will be loyal to you, and they will drive your success.”

Invest in Sport Clips Today

Don’t wait any longer to begin realizing your dreams of business ownership with a storied brand built to withstand all the economy’s ups and downs. To learn more, visit our research pages here or make a request for more information.

Sport Clips Ranks On The Franchise Times Top 500

Sport Clips and the Franchise Times Top 500

The awards keep coming. Sport Clips recently ranked atop The Franchise Times Top 500, marking another year of strong, continued growth. The Franchise Times Top 500 is an exclusive annual ranking of the 500 largest U.S.-based franchise systems. Over the course of five months, The Franchise Times researches and investigates each franchise’s operating systems, resulting in one of the most credible and objective franchise rankings out there. Now, The Franchise Times Top 500 is considered the gold standard for aspiring entrepreneurs researching which franchise systems are best bet investments.

Rising to the top is Sport Clips, the premiere haircut salon for men and boys. Sport Clips placed No. 128 on The Franchise Times Top 500, up 11 spots from last year!

“We are honored to be recognized by The Franchise Times as one of the top performing franchise systems in the U.S.,” 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, because as we head into 2023, we’re excited about the great real estate opportunities that exist right now, as well as the disruption of client behavior. As people change their buying behavior and their habits, the brands that go out and capture those clients are going to win an outsize market share. That’s going to be us because that’s how we’re thinking.”

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The Top Men’s Hair Salon Franchise

There’s simply no bigger name in men and boys’ hair care than Sport Clips, which has grown to more than 1,850 locations since it was founded in 1993. The Sport Clips business model encourages Team Leaders to work on – and not in – their business, which allows them to focus on creating a family-like culture, empowering their team, growing their business, implementing marketing strategies, and taking care of back-end administrative duties. With a store manager taking care of the day-to-day operation, it just doesn’t get any more straightforward than that! By freeing up our Team Leaders time to concentrate their efforts on growth, Sport Clips has emerged as the perfect investment for multi-unit ownership. In fact, many of our Team Leaders have opened anywhere from 10 to 40 locations.

Sport Clips is also dedicated to helping as many aspiring entrepreneurs realize their dreams of business ownership as possible, which is why we’ve kept initial investment costs incredibly low. As a result, the estimated total investment cost to open to open one new Sport Clips franchise ranges from $266,300 to $439,500, which includes the franchise fee, cost of build out, Grand Opening marketing expenses and up to six months of capital. From day one, Sport Clips business model is designed to start bringing in profits as soon as the doors open, helping you become established financially in just the first few weeks of operation.

And let’s not forget the world-class training and support Sport Clips provides. Sport Clips helps its Team Leaders master the tools, resources, and mentoring to become the very best behind-the-scenes owner. Once you’ve completed our training and support programs, you’ll know how to hire and develop a team, how to manage compensation and scheduling, how to use our technology, and how to market effectively in your community. And that’s just to name a few! Sport Clips is available 24/7 to help Team Leaders grow your business to its full potential.

Learn More About Sport Clips

Already one of the most recognizable brands in the hair care industry, Sport Clips has no plans to slow down its expansion across the U.S. If you’re interested in becoming a Team Leader with huge profit potential, visit our research pages here or make a request for more information to learn more.

The Future Of The Hair Salon Industry

A Service Always in Need

In good times and bad, hair continues to grow, and people are going to seek out hair salons to meet their grooming needs.   Time and again, Sport Clips is a top choice. After a few challenging years, the outlook is bright for the personal care service industry. According to federal data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the personal care services industry, which includes barbershops, beauty and nail salons, as well as other personal care services, is projected to grow 8.1 percent from 2020 to 2030, nearly five times faster than the average 1.7 growth for total employment.

“A new haircut or manicure can boost self-confidence and make people feel better,” the BLS report said. “As a result, many turn to professionals at barbershops, beauty and nail salons, and other personal care services for help to get that perfect haircut or style. The workers in this industry provide many beauty and wellness related treatments for hair, skin, nails, and body. According to employment projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the future looks bright for those who provide these services.”

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The Future of the Hair Salon Industry is Bright

Just as encouraging, the Future Market Insights research study firm estimated the global market for salon services to experience “unprecedented growth,” reaching $280 billion in just 10 years, with 40% coming from North America. “In the past 10 years, the salon services market has become a priority for people around the world,” the report says. “This surge in spending has resulted in significant expansion within salon services across all markets globally. Consumer awareness about the benefits associated with beauty salons is also propelling the growth of the salon services market.”

As of 2023, the salon services market was valued at $233.8 billion. From 2023-33, the industry is poised to grow at a 7.46% CAGR, meaning that by 2033, the salon service market will have reached a valuation of $480 billion! Digging into the numbers, Future Market Insights said the hair care segment accounted for the largest share of growth, and “is expected to continue this trend over the forecast period.” The numbers don’t lie – it’s simply an amazing time to invest in the hair salon industry.

Sport Clips Meets the Demand

With all that demand for hair care services, it’s going to take a lot more providers. But not all hair salons are created equal. Sport Clips, founded in 1993, is a legacy brand known by consumers everywhere. Now with more than 1,800 locations in North America, and a footprint in all 50 U.S. states, Sport Clips has become a dominant brand in the hair salon industry. Despite this strong market presence, Sport Clips is only expected to grow in the coming years. And, with an easy-to-scale, easy-to-replicate business model, many of our franchise owners boast anywhere between 10 to 40 locations.

“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, because as we head into 2023, we’re excited about the great real estate opportunities that exist right now, as well as the disruption of client behavior. As people change their buying behavior and their habits, the brands that go out and capture those clients are going to win an outsize market share. That’s going to be us because that’s how we’re thinking.”

Unrivaled Support Team

Sport Clips has always invested heavily in its support team, evidenced by 30 years of growth. But recently, the franchise system made some exciting upgrades that’s going to push the bar even higher. Sport Clips takes every possible measure to help  frachisees continue to thrive and prosper, providing you with all the tools, resources and coaching necessary.

From the get-go, we teach you how to hire and retain a team, how to manage compensation and scheduling, how to use technology and understand financials and store performance, and how to market effectively in your community. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We also help with all the nitty-gritty details of selecting and securing a site location, working with landlords, and even helping with the grand opening. And, as long as you’re a Sport Clips franchisees, you have the backing support of the entire franchise system.

“We’re closing in on 1,900 locations,” says Gordon Logan, Founder of Sport Clips. “We know this business works. We’ve been able to help entrepreneurs change their lives through business ownership. In turn, they’ve been able to create countless opportunities in their communities and give back. We’re going to continue to grow – but we’re growing the right way and with the right people.”

Invest in a Sport Clips Franchise Today

With the hair care service industry never stronger, now is the time to invest in a brand that excels past the competition. Learn more about the Sport Clips investment opportunity by visiting our research pages here or requesting more information today!

New Sport Clips Franchise Team Members 

Sport Clips Welcomes New Franchise Team Members

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Sport Clips has announced it has brought on two professional team members to its already powerhouse corporate organization, passionate about helping our team leaders find growth in franchise ownership.

Ashley Whitlock started with Sport Clips in May 2022 as a Field Marketing Coordinator, organizing grand openings around the U.S. In Nov. 2022, Whitlock was promoted to Lead Generation Specialist, working with key suppliers to attract new franchisees.

“I can pinpoint the exact decision I made in college that led me to my current role,” Whitlock said. “I was introduced to Sport Clips my sophomore year of college, before I was even looking or even considering jobs after I graduated. I couldn’t be more grateful for this team that supported me before I was even a part of it. The culture is what made me join, and that same culture is what we show our Team Leaders.”

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Andrea Rokovich began her Sport Clips career in the IT department as a Support Specialist in May 2016, and was quickly promoted to Project Coordinator in March 2017. Now, Rokovich has been promoted again to Franchise Administration Specialist, working with document production, brand excellence, and data management.

“The two reasons I love working for Sport Clips are, I love our company culture, and I love the opportunities Sport Clips affords us to give back to our community through their many philanthropic efforts,” she said. “I love my job because we are a team in every sense of the word. We encourage and support each other in daily activities, and rally together to ensure every project and initiative meets Sport Clips exceptional standards.”

Always Evolving

At Sport Clips, we are always supporting our team members, investing in their career growth and upward mobility, as well as giving them every opportunity to learn, advance and evolve in our company. Ever since Sport Clips was founded nearly 30 years ago, we’ve ingrained into our culture a mission that puts the future of our team members first. Everyone on the Sport Clips team is empowered, from the leadership team to Team Leaders to store managers and stylists, to find the most growth and meaning in their careers.

“In any business, the competitive advantage is the people that make up the organization,” says Gordon Logan, Founder of Sport Clips. “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.”

In turn, by making sure everyone in our entire organization feels appreciated and is given every opportunity to grow, Sport Clips has cultivated a company value with team members invested in the brand’s future.

“Culture is key,” says Julie Vargas, Vice President of Career Development & Team Member Engagement. “If you take care of your people, they will take care of you. It sounds so simple, but it’s so important. If you have happy stylists, they will go above and beyond for your customers. But just as importantly, if you take care of your people, they will stay with you, they will be loyal to you, and they will drive your success.”

Learn More about Franchising with Sport Clips

If you want to learn more about a franchise opportunity that’s invested in your career growth, look no further than Sport Clips. Visit our research pages here to learn more or fill out an inquiry form today!

Sport Clips Again Ranks On The Franchise 500

Sport Clips and the Entrepreneur Franchise 500

Recognized yet again as one of the best bet franchise investment opportunities, Sport Clips was named atop of ranking for yet another year in Entrepreneur magazine’s esteemed Franchise 500 ranking. Entrepreneur magazine, the premier source for everything small business, listed Sport Clips as No. 30 out of 500 of the top performing franchise systems in the U.S.

“With this year’s record-breaking number of applicants, the list offers a comprehensive overview of the state of the franchise world as it emerges from the most challenging days of the pandemic into uncertain economic conditions—and still keeps going strong,” Entrepreneur wrote. “There’s something here for every prospective franchisee, whether you’re interested in finding an opportunity within a brand that has been around for decades or in getting in on the ground floor of the next emerging trend.”

Franchises are ranked within respective categories, and reflect how each company scored in this year’s Franchise 500, based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of cost and fees, size and growth, franchise support, brand strength, as well as financial strength and stability. Landing a high ranking yet again this year’s list is a reflection of Sport Clips’ strength, business model and continued innovation, beating out a number of highly performing competitors.

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Invest in a Franchise with a Recognizable Brand

One of the most important factors when deciding on what franchise to invest in is brand recognition. Put simply: the more people know your brand, the more business you’ll receive. And who doesn’t know Sport Clips? Indeed, you’d be hard pressed to find a more recognizable brand in the hair salon industry, let alone the franchise world as a whole. Sport Clips brand recognition and incredible reputation is a major asset for entrepreneurs who want to run their own business with a leg up on the competition.

What’s more, Sport Clips offers unparalleled support to its franchise owners, evidenced by the fact there are more than 1,850 Sport Clips locations in all 50 U.S. states as well as in Canada. You just don’t have that kind of growth as a franchise without doing something right, and Sport Clips believes it all starts with training and support. Each franchise owner receives in-depth teaching on how to hire, develop, and coach a team, as well as manage scheduling and recruiting, how to market effectively, selecting a site location, and much more. Truly everything you need to be a Sport Clips franchise owner is provided for the life of the franchise.

Finally, Sport Clips prides itself on its business coaching offered to franchise owners. Having a high-quality, well-trained team of managers and stylists is key to running a growing Sport Clips franchise, which is why we send a team of professionals to help you get it right. From hair cutting methodology and services to high-level customer service, our business coaching is top-notch in making sure your franchise is ready to deliver a service that will have customers coming back time and again.

Learn More about Sport Clips Today

Start your journey with one of the most well known franchises in the hair salon industry today. Continually recognized as one of the best bet investments for aspiring entrepreneurs, Sport Clips is looking for people to take the brand to the next level. To learn more, visit our research pages here or make a request for more information today!

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.”

Own A Sport Clips Franchise Today!

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.

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, 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.

Learn More About Sport Clips Franchise Today!

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!

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.


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.


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.

Learn More About Sport Clips

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.

Learn More About The Sport Clips Franchise Opportunity!

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!