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!

Sport Clips Franchise Launches Scholarship Program for North American Cosmetology Students

Iconic men’s haircut franchise is helping the next generation of stylists get ahead with new scholarship program 

In an effort to support the next generation of hairstylists, Sport Clips Haircuts Franchise this month announced an enhanced scholarship program that will provide $5,000 scholarships to eight eligible students pursuing an education in cosmetology.

“Sport Clips is proud to financially support members of our industry’s future workforce,” says Julie Vargas, vice president of career opportunities for Sport Clips. “As the last two years have shown us, investing in our frontline workforce is critical, which is why we’ve doubled the award amount from our previous scholarships to recognize deserving, aspiring professionals.”

But Sport Clips isn’t done there – two scholarships will be awarded per quarter, with an additional national scholarship, which brings the total number of scholarships in 2022 to nine!

What’s more, Sport Clips offers these scholarships to the students who really need it, looking at applicants’ academic benchmark and financial need.

Applicants in the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to complete their submissions at Sport Clips Jobs online before the first quarterly deadline on March 31. Subsequent deadlines are on June 30, September 30 and December 31.  Applicants must also submit a video essay answering questions about their ambitions to pursue a career in cosmetology.

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Over the years, Sport Clips has awarded more than $66,000 in scholarships to promote quality cosmetology education, and the Sport Clips Scholarship program was created to provide financial support to qualified students enrolled in American Association of Cosmetology Schools. The goal? To help students gain the skills, training and education to begin a successful career in the growing field of cosmetology.

And the effort couldn’t come at a more critical and important time, with salons across the country facing industry-wide labor shortages of hairstylists related to the pandemic. As the world reopens and guests come back to hair salons in record droves, the industry is going to need a skilled and knowledgeable workforce to step up and meet the demand.

“Opportunities for success in the cosmetology industry are limitless, and Sport Clips is proud to be a part of championing successful careers in the field,” says Vargas. “High-quality education is the starting point for lifelong work in this field that provides for so many individuals and families. It’s an honor for Sport Clips to support these scholarships and be the employer of choice for so many thousands of graduates.”

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

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IFA awards Sport Clips Founder Gordon Logan and Franchisee Jeremy Aydell

GEORGETOWN, Texas  Gordon Logan, Sport Clips Haircuts founder and chairman, received the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) 2021 William Rosenberg Foundation Leadership Award at its recent annual convention in San Diego. The honor is given to “an individual who has made a significant contribution to franchise education and to the IFA Foundation through research, teaching, fundraising or other activities or service.” Along with the honor Logan received during the meeting, Sport Clips Team Leader (franchisee) Jeremy Aydell was honored as Franchisee of the Year in the category of workforce development for the successful ways he supports the professional development of Sport Clips team members.

Sport Clips FounderIn a statement, IFA President and CEO Matt Haller said of Logan, “From his military service to his career in franchising, Gordon embodies servant leadership. Gordon is an entrepreneur with a vision who has grown an extraordinary business, and his eye is always focused on how he can give back and continue serving others.”

“I am humbled to be honored by the IFA and the IFA Foundation with this award, and included with so many of franchise’s greats,” Logan says. “But this really should go to the entire Sport Clips system. Our Haircuts with Heart philanthropic programs have supported veterans not only through the IFA Foundation’s VetFran program, but with over $10M for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship program, the USO, Dream Flights, the Gratitude Initiative, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the Red Cross and so many other important charities.

“This is truly a testament to the dedication of our franchisees, thousands of our Team Members, our suppliers and of course our Clients. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping us help so many deserving others.”

Along with the award Logan received during the meeting, Sport Clips Team Leader (franchisee) Jeremy Aydell, of French Settlement, Louisiana, received Franchisee of the Year honors saying, “I am so very thankful for leadership of Sport Clips and I’m proud to represent the brand. I am forever grateful for the opportunities being a Sport Clips franchisee has afforded me and those who work with my wife, Lori, and me. One of the most rewarding things in our business is giving someone the opportunity to better themselves both professionally and financially to help them succeed in their career and personal life.”  

Sport Clips’ leadership in serving team members and veterans supports recent Oxford Economics Research that found the franchise business model offers entrepreneurial opportunities that would not otherwise be available, especially to women, people of color, and veterans.

To find out more about opportunities with Sport Clips Haircuts, visit SportClips.com, SportClipsFranchise.com or SportClipsJobs.com.

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This Men’s Spa Franchise Is One Of Entrepreneurs’ Hottest Opportunities

Becoming a Sport Clips team leader is a great way to capitalize on one of the hottest investment opportunities this year

If industry experts have learned anything in the past two years with the upheaval of a global pandemic, it’s that people are willing to go to great lengths to prioritize their wellbeing, both mentally and physically, with a Sport Clips, a men’s spa franchise.

Which is why Entrepreneur magazine, the leading publication for insights on entrepreneurship, small business management and business, recently listed “Salon and Spa Services” as one of the “Hottest Franchise Categories for 2022.”

Every December, Entrepreneur magazine’s seasoned industry experts forecast which types of franchises will do best and show the greatest potential for success in the year ahead.

“We look at growth—both in the number of franchise units and in the number of new franchisors in a category—and consider what trends are evident both within and without the franchise world,” Entrepreneur magazine wrote in its report. “To an extent, we also listen to the instincts we’ve honed over years of ranking and writing about franchises.”

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True, industries that benefited from pandemic-related needs, such as cleaning and restoration, as well as health and wellness, made the list.

However, Entrepreneur magazine’s experts believe franchise growth in 2022 will be driven by both the need and desire to regain a sense of normalcy, which is why Salon and Spa Services is uniquely positioned for success as people return to in-person self-care.

Indeed, salon and spa 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 Sports Clips, one of the most widely recognized and popular men’s spa and haircutting franchises in the nation. 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.

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 Sports Clips is truly poised for a banner year in business and growth in 2022 and beyond.

“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.”

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30 Heroes for 30 Years: Cheston Syma, Sport Clips

Marine Corps Veteran, Cheston Syma, owns 41 Sport Clips franchises across two states. In order to achieve his dreams as a franchise owner after leaving the military, Cheston worked as a security contractor for the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan, where he spent the four years during a time of war in order to pay his business loan and personal bills. All the while, running the two Sport Clips from Iraq and Afghanistan.

CLICK HERE to visit the VetFran website and learn more about Cheston and how his experience as a Sport Clips Team Leader helps him serve again.

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Sport Clips Franchise CEO & President Named a Top Franchise Influencer

1851 signals out Edward Logan as one of the most influential people in franchising for 2022

Continuing to make waves in the franchise world, Sport Clips CEO and president Edward Logan was recently nominated as a top franchise influencer for 2022, and now is among a list of 175 industry professionals deserving of recognition.

This year, 1851 Franchise teamed up with SeoSamba to come up with the list of most influencing people in franchising.

“Franchising is a big world, and it’s only getting bigger. Still, it’s a community, and a fairly close-knit community at that,” 1851 Franchise wrote. “That’s why it’s essential for everyone in the industry to know who’s who.”

And it’s not hard to see why Sport Clips’ Logan made the list.

Logan leads the largest franchise dedicated to men’s and boy’s hair care in the nation, with a footprint in every state, and was named president and CEO in 2020 to oversee the franchise founded by his father, Gordon Logan.

But to be sure, Logan has put in his dues since joining Sport Clips in 2010. Through sheer hard work and dedication, Logan has worked his way up the ladder the last 11 years, from managing one store to being an essential part of the company’s unprecedented growth. Under his tenure, Sport Clips has grown from 700 stores in 2010 to nearly 2,000 stores as of 2022.

Through it all, Logan has navigated the pandemic, and has planned for the future of the company through the Team Leader Advisory Council and Area Developer Council, which places a point of emphasis on recruitment, training, innovative technology and services.

And, most importantly, Logan has never forgotten the sense of philanthropy the company was founded on, as Sport Clips continues to better the lives of veterans through the VFW Foundation for Help A Hero Scholarships. Recently, the company has donated $1.55 million to veterans and service members through the program.

These days, Sport Clips is uniquely positioned to thrive in the wake of the pandemic as Americans across the country realize how important salon and spa services are to everyday life. Indeed, 80% of consumers say salon and spa services are one of the most significant factors in regaining a sense of normalcy, which has led to the industry being named one of the hottest categories for 2022.

As a result, Sport Clips is poised for a banner year.

“Sport Clips is stronger than ever before,” says Edward Logan, CEO of Sport Clips. “We’ve proven that a Sport Clips can be not only recession-resistant, but also pandemic-resistant. This is a very stable business with a 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.”

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 on this website and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly. We can’t wait to learn more about you!

Multi-Unit Sport Clips Team Leaders Featured for Strong Business Culture

Established Sport Clips team leaders open up about how a strong business culture creates a recipe for scalability and continual growth

“Workplace culture” is a term that often gets thrown around as an important aspect of a business, but it’s not often a company makes it a priority. That’s where Val Hill and Jared Lee step in for the Sport Clips Franchise.

Hill and Lee run more than 40 Sport Clips Haircuts franchises throughout Arizona, Oregon and Washington. And what’s been their secret to success? Making sure the workplace culture is one all team members want to be part of. Not only does a positive culture in the workplace lead to strong team member engagement, but it also improves the overall happiness of staff, increases productivity, and helps retention and recruitment efforts.

Hill and Lee, who met in business school at Brigham Young University, realized during the COVID pandemic it was going to take some serious financial management and business acumen to survive. But they relied on the strength of the relationships they’d built with their teams and worked with them to meet the challenges of the pandemic head on.

“I would say one of the key aspects that helped us is that we didn’t lay anyone off,” Hill told The Chandler Arizonan in a feature piece about their Sport Clips franchise locations. “We continued to pay all of our people, and this was before the PPP loan or any of that. We made the determination that our people are our biggest asset, and we need to take care of our people.”

While other people were losing their jobs and relying on unemployment, Hill and Lee paid their teams’ full salaries when businesses were forced to close due to local mandates. The two businessmen were able to pull this off because, with incredible foresight and planning, they had been fiscally conservative and had saved enough money during the good times in anticipation of any potential rocky times.

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And because Hill and Lee paid their staff during shutdowns, they were in a unique position to hit the ground running once restrictions were lifted, a time when many other businesses had lost their staff and were forced to find people to rehire – further proof that investing in the workplace and staff pays off in the end.

“I think what that helped us do is that it helped us get us reopened quickly,” Hill said.

As a result of how the two men expertly created such a strong culture among their team members and navigated the uncharted territories of the pandemic, they were named Sport Clips Franchise Team Leaders of the Year for 2020. Hill and Lee have been successful Sport Clips franchisees for more than a decade, reinvesting in their business to be able to open more locations. And how do just two businessmen handle operating more than 40 locations in three states? They’ll tell you it’s the people they hire and trust.

“The key to it all is you have to have good people that you work with,” Lee said. “We have an amazing group of area managers and store managers.”

Hill added staff are empowered to take on larger roles, “The store manager views that store as her store. They’re empowered to hire and fire and spend money to buy what they need. We don’t constrain them much.”

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Why This Pro Realtor and Massage Therapist Own A Sport Clips Franchise

Joe Gulino has successfully managed teams throughout his career, whether it was for a major soft drink company, the telecom industry, or now, in real estate. He’s in the process of expanding his team from Nevada to have a presence in Tampa, Florida. Meanwhile, his wife Ambre has been a massage therapist at one of the largest resort and entertainment properties in Las Vegas. Even though their careers seem very different in scope, they’ve made the career decision to do something together…invest in a franchise. They chose Sport Clips Haircuts primarily because Joe has been a happy client for more than eight years. 

“I haven’t had a haircut anywhere else but Sport Clips for almost a decade,” says Joe. “I enjoy the convenience and flexibility of scheduling and love the scalp massage and face towel that come with the signature MVP experience.” 

The couple did their homework and have these four top reasons why Sport Clips is the franchise investment for them: 

1: The People

There is team camaraderie between stylists in the stores. Joe says it’s something he’s familiar with from his work and he was able to see and experience it repeatedly as a client over many years. 

2: The Product

The simplicity of the business model and limited product line is easy to execute and get on board with for franchisees and team members.  

3: The Efficiency

Getting online to get “in line” makes it easy for men and boys to know when a stylist is ready for a client to come in. Joe says Sport Clips has really used the best elements of technology to make the process efficient for everyone. 

4: The Leadership

Both Ambre and Joe learned through the discovery process how much the leadership wants to be involved in educating and supporting potential and current franchisees…all the way to the founder. 

Ambre and Joe are in the process of locating where they will build the first of three stores in Florida. They say the Sport Clips investment is one they’re making for themselves and their family with the long-term goal of it becoming their primary business interest. The semi-absentee franchise model for which Sport Clips is known will allow them the freedom to visit their four children who live all around the country and to enjoy their outdoor interests in snorkeling, mountain biking, and hiking. 

Join Joe and Ambre Gulino and own your Sport Clips franchise today!

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Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Erikal and Daryl Roberts

 A bold step during the pandemic opened the door for encouragement and support from the Sport Clips Haircuts franchise community for Erikal and Daryl Roberts  

Erikal and Daryl Roberts, two of the newest Sport Clips Haircuts franchisees, were inspired to take a bold business step during the pandemic…investing in a franchise.   

Erikal says, “The pandemic forced me to take a look at my personal and professional life.” She realized she wanted more personal fulfillment than what her corporate job afforded. After this epiphany, Erikal told her husband, Daryl, she was going to look at other options for bringing in an income.   

Erikal suggested the idea of franchising, something that she had never considered before. Daryl liked the idea of franchising, because they could have a plan for the future and grow a business that would benefit the next generations of their family. He was excited at the possibility of the pair building something together while he maintained his corporate work.  

Sport Clips immediately jumped out to Erikal during the research process. She says that the mission statement, “to create a Championship Haircut Experience in an exciting sports environment”, captured her attention. As an avid sports fan, this concept spoke to Erikal. The new franchise owner loved the idea of having sports as a part of the haircut experience. She says, “Sports bring everybody together and, in this time, we need unity.”   

Daryl and Erikal sat down together and wrote out pros and cons for opening their own Sport Clips store. At the end of the session, the pair revealed that there was no reason for them not to go through with the purchase. They were immediately impressed by the extensive amount of support and resourceful information they received from the very beginning. Fellow franchisees offered advice, encouragement, and well wishes. Repeatedly, the new owners were told “the key to success is trusting the process,” Daryl laughs, “especially since neither of us knows anything about cutting hair.”   

Erikal says from the beginning she noticed that everyone within the Sport Clips community had great relationships with one another and were very open. The couple felt as though they had a team that had their back throughout the entire process of opening up their store and into the future.  

“The community that surrounds Sport Clips reinforces that we made the right decision, because these are the kind of people we want to be involved with,” Daryl says.  

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Sport Clips Maintains Growth & Receives Accolades During the Pandemic

While some companies struggled to maintain growth during the pandemic, Sport Clips Haircuts has stayed strong through temporary closures to earn the respect and recognition of its peers by ranking in the top 20 of Entrepreneur “Franchise 500.” 

Entrepreneur recognizes franchises in its ranking for exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, brand strength, size and growth, costs and fees, and support. We jumped up 20 places in 2020 to be ranked number 17 in 2021.  

Jim Atkinson, Sport Clips vice president of franchise development, said, “We are delighted to be recognized by Entrepreneur, as this is a real testament to all the efforts our support team put forth to sustain the system through unprecedented times, save stores, and further collaborate with our franchisees and advisory council members.” 

Our new ranking with Entrepreneur reminds us that a thoughtful approach, teamwork, and commitment pay off.  Additionally, Sport Clips ranked as the #60 franchise in this year’s Franchise Direct’s “Top 100 Global Franchises”, as well as ranking #9 in Franchise Gator’s Top 100 Franchises list. 

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Navigating Uncharted Territory with Franchisees 

Since our inception in 1993, we’ve worked to become a strong, success-oriented franchise network with a high-quality support team focused on unit-level success.  We were committed to working hand-in-hand during the pandemic—often virtually—to navigate the uncharted territory we faced in 2020. We believe we have come through it stronger than we have ever been.  

A significant part of our success during pandemic-related closures was franchisees and team members adapting to the ever-changing environment to serve our valued clients in a safe, sanitary, and efficient setting. Maintaining a “Championship Haircut Experience” was also part of our success plan.  

Edward Logan, Sport Clips president and CEO, said, “We recognized early in 2020, when the degree of disruption about to occur became clear, that those who handle the rapid change with the most complete approach will grow and accelerate faster than others and be in a better competitive position moving into the future.”  

Continued Recognition for Growth & Increased Sales 

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Because we made sure to have a solid plan in place during and after temporary closures, Sport Clips was able to continue expanding our reach and getting recognized for it. We ranked the number 60 franchise in Franchise Direct’s 2021 “Top 100 Global Franchises.” This ranking focuses explicitly on sales revenue, growth, franchising years, corporate citizenship, and more. 

As the first hair franchise or beauty salon business with a presence in all 50 states, we continue to exceed expectations and make our presence known. With over 1,800 locations across North America, we are primed to continue growing even as we see a potential second wave of the pandemic this year.  

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