Industry Qa With Jim Atkinson Sport Clips Haircuts Vice President Of Franchise Development
Provide an overview/ description of your industry.
In your quest for greater freedom, you want to know the industry you’ve chosen has stability and growth potential. The haircutting industry continues to grow with the population and is considered by many to be recession-resistant. Regardless of the economy, there is a constant and consistent demand for quality haircare services at reasonable prices.
Why do you think your company stands out in the industry?
Sport Clips stands out in the hair care industry as the number one hair cut provider for men and boys. Sport Clips has achieved this by focusing on providing a championship experience.
What makes your franchise/ business opportunity more attractive than your competitor’s?
Sport Clips is more attractive in this men’s haircare space due the high quality experience provided to men and boys. Additionally, we are the only provided to have a presence in all 50 states and our simple model promotes a consistent and memorable experience around the nation.
Describe the ideal candidate.
Sport Clips franchisees should have leadership experience, a passion for coaching, counselling and developing people as well as commitment to community involvement. Do you think your requirements are any different than your competitor’s? Yes, Sport Clips has higher standards, both financially as well as quality individuals that align well with our value and our culture.
What’s the strongest skill you require in a candidate?
Passion for people!
Describe the working environment of your franchisees. Is your environment typical of other companies in your industry?
Initially our franchisees work from a home office until they reach a multiple unit status of 5 or more where they begin to build infrastructure and eventually consider opening a support office. Our focus is on a fun, exciting culture focused on growing and developing people. Our franchisees are typically more engaged with their teams than most other companies in our industry.
What advice would you give someone interested in buying a franchise in your industry?
Anyone considering the haircare industry should enjoy working with people and should have a passion for the franchise they move forward with.
How much experience in this industry should a franchisee candidate have should they consider buying a franchise in your industry?
Franchisees do not need any experience in the haircare industry as long as they have people leadership experience.