4 Keys to Business Success!

Posted by Matthew S on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 16:04 PM

4keys.jpgWhile running your own business can be a difficult challenge, it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences that life has to offer! Not only does it take being able to understand market demands, but it also means having a viable small business plan (a process and product in place) that will support the business, as well as provide an income for the owner. While many potential business owners may have a great idea for a business, business growth and long-term success requires being able to be focused, disciplined and at times - an out-of-the-box thinker! Below are 4 keys that can help your business or franchise location build success.

Location - You might have the most amazing concept for a business or franchise, but if it's located in  the wrong area - it's just not going to work. Or, it might not work as well as it could in a more ideal area. So be sure to do your research in finding out which areas in your community are most ideally suited for your concept. For example, if it's a business that is geared more towards children, look at the demographics of how many young families are in a particular area. Likewise, if it's a concept that's more for retired people, you'll want to find an area where there are a lot of retirees who might be interested in what it is that you're offering. Additional considerations might be trying to gauge how much people might have in "disposable income" in a particular area. A community that doesn't have a lot of extra money to spend may not be interested in spending money on whatever it is that you have to sell.

Marketing - It almost goes without saying that one of the key components of any successfully run business is the strength of their marketing strategies. Marketing is what helps bring customers through your door, and can be accomplished through everything from more traditional methods (like print ads, handing out flyers at parades, using coupons, and word of mouth marketing) to more modern methods (like social media marketing, blogging, and running an effective, up-to-date website). Many business owners might also find success in working within the community through a local charity effort, as more and more customers are finding value in businesses who sincerely engage in some kind of non-partisan efforts to help better the community around them.

Attitude - The attitude, or "feeling" that your business gives a customer can largely be helped or hindered by the attitude of your employees. Good employees who are also happy are more willing to help customers, as well as be more loyal and engaged in doing a good job for their employer. On the flip side, employees who are generally unhappy or have bad attitudes about their work are more likely to pass this feeling on to customers. So it's important to make sure that your employees have good attitudes, and to try to help facilitate the positive atmosphere at your work place by giving awards for good work performance, hosting a holiday party, having a clean breakroom and restrooms for employees to use, and maybe offering employee discounts for services that your business offers. 

Management - An important consideration when running your business is the strength of your manager or management team. While you may not be able to be physically at your business at all times, it's still important to be aware of what's going on through your managers. A great manager is able to share with you what's going on, as well as help maintain a great atmosphere for employees and customers alike. For example, managers can help you know the attitudes of employees, whether they are showing up for work, and if they're taking overly long breaks. You'll also want to keep close attention on the possibility of an employee who might be "dipping into the till" through the careful monitoring of receipts, record-keeping software, or even video monitoring equipment. If any of these areas are a problem, be sure to address them quickly either through meeting with the employee in question, issuing a warning, or possibly even a professionally conducted dismissal from the business.

Shear Madness Franchising franchises Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids salons. We have worked with franchise stores in providing franchisee support (in order to encourage continual growth and business success), and have sometimes seen the unexpected happen!  When it does, we help by identifying and helping with challenges that might arise for franchisees. Additionally, we work to present options that can help prevent these events as well. As many franchise owners may not have opened a business before, having someone who can advise them is a significant advantage of franchise ownership!

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Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

Topics: Business Tips, small business how-tos, growing a small business, franchising, franchise growth, franchise ownership, business success, franchise success, business ownership

April News 2017: Easter, Autism Awareness & More!

Posted by Matthew S on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 @ 13:04 PM

Easterlr.jpgHappy Easter at Shear Madness! Did you know that this year, Easter will be here on Sunday, April 16? That's right! If you're looking for cool Easter gifts or something special for an Easter outfit, then be sure to check out our great selection of toys, games, jewelry, hairbows, hair accessories and so much more! Also, don't forget that we have gift certificates for haircuts and kids parties that can be given to a special someone to help make Easter especially memorable. Check out our locations page to learn more!

easter2Easter Egg Hunts! At participating locations, we'll have eggs containing a special coupon - Some are even for a FREE HAIRCUT! So get your haircut - find an egg - and see what you get! These cool eggs will be in a basket at the front desk, or hidden all over your local Shear Madness! It's going to be a lot of fun, so start a fun new family tradition by coming by and hunting for your surprise-filled egg right now! 
 

AprilAutism17.jpgDonations for our local Autism Society! Wow! Did you know that if you make an appointment between noon and 3pm during the month of April, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids will donate $1 to our local Autism Society? Check out the special coupon over on our coupon page, or in the Coupon section below. PLUS, be sure to contact us to make an appointment and help raise awareness of this important cause!

 National Autism Month

Autism_Awareness_Ribbon.pngGiving Back to the Community: Join Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in recognizing the 2017 National Autism Awareness Month! According to the Autism Society, "National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year." Check out the Autism Society's Get Involved page for more information!

Some Bunny LOVES Shear Madness!

Easterlr2.jpgThousands of kids and their parents love coming to Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids for great haircuts, cool parties and awesome retail! Find out how you can be a part of our amazing franchising family today, and start on an incredible journey towards opening your own Shear Madness Hair Salon! You won't want to miss our free (and redesigned) Franchising Toolkit to get started. This helpful resource can be found just a "hop" away at Franchise Opportunities!

Savings & Social Media Awesomeness!

socialmediaicons6.jpgWe're now on Tumblr Too! Did you know that Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids is now on Tumblr? Yes, that's right! You can follow what's going on at our Tumblr page right HERE. Meanwhile, if you're looking for even more fun from Shear Madness, then don't miss out on our fantastic Facebook page - or check out our always madtastic (and helpful) updates and resources available at our Franchise BlogInstagram, Google+, Pinterest & Twitter!

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Put a Spring in your Step with Our Coupons! You'll feel on top of the world with our amazing specials in April - just head over to our coupon page and check them out! For example, right now in honor of National Autism Awareness Month, if you buy a retail item we'll donate 10% of your purchase to your local Autism Support Group! It's just another great way your local Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids is helping you make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families! 

Super FUN Crafts for Kids!

ladybug.jpgMake Something COOL Today: Check out our cool Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest, and learn how to make some really cute lady bugs (as pictured at left), a funny bumble bee made from an egg carton, DIY birdhouses, clothespin dragonflies, water bottle flowers, a spinning hot air balloon, colorful wind socks and unique butterfly made from a cardboard tube! Wow, there's just so much to fun to be had here with your family! Have a great April! 

Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids: Where Every Child Matters! 

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Meet Seven of Our Franchise Owners!

Posted by Janon Otto on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 13:03 PM

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The past several years have been EXCITING years for our team! Owning and operating a kid's shear madness salon franchise has it's share of hurdles and challenges, but we maintain a positive attitude and outlook as we keep pressing forward! It has been fun to see all our hard work paying off as we now celebrate having 10 locations open (with more on the way)! Our incredibly COOL salon concept for kids has franchise locations now in Lees Summit MO, Albuquerque NM, San Antonio Texas, McAllen Texas, Amherst New York, Humble Texas, West Des Moines and Ankeny Iowa and a NEW location in Lake Forest, California - all thanks to our dedicated and enthusiastic franchisees and our team. Now we would like to take a moment and recognize some of our fabulous franchise owners and their families. To our ever growing Shear Mad-tastic Family - here's to you!

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TDanni.jpgTodd Danni: Todd has spent a career developing and managing a real estate portfolio in Buffalo, New York. In addition, Todd and a partner developed a successful Fitness Concept from two million in revenue to over 18 million when he was in his twenties. Most recently, Todd signed an Area Development Agreement to open multiple locations in New York State, Pittsburg, PA and Cleveland Ohio - with his first store opening in Amherst, New York! “We are excited to bring Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids to the East coast,” said Todd Danni. “We feel like Shear Madness has a unique business model and we look forward to expanding the concept in the northeast.”  Todd is opening his second location in August of this year!

AndrewMary.jpgAndrew and Mary Elmasri: Andrew and Mary signed an Area Development Agreement covering 5 counties in Southern California, with their first store opening in Lake Forest, California! Doctor Andrew Elmasri of Lake Forest, California, is a managing partner of California Children’s Salons, LLC and President of CA Anesthesia of Laguna Niguel California. “We have a growing demographic of young families in Southern California, and we are excited to bring the unique concept Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids offers to this area,” commented Elmasri. “After visiting with management in Kansas City earlier this year, we feel like the opportunities for positive expansion is a great fit for our area.”

Jperkins.jpgJackie Perkins: As a former supervising manager of a Fortune 500 company in the Oil and Gas industry, Jackie was interested in more than just a business - she was looking for an opportunity to use her talents and business skills. Several of Jackie’s friends owned Franchises, which gave her added motivation to start her own business. Drawn to Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids for their fun and positive model, Jackie now has her own amazing store in the Humble/Kingwood, Texas area! Jackie is having fun with her new location and currently has her eyes on a location for her second location!

Picture 1Brenda and Eduardo Morales: Our very first Shear Madness franchise owners, this couple opened their first salon in San Antonio TX at the Village in Stone Oak in San Antonio, TX in November 2012. Brenda and Eduardo have faithfully endured many of the early franchising growing pains with good humor and a willingness to learn. Their store has steadily seen growth despite the tough competition in their area. Their birthday parties have been a very successful addition to their haircutting business. We are so grateful for this caring, enthusiastic, and extremely hard working couple.

michelle webMichelle and Tom Vick: This couple came to us in 2012 looking for an opportunity to grow our concept in a brand new market in Albuquerque NM. To our delight, Shear Madness in Albuquerque, NM opened in October 2013 with much local anticipation and enthusiasm! Their salon is steadily growing, and with the help of their Fantastic Staff they are successfully building a great reputation with their local people. They also own a construction company. Shear Madness provides diversity to their income.

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Elsy and Jorge Garcia : Owners of the Shear Madness at the Forum in San Antonio, TX, this couple moved to the United States from Monterrey, Mexico. Opening their first Shear Madness location while moving their family and and enrolling 4 children in school was challenging - but worth the effort. They have a super location in a high traffic area with fantastic stylists! Their store has been converted completely from a previous children's hair salon into a fantastic Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids!

erin signErin Nanke: Erin was a full time marketing executive for a large television station and owner of our new location which opened November 2013 in West Des Moines, IA! Her store sits across from Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines, and across from the popular local favorite Scratch Cupcakery. Partly due to her incredible location and partly to her mega marketing skills, this franchisee is building her salon into "the place to be" in Des Moines, Iowa! Erin also opened a second location in Ankeny, Iowa! We are honored to have such knowledgable and determined franchisees on our team.

Our Franchisees in McAllen TX: This young couple was super excited to open their first Shear Madness in McAllen, TX! They have a beautiful store that not only offers great haircuts - but cool retail too! It's definately the destination for lots of kids and their parents in the McAllen/Edinburg area. Be sure to check it out!

jimandjanonJanon and Jim Otto: This extremely hardworking husband and wife duo diligently work behind the scenes not only as Shear Madness franchisors, but as salon owners as well! They opened their first location in Lee's Summit, MO in May 2013, and have been successfully building their salon business since. This Madtastic couple sells, supports, oversees, and executes every aspect of Shear Madness Franchising, LLC. No detail is too big or too small for the Otto's. Jim and Janon strongly believe in the kid's hair salon concept and the future of Shear Madness.  The Otto's have just signed a lease to open their second location in Liberty, MO - so look for that in early summer!

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Paula Thurman (far right): The mother and founder of Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, Paula Thurman has built her kid's hair salon and boutique concept to be what it has become today. As owner and operator for over 18 years, she is an expert when it comes to customer service, managing employees, payroll, retail, and many other salon related issues. Paula personally oversees all training for new franchise locations and their employees. She is committed to the success and vision of becoming the very Best Kid's Hair Salon Franchise - "The Standard by Which All Others are Measured!" Paula co-owns the original Shear Madness Haircut for Kids, Olathe, KS location.

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Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about this franchise opportunity or small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow your small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

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Hair Care Tips for Your Child's Hair!

Posted by Matthew S on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 15:03 PM

Haircaretips.jpgSometimes it can be pretty easy to help teach kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle through brushing their teeth, washing their hands, and how to take a proper bath or shower. But when it comes to proper care of hair, sometimes this is one of those subjects that can be easy to overlook! Here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, a hair salon where every child matters, we understand how important healthy hair can be towards helping kids feel great about themselves each day. That's why we thought it might be a good idea to share some of our hair care tips on developing a routine that works for you and your child, and reinforces healthy hair habits from an early age on!

Different Kids, Different Hair! First off, every child is different and has a different type of hair (dry, oily, curly or straight). Age, activity level  and even weather conditions are also important considerations when trying to determine how often a child might need to wash and care for their hair! For example, some recommend that toddler hair should be washed around three times a week, while oily hair should be shampooed once a day or every other day. Some also recommend that hair should be rinsed out with water and properly conditioned after swimming or excessive sweating.  Meanwhile, be sure to monitor how your child responds to shampoo and conditioner, as well as the frequency it's being washed, and adjust as necessary. If you notice the hair or scalp responding poorly to the shampoo, conditioner (such as the hair becoming dull, oily or dry), you may want to try a different shampoo or not wash their hair as often. 

Picking the Right Hair Care Products: Different kids and different hairstyles require different kids shampoo and conditioners too! How the shampoos and conditioners smell and react with their skin are all things you'll want to think about when making a healthy and helpful purchase in this area. For example, if a child's hair is dry, try to look for a good moisturizing shampoo. Also, if a child has a scalp condition (such as dandruff, psoriasis or dermatitis), checking with a dermatologist might be helpful. And don't forget, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids carries a huge variety of shampoos and swimmer's shampoos (in a variety of fun and fruity scents) conditioners, pre-swim conditioners, lice prevention and defense and colored hair chalks and gels (for guys and gals) too! Read all about them on our Shear Madness Products page

Washing that Hair! When washing your child's hair, be sure to get the hair completely wet and use about a quarter-sized amount of shampoo (thicker hair types might require a little more shampoo, while thinner hair types migth require a little less). Gently massage the shampoo into the hair and scalp using just your fingertips. Be careful not to scratch, as this may irritate the scalp. When finished, make sure all the shampoo is washed out of the hair. Any left-over shampoo may irritate the hair or scalp. 

But What About Kids Conditioner? Conditioners also depend on the type of hair your child has, and come in several varieties. Leave-in conditioners are not washed out of the child's hair, and are simply left in to help with such issues as detangling. However, a leave-in conditioner may give fine, thin hair a lot of extra weight - which could give a less than ideal appearance to the hair. There's also instant conditioners, which coat the hair and help with such factors as shine and softness. Unlike a leave-in conditioner, instant conditioners are rinsed out of the hair. Meanwhile, deep conditioners will stay in the hair for certain amount of time before being rinsed out. Depending on the condition of the hair, you'll want to look at the frequency of using a deep conditioner. Sometimes it might be with every hair washing - or simply just once a month.

Oh No! It's a Hair Emergency! Sometimes kids end up with stuff stuck in their hair like glue or gum. But don't worry! A lot of times these can be solved without needing to cut out the problem area. For example, glue can sometimes be removed with getting the area wet, using a little conditioner and then combing it out. Sometimes baby oil left in the hair for 15 or 20 minutes will help remove the glue. As for gum, peanut butter or vegetable oil can help with this. Just let it set for a few minutes, and then rinse! However, if a child takes their hair into their own hands and cuts it - you may need to see a professional stylist (like at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids) to help fix the problem. But hats, pins and hairbows can help conceal the problem area too, at least until the hair grows back.

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Interested in learning how YOU can join Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids and run your own successful small business that helps kids and their families? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salons in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow a small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD!

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

Topics: Shear Madness Haircuts for kids, kids, hairstyle, helping kids, franchising, haircare, healthy lifestyle, hair care

A Father & Son's First Trip to Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids!

Posted by Matthew S on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 15:03 PM

fatherson.jpgAfter having recently written about what it is that Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids is about (which can be read right here), we thought it would be fun to follow it up with an actual account of a parents review of a first-time visit to one of our stores! Following is what a father and his son had to say about what it's like to visit a Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids!

Matt describes that after learning about Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids from a friend, he made an appointment for his son to visit on a Sunday afternoon. "The receptionist was very friendly, and really sounded interested in what was going on," Matt noted. "This was a great first impression, as sometimes I've called stores and gotten ahold of people who weren't overly enthused to talk to me. It made a difference."

Matt then discussed that on the day of their appointment, he tried to arrive with his son a few minutes early. "When we walked in, I could tell this was the kind of place I would have loved coming to as a kid. And I could tell my son was really liking it too. He was drawn to the diecast vehicles and action figures in a cool retail area in the front of the store, and spent a few minutes checking these out while we waited just a minute or two for our haircut. There were a lot of toys and games for boys, but there was also toys and stuffed animals for girls -and there was jewelry, hairbows and hair products too, which was great. I also really liked the look of the store, as it has a lot of bright colors and fun artwork hanging on the walls. And there was a birthday party going on in the back, with karaoke, which added to the fun atmosphere of the place."

"My son pretty much knew what to expect for his haircut, but this was the first time he was able to play a game while he was getting it cut. He also could have watched a movie too, but he couldn't resist one of the building games that was available on the game console that he also plays at home. Meanwhile, I was able to stand nearby and watch, and we both gave our input on what we were looking for regarding his hairstyle," Matt explained. "The stylist was very friendly, and talked to my son about how his day was. She also talked with me too, and seemed like she really enjoyed her job. I saw that there were a variety of vehicle type chairs for kids to sit in while they were getting a haircut, but as my son is older, he sat in a normal sized chair. I later learned that I could have gotten a haircut there as well if I had wanted, and that sometimes adults will come in and get a haircut with their child for the sake of convenience. There's also various haircutting packages, where a mother and son can get a haircut together for a special price, or a daddy and daughter can get one too. I'll definitely plan on coming back again the next time my son needs his haircut!"

When Matt's son was asked about his visit to Shear Madness, he smiled and said, "My Shear Madness trip was so fantastic, it felt wonderful to get manly-scented hair gel put into my hair. I enjoyed playing the games while getting my haircut. I also liked how vibrant everything was, and had fun looking at the toys. I would definitely recommend this place, because it's good!"

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Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

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March Newsletter 2017: Spring into Shear Madness!

Posted by Matthew S on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

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St. Patrick's Day is Friday, March 17! Here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, we're "springing" into fun with a ton of cool activities and special sales for the whole month of March! For example, don't miss out on our DIY Nail Stations on the 16th & 17th. PLUS if you show us some GREEN and buy something GREEN - you can save some GREEN too! On March 16 and 17, if you have green in your clothing and buy something with green in it - we'll give you 15% off that item (at participating locations)! And don't forget, March is Spring Break and SUNSHINE - we have Sunglasses of all shapes & sizes, and most all styles are less than $10!

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FREE DIY Nail Stations! On Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, be sure to stop by your Shear Madness and check out our FREE DIY Nail Painting Stations! Kids and their parents will love getting those finger nails painted up for St. Patrick's Day! Don't miss out - be sure to get it on your calendar! It's going to be a lot of fun (at participating locations)!

 National Girl Scouts Week

madfun.jpgWe Salute the Scouts: Did you know that the 2nd week of March is National Girl Scout Week? Did you also know that if you wear your Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts uniform (or just bring in your sash), you can get 10% off any retail purchases all month long? That's just awesome! And remember, Camp Fire girls are not left out either - if you belong to this organization, we'll honor those sashes too! Plus, your local Shear Madness just might have a cool class for you to earn a Girl Scouts Badge! To find out if your location is participating, click here for location and contact information!

NEW! Redesigned Franchise Toolkit!

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Are you interested in how you can make a positive difference in the lives of children and their parents through a Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids franchising opportunity? If so, don't miss our amazing Franchising Toolkit! Recently updated, this resource is filled with crucial franchising information, color photos of our award-winning concept, franchisee reviews, customer reviews and more! Just click "franchise opportunities" (don't worry, it's a free download), or contact us today at 1-888-98 GONE MAD!

Social Media & Coupons!

socialmediaicons.jpgCheck out Our Online Place for FUN! Our super cool Facebook  page is home to funny jokes, awesome customer feedback, great photos from our model contests and much more! Also, don't forget about our InstagramGoogle+ and Twitter  pages - as well as our MADTASTIC Franchise Blog! And of course, don't miss out on some of our favorite Shear Madness pins this month on Pinterest! 

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A Pot of Gold FULL of Savings! If you've been on a quest to find that elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, then you may find what you're looking for at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids! Check out some of our "golden" deals on our coupon page! For example, how does $2 off a Baby's First Haircut Package sound? Plus, since green is the theme this month, all apple or tea tree scented Circle of Friends products are 20% off this month only! For this and more great offers (at participating locations), click coupons!

Our Favorite Kids Crafts for March!

SMshamrock2.jpgSt. Patty's Day Crafts for Kids: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some fun kids crafts! Check out our cool Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest, and learn how to make St. Patrick's Day punch for kids, a stained glass four leaf clover, a shamrock man, Leprechaun toilet paper roll hats, paper plate rainbows, St. Patricks Day cookies, and St. Patty's Day bingo! Have fun, and have a great March! 

Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids - Where Every Child Matters!

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Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow your small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD

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Ready to Work?

Posted by Jim Otto on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 17:02 PM

readytowork.jpgI was recently talking to a friend of mine about a recent food franchise that had failed after being open only six months. He said, “well the food wasn’t very good and the customer service was bad.” Well there’s a surprise! Of all the components that are most important to your long term success, having a well-trained and motivated staff is numero uno. Even more so than your process, and more than your product, having the right people in place is a must.

Signs of an undertrained staff that is ready to work are low productivity, being less efficient, less knowledgable, an inability to offer customer support, and in some cases they may even be unsafe! Does that sound good for business? Yet many franchisees buy a franchise and hire people who they think are going to love and care about the business. Unfortunately, many end up the like the food franchise that I started off talking about...closed for business. But here’s the thing, this is a nationally known chain with good food and a fun atmosphere - so therefore we can only assume that this inattentive owner failed at every level. From the cooks in the kitchen who were preparing the food, to the waiters and to the check-in staff.

Don’t waste your money buying a franchise if you can’t spend time getting to know and train the people who are going to work for you. They are the “face” of your business. That’s why at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids we train our staff to answer the phone the same way every time, as that voice on the phone is the first impression of our business. We want all of our customers to know that we are “having a great day at Shear Madness!” Well trained employees know how to communicate, know how to listen, become self-motivated, know how to sell themselves and your business and know how to deal with stressful situations. And that makes for a business that you can be proud of!

Shear Madness Franchising franchises Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids salons. We have worked with franchise stores in providing franchisee support (in order to encourage continual growth and business success), and have sometimes seen the unexpected happen!  When it does, we help by identifying and helping with challenges that might arise for franchisees. Additionally, we work to present options that can help prevent these events as well. As many franchise owners may not have opened a business before, having someone who can advise them is a significant advantage of franchise ownership!

Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business that provides a positive experience in helping children and their families? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salons in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow a small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD!

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Topics: franchise buyers, Small Business Franchise Information, small business how-tos, growing a small business, employee, employee retention, keeping good employees, franchising, why buy a franchise

When it Comes to Franchising...Don't Buy the Ice Melt!

Posted by Jim Otto on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 17:02 PM

dontbuyicemelt.jpgYou know, several weeks ago our local weatherman here in Kansas City started talking about a major ice storm. When the local news came on they would open up with the scary music and the big graphics that filled the screen, "ICE STORM 2017".  Of course, there were long lines at the grocery stores and bottled water supplies quickly dwindled. However, one report that really fascinated me was from a poor, exhausted individual at a local convenience store who had been to 7 stores, and still couldn't find any ice melt - everyone was sold out! 
 
Well, you probably know where I am gong with this. The big storm never came. If the people who had gone out in a panic had done a little homework, they would've noticed that it was a one day event where the weathermen expected it to be back in the fifties in a couple of days. In other words, if you could survive for 24 hours, you were probably going to be just fine!
 
Unfortunately, franchising is a lot like this. We are constantly  amazed by some of our competitors who claim things like, "We are growing at 500 percent! We have 16 markets that are sold out! We are the best children's salon franchise in America!" One recent competitor of ours making such claims just bought the concept from a previous Franchisor competitor only two years ago! Wow! If we would have known that we could have learned everything about our business in a couple of years, then you can bet that we would've franchised it along time ago (because we ran the concept for 12 years before we franchised it). You see, what they are really good at is selling franchises - not running the concept that they are selling. 
 
So let me give you some advice: do your homework! Ask how long a franchisor has been running the concept, ask if they are currently running the concept, ask how many franchise locations have closed and for goodness sake's call the franchisees and see if they are getting the training and support they need. The moral to the story here? A lot of franchisors sound just like our local weatherman, and a whole lot of people went out and spent money on ice melt when they really shouldn't have!
 
Shear Madness Franchising franchises Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids salons. We have worked with franchise stores in providing franchisee support (in order to encourage continual growth), and have sometimes seen the unexpected happen!  When it does, we help by identifying and helping with challenges that might arise for franchisees. Additionally, we work to present options that can help prevent these events as well. As many franchise owners may not have opened a business before, having someone who can advise them is a significant advantage of franchise ownership!

Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow your small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD

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Topics: franchise buyers, buying a franchise, Shear Madness Haircuts for kids, how to buy into a franchise, how to franchise, franchising, franchise ownership, why buy a franchise, franchise success

Seven Things Every Franchisor Should be Doing

Posted by Janon Otto on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 17:02 PM

7things.jpgMany business owners will often take a look at their business and ask, "how can I grow?". Friends will look at them and say "Hey!  You ought to franchise!".  Sounds good - franchise your business!  Easy, right?!  Just find some people who want to do what you do, teach them to do it, and then sit back and collect all that royalty! Wow - So Easy!

WRONG!  Running a franchise is work!  It is running a business that is totally different than the business that you are franchising. If you're someone who is thinking of starting a franchise, or buying into one, you'll want to remember the list of the seven important things that the franchisor had better be offering their franchisees. If they aren't, then the system is not worth doing or investing in!

1.  Putting franchisee profits first!  

2.  Staying current with all marketing methods, evaluating them as they relate to the franchise business, and teaching franchisees about them.

3.  Continuing to develop the concept so that it stays up to date with the times and trends.

4.  Developing standards to help all franchisees evaluate their success or areas that need improvement. As an example from a salon business standpoint, this would be such relevant information as how many haircuts should a stylist perform in a given time period, how to figure out what to pay your stylists, what products to offer in your store, etc.?

5.   Developing benchmarks  for success.  How is each franchise doing compared to others in the system?  Are all franchisees given access to the best information?

6.   Continually developing new content that potential customers see as fresh.  Website, social media platforms, in store materials, etc.

7.   Constantly improving franchisee support - both access, systems, & communication.

Shear Madness Franchising franchises Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids salons. We have worked with franchise stores in providing franchisee support (in order to encourage continual growth), and have sometimes seen the unexpected happen!  When it does, we help by identifying and helping with challenges that might arise for franchisees. Additionally, we work to present options that can help prevent these events as well. As many franchise owners may not have opened a business before, having someone who can advise them is a significant advantage of franchise ownership!

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Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow a small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

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February Newsletter 2017: Make it an Extra Special Valentine's Day!

Posted by Matthew S on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

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A Great Valentine's Gift! Our Daddy Daughter Makeovers or Mother Son Fun Valentine's Package makes such an awesome valentine's gift - or gift for any other special occasion! And right now, it's at a special price of only $29.95! The Daddy Daughter package includes one Diva Day and a FREE certificate with 4x6 photo. Our cool Mother Son Fun Package includes a boy's haircut with fun color (mom gets matching color in her hair) and a fun keepsake 4x6 photo! Call to schedule your appointment now (at participating locations)!

SMheart.jpgDiva Day & Mad Manes Gift Certificates! Great for birthdays, holidays, or any other fun event, our amazing Diva Day and Mad Manes gift certificates (for the boys) are a perfect surprise! These certificates include $10 of purchases from our FUN Toy & Bow Boutique, as well as a Diva Day (mini makeover) - or kids haircut & colored stripes for the boys. So if you'd like to treat your kids to an experience they will long remember, be sure to ask your local store about Diva Day & Mad Manes Gift Certificates

Fall in Love with a Shear Madness Franchise!

SMheart2.jpg2016 was a great year for Shear Madness! We had strong revenue growth in our franchise system and concluded the year with lots of momentum going into the New Year. However, what we're most thankful for is our fantastic franchisees and how together we're building on our Core values and carrying forward our message that at Shear Madness Every Child matters. If you are looking for an opportunity to franchise with one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems around, check out our Franchise Opportunities!

Positive Social Media Fun & Great Coupons!

socialmediaheart.jpgPositive and Fun all Month Long! Are you looking for a fun and positive place online that helps brighten your day? If so, you'll LOVE our funny jokes, awesome customer feedback and more - and it's all happening right now at our amazing Facebook page! And if you want even more Shear Madness, be sure to check out our constantly updated Franchise Blog, InstagramGoogle+Pinterest and Twitter!

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Fall in Love with our Coupons! Do you LOVE saving money? If so, you'll love our great offers available on our coupon page! For example, one of our coupons is for a "Buy 2 Get 1 Free on all BOWdacious Bow Hair Bling"! WOW! So if you're out shopping for your Valentine, birthdays, or another special occasion - don't miss all those great deals you’ve been waiting for over at the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids coupon page!

Valentine's Crafts for Kids

valentinetree.jpgValentine's Holiday Crafting! Don't miss our cool Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest, where you'll learn how to make a flowering heart tree (as seen at right), cute love bugs, a "bee" mine valentine decoration, handprint frames, a funny Valentine's character made from a red cup, DIY owl treat bags, candy filled valentines, fingerprint heart ornaments and much more! Have fun, and have an extra special Valentine's Day!

Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids - Where Every Child Matters!

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Are you interested in learning how YOU can join the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids family and run your own successful small business? We are one of the fastest growing kids hair salon franchise systems in the industry today! If you would like to learn more about small business marketing, great marketing strategies, resources for small businesses, how to grow your small business, or how to become a successful owner of your own kids hair salon franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

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