7 Tips to Cultivate Happy Customers

Posted by Matthew S on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 16:04 PM

happycustomersMost businesses will spend a lot of time and energy working to acquire new customers and build up various products and services, while at the same time possibly causing their current customers to feel a little left out. In our fast paced world, it can be an easy thing to do. But it can also be a costly thing to do as well! Following are seven tips on how you can be sure you're cultivating happy customers, saving time and money - and growing new customers too!

Happy Employees: It's important to hire employees who genuinely care about the customers you are providing a service for. As an example, consider a salon franchise that works primarily with children. Employees should either have a successful background working with kids - or have a manner that children and parents will be comfortable with. You may also want to see how a potential employee responds by immersing them in the culture of your business for a short period of time before hiring.

Employee Education: Business owners may wish to develop team goals or principals that your employees are mindful of while working and interacting with customers and each other. These principles also may help guide employees to be more comfortable making decisions on their own. For example, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids has their own "Top 10 Madtastic Goals" that are vibrantly displayed in all of our salons. 

Employee Confidence: Help employees understand that one of the most important factors in the operation of the business is customer service. Employees SERVE the customer, and are working hard to help customers have a great experience that they'll want to be sure to return for in the future.

Listening to your Customer: Your business will want to make sure that it's listening and responding to your customers through traditional customer interaction (phone calls and conversations inside your store), as well as the internet (customer reviews and internet sites that mention your business) and social media (facebook, google+, twitter, blog posts and more). In all interactions, be sure to be friendly, patient and show genuine attentiveness to what they might be needing.

Ask Questions: Ask the appropriate questions in response to a customer need so that you can understand exactly how to help (and avoid frustration). Consider asking the "Five Ws" - or those questions that help in basic information gathering. Who is it about? What happened? When did it take place? Where did it take place? Why did it happen? Also pay attention to body language (verbal and nonverbal communication)!

Customer Education: Create content that helps educate your customers in a creative and fun way. Remember that educational content doesn't have to be bland and boring. It can be fun and exciting, such as contests on social media, comic books describing a process, crazy how-to videos, and more. The more your customers love your content, the more you're helping educate and market your brand to your customer - and helping draw new customers in!

Following Up with your Customer: Make sure you've done all that you can in order to help a customer leave your business happy. If you promise to do something for a customer, don't take too long to fulfill your committment, or worse - forget! And although it may seem obvious, make sure you're thinking of your customer as a real person just like you, and not just a number. 

So at the end of the day, by making sure that current customers are happy, you'll not only foster trust and loyalty towards your business, but also bring in new customers through your current customers sharing the great experience your business has provided! 

Through years of working in the children's salon industry, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids Franchising, LLC has learned a lot about how to deliver great experiences for our customers. We work hard to share our many great resources and business experiences so that our franchisees will have the tools to succeed! If you're interested in learning how to become a successful owner of your own franchise, please click below!

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Topics: kids salon franchise, salon franchise, Small Business Franchise Information, Business Tips, Free Resources for Businesses, growing a small business, marketing strategies, employee

Paws 4 Autism at Shear Madness!

Posted by Matthew S on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

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On March 15, Paws 4 Autism arrived at the Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids located in Lee's Summit, Missouri. The event, which was designed to promote Autism Awareness, was unique in that it featured service dogs trained to help autistic children. 

The dogs visited with families and were a big hit with kids and adults alike! Terri Wible, Executive Director and Cofounder of Paws 4 Autism, noted that there were even two standout moments that happened during the event. "The first was when we were trying to describe to the stylists and management just HOW the pups could help a child with autism during their cut. It was easier to SHOW the calming effects…so we put Merlin (one of our pups in training) up in the car while my daughter was getting her hair trimmed.  Everyone was amazed at how calm he was sitting so high! The second was a lovely lady who stopped in as she was passing by just to find out about our dogs and the work Paws 4 Autism does.  While she doesn’t have a direct connection to autism, she did know several who may be able to assist in fundraising or opening doors to possible sponsors.  We are truly grateful for any assistance we can get!"

Janon Otto, CEO of Shear Madness Franchising also attended the event, and noted how impressed she was with the dogs. "I talked to the families that attended and found that one child had meltdowns that lasted 2.5 hours - but since they received one of these service dogs, their son calms down in 5 minutes!  They are also now able to take this dog with them to Wal-mart and have a leisurely shopping experience, instead of rushing to avoid a meltdown by their son." Janon also noted that, "These dogs were so calm - when they wear their vests they know that they are working and they are calm.  When they don't have vests on - they behave like any other dogs!"

Starting back in July of 2010, Paws 4 Austism's Mission has been to bring Autism Service Dogs and related services, including community outreach and education, service dog awareness, informational training and social skills classes, to children who demonstrate autism spectrum behaviors. Their vision is for all children on the autism spectrum and for those with spectrum behaviors to have access to specifically trained autism service and/or therapy dogs to assist with their peer interaction and improve social integration in their schools and communities. Ms. Wible also notes that, "Paws 4 Autism is 100% volunteer driven and funded by the community. Our growth is dependent upon the generosity of our Donors, Sponsors, In-Kind Partners and especially our Volunteers. If anyone is interested in finding out creative ways they can assist, including fostering puppies in training, please contact us at Paws 4 Autism!"

Here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids Franchising, we work hard to share our many great resources and business experiences so that our franchisees will have the tools to succeed! If you're interested in learning how to become a successful owner of your own kids salon franchise business, please click below!

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Topics: kids salon franchise, kids salons, Shear Madness Haircuts for kids, children, haircuts, autism, dogs, Autism Awareness, service dogs, paws 4 autism

Educational Apps and Television for Kids!

Posted by Matthew S on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

EducationalAppsAt Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, delivering a great experience for kids is our specialty. Whether it's helping them (and their parents) feel great by getting a fantastic haircut, hosting an awesome party, or providing the very best in hair products, hair related accessories, toys and more, we love being able to share a little happiness with the world through what we do best! 

Kids today have a lot of options when it comes to entertainment. And with televisions and video game stations in our hair salons to help provide positive distractions for kids while their hair is being cut, we know a thing or two about great games and television shows. And best of all, we understand how important it is for kids to have fun - but also be able to find positive and educational content to help encourage and motivate.

Below is a list of some great apps and fun television shows we've come across.

Educational Apps for Kids

Toca Hair Salon 2: (Available on iOS, Google Play, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone). Have you ever wanted to run your own Hair Salon? In this fun game, which has a unique style that is sure to be a hit with kids and parents alike, you'll use your fingers to comb, color, shave and blow-dry lifelike hair on a number of cute characters.

Endless Alphabet: (Available on iOS, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Phone). Endless Alphabet is a great interactive app that helps facilitate reading success! Children will enjoy learning the alphabet and building up their vocabulary with lovable monsters. Words that are taught through the app also feature interactive puzzles and talking letters with animations that help illustrate the definition.

Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings: (Available on iOS, Google Play, Amazon, Nook and Windows Store). Daniel Tiger from the well known PBS Kids series helps kids learn about their feelings through fun games and songs. Children are sure to enjoy the photo booth, drawing easel, 18 sing-along songs, and the Trolley game (where over a dozen mini games can be found)! 

Duolingo: (Available on iOS, Android, Windows Store). This app is a great way to learn different languages for both kids and adults! By earning points for correct answers to fun games, you'll enjoy seeing your progress as you level up and learn! And it's FREE!

TeachMe: (Available on iOS). This series of educational apps help kids learn through age-appropriate learning categories. With fun graphics and reward-based activities, TeachMe has received a lot of praise from teachers and parents.

Cookie Doodle: (Available on iOS and Windows Store). Does your child enjoy making cookies? If so, they'll really have a great time with this app! By using their finger to roll the dough, they'll also cut out shapes, and sprinkle frosting and other fun toppings - and then get to "eat" it! Best of all, there's no mess!

Great Television for Kids

How It's Made: This half hour documentary television show gives an exciting look into how everyday items (engines, musical instruments, sporting equipment) are made. This is a fun show to sit down to as a family, and is sure to help kids think more about the world around them. It also helps teach about design, manufacturing, and more!

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: A beloved classic, this movie is broken into four animated stories - which is ideal in case your children would like to take a break. With fun songs, beautiful animation, and masterful storytelling, you're sure to find something special with these magical Winnie the Pooh Adventures.

Mighty Machines: If your kids love machines, then they are sure to have a great time learning about airplanes, diggers, trains, fire engines and more through this fun television program. The show is unique as it uses voice actors to make the machines talk to the viewers in order to describe how they work and what's going on.

The Big Adventure Series: With more than 16 videos, the Big Adventure Series allows kids to go behind the scenes to learn about submarines, space shuttles, national parks and more. Enjoyable and educational for kids, this series is also a lot of fun for adults too!

Here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids Franchising, we work hard to share our many great resources and business experiences so that our franchisees will have the tools to succeed! If you're interested in learning how to become a successful owner of your own franchise business, please click below!

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

Topics: franchise, kids salon franchise, salon franchise, kids salons, franchise opportunity, Shear Madness Haircuts for kids, children, Free Resources for Businesses, kids, salon, Best Kid Apps

Is a Kids Hair Salon Franchise a Good Investment?

Posted by Matthew S on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

goodinvestmentIs there really room in the lucrative hair care franchise market for a Kids Hair Salon Franchise? And for that matter, is the hair care franchise industry a good place to invest your franchise dollars? Because let's be honest. There's already a number of low cost family hair salons out there - perhaps some that currently operate within your own community. But what about children? Can this potential for profit within this hair care segment really be there? For the individual investigating franchise opportunities, these are valid questions that are good to consider.

The Unique Opportunities of a Kid's Hair Salon: Following are some reasons why the Kids Salon Franchise continues to be one of the more unique opportunities you might want to explore in the months ahead!

  • While the hair care industry is recession resistant, some of the areas that have been hit the hardest in the recent economic downturn are the high end salon services. Since the childrens salon model doesn't really cater to this segment, they haven't been as affected.

  • Because parents want the very best for their kids, they'll often seek out professionals who not only understand and know how to work with children when it comes to hair care - but also understand the importance in helping children feel great about themselves! And you've probably heard it said before, but it's true! As the Kid's Hair Salon niche is underserved, there's a lot of untapped potential for this salon specialty within many communities. 

  • When talking about salons, there are usually several different types that come to mind. For example, there's the High End Salons (where the client follows the stylist and stylists work on a commission basis), Low End Salons (walk-in salons where clients aren't really loyal to a stylist or to the salon - it's all about convenience), and Booth Rentals (a salon where the stylists rent the space and makes their own appointments, etc.). a kids salon must be designed speciallfy for children (stylists tend to be employees, however they develop relationships with the kids they serve). Because a kids salon doesn't fit any of these typical models, clients will come for the atmosphere - as well as the great stylists! And don't forget, clients will also drive further to treat their children to the more friendly atmosphere!

  • The market serving parents and their kids is the largest dollar consumer base in the nation! This lends itself well to offering other products and services pertaining to children within the salon itself. And when you combine this with a powerful network of moms and dads who blog and talk to their friends about businesses who market to this segment - your cost of advertising may be drastically reduced!

Challenges within the Kids Salon Industry: While we certainly believe that there are a lot of positives to doing business in the Children's Hair Care Industry, there's also some important issues to consider as well.

  • It's important to be aware that although Kid's Hair Salons are resession resistant - they aren't resession proof. Owners must work at assuring their customers that they are getting a great value for their precious dollars spent. Additionally, services must be priced reasonably enough to retain clients.

  • Care must be given when choosing a market for this concept, as it only caters to a certain age group. If there are too many kids salons in one area, they will not be able to succeed. Also, as the age group of a Kid's Hair Salon is limited, the appeal of the best concept should be wide by making sure that it attracts both boys and girls to as wide of an age group as possible.

  • Operating a business within the parents network is a great place to be, but if you aren't providing a great service, then this network can back fire on you as well! The atmosphere of a Kid's Hair Salon must of course be fun and energetic, but it also must be clean, orderly, and up-to-date. This clientel demands it!

  • When choosing what products or services to offer a customer, careful consideration needs to be given as to the costs vs. benefits of those offerings. A franchise system that chooses products and services on a research level is the best kind of system.

One thing to remember is that when an individual buys into a franchising opportunity with Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, they won’t be going at it alone. Our team excels at being a partner who wants our franchise owners to succeed! We also not only have a lot of business experience under our belt - we LOVE what we do as well! If you’d like to learn more tips on how to achieve success from our team of business experts, click the below banner.

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Topics: franchise, kids salon franchise, salon franchise, kids salons, franchise buyers, buying a franchise, franchise opportunity, Shear Madness Haircuts for kids

Easter Eggs, FREE Haircuts, DIY Nails & More!

Posted by Matthew S on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

March Fun and Special Sales! 

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FREE DIY Nail Stations! If you're looking for a memorable activity to do with your kids, why not come out to your local Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids and check out our DIY Nail Stations set up in celebration of St. Patrick's Day? This awesome event will take place March 16th and 17th (Monday and Tuesday), so be sure to get it on your calendar. It's sure to be a lot of FUN!

easter2Easter Eggs and maybe a FREE HAIRCUT! It's hard to imagine with the colder temperatures right now, but Easter will be here April 5th!  Starting in March, and running until Easter Sunday, each child can "hunt" for a MadTastic Easter egg in our store! Each will contain a fantastic coupon for discounts or a Free Haircut or candy - its a surprise!  Come and Hunt for yours now!

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March Specials! Maybe it's the longer days, or the feeling that winter is almost over. Either way, here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids we're warming things up with awesome specials on manicures, pedicures and more! You'll definately want to check in with your local store to see what's going on. And don't forget our always exciting selection of toys, jewelry, bows, hair care products and more! 

 National Girl Scouts Week

locksoflovelogoGirl Scouts: Did you know that the 2nd week of March is National Girl Scout Week? According to the Girl Scouts website"In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong." Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids recognizes the valuable contributions of the Girl Scouts!

Looking for Your Pot Of Gold?

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Right now, we're looking for qualified franchisees who might like to open a Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Cedar Rapids, Lincoln Nebraska and more! Interested? Check out some of our new resources available through our franchise website. From a great blog discussing the many aspects of franchising, to free downloads and more, we invite you to check out our franchise website by clicking: Franchise Opportunities 

Social Media and Coupons!

socialmediaMarch Shear Madness Fun all month long! You just might feel a little lucky when you discover our free Haircut Fridays, funny jokes, awesome customer feedback and more - and it's all happening right now at our rockin' Facebook page! And if you want more Shear Madness, why not check out our constantly updated Franchise Blog, InstagramGoogle+  and Twitter? And of course, don't miss out on some of our favorite Shear Madness pins this month on Pinterest! 

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Great Coupons! Are you looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? If so, then you're sure to appreciate some of the "golden" offers available on our coupon page! Whether it's shopping for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, an upcoming birthday, or other special occasion - you're sure to find that Madtastic deal you’ve been waiting for at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids!

St. Patty's Day Crafts for Kids

march craftSt. Patty's Day Crafts for Kids: Put a little luck o' the Irish in your March by celebrating St. Patrick's Day with some fun crafts! Check out our cool Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest, and learn how to make Shamrock hats out of paper plates, cute paper shamrock ornaments, a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow party favor - and much more! Have fun, and have a great March!

We're having a great day at Shear Madness, you have one too!

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

Topics: franchise, kids salon franchise, franchise opportunity, Shear Madness Haircuts for kids, children, newsletter, kids boutique, the salon business, kids, makeovers

Kids Hairstyles - Our Favorites!

Posted by Matthew S on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 @ 09:03 AM

When it comes to haircuts, there's one place you can take the kids for a guaranteed Super Cool Hairdo...it's Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids! We have a lot of FUN in our salons cutting kids hair! We specialize in boys' and girls' haircuts, toddler haircuts, & baby haircuts. Our stylists are specially trained to work with children, so you can bet they'll make getting a haircut an exciting and comfortable experience. In fact, we're really proud to say that many of our parents return over and over again to have their child's hair cut by the same stylist, simply because they feel so good with them! Now we've decided to post some pictures of some of our own favorite kids hairstyles for this year. (You may want to sit down for all this cuteness!)Mowhawk

'The Mohawk' Mohawks are The Rage for the boys this year. Even baby boys are getting sweet spikes and Faux Hawks. To see more toddler boy haircuts visit our hairstyles section on our website. Shear Madness Photos 002

'The Bob' hands down is the winner for the girls. Stacked bobs, layered bobs, inverted bobs for girls are the most popular girls haircuts for this year.

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'The Pixie' is the perfect summertime haircut for girls. Simple and fresh it can be worn in a barret, pony, headband, or down.

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'The Dutch Boy' is a very nice style for boys. It works especially with thick hair.framed bob fff

'The Framed Bob' These stylish haircuts for girls (especially with the side sweeped bangs) are another favorite.shag ff 

'The Shag' hairstyle for boys is a top choice this year.waterrfall braid s'Mermaid Braids' are a sweet variation of traditional braids & can be worn many different ways. We especially like the asymetrical side pony (above right).angeled bob s

'The Angled Bob' is a versatile and popular haircut for girls. (This works for older girls too!)

Want even more great photos of hairstyles? Check out the following links: 

So there you have it. We would love to hear your feedback too! Leave a comment or join the fun on our facebook page! Enter contests, view specials, and recieve other fun hair tips from Shear Madness. If you don't have one of our great salons & boutiques near you, perhaps consider opening one!

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

Topics: kids salon franchise, salon franchise, franchise opportunity, children, kids haircuts, kids boutique, kids hairstyles, haircuts, kids new hairstyles, salon, hairstyle

Salon Franchise - Which type is right for you?

Posted by Janon Otto on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 14:02 PM

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In the franchise world there are many options, and choosing between categories alone can be a challenge.  However, one category that is worth evaluating is the salon franchise industry.  Why?  Well, everyone needs a haircut now and then.  Not to mention that most sectors of the salon industry are recession resistant, and it doesn't appear that the internet is going to be able to replace haircuts anytime soon!

Salon Franchise Options

The choices for a Salon Franchise might be a little bigger than you think - but don't worry! It's not too difficult to sort out.

1.  Original Salons: The ones everyone thinks of are some of the original hair salon franchises - think Great Clips, Fantastic Sams, Snip n' Clip, etc.  These are low-end, walk-in type salons.  Clientele doesn't make an appointment, and they tend to exist on every major street corner in most metropolitan cities.  These typically have the stylists acting as management as well and the owner is an absentee owner.

2.  Mens salons: This niche is relatively new to the franchise sector.  Probably the most well know mens salon franchise system is Sport Clips.  However, many others have opened in recent years.  Everything from very high-end Men's Country Club type salons that offer a full array of services i.e. The Boardroom - down to lower-end salons that do high volume, yet still offer men a good haircut without all the frills.  There are also those that appeal to pool players, and those that just cater to "players".  Most wives don't really appreciate the "player" salon environment, and taking your kids to one might be considered as "inappropriate"!

3.  Kids salons: Again we have a type of salon that is relatively new to the scene.  There is no real dominant player in this arena.  Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids has been in operation since 1997 and that's one of the earlier children's salons!  None of the salon systems predate the 90's.  Each franchise has its own personality and philosophy on running a succesful salon.  Extras added to some are kids retail and birthday parties.  Some are run by a manager and others have the stylist/manager configuration. A close evaluation of what makes up the revenue portion of the salon is important to look at. For example, How easy is that portion to run?  Does it take an onsite owner or can it be run absentee?

4.  Hair Removal Salons: These are also very new to the franchise arena.  Tropical Laser Hair Removal opened in 2007! They still fit under salons as the technicians need to have licenses just as hair stylists need to have licenses.  These can be combined with the above types of salons or can be a stand alone type. Many times these are partnered with businesses offering massages.

5.  Nail Salons: There really isn't a dominant player here at all.  It seems that most nail salons are individually owned, yet we're waiting for a franchise to pull it all together!

6.  Massage Salons: An example of a Massage Salon would be Massage Envy.  These typically sell memberships instead of collecting revenue when the service is actually performed.  This type of franchise with membership fees is very popular, especially in the health club arena.  Many buy memberships and then don't use them like they should - which of course helps the franchise system be more profitable.

There you have it!  As you can see, there's a lot to choose from. If you are thinking you might like to know more about franchising in general, we'd invite you to download our FREE toolkit. This great e-document is a fantastic resource in helping you learn more information about investing in a franchise.

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Topics: franchise, kids salon franchise, salon franchise, kids salons, franchise opportunity, the salon business, Small Business Franchise Information

The Easy Way to write a Small Business Plan for a Bank Loan

Posted by Janon Otto on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

Writing a business plan for a small business can be a daunting task - just the sound of it makes it sound BIG! So here are some down-to-earth tips to make the process easy!

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It's important to understand that when developing a plan, there are plans for internal use, those for investors, those for bankers, etc. Be sure you know who your plan is going to be for. In this article we are going to focus on the one written to obtain financing. 

If you are applying for a loan for a small franchise business, this process will be a bit easier as much of the information for three of your four sections the franchisor can help you with.  The bank will also know that you are applying for financing for a business that others have been successful in, and that you'll receive guidance and training for your business.  However, they will still want to know about you and why you personally would be a good fit for this business.

But remember, do NOT go for Length! Even though a plan that is pages and pages long may look impressive on the outside, to a banker with limited time it is NOT impressive!  They want to know "just the facts".  So keep your plan to around 10 pages.

They will evaluate you based on several criteria and those are what they want to know about.  As financing has become more and more difficult to obtain, selling yourself and your plan is required.

Section 1: This section is all about discussing the business that you want to start or get financing for. You may find it helpful to do a small SWAT analysis on your business (S-strengths, W-weaknesses, O-opportunities, T-threats of your business idea) - this will help you complete this section. You'll also want to be sure to properly answer the following questions:
  • What is the purpose of this business?
  • What problem does it solve?
  • What industry will it belong to and how much business does that industry capture?
  • Why are you different from what is out there?
  • What is your competition?
  • What research have you done that makes you believe that your business will succeed? (demographics, etc.)

Section 2: This section is all about you or your staff. In it, you'll discuss who the key people are that will be involved in your business. Be sure to sell yourself first (if you are going to be the main employee), then list the others involved and their relevant information.
  • Who are you and your people?
  • What relevant experience and education do they have that would make them competant and able to help you run this business?
  • What is their job responsibility in your business?

Section 3: Here is where you ask for the amount of money that you would like to receive. Make sure and ask for what you will need - including working capital.
  • What are your plans for the money?
  • Detail out what it will be spent for and how you determined what those amounts are.

Section 4: In this section describe how you intend to pay off the loan you are asking for.
  • Estimate your revenues and be sure to let them know how you came up with your figures.  With a Kids Salon Franchise you would estimate the number of haircuts per month, the price of those and the revenue from other services (with reasonable expecations to start slower and grow over time).  
  • Estimate your expenses as best as you can.  Here you should also let them know where you got your figures.  Make sure and group expenditures into easily understandible categories.  For example, talk about your Fixed and Variable Expenses. Fixed are those costs that will not change no matter how much business you do (rent, some salaries, equipment payments, phone, etc.). Variable expenses will change as your business changes (inventory costs, labor, possibly utilities).

If you have pictures or other items that would make this presentation more interesting, by all means add them - but do NOT overdo it!  Only add photos if they help educate the banker on what they will be loaning money for.  Do not just add pictures for fluff.

If you are beginning a small business franchise, then the franchisor can help you with items 2, 3 & 4. The information in the franchisors item 7 will assist you with section 3.  The information in the franchisors FDD item 19 can assist greatly with section 4.  If you are starting a business from scratch, a great resource to walk you through the business plan process is SCORE.

Maybe a franchise could help you in jump starting a new small business!  Download our free whitepaper to learn the four considerations when buying a franchise.

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Topics: franchise, kids salon franchise, salon franchise, kids salons, franchise opportunity, Shear Madness Haircuts for kids, the salon business, Small Business Franchise Information, how to begin a business, Free Resources for Businesses, small business how-tos

February Newsletter: Valentines Day Specials and more!

Posted by Matthew S on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

Coupons and February Special Sales! 

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Valentine's Day Specials! If you're looking for a unique way to show your love this Valentine's Day, a Daddy Daughter Makeover or Mother Son Fun Valentine's Package might be just the gift! This special package is only $29.95! This includes one Diva Day, a 4x6 photo, a sweetheart ring and a membership to the Diva Club! There's also an option of adding a haircut for Dad for a total of $39.95. But hurry - this offer ends February 28th (specials may vary by store)!

albBOC14smallDiva Day & Mad Manes Gift Certificates! A great Valentines gift idea, our Diva Day and Mad Manes (for the boys) gift certificates are a perfect surprise for this special holiday! These certificates include $10 of purchases from our Toy & Bow Boutique, as well as a mini makeover (or haircut & colored stripes for the boys). So if you'd like to treat your kids to an experience they will long remember, click on Diva Day Gift Certificates

 A Bug-free Valentine's Day!

locksoflovelogoHaving Lice isn't Nice! Tabby Bibbs, manager at the Lee's Summit Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids notes that, "Head lice can happen to anyone at anytime, no matter the socioeconomic status." So if you'd like a little extra insurance in keeping the creepy-crawlies away, be sure to pick up either Circle of Friends Lice Defense products or our Organic Original Sprout products at our stores. Bibbs says that, "The Miracle Detangler and Leave in Conditioner from Original Sprout helps to repel and prevent head lice - and they smell absolutely wonderful!" Read our blog post about putting a stop to head lice!

Fall in Love with a Shear Madness Franchise!

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Right now, we're looking for qualified franchisees who might like to open a Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Cedar Rapids, Lincoln Nebraska and more! Interested? Check out some of our new resources available through our franchise website. From a great blog discussing the many aspects of franchising, to free downloads and more, we invite you to check out our franchise website by clicking: Franchise Opportunities 

Social Media and Coupons!

socialmediaShear Madness Fun all month long! We've got free Haircut Fridays, funny jokes, awesome customer feedback and more - and it's all happening right now at our rockin' Facebook page! And if you want more Shear Madness, why not check out our constantly updated Franchise Blog, InstagramGoogle+ and Twitter? And of course, don't miss out on some of our favorite Shear Madness pins this month on Pinterest! 

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Great Coupons! Do you love saving money? If so, then you're sure to appreciate some of the great offers available on our coupon page! Whether it's shopping for your Valentine, an upcoming birthday, or other special occasion - you're sure to find that Madtastic deal you’ve been waiting for at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids!

Valentine's Crafts for Kids

poppersValentine's Day Crafts for Kids: Celebrate Valentine's Day with those you love by making some Valentine-themed crafts! Check out our cool Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest, and learn how to make Valentine candle holders, heart-shaped animal Valentines, paper heart garland and more! Have fun, and have a great Valentine's Day!

 

We're having a great day at Shear Madness, you have one too!

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Shear Madness Salon Franchise Owners

Posted by Janon Otto on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

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The past two years have been EXCITING years for our team! Owning and operating a kid's salon franchise has it's share of hurtles 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 7 locations open! Our incredibly COOL salon concept for kids has franchise locations now in Lee's Summit MO, Albuquerque NM, San Antonio TX, McAllen TX, and West Des Moines IA thanks to our dedicated and enthusiastic franchisees and our team. Now we would like to take a moment and recognize each one of our fabulous franchise owners and their families. To our ever growing Shear Mad-tastic Family - Here's to you!

Shear Madness Franchise Owners

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. Brenda currently manages the store while Eduardo assists however he can while also managing his business in Mexico. They live in San Antonio with their two children.

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. They live in Albuquerque with their 3 sons.

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Elsy and Jorge Garcia : Owners of the Shear Madness at the Forum in San Antonio, TX, this couple just 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 just 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! We are honored to have such knowledgable and determined franchisees on our team. Erin lives in Johnston IA with her husband and 3 children.

Our Newest Franchisees in McAllen TX: This young couple is excited to open their first Shear Madness in McAllen, TX! They have a brand new store in Citrus Grove Plaza. They live with their two young children in McAllen.

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. They live in Overland Park, KS and have three daughters.

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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 17 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 lives with her family in Overland Park, KS and owns the original Shear Madness Haircut for Kids, Olathe, KS location.

Here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids Franchising, we work hard to share our many great resources and business experiences so that our franchisees will have the tools to succeed! If you're interested in learning how to become a successful owner of your own franchise business, please click below or call 1-888-98 GONE MAD!

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

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