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

April Fun, Autism Awareness and Special Sales!

Posted by Matthew S on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 @ 16:04 PM

springSpring is Here and we're having FUN! Hope you are having a great April! With warmer temperatures, flowers just starting to grow, daylight savings and longer days - it's safe to say that Spring is finally here! And here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, things are certainly heating up with a lot of awesome events going on this month! Check it out!

autismDonations for the Autism Society of America, and 10% off special! During the month of April, If you make an appointment between Noon and 3pm (Monday through Friday only), we'll donate $1 to our local chapter of the Autism Society of America. And don't forget that if you tell the receptionist one fact about autism, you'll get 10% off any retail item. Plus, if you buy a retail item, then 10% of your purchase will also be donated to your local chapter of the Autism Society of America (with coupon, which can be found in the Coupon section below).

 National Autism Month

asalogoThe Autism Society of America: The Autism Society of America's mission is to improve the lives of all affected by Autism through Advocacy, Education, Support, Services and Research. The Autism Society envisions that individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and are able to live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. Read more at the Autism Society of America.

We are Growing!

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Did you know that our children's salon franchise system experienced triple digit growth in 2014? Are you someone who might be interested in learning more about the many great business opportunities available with Shear Madness Franchising? If so, don't miss out on our many free resources available to help pass on our extensive knowledge on franchising, running a business, and more! Click on Franchise Opportunities to get started.

Social Media and Coupons!

socialmediaApril Shear Madness Fun all month long! We have a lot of fun on social media through our Free Haircut Friday contests, funny jokes, awesome customer feedback and more - and it's all happening right now on our fantastic Facebook page! Plus, if you're looking for even more Shear Madness, why not check out our madtastic updates on our Franchise Blog, InstagramGoogle+Pinterest and Twitter?

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Great Coupons! Make the Easter Bunny proud, and fill up your Easter basket with some great goodies from Shear Madness! And as a bonus, this month we've got some great offers available on our coupon page! Whether it's shopping for Easter, an upcoming birthday, or other special occasion - you're sure to find that great deal you’ve been waiting for at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids!

Easter Crafts for Kids

march craftEaster Crafts for Kids: Put an extra spring in your step with some fun Easter crafts! Check out our cool Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest, and learn how to make stained glass Easter egg cookies, cool centerpieces, light up fire flies made from plastic Easter eggs, Easter pudding cups, unique yarn Easter eggs, Easter hair styles - and much more! Have fun, and have a great April!

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

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

Topics: kids salons, franchise opportunity, newsletter, autism, Autism Awareness

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.

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

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

Salon Franchise - Which type is right for you?

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

Child getting haircut
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

Lice Prevention: Putting a Stop to Head Lice!

Posted by Matthew S on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 14:01 PM

licepreventionYikes! Just hearing the word lice can make your skin crawl. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), around 6-12 million people are treated for head lice in the United States each year! Why are so many families having to RID themselves of those tiny insects? The answer is all around us: gymnastics mats, football helmets, the cute scarf you tried on at the store, and maybe even those headphones you shared on the airplane. But perhaps the most common transmission of these bugs is through head-to-head touching, which is why it is no surprise that most cases are in children between the ages of 4 and 14 (as children enjoy being in close proximity with one another).

Luckily, because our salons have a lot of experience working with children and hair, we have a pretty good idea of how lice can be prevented from entering your home. 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. It is more prevalent 3 times a year - the beginning of the school year, winter coat time, and when pools open for the season. It's a never ending cycle."

Head lice are small - about the size of a sesame seed. They are wingless, and as such can't fly or even hop. But with feet that are especially designed for hanging onto hair follicles, these annoying little parasites can live up to a month on the head. However, they will die within 2 days of falling off - which is why sealing infested items in plastic containers or bags for around 2 weeks will make sure there are no surviving lice. Lice will also lay tear-drop shaped eggs (nits) that are attached to hair follicles near the scalp. 

So what should you do if you find lice in your home? The first and most important thing is not to panic! As stated by the CDC, "head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice." As for treatment, it's totally up to the parents. We suggest getting it professionally done, because you have follow up visits. And as always, remember not to share hairbrushes, caps, beanies or any other head covering with others. If your child is in school or daycare put their coat, hat and gloves in their book bag. Also, be sure to ask their teacher if there have been any cases of lice every few weeks. Keep boys hair cut shorter, and girls hair in a high ponytail or braid. 

Furthermore, 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. They are both very effective without being full of harsh chemicals. Lice Defense from Circle of friends includes a hairspray, leave in conditioner, and hair gel. Organic Original Sprout carry several products as well. 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 more about Lice treatment and Hair care products here

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!

The Franchise Buyer's Toolkit

Topics: kids salon franchise, kids salons, children, kids hair products, lice prevention, kids, product

Which Salon Franchise is Best?

Posted by Janon Otto on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

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In the franchise world there are many options, and choosing between categories alone can be an interesting challenge.  However, one category that is worth careful evaluation is salon franchises.  Why?  Well, everyone needs a haircut now and then.  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!

The choices for a Salon Franchise are larger than you think!

1.  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 does not make an appointment and they tend to exist on every major street corner in most metropolitan cities.  These typically have the stylists act as management, and the owner is an absentee owner.

2.  Mens' salons - this niche is relatively new to the franchise sector.  Probably the most well known 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 those that appeal to pool players and those that just cater to "players".  Most wives don't really appreciate those, and taking your kids to one is deemed "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.  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 is not 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.  Lastly would be Massage Salons - think Massage Envy.  These typically sell memberships as opposed to 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 in turn makes the franchise system more profitable.

There you have it! Lots to choose from!  Which one is best will depend a lot on your specific situation. 

  • Are you located in an area that already has enough of any one of these types of salons?
  • Do you want to work in your salon or run it absentee?
  • How much income are you hoping to generate on your salon?
  • How many salons can you afford to open?
  • How much support does the franchisor offer vs. how much you need?
  • How does your talent set match with that of the franchisor?  Or, will the franchisor be willing to help provide what you might lack?

If you are thinking that you might like to learn more about franchising, we invite you to download our free whitepaper (available at the link below). Once you know a bit more about investing in a franchise, you'll be more prepared to contact individual franchisors and ask great questions!

Exploring a Children's Salon Franchise

Topics: kids salon franchise, salon franchise, kids salons, franchise buyers, franchise opportunity, Shear Madness Haircuts for kids, the salon business, how to buy into a franchise, Small Business Franchise Information

Salon Franchise Christmas Sales, Toys for Tots, Crafts & More!

Posted by Matthew S on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 @ 13:12 PM

Coupons and December Special Sales! 

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Great Christmas Coupons: Tis the season for giving, and if you're into saving a little cash on that must-have item you’ve been wanting to buy as a gift, you'll want to check out our coupon page. Whether it's shopping for a Christmas Party or Christmas Day, you're sure to find that great deal you’ve been waiting for!

  • Large Douglas Purses: Our Large Douglas Purses make GREAT gifts for a daughter or granddaughter, and are now 20% off. These cute purses come in animal shapes and in various colors too, so you'll want to be sure to come by and check them out!

  • Gift Certificate Special: With the season of giving right around the corner, we're offering a little gift of our own. It's a FREE $5 gift voucher with any gift certificate purchase of $25 or more. Which means you can give more - and save more too! 

Christmas

turkeycookieChristmas: The Christmas season is upon us! And while you're sipping egg-nog with your family and listening to Bing Crosby, don't forget that Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids will be closed on Christmas Day (Thursday). But we'll be back on Friday and ready for all your awesome post-Christmas haircutting needs! In the meantime, if you need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit, how about checking out our Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest. Learn how to make tea light Christmas ornaments, popsicle stick crafts, and pinecone Christmas Trees! From all of your friends at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! (P.S. Because it's the busy season, don't forget to call in and make an appointment!)

BlackFridaySale2Toys for Tots at Shear Madness! Your local Shear Madness is now collecting your donations for Toys for Tots. The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. DEADLINE for toy collections is December 12. Want more information? Click here for a list of locations and contact info.

December News at Shear Madness!

groovyGroovy Glamour Winter Break FUN Classes Begin!  Would you like to learn more on how to braid hair, and care for and paint your nails in cool ways? If so, our Groovy Glamour Winter Break Fun classes might be just the thing! These classes are not only designed to be fun - but also an awesome way to learn from the professionals on how to start the new year looking GREAT! To find out more details on the Groovy Glamour Winter Break Fun Classes, click here for a list of locations and contact information! ALSO, don't forget about our amazing SuperHero and Frozen Princess themed Parties!

socialmedia30,000 Likes on Facebook! We recently hit 30,000 Likes on on Facebook, and we'd like to say a big THANK YOU to all our awesome friends who have helped us share the fun with Free Haircut Friday events, madtastic announcements, kids jokes and more. You all are GREAT! And if you want more Shear Madness, why not check out our Franchise Blog, InstagramGoogle+ and Twitter! And of course, you’ll want to take a look at some of our favorite Shear Madness pins this month on Pinterest!

A Gift that can Keep on Giving!

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Are you or someone you know interested in opening a Shear Madness? Or maybe you have a few questions about what a franchise is, and what makes owning a Shear Madness Franchise so special? Well, now is the time to find out more information. Check out the many helpful resources on our franchise website by clicking: Franchise Opportunities

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

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Reinvented: The Modern Career Shifter!

Posted by Matthew S on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

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The global recession that took place in 2008 caused many Americans to lose their jobs. Many people lost their homes, their careers, and their sense of security. "We were starting over in a competitive job market with people half our age and experience we didn't have," says a couple who lost the majority of their income in the construction business when the economy tilted on its side three years ago. Many small businesses folded under the same financial hardships, their owners returning to school or another fallback career. Many of these individuals took a long look at their situations and concluded they must RE-INVENT themselves.

Career Shifters: Whether or not you are an entrepreneur, when it comes to diversifying your income or perhaps shifting careers, there are some important decisions to make. What are my likes and dislikes? What are my strengths and my weaknesses? It can be very helpful to take a career/personality assesment test in these early stages to help determine what you might do best and best match your lifestyle goals with your career. We recommend the PRO-D from TAI, Inc. assesment test. This test will connect your motivations, talents, AND your personality with your best career matches. Many career shifters are looking for a lifestyle change as well. The ability to set your own hours and do something you love is actually what attracts many of these shifters into the world of franchising.

We find it interesting that studies show women make up the largest percentage of career shifters in the last four years (over 70%). Many women are starting up businesses or buying existing businesses and running them successfully in a fine balance with their own family and personal lives. It is suspected their social flexibility (often gained as mothers and as wives) allows them to reinvent themselves more readily in the professional arena.

Freedom to Choose: MOST mid-life career changers will choose entreprenuership or small business ownership to ensure financial freedom and a successful future for themselves and their families. It's a point when all acquired knowledge and professional skills come together in an orchestra of Passion, Performance, and Hard Work. The owner and founder of Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids, Paula Thurman was a fiery entreprenuer back in 1997 when she opened her first kid's salon. Her fantastic concepts and relentless work ethic is now reaping the benefits as Shear Madness grows rapidly across the United States. Paula says her only key to success has been “totally believing in the concept and never giving up.” But it doesn’t hurt that she passionately pursues new, innovative ways to bring clients in and help Shear Madness™ grow.

Career Shifters are Franchising

If considering a new career, buying an existing business, starting your own business, or buying a franchise, career shifters can expect a significant impact on their lifestyle and finances for the first year (at least!) Hopefully, initial investment does not outweigh the long term benefits of making the career change. Many career shifters are opting for Franchise Ownership because the professional groundwork has already been laid and a successful business model has emerged. When buying a franchise or mutiple franchises, shifters can choose exactly what type of business they wish to own and what their income will be. Some of the most popular franchise options (especially for women over 40) today include:


8 Suggestions for Career Shifters

1. Self Assessment - Conduct a thorough self anaylysis of strengths, desires, abilities and goals. There are lots of career assesment tools readily available online for a small fee, sometimes for FREE!

2. Research - Talk to others, read articles (like this one) and process the information with family and friends - research has proven itself most helpful for successful shifters in deciding the best career path for themselves.

3. Take Inventory of your Transferrable Skills

4. Get Training and/or Education - many career shifters begin by returning to school.

5. NETWORK

6. Gain Experience

7. Find a Career Mentor

8. BE FLEXIBLE

For more information on Shear Madness Franchising opportunities please contact Jim Otto jim@shearmadnessfranchising.com or download this excellent FREE resource on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Franchising and begin researching (possibly) your new career! To Download the Whitepaper CLICK Here!

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

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