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SPORT CLIPS Franchisee: Failed Owners Have Themselves to Blame

November 14, 2009

Not ALL the recent comments about the Sport Clips franchise have been negative.  One commenter, who claims to be an experienced franchise owner with three decades of experience, claims that Sport Clips is a great business model and that every one of the franchisee’s stores has been profitable.

According to the Worksforus, “operated PROPERLY, this concept is an easy winner.”  He/She states “Most people that fail need to look in the mirror and stop blaming others for their lack of business success.”

Thu 11/12/2009 11:17 AM  Worksforus wrote:

We are happy with our Sport Clips stores and wish we had gotten into the business sooner. We don’t agree with everything that happens at Corporate but it’s unrealistic to expect otherwise. No one gets along or agrees 100% of the time.

We’ve been involved with different franchises for nearly 30 years and find Sport Clips to be a great business model. We have yet to have a store not make money. Nothing is fool proof but operated PROPERLY, this concept is an easy winner.

Most people that fail need to look in the mirror and stop blaming others for their lack of business success. The tone of some of these commentors gives great insight into why they may have failed.

Of course, the lone positive comment of the month prompted a quick rebuttal.  Sat 11/14/2009 10:23 AM  Doesn’t Work for LOTS of people wrote:

You write: “We have yet to have a store not make money.”

What state are you in?

Have you talked to franchisees in Calif or any of the states in the south, whether it be Louisiana, Georgia, Florida?  The store average for the 140+ states in the southeast is barely $4,000 a week, for both service and retail.  These people are not making money.

You write: “Nothing is fool proof but operated PROPERLY, this concept is an easy winner.”

Are you aware of the corporate store in Jacksonville, Fla?  I have informatrion from a franchisee down there that this store has been opertaing as a corporate store for two years.  Surely SC is operating their own store properly?  After two years that store is averaging $3,300 and 230 customers?  Do you consider that a winner?

You write:  “The tone of some of these commentors gives great insight into why they may have failed.”

I followed the advice of some of these commentors and called lots and lots of former owners.  What I heard makes me think that you have it backwards.  The tone reflects not why they failed, but the fact that they were bullied by the franchisor, that they lost their life savings, and that the system fails many times in spite of how hard they worked.

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59 Responses to “SPORT CLIPS Franchisee: Failed Owners Have Themselves to Blame”

  1. Will Might says:

    Former TL that bought into a MUDA that was never executed. I lost plenty of $$$ and would be interested in joing the Class Action Suit. There are several other former TL’s in the Mitten state that got taken on the Sport Clips Nightmare ride as well. Will might at yahoo to contact.

  2. Deanna Ladd says:

    As an experienced stylist, coming from a high-end salon, who needed a job quickly in a slow economy after an unexpected move, SC has been a blessing. I think it’s what you make of it.

    I could have been bitter about the environment, and the way they run their business, but, I must remember that this is their business, and their mission. If your mission and purpose does not line up with SC’s, then unprofitable business, and lack of interest would be in your future.

    OK, so if you don’t agree with the SC’s mission, systems and marketing, then move on, as some of you have. But take what you can from the experience and learn from it. Not one business is perfect with it’s method’s. Not mine, not yours, and not theirs. So if we can simply learn to mind our own business, we as individuals may succeed greater.

    As for a particular SC store operating inappropriately, remember, it is a FRANCHISE. This would be fault of the BUYER or owner of the franchise. However, SC as a company, should be overseeing that their name is protected.

    I can see how the systems of this business can set up future success, even in a struggling America. Yea, maybe some of the marketing strategies do not appeal to every single male walking the earth, but it works for our store and location. Money follows systems and management. If both are executed properly, you will reap what you sow, and you may have a turn of heart.

    You can never please everybody, and if you have a few haters, your probably in a good spot.

  3. Bonnie says:

    I was a SportClips Franchisee
    In a little over 1 year from opening I filed banckruptsy. I sold everything I had to try and keep the payroll going. I followed all corporates ideas and lost everything. This is a disaster. Please don’t buy a franchise. I had to pay for aminimum of 3 licences to open one. They don’t help you at all. I wish I had never heard of them.

  4. Bill Spencer says:

    I just finished reading all the comments as a prospective franchisee who is doing their due diligence and I want to say thanks. I have also read comments from other websites as well and as you might imagine most are very negative towards SC. I can fully appreciate and understand the bitterness that comes with losing ones life savings, 401k, etc. My concern is that the comments are relatively old. Why is that? Is there a pending lawsuit? Did the economy start to improve and people are too busy to comment. Has SC improved as a franchisor? Nobody cares anymore? Your comments and thoughts on the subject are critical to my decision….

  5. SC manager says:

    I have been managing at Sport clips for over four years now. If you put in your time, learn the system and get a stable team this is key to a successful business. Location is your number one factor to making money. I recommend following the system as they ask and hold people accountable as well as your self. If you don’t care about your business neither will your employees. I have seen time and time again owners not putting in the time that is needed to get these stores off the ground. You will need to put in more than 5 hours a week. The way to a stylist is very different than any other employee…we are a different breed. Take the time to learn what makes them tick…hire smart! I take much pride in making my store a success and so should you! Meet with your manager weekly and be available at ALL times. If you want to be successful you are going to have to do it your self. NO ONE will do it for you. Dropping 250K isn’t going to make you instant money without doing something to get it! I wish you luck as I completely believe is this franchise and everything it has to offer. I look forward to owning my own someday and wish you all the best!

  6. Larry Kulchawik says:

    Re: Sport Clips- Vernon Hill, IL

    After one year (10 visits) I make the following comments:
    1. Stylists could care less about sports. I love sports and the reason I came.
    2. Stylists quietly go about their business as if they hate their jobs. No discussions with people and uninterested. Hardly a discussion amoung themselves- hate their jobs?
    3. Why cut hair then shampoo? After shampoo they quickly attempt to dry, but always leave part wet and uncombed.
    4. Several times i asked about hair products- they make no attempt to sell.
    5. Things I like- Watching sports in spite of uninterested stylists- short wait without an appointment. I now am looking at other place to get a haircut where I feel more welcome. Guess I’m getting what I pay for.

  7. Lupe says:

    Am looking to become a franchisee in California. Can anyone give me some information as to how they are doing at either owning or working for a SC in California. It seems that there is alot given away for “free”, so do SC stores really make any money?

  8. Todd A. Peterson says:

    Lupe,

    The Sports Clips F.D.D. can be found at the link below. After reading the F.D.D. I strongly urge you to consider opening up YOUR OWN sports clip under a different name. Although the lure of an established name sounds great your F.D.D. is made for the franchisor to CONTROL you. The are partnered with the International Franchise Association which promotes franchisors protection at the expense of the franchisee. The FTC is the governing authority in franchising and after filing a complaint and demanding that someone investigate the fraud imposed by my franchisor (Matco Tools) I was told that their had to be MULTIPLE similar complaints before they could ACT.

    Imagine being sodomized by one attacker and being told by our government that there has to be multiple victims before the government could act. Sounds absurd doesn’t it.

    You really need to watch the article I had posted on Freedom Outpost to understand the full length of what it is like to fight a franchisor AFTER they commit CRIMINAL ACTS against your franchise.

    The link is below and I hope it helps make you understand.

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/08/veterans-be-warned/

    Franchise Disclosure Document for Sports Clip.

    http://www.freefranchisedocs.com/sportclips-haircuts-UFOC.php

    Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on DOWNLOAD!

  9. Mike Rainmaker says:

    Ok, here is the problem with SC. I am a customer and also a marketing consultant for over 18 years since I was 24 years old. SC does no database marketing, so there is no real incentive to come back in the future. Yes its true they cut your hair then shampoo and its a little ridiculous but the MVP is truly awesome it just should be done first.

    What corporate should do for its franchisees is look into customer repeat marketing and cross selling in a nice way. There should also be a referral program in place that has a gift of one free hair cut. They don’t understand the lifetime value of a customer at all.

    I dont think based on the comments and my personal experience with them that this is a good franchise to buy. My advice for stylists that want to open their own salon is go look into Jay Abraham and do your own salon and your own marketing, you can hire an E Myth consultant at about $50,000 for a year and now you have your own store that you don’t have to work in, and you save the 6.5%

    The 6.5% is a hassle fee because you don’t want to take the hassle/time to learn how to run a business, read the E Myth and read Jay Abraham.

    FYI : I earn about $500/hr in consulting so you are getting this advice from an expert in client acquistion, retention and multiplication (referral chains).

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