How Fantastic Sams Hair Salon Franchise Owners Succeed Without Salon ExperienceOctober 28, 2014
Fantastic Sams hair salon franchise owners need great business sense, not extensive salon experience
It’s one of the first questions potential franchisees ask when exploring the Fantastic Sams hair salon franchise: Do I need salon or beauty industry experience to own a franchise?
We can give a quick and easy answer to that question — no. We know from experience that franchise owners don’t need salon experience to run a super-successful franchise. You don’t need an advanced degree, either. What you need is a head for business.
“With Fantastic Sams, you don’t have to have an MBA,” says Rick Tonet, a former steel company manager who owns four salons in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. “You just have to have good common sense. You cannot be an absentee owner. You have to have yourself or someone else in there routinely to make sure everything is going well.”
We can cite dozens and dozens of examples of successful franchisees who came from other professions and sectors — the airline industry, construction and real estate, corporate sales and management and government among them. Some franchisees own other businesses or still work in additional careers, although they stay active in their salons.
A hair salon franchise system that works
At Fantastic Sams, the majority of franchisees have managers who are not stylists to oversee more than one salon. It’s what we call a “manage the manager” business. Others call it “semi-absentee” because it can be launched on a part-time basis.
You will work closely with that General Manager, who will handle day-to-day management of the stylist staff. You also will coordinate with Fantastic Sams stylist educators, who train every new stylist and keep our franchise staffs nationwide up to date on the latest cutting and coloring techniques and styles.
“I tell my salon managers that one of the reasons we’ve been so successful is that we have a balance,” says Ft. Worth, Texas, franchisee LaRonda Hunter, a former American Airlines accountant. “My stylists come at the business from a technical side, and I come at it from a customer’s side and from having a background in accounting. I feel like I know the level of customer service people want in salons because I’ve been a customer. Between us we’ve got it all covered.”
Multi-unit franchisee Marilyn Tokatly, who has six Fantastic Sams hair salon franchises in California, also owns a flooring business and a glass company. She used to be a professional recruiter and says having recruiting skills has helped her.
“It was good experience for Fantastic Sams because recruiting hair stylists is one of the most important things we do,” Marilyn says. “To become successful in this business, everything is about the quality of the hairstylists. It’s an individual service, and everybody does things a little differently.
“To have a strong business, you have to have stylists who are skilled and provide great customer service,” Marilyn adds. “As a recruiter, ideally you find people who have that skill level, but you often have to take people with the right attitude and desire and then help them develop the right skills.”
That’s why Fantastic Sams provides every franchisee with a Franchise Business Consultant.
“You will have a partner to help you grow your business within the market,” says COO Linda Chadwick, whose own background is in fast-food franchising. “The educator will help you train your stylists.”
Learn more about Fantastic Sams hair salon franchise
You don’t need any salon experience to open your own Fantastic Sams hair salon franchise; you just have to be passionate about people and have good business sense. If you are thinking of making the leap to business owner independence, start the journey by signing up for our free franchise report. To start a conversation about this franchise opportunity, please fill out the form below or call us at 855-371-3465. You may also want read Fantastic Sams franchise review on our company blog. We look forward to hearing from you!