What makes a great franchisee

Franchisee traits

Our top-performing franchisees share these qualities

Willingness to follow a proven system

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel with Great Clips. The ability to follow a system (one that has been developed and tested for 35 years, in our case) is essential for success in any franchise.

Entrepreneurial and leadership skills

Every Great Clips franchisee wants to be their own boss. They understand the basics of business and know how to hire, motivate and retain staff. They also also appreciate the benefits of a manager-run business. Sounds like you? Great.

An engaged and invested owner

Franchise ownership is not an absentee business. While your daily presence in the salon isn’t required, you do need to understand what goes into running a successful Great Clips location. That means being engaged in business operations, marketing, community outreach and your market co-op.

A growth mindset

As a franchisee, you may start by opening a single Great Clips location, but our most successful salon owners grow their market presence by becoming multi-unit owners. It’s one of the best ways to build a financially successful business and—with the support of the Great Clips real estate team—you’ll have expert guidance every step of the way.

People and community focused

The best franchisees know that “doing good” for their staff is good for business. As a salon owner, you need to genuinely care about your employees and customers and show kindness in big and small ways. And you need to be eager to share expertise with other franchisees and focus on making the Great Clips brand a positive force in your community.

Additional franchisee requirements

In addition to possessing the above qualities, you need to meet some financial, personal and geographic requirements to succeed as a Great Clips franchisee.

  • Net Worth$300,000 (High-cost markets: $1,000,000)
  • Liquid Assets$75,000 (High-cost markets: $250,000)
  • Credit ScoreAt least 675

Clean background and criminal record

New franchisees must live in an open geographic market

Franchisee insights

Stories and advice about running a Great Clips franchise.

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