WHY I BOUGHT
Great Clips franchisee Inson Byun is living proof of the American dream. She emigrated from South Korea to the U.S. in 1973 with only a few dollars to her name and a strong work ethic. A short time thereafter, everything changed.
Byun suddenly found herself divorced and completely on her own. Armed only with a high school education and a faint understanding of the English language, she wasn’t sure where to turn to next.
In need of work, Byun did whatever she could do to make a living in Irving, Texas—cleaning homes, working in a salon, packing boxes at warehouses and sewing clothes in a factory. She struggled like so many of us do, but deep down, Byun knew there was a better way forward. She would have to create her own path to success.
“You need a good work ethic and a sense of urgency to succeed,” Byun said. “I wanted to make money and be happy here, so I worked hard towards my goal of being successful.”
In 1993, Byun was working at a salon and asked the manager if there were any other salons in the area for sale. Unfortunately, there were none available. That’s when a friend from a packaging job told her about Great Clips.
In 1996 she put together her savings and a loan to purchase a Great Clips franchise and soon thereafter, she opened her first salon in Irving, Texas. It was a decision that has paid off. Today, Byun has 19 units open across Texas. Byun said she couldn’t have reached this point if it weren’t for the guidance and reassurance from the Great Clips team.
“I am very good at the customer service aspect of the business, but I was a little new to the business and marketing components of it. Great Clips is a really great company filled with highly educated people who know franchising and business,” Byun said. “They really support you with all the training and systems they put in place and I trust them. If they tell you can be successful, I would believe what they say.”
ABOUT GREAT CLIPS, INC.
Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 4,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips is 100 percent franchised and salons are owned locally by more than 1,200 franchisees across North America. Great Clips franchisees employ nearly 40,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips customer care system and advanced technical skills. As a walk-in salon, Great Clips provides value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed and salons are open nights and weekends. Getting a great haircut is more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check in online, visit GreatClips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit GreatClips.com."