King Cuts Barbershop

King Cuts Barbershop
King Cuts Barbershop

Travis Samuel

Owner and General Manager of King Cuts Barbershop

Focused on the replicating the experience of a barbershop, this family-friendly business is looking to do more than provide its clients with a great haircut at a great price.

905-493-1611 (or 905-706-6659 for business inquiries)

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Travis, why did you think you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

I wanted to become an entrepreneur because I wanted to have the independence of working for myself. I didn’t want to have limits on how much I can make per year or how many vacation days I can take. Being an entrepreneur allows me to have that freedom of knowing my potential is limitless.

As you think of your business so far, what success are you most proud of?

My greatest success so far was the first day we opened. That was such a proud moment because I remember all the hard work I put in to get there.

How did BACD help you to get started?

BACD was such a big help. From the first meeting, I was able to explain my idea and my vision and they literally helped me step by step to start my business. Even though my business is open and running, BACD is still willing to help my business grow. I can’t thank BACD and Ryan enough. He has been a great mentor with unbelievable ideas that I have incorporated into my business.

What was most impactful in the advice you received from BACD?

The most impactful advice was concentrated on marketing. Ryan gave me out-of-the-box ideas that I really liked. Everyone uses Facebook, Twitter, etc, but I wanted to stretch my brand further and incorporate ideas that would make me stand out in my local community.

What has worked for you in marketing your business so far?

I took an old school approach, handing out flyers and putting up posters by schools. With a barbershop, most of the marketing is done by word of mouth. We use Instagram to help promote our barbers and show the haircuts they do on a regular basis.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own business?

Be sure to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and stick to it. Don’t allow others to stir you in a different way. Some people will tell you that it can’t be done or you’ll never do it, but if you have a goal, stick to it. BACD is here to help you on your journey, so there is no need to worry or be stressed about the unknown.

What was more difficult than you thought it would be?

Marketing was more difficult than I thought it would be. Marketing isn’t just a one time thing. You have to consistently promote your business and brand.

Has technology impacted how you conduct business?

Cutting hair is a hands on approach, where the hair cut speaks for itself. But in order for people to see how the haircuts look, we need to post them to social media. Surprisingly, we are only one of few barbershops that offers debit transactions for payment, which is much more convenient for our clients.

Do you have employees? How many?

I have two employees right now and I am looking for two more!

What do you do to keep abreast of the changes in your business and in your industry?

I stay connected to social media as much as possible. Social media is the new wave for the younger generation in the latest styles and trends. I also keep my eye out for music videos. Basically, anything to deal with entertainment, I keep my on for the latest hairstyles.

What is the future for this type of business?

The future for this type of business is nothing but prosperity. People always need to get their haircut at one point or another. Whether it’s for an event, job interview, graduation or personal upkeep. Our goal for the future, is to keep and maintain these clients and give them the best haircut, so when they’re friends or anyone they get in contact with ask, “where did you get your haircut from” they said KingCuts Barbershop. So our clientele keeps growing bigger and bigger.

Whom do you seek advice from for your business?

I seek advice from Ryan at BACD of course! I will recommend the service to anyone who wants to run their own business but just doesn’t know where to start.