Why Are So Many Tinters Such Rebels?
Have you ever had a former employee quit and start his own tinting business in the same area? It seems like chances are, if you’re a tint shop owner, this has happened to you. While I know this phenomena takes place in many industries, it appears to be disproportionately common for window tinters to do this.
So my question is—why? Is it relatively low startup costs? The ability to run the business from your car at first? Or maybe it’s just the inherent competitive nature that’s found in all tinters.
You may be following our new department in the magazine, Chronicles of a Tint Shop Startup, which tells the story of Rick Haines opening a new shop. Without giving too much away, in the upcoming issue, this very thing happened to him.
When I interviewed him about it, Haines wasn’t all too bitter. “You just gotta keep going,” he said. “May the best man win,” which is a more graceful way than I’d respond.
It seems like the ultimate act of betrayal. After training a guy for months or maybe even years, teaching him the business side of things and providing him with his main source of income—for him to go out on his own, try to take your clients with the ultimate goal of putting you out of business might be considered one of the shadiest, rebellious moves a guy can make.
But at the same time, I can’t blame him—that’s good business. Once a guy works his way up to head installer, there really isn’t any higher he can go unless he goes out on his own. And when a guy needs to provide for himself and a family, why wouldn’t he want to take that step? In fact, Haines too has another tint shop in the same city as a shop he used to run (though he moved out of the state for a few years before opening that one).
I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on this topic. Leave a comment below and be sure to take our new poll on the homepage, which asks the question: Have you ever had an employee leave and start a tint shop nearby?