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Do you work for it or it for you? Part 2

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 Do you work for it or it for you? Part 2

Owning any business has it’s challenges it’s not for everyone: Owning a hair salon or spa is no different!

The big questions when owning a hair salon has to be is it worth it? 

I have complied a short list of things to think about consider! Maybe it will encourage you to take stock of your situation maybe it will encourage you to make some changes. Maybe it will make you think about what you have created is it really successful for you. What do you really want?

 Having posted the list in the article and asked the question I thought i would go through the list with my own thoughts  The hair salon do you work for it or it for you

1/ Is your salon today all you expected it to be does it reflect the vision you had when setting it up?

When thinking about this question one has to consider the Why!  Always so key .Why did you start a salon what was your motivation. Why not just carry on working for someone else? We we consider the Why we can then move on to. What drove or inspired us to start a salon. Normally the challenge might be wanting to make a difference do thing better, be our own boss, offer our clients something new and exciting, create a new and exciting team all motivated creative and passionate. All very nobel but does what you have created reflect that vision. Maybe it’s evolved and is better than you ever expected, maybe you have had to compromise and feel it could be better, you learned and wished you had done things differently?


2/Do you feel your working for the business or it for you?

Again maybe this starts with the Why.Why did you start you salon? Do you know find that you are the busiest stylist working all hours. Finding you self working when staff members are standing around complaining they don’t have clients. Are you covering the late nights the early starts. Do you get two days off in a row! Does the salon function produce a good turnover when your not there? If not your working for it!

3/ Does this reflect your vision of success?

What was your vision for success? Success is different for everyone. But as a salon owner it has to be a salon that is busy with a great team. Loyal clientele with sustainable growth paying you a good salary and making a profit. Have you created a brand that reflects you and your teams creativity professionalism passion and motivation.

4/Are you compensated enough for the hours you put in the business?

Why ask this? Well if not not compensated for all the work you do the risks you tok starting a business.If you just break even and work to make sure that you can cover the wage bill and pay the over heads what do you have ? JUST A JOB! Yes you get to have  a set of keys maybe have your name on a sign. But unless you are compensated more than your team getting some of the perks of owning then whats it for? If your not rewarded not making profit. If the business rely’s on you as the main  money maker. Then somethings need to change the value is in the business you build the team you build, not in just you as the owner.Team not I!

5/ Are there times you resent your business and your staff?

Are there times when at the end of the week you look at the taking, reflect on the hours you worked look at the commission sheet go through the bills and invoices all in your own time and think is it worth it? Do you wonder if things could be different and go down that path of if only or what if? The problem we can all face when considering this question is its so easy to just try and deal with it ourselves but if we keep looking at the same issues in the same way nothing can or will change. For things to change we have to  be ready to make changes. This includes looking at old issues in a new light.


Ok so I have covered off the first 5  on a list of twenty my hope is that it will inspire you to take some time and do some honest reflection on all twenty questions maybe you can help and add to the list or share some thoughts.I don’t have all the answers but love posing the questions. If you want some advice email me it’s free. If you need help e mail me we can discuss a path that will take you on a new path. no commitment the idea here  is to get all salon owners thinking and taking action if its required and only you know that? How do you do this stand in front of that mirror and be honest with your self and little one on one personal reflection time.

The ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.


This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Our industry is in constant change and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they have a passion for change, to raise standards through education and sharing. Leadership, education and team incentives.Will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.
Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

Are you driver or passenger !

 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.

I also think that we need to always look at the WhyAsk the question Why are we in business whats it for? OrWhy do we want to go into to business what is success? Why do I suggest this I think by asking and exploring the why we get to the motive behind why we want to be in business what is true success. Why the will also help us to understand our true values this in turn helps us to follow the path to the success we want  and desire. It will help us to surround ourselves with the right team those who share our values and vision.


Remember. Salon success. Stylist success. Business success are all linked together it’s Team success. Its never about any destination only ever about a journey taking the right people on that journey makes it enjoyable maybe even fun!

Mike B2MR

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