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mike vallance

The hair salon and Spa

 stylists and business

Owning and running a salon or Spa:

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

The big questions has to be as  a stylist is it worth it? To go from stylists to salon owner? Working with manufacturer, supplier, distributors, Making decisions building relationships working to make a dream a reality values vision goals, Its a hard world with many challenges, its a roller coaster.  Ask your self are you strong enough to cope in this challenging environment.

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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?

 

 

Here goes:

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

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

3/ Does this reflect your vision of success?

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

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

6/Are you making profit if so is it enough?

7/Are you putting money aside saving for the future? does your business enable you to do this?

8/Does your salon discount its prices?

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9/Do your staff reduce prices to favoured clients? If so do you allow this practice?

10/ Have you put your salon prices up in the last year?

11/ Do you staff get paid enough?

12/ Do you think they get paid to much?

13/ How are your retail sales?

14/How much retail and salon inventory  do you carry?

15/ What hours are you open? Are you and your team all booked all hours?

16/Do you encourage in salon training staff development?

17/Do you have  along term business plan or strategy?

18/Are you happy with your business?

19/ Could you would you consider changes?

20/Where do you want to be 5 years from now?

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My reason for raising is simple weall get into a routine, We are all so busy vein busy that we forget  or don’t have the time to take stock do a personal inventory on where we are at whats working or what needs so attention. Its so easy to trundle along getting bye but not every really realising that dream reaching that full business potential. Answer the questions be honest  you might just surprise your self. You might decide its a wake up call a call to arms time to break the mould. Maybe it’s time for embrace some new changes face some new challenges.

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?

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Having posted the list in the article and asked the question I thought i would go through the list with my own thoughts

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? When 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!

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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.

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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.

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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 maybe seek out some help and advice.

I have now published a book that addresses and looks at many of these issues and offers advice opinion on how to look at the challenges face in business today I hope it will inspire salon owners, Business owners, managers and stylist to think about all the influences that effect us in the salon.

The salon and The S Word

The salon and The “S” Word

“In writing this book Mike Vallance, focuses upon all the essential ‘S’ words that underpin our salon procedures and creates the ‘benchmark’ for excellence in our global hair industry”. See book reviews and comments posted 

The ‘S’ Word topics:  

Service – The word that everyone talks about and is fundamental to everything we do. We know what bad service is, but how do you measure good service? What do our customers want, what do they expect? What are your standards like, could you improve?

Sales & selling – If you can sell; you are likely to do well if you cannot, you won’t go far. Who are our customers, where do they come from? How do we identify our own target market and capitalize on the relationship? Do you know the principles of merchandising and want to set-up your own retail ‘one-stop-shop’?

Suppliers – Your purchases affect your profits, so the less you spend, the more you earn. How do you maximize the relationship with your supplier? How do you achieve better deals and discounts with your suppliers? How do you compete against the big shops and stores?

Staff – As an employer, the people that work with you, should work for you; but how often do they seem to be doing their ‘own thing’? Are you getting the best from them, could they be more efficient, effective and productive?

Find the answers to these questions and many more and make your future a huge success.

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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.

Conclusion

This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work. w shave to ask ourselves the key reason of why we do what we why! The Why is at the heart of all choice and decisions we take and make.

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Leadership
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 collaboration good management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
Conclusion
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.

 

The salon and the S word now available in book and e book format for links to purchase and reviews Click here or on the image.

The Salon & the ‘S’ Word

 Written by Mike Vallance

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