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The salon

Do you work for it or it for you

hair stylists the hairdresser community and profession


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 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?


Here goes if you have anything to add let me know send me an email let share thoughts grow the list help each other.

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?

stand bye discounts

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?

vision success

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?

My reason for raising is simple we all 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.

Follow up thoughts. Do read part 2

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


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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The Salon & the ‘S’ Word

 Written by Mike Vallance

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