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Do you work for it or it for you

The big questions has to be is it worth it? Hair by the team at Hair international PaloAlto Ca



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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 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?

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?

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.

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 salon and the S word a book that could help you and your business

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