Should you really be in business?
Obviously this is not directed at you personally, but not everyone should be in business!
In fact there are some people in business who are an absolute danger to themselves! They are so out of their depth in what it takes to run a business that it’s like watching a car crash in slow motion.
It’s not for everyone…
Most small business owners don’t really own a business at all, they own a job and a poorly paid one at that.
The problem is not a new one. Most people that start a new business do so because they assume that because they are good at doing the ‘job of the business’ [in our case the job of hairdressing], they make the mistake of thinking that that means they will be good at running the business that does the job… And the reality is that nothing could be further from the truth.
Just because the baker is good at baking or the builder is good at building or the designer is good at designing or that the hairdresser is good at doing hair has no bearing on whether or not they will be good at building a business and managing a team that delivers that product or service.
The day you opened…
The day you opened your business your job description changed completely, all of a sudden you are responsible for finance, payroll, marketing, recruitment, training and on and on the list goes…
So you either role up your sleeves and learn, and learn fast, or you outsource or delegate, or take on a partner, or all of the above. But regardless of what you do, when you open a salon, your role and responsibilities as a hairdresser have forever changed.
For some owners being in business is the beginning of an amazing education and an exciting journey of growth but for others it’s the biggest mistake they have made and unless they get help and change how they think they risk losing everything.
Education is the key
Education is the key to most things, learning a different way of thinking, a different way of doing things will bring you a different result.
Unfortunately many salons owners feel stuck hoping for a different result but still doing things the same way. If you need help and someone to challenge your thinking get a coach, I don’t care if it’s me or someone else, but get a coach or a mentor [someone who has really done it] and can help you to the next level.
If you want a complimentary 20 minute chat about how I might be able to help in the coaching capacity don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can see if it’s a good fit.
No pressure, I’ll tell you if I don’t think I can help but there are plenty who I have.
And if you haven’t opened a salon but are thinking of it, the best thing you could spend your money on is getting a business education before you open, because if you do it right at the beginning you will save a lot of heartache further down the line.