Episode 122

Antony Whitaker

Podcast Length: 22 min | Date Published: 4th January 2022

What will 2022 hold for you, what’s the obvious next step?

I often reflect on how lucky I am to interview lots of great people on this podcast and to have in-depth conversations with such a diverse range of people that have a story to tell and often have a unique area of expertise to share.

I’ve always said that it’s a great privilege that I have to be able to ask the guests that I have on this show the questions that I do and to get them to open up so that you the listener – and me, the host – can understand and learn something that perhaps we didn’t yet know.

Often, the guests on the podcast will also mention the people that have mentored them, trained and inspired them, and that have managed them on their journey.

For our listeners on their own journeys, these stories can inspire them to look at taking the next step in their professional careers.  And for many, they may feel their next obvious step is to open a salon business of their own.

Regardless of the career path we choose to take, it is a journey. And like all journeys where and when it starts, and what direction it takes and the opportunities along the way are what makes life exciting.

Some of you will be nearer the beginning of your professional journey and some of you may be nearer the end. But regardless of where you are, there are always opportunities to grow and get better at what you do.

At the beginning of every year, many of us have time to reflect on the past year and plan for opportunities for the coming year.

Sometimes those plans and the questions we ask ourselves revolve around getting better at what we do as owners and managers, for other people those questions might be, “Is now the time to open your own salon?”

So, in this episode I talk about:

  • Questions around the subject of salon ownership or management
  • The myths of salon ownership
  • What it takes to be a successful salon owner and manager

And lots more!

In this Episode:

[02:50] An introduction to today’s topic: questions we may ask ourselves about salon ownership or management.

[04:10] Antony discusses the misconceptions many believe when becoming a salon owner.

[05:20] This is the reality about opening a business as the inevitable next step.

[06:35] Does salon ownership give more freedom and time off?

[08:31] These are the hidden bosses when you become your own boss.

[09:16] Antony reveals whether salon owners make more money.

[10:40] Cutting and colouring hair require completely different skills than running a business.

[12:18] Continuing education in all areas of the salon business is critical for success.

[13:28] The difference between being a leader and being a manager, according to Antony.

[15:30] People are not born to be great managers.  Management is a skill that is learned.

[17:15] We learn how to be more successful with New Year’s Resolutions.

[19:10] How to get the clarity, structure, support, strategy, assistance, and community needed to become the best manager and salon business owner possible.


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