I am enroute to becoming an young, fabulous self employed millionaire before the age of 30 :-) Passion by Shar & Dupri (the name of my hair salon) is a dream I have carried with me for about a year now. While God continues to sort things out for us, I am doing my research.
There's no doubt about that, it is plain and simple; whether or not you're ok working 9 - 5 or starting out your own business. I came across this article while sitting under the dryer as my hair treatment penetrated through my coils of my natural hair ;-) I decided I would share it with you. MEASURE OUT PRODUCT Avoid squeezing and pumping product into yours hands or directly onto clients hair. A lot of product is wasted in this manner. Use manufacturers instructions when determining the amount of product to use ans measure accordingly. PRICE SERVICES ACCORDINGLY Make sure your prices include the cost of the professional product to render the service not just what the operator gets paid.
DO YOUR RESEARCHFind distributors or manufacturers who will give you the best prices. Research the best deals even if it means coming out of your comfort zone. WANT TO LEARN MORE AS A STYLIST? Cover your basics. Business cards and a website are a must with examples of your work. The more you have, the better.
BE ONLINE SAVVY You can also create a Facebook business page or Twitter account. Ask your clients to support you, remind them to "like" and "follow" you. The great thing about it is self marketing and promotion + it's free so utilize it. Ask clients to give feedback onYelporCity Search. PROVIDE QUALITY SERVICE Great service keeps clients coming back. Take your time, be patient and friendly!
REWARD YOUR CUSTOMERS Throw in perks such as a free deep conditioning or discounts. CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION Always be open to learning new things and researching to keep your styling fresh. Clients want to know that you are aware of the changes in your expertise. Suggest a new style that would compliment their face or hair color. Keep them at the edge of their seats with changes and ideas.
It hope this helped. It is not just directed to aspiring salon/spa owners, I am sure at least one if not all will be helpful to you. If you know any entrepreneurs that can learn from this article, pass it on :-)