Since starting as a New Stylist in a New Town, I’m enjoying my new Salon and my colleagues and I realized that one of the questions that I often receive is “How do I find the right salon for me?” Well, I have 3 tips for you if you’re looking for a change, recently out of school or if, like me, you’ve relocated to a new town.
- Ask people whose hair you like. That’s how I found my first Salon when I moved to Washington, DC many years ago. I’d simply ask anyone who’s hair looked great, “Who did your hair?” When they told me, I’d call to see if they were hiring and set up an interview. I learned about a variety of salons in different parts of town.
- Be clear about what you want for yourself and look for a salon that will help you achieve your dreams. When I first started, I knew that I wanted to own my own salon and that I would need to learn a lot to be successful. So when I went to meet with the Owner’s, not only did I plan to be interviewed, I was also interviewing the Owner to see if I would be able to gain the needed experience AND I wanted to be sure that they were willing to help me in reaching my dream. My wanting to own my own salon was not a secret and I needed a supportive person to guide me. Right now, my priorities are different and I want to work part time, a couple of days a week and keep my hands in some hair and allow my creative juices to flow.
- I recommend that you visit several salons and ‘feel’ the energy. You’ll probably spend more time at work than at home, so it’s very important that you like the space and the people who work there. Were you greeted warmly? How do the clients seem? Is it busy and filled with clients or empty?
Another tip is to take your time when you’re looking, wherever you are going to work, is going to be there. Sometimes you’re in a bind and have to move quickly, but remember to stop and take a deep breath and listen to that inner guidance.
Keep reaching for the Stars,
Salon Business Coach
P.S. Of course, as a Salon Owner, the reverse is true. In attracting ‘Great Stylists’, you want great hair to leave your salon (and make sure your clients leave with your business cards to hand out). Allow the Stylists who interview with you the space to share with you what their hopes and dreams are, so that you can create an environment where you can both grow and prosper.
P.S.S. For more tips on how to succeed in the Salon Industry in 2014 join me in Tampa, FL this weekend for the Mane Stream Hair and Beauty Expo! It’s Sunday and Monday, October 27 & 28, 2013. I’ll give 2 FREE Classes – Fill Your Chair Using the Internet and Becoming a 6-figure Stylist. I’ll also, have a special VIP Class for Salon Owners (and aspiring Owners) on ‘Finding and Keeping Great Stylists’. It’s ONLY $49 and you can get your tickets at http://manestreamexpo.eventbrite.com/mikiwright
What? You can’t make it to Tampa? Why not join me for a FREE Webinar on “3 Keys to Salon Success in 2014”!?! All you need to do is visit: http://beautysuperstars.com/webinar-oct29