Do you have goals of opening a salon for 2024? We have details from International Redken Artist, Wendy Bélanger, on 5 things every hairstylist to know before opening a salon. Bélanger, owns two salons and offers these important tips to those considering opening a business/salon.
Passion Alone Isn’t Enough
Just because you excel in the art of hairstyling doesn’t automatically qualify you to own and operate a salon. Owning a salon demands business acumen and a full-time commitment. Remember, it’s okay to acknowledge that the business side might not be your forte. Don’t lose sight of your love for the craft; it’s perfectly fine to say, “it isn’t for me.”
It’s About Who You Know
When venturing into salon ownership, it’s not just about figuring out how to make it happen but identifying who can guide you. Seek advice from those who have walked the path before you. There are resources and experienced individuals willing to share their knowledge; all you have to do is ask for guidance.
Leadership Requires Followership
Being a salon owner doesn’t automatically make you a great leader. People don’t leave jobs; they leave people. Before inviting others to invest their careers with you, consider the kind of culture and environment you want to create. Ensure that your leadership style resonates with your team, fostering respect and loyalty.
Embrace Imperfection and Learn
Nobody gets everything right all the time. Embrace vulnerability, make mistakes, and learn from them. Admitting when you haven’t nailed it shows accountability, humility, and authenticity, making you more relatable and inspiring to others.
Build a Supportive Network
Don’t isolate yourself; join entrepreneurial groups where like-minded individuals share experiences. Holding your trade secrets too close can leave you isolated. A true leader is open to sharing knowledge and learning from others, fostering a collaborative and supportive community.