Career Story: Cosmetologist And Salon Owner

Cosmetologist And Salon Owner

Job Title: Owner Of Salon & Spa

Education: Bahners College of Hairstyling Degree in Cosmetology •• Metro Community College - Business classes and Sign language classes •• Business management degree classes - currently enrolled

Previous Experience: I am a cosmetologist and have worked off and on for several companies in my career the last one I was a hairstylist and the manager of the salon for the past eight years. I was able to purchase an existing salon, remodel it and add on the spa services to generate even more income.

Job Tasks: My salon & spa consists of five hairstylists working and two massage therapists. I continuously do hair coloring, cutting, perms, manicures, waxing, sell retail product to my clients to maintain their newly created looks that I have designed for them. I then encourage them to enjoy and relax in my spa where they are able to get facials and massages to rejuevenate them and relax them or many other selections I have available. I encourage them to enjoy a cup of herbal refreshing tea and have a great time. I sell gift cards for their friends and family, I update my fun and friendly website, pay the bills, buys supplies for the salon & spa. I meet with sales reps for new products, I venture to Omaha to supply houses when I want to get away.

I do the hiring and the newspaper ads and promoting. I am a member of the Chamber of Commerce and do get to meet other business people in my town to promote our salon & spa. My job is very fun and rewarding - it can be challenging and frustrating as well - but is a very GOOD career and I can make some good money.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best parts of job are: This is a very rewarding job, making people look and feel good. I get to meet new people and do their hair for all their life experiences, for example weddings, their baby's first haircuts, school picture, etc.

Worst part or my job is: Sometimes the hours get long and people are testy and crabby. When you are the owner, if your employees can't come to work, you need to keep the doors open and you have to be there.

Job Tips:
1. If you choose this career, please practice on as many clients, friends or family and keep a good attitude. A good attittude and a friendly smile will help you succeed in this career. I will NOT hire someone who has a bad attitude because they are like a cancer to me. I don't care if they have a mediocre level of expertice in this career as long as you have a good attitude and are willing to learn and grow.

2. I would suggest having another degree to fall back on as I have broken my shoulder and had to rely on another form of income because I couldn't cut hair for six months. I suggest computer, business, foreign language or any other skills and education that can show an employer you have the will to succeed or better yourself.

Additional Thoughts: I love my career and I love where I started and where I have come in 27 yrs. My daughter has also become a hairstylist and some day will run my busines. It is a job that will always be in demand and you can make as much or as little as you want depending on your motivation and drive for success.

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