The 5 frustrations of hair & beauty professionals

The more people we meet in the industry, the more we are seeing a trend of similar stories - salon owners having their lease cancelled or not renewed with no warning, but it’s not only salon owners who have frustrations - it’s a common concern - read on for more…

  1. I literally have no spare time in my column, some days I can’t even get a glass of water or get to the loo!

  2. I can’t sell my own product - it’s all about the salon owner making their profit and what am I going to do? Keep it in the back in a bag then show to my client? It’s easier not to bother!

  3. I started my salon because I love the industry. Now I am so fed up of trying to get good staff that are reliable, I’m so fed up of staffing issues I don’t want to come to work anymore and I’m ready to throw in the towel!

  4. My boss doesn’t even care about the salon, it could be much better managed and she really depends on us to keep it going. Am really not happy but it’s easier just to stay here - better the devil you know.

  5. I don’t feel any certainty in the salon, we didn’t even sign a contract so I can literally go in one day and find that I have no space, it leaves me feeling uncertain about my future so I do a lot of homers on the side to make sure I keep another income in, but really? I’m exhausted!

If we had a pound for every time we’ve heard these complaints, we could open another salon! It seems that so many people in this industry feel under appreciated and overworked/underpaid… . For the same price as a chair, Salon Studios immediately eliminates all of these issues! If you would like to hear more about just how easy it is to get set up with us, schedule a tour or drop us an email! We are looking for TALENT and the best in the industry so if you feel you have what it takes and are ambitious, motivated and seriously good at what you do, get in touch!

5 things I learned from meeting Business Gateway

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If you are running your own business and have not yet met Business Gateway, I highly recommend it! I spent an hour with them this morning and discovered they really are a wealth of knowledge and very much focused on helping start-ups grow and self-employed individuals flourish.

Here are my 5 take-aways from the meeting:

  1. If you are under 30, you qualify for a grant of £1,000 - this is not a loan and does not have to be repaid - it’s yours to set up the biz with. It’s via Princes’s Trust and you can find out more information here at their web site. The Prince’s Trust also offers a huge amount of support in terms of business plan templates, finance advice, etc and are generally a good resource to start with (even if you’re over 30 - only difference is - no grant :-( ). They also offer loans (which you have to pay back) up to $5,000.

  2. For general business loans they recommend startuploans.co.uk although at 6.2% the annual interest is quite high. This is Government backed and payback is over 5 years.

  3. They have a great amount of networking events going on (generally 2 a week - that’s a lot of people you can get your face in front of!). Find out more information at their web site.

  4. They offer really excellent workshops - it’s better to be on their newsletter list to get advance notice, however they advise me a lot of people sign up then are no-shows so chances are you if you go along you can get in. It’s good to keep an idea on the web site a couple of days before the event for cancellations too. When I say excellent, I mean really excellent - business development, e-commerce, book-keeping & tax, advertising, social media, networking & more!

  5. HMRC also offer a lot of webinars that are very useful to start ups and self employed professionals. These webinars are 50-60 minutes long and cover all sorts of subjects (similar to above but do it from home!) and are live so you can interact with the speakers.

Finally, if you fancy one of the events at Business Gateway and find the Edinburgh branch is fully booked, it’s good to know they also do them in Livingston (West Lothian), Dalkeith (Midlothian) & Musselburgh (East Lothian) - these may work better because a) it’s easy to park and they are accessible by train b) the groups are smaller so you have more opportunity to ask questions and c) they do not tend to book up so quickly!

Hopefully this is helpful, please let us know if you have any questions!