Q: What made you decide to open your own salon / become a stylist?
Owning a business takes a lot of work and time away from family, and while my husband was growing his, I took a step back; but now that his company has grown, we decided it was time for me to take the leap and open my own salon. I’ve always wanted to be a salon owner, but with times so uncertain, I started a salon suite. In the future, I look forward to growing my business.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about owning your own salon?
I’m still learning how to be a business owner. It’s difficult to find a work-life balance, making time for family and also downtime. I think about the salon 24/7, and that can be challenging to compartmentalize. I’m wearing multiple hats—social media, marketing, graphic design, being a stylist, managing clients. I’ve learned a lot about myself.
Q: What is your best memory about the journey? When did it feel like you caught your “big break?”
Truthfully I’m still waiting, but opening my own salon is my big break! It’s touching because I get such validating emails, which refuels me when I’m running out of steam. I have so many questions, like, Am I doing this right? Hearing positive feedback from clients and companies confirms that if you take a chance on yourself, it will pay off.