4 WAYS TO CHARGE YOUR CREATIVITY

4 WAYS TO CHARGE YOUR CREATIVITY

Working towards building your own business or diving into a new career comes with a wave of different emotions. Sometimes you’re highly motivated by your passion and the endless possibilities that wait for you up ahead; other times you’re overwhelmed with challenges and constant self-doubt. All the different emotions you experience are all part of the journey.

 

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When you feel like you’re in a rut or are in need of new inspiration to fuel that business idea, job search, or passion project – use that as an opportunity to revisit creative outlets you used to love, or explore new ones.

Painting

Putting a paintbrush to paper, canvas, or an object you find around the house is an effective and low-key way to spark creativity. Painting ignites your imagination and lets you see familiar things from a different perspective or in an entirely new light. Letting your paintbrush freely move about your canvas puts your brain into exploration mode and helps you to become more innovative with your ideas.

[tweetthis]”Inspiration for our work can come from watching a sunset at the beach.” REBECCA BEARDSLEY[/tweetthis]

Writing

Whether it be in a blog post or a journal, writing can draw out your inner most thoughts and dreams. It’s been said that some people don’t truly know how they’re feeling until they see the words come out on paper. If you’ve been thinking about writing but have been hesitant because you feel you don’t know what to write about, just grab a pen and paper and start. The words will come to you, and they might even be in the form of new goals and ideas. Start by simply reflecting on things that make you happy, things that make you sad, or perhaps things about the world around you that you wish you could change.

Dancing

Moving your body is a great way to let loose. It’s helps to free up space in your mind, making room for new ideas. In addition to boosting energy, reducing stress, and minimizing the side effects of depression, dancing actually has a way of helping you make better decisions. When you find yourself faced with a number of different directions you could go in, blast your favorite high-energy music and dance it out in the privacy of your home or out on the dance floor!

 

Gardening

There’s nothing quite like getting your creative juices flowing by putting your hands in the dirt! There are a ton of different garden activities that are good for both your mental and physical health. When you’re feeling so overwhelmed you feel like throwing in the towel, imagine how good it would feel to get your hands in the soil and pull out some pesky weeds. This will help you let go of some of that frustration and allow space for solutions and new ideas. Something as simple as raking dead leaves can also give you that similar satisfaction. Think of the leaves strewn about your lawn as your problems and stresses. Raking them away leaves your lawn looking healthy, fresh, and with plenty more room to grow. That action represents you clearing your mind of things that no longer serve you, making more room for you to grow as a person, entrepreneur, or creative.

Other ways that can help you reignite your creativity are things like knitting, re-organizing a section of your home, daily exercise, trying out new recipes, and so much more.

Your creativity is what makes you unique. You need to constantly nurture it so it continues to grow, blossom, and help you achieve all the glorious things you want out of your life.

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FOUR SIGNS THAT YOU’RE READY FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

FOUR SIGNS THAT YOU’RE READY FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

There are lots of technical details that play into going solo, and there are a lot of things that you need to get straightened out before you start. But in the end, it’s all about your character. How much do you know about operating a business, and how hard will you work to get there? Even if you have a killer business plan and a phenomenal customer base, your venture will ultimately fail if you’re not willing to work. With that in mind, here are the top four signs that you’re ready to become an entrepreneur.

Trendy man cutting a woman's long hair.

Entrepreneur hairstylist cutting hair in his salon.

You’re ready to work hard. Entrepreneurs don’t become successful overnight! It takes months, and sometimes years, of work to build up a steady customer flow and make a decent living from your own business. Are you willing to stick it out for the long run?
You know your personal brand and how to sell it. Entrepreneurship is all about selling yourself first and your products second. Why should a potential customer select you? Having an “elevator speech” is the best way to know if you’re ready to take the plunge.

You’re financially responsible in your personal life. If you aren’t responsible for your own resources, it’s foolish to invest in purchasing equipment and products for a start-up business. Business finances are much harder than personal expenses, which is why fiscal responsibility is an essential character trait for entrepreneurs.

 

[tweetthis]”You need to understand yourself before you leap into entrepreneurship.” REBECCA BEARDSLEY[/tweetthis]

 

You have a clearly defined end goal. This doesn’t have to be in the form of a business plan or official document; the most important part of being an entrepreneur is keeping up your motivation, no matter how you do it. Whether it’s providing for your kids, paying for your marriage, or eliminating debt, you won’t be ready to start your own business until you have a reason why.

These four character traits are essential before going into business by yourself. If you’re considering starting your own salon, make sure that you have these qualities before you invest your time and money into a business venture! If you lack a few on this list, it’s perfectly OK–all you need is time to develop them. And for that process, working in a pre-existing salon might be just what you need.

 

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THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SALON

THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SALON

If you’ve decided to work for a salon, it can be hard to choose which one. Urban and suburban areas often have a lot of options to choose from, and the process can seem overwhelming at first. But not to worry! In most cases, you can decide whether or not a salon is a good fit with just three simple questions.

Hairstylists working on clients hair in salon

Hairstylists helping each other cut a blonde girl’s hair.

 

What does this salon have to offer?

Of course, you need to consider pay. Sometimes the perfect rate is just handed to you, but other times you’ll need to negotiate for the price you deserve. But there are other things that can set a salon apart from the rest. Consider the benefits of working for the company, like vacation days, discounts, or health insurance. If a company is generous, it’s usually a good place to work.

[tweetthis]”Choose a salon environment that suits your nature, and you can commit to.” REBECCA BEARDSLEY[/tweetthis]

What do they expect of me?

You want to choose a job that suits your life; never build your life around a job. When you are looking into a salon, make sure to clarify what hours you’d need to work both at the beginning of your career and when you are more experienced. Many companies make new employees work harder shifts or more often, so check with your potential employer for details on when and how much you’ll have to work.

Do I enjoy the people and the environment?

When you work at a salon, the staff becomes your family. You have the opportunity to really get to know the people you work with and create lifelong relationships that can also spark your career. Before you accept any job offer, be sure to interact with the current employees. Make sure that they are the kind of people you want to have around you. The best co-workers are uplifting, open, and friendly, even when they are having a rough day on the job.

These three questions are some of the most essential things to consider when choosing a salon job. Don’t get caught unprepared and work awful hours with people you can’t stand. Instead, do a lot of research into your salon of choice, and concentrate your applications on the few salons that best suit you.

 

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TOP 10 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO SOLO

TOP 10 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO SOLO

So you’re considering going solo?

Before you take out that first loan from the bank, make sure that you know all the details of what it takes to be successful on your own. If you do your research up front and create a great business plan, you have a much better chance of achieving success. With that in mind, here are 10 important parts of being your own boss that you can’t forget about. 

Confident female hairdresser standing in front of her chair smiling

Solo hairdresser standing in front of her chair

 

  1. Taxes. Keeping a detailed record of your expenses and income is crucial for staying both legal and successful. Before you get started, figure out your best strategy for staying organized. 
  2. Licenses. Make sure you have all of the licenses, whether business or hair related, required to operate in your state. This will most likely include an LLC licensing to protect your business property from lawsuits or damage. 
  3. Clientele. When you switch to your own business, you can expect to lose some of your clients. Have a plan for how you will retain your clients and keep up your business flow. 
  4. Booking. Online booking systems are essential for success in today’s technological world. Do some research about the best systems and software for your size and goals. 
  5. Products. As you know, salons spend a hefty portion of their budget on products. Choose your products wisely, and see if you can find any promotion deals. 
  6. Marketing. How are you going to make up for the customers who left when you switched business platforms? The answer to this question will dictate how you run your business in the early stages, so be sure to have a clear marketing strategy. 
  7. Staff. You’ll need to decide whether or not you want to work alone. You can take on a partner to start a company together, or you can hire new people later in the game. Whichever path you choose, you need a plan from the beginning. 
  8. Savings. Set up accounts to keep your money secure. Don’t put it all into a checking account; instead, establish a savings account to keep your finances secure for a rainy day. 
  9. Training. You have all of the hair styling skills necessary to run your business, but what about financial, marketing, and customer service skills? Don’t be afraid to invest some capital into a training class in your weak areas. 
  10. Planning. Have a long-term plan before you spend a dollar on your business; make sure you know where you are going and how you’re getting there.

These 10 things are the most essential parts of starting a new business, and letting just one slip through the cracks can be a disaster. Spend a lot of time up-front making sure that you are ready to go solo, and your business will profit long-term. 

 

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MAKING THE CHOICE: SOLO OR SALON?

MAKING THE CHOICE: SOLO OR SALON?

In your hairdressing career, one of the most important choices to make is where you will work. Some professionals choose to work for a pre-existing salon, whether a chain or a local businesses. But others decide to create their own opportunity by going solo. Here are three important questions to ask yourself that can help you determine what’s right for you. 


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