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. 


2 female hair stylists doing clients hair at a hair salon. 

Am I a leader or a follower?

At some point in your life, you’ve probably noticed that you either tend to lead or follow. If you’re not sure, you can take this handy quiz to find out. Leaders often feel creatively deflated under the salon system because they don’t exercise as much control over their clients and their work environment. Because of this, leaders often choose to start their own business. On the other hand, followers prefer to work under an authority, and a salon readily provides that. 

Am I willing to do my own finances and business management?

Lots of hair stylists don’t realize the back-end work that goes into creating their own job. If the thought of balancing books, advertising, and creating a brand excites you, then going solo might be a good fit. But if you’re intimidated by the idea of managing your finances, or if you have a less-than-stellar personal track record, it’s a good idea to work in a salon at least for the short-term. If you’re interested in starting a business but lack the financial skills, it’s easy to find classes; don’t let that deter you. 

[tweetthis]”Deciding whether you are a follower or a leader will guide your decisions.” REBECCA BEARDSLEY[/tweetthis]

 

Which do I value more — creative license or financial stability?

The choice ultimately boils down to this question. If you absolutely crave having the freedom to be your own boss and create your own brand, then a solo gig is the way to go. But you have to realize that this option, while a creative blessing, is a lot less financially stable than a typical salon job. If you’re willing to sacrifice some of your creativity for a regular paycheck, go with the salon option.

Building a name from yourself is a difficult process, and you need to be sure of yourself before you get started. For the months of July and August, The Hairstylist Mentor will keep publishing posts just like this to help you determine the best path for your future. There’s no “right answer”, consider your options and follow your heart.

 

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