Let’s face it: salon culture is not what it use to be. The introduction of salon suites and the increasing number of beauty professionals renting booths or chairs has made it difficult to create an environment of community amongst salon employees when everyone has different shifts, etc.
Though it may be easier to create a more team-friendly environment in an open salon that offers chair rental, it’s not always feasible because contractors, free to do their own thing and make their own schedules, may not feel obligated to participate in salon group activities.
No matter what type of salon you operate or what your situation is as an independent contractor, you need the camaraderie that work-peers, mentors, and mentees provide. Additionally, professional connections are essential to growth, learning and excelling in business.
With salon work cultures moving away from employees in a team setting, towards one that is more entrepreneurial and remote, what can you do as an independent contractor, salon suite owner or salon owner to connect, build teams or stay connected to beauty professionals within booth rent salons and suites?
Here are 5 ways beauty pros and salon owners can build a team:
Show Some Appreciation. Everybody wants to feel appreciated and there’s no better way to achieve that than with a party – at your expense. At least once per year, owners can throw a big bash to show their appreciation for their tenants. It brings everyone together in one space and makes them feel valued and respected. No potlucks!
Client Appreciation. While we’re on the subject of appreciation, let’s talk about client appreciation. There is strength in numbers, and coming together with renters to plan a client appreciation event is truly a win-win! Form a committee with the renters/tenants, plan the affair, come up with a budget and agree to split the costs. It’s a way for everyone to work together for one great cause and it connects those who might otherwise be siloed. Clients are THE common denominator.
Host a Spa Night. Beauty professionals are always the last to get pampered, so hosting a spa night at the salon could be an ideal situation for team building. Each pro volunteers his/her services and owners provide the products and/or space. Serve refreshments and make it a festive occasion. Potlucks are acceptable here!
Teach or Host a Class. Nothing brings beauty pros together like education! We live for it! Many beauty pros work double duty as company educators or ambassadors and as a salon or suite owner, you can utilize their skills to help facilitate education in your salon. As an independent contractor if you have a specific skill, even if you don’t work as a company rep, maybe you can do a service exceptionally well, volunteer to teach a class at the salon and advertise it to the tenants/renters. It will give you an opportunity to display your skills and connect with other pros.
Get out. As a salon owner or an independent contractor, from time to time invite your colleagues out to dinner or happy hour as a group. It’s a casual setting in which you can get to know your peers on a more personal level.
There’s nothing like simply introducing yourself and building organic relationships on your own. Always make an effort to get to know your fellow beauty pros on a personal and professional level.
In this post, we talked about the importance of connecting with your colleagues by organizing and participating in team building activities designed to reinforce the team spirit in your salon, regardless of your employment status. None of us succeeds alone, so if you are still looking for ways to up your business while you connect with your peers and clients, check out these two online classes.
Make More Money with Salon Suites Online ClassWhether you are a booth renter, salon manager, or salon owner, or you have aspirations to be one or all three, this online course breaks down the business and soft skills that play a key role in the success of your business and your relationships.
Persuasive Speech and Communication Online Class
As beauty pros, relationships are the backbone of our business, both with our clients and our peers, this online class gives you the tools to speak confidently, make great first impressions and interact with ease and grace, no matter who you are talking to.
Tiffani Douglas is an author, speaker, beauty-marketing consultant and licensed nail technician with over 20 years experience in the beauty industry.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Tiffani worked her way through college as a manicurist to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with a concentration in strategic marketing. After college, she went on to work in corporate America as a marketing and media maven, but ever passionate about the beauty industry, she founded her own mobile spa.
During that time she also began consulting other beauty professionals in the areas of marketing and branding, which sparked an idea to write two e-books, Social Media Marketing: A Guide for Beauty Professionals and Are You a True Beauty Professional– 7 Practical Steps to Being More Professional, Upgrading Your Business and Increasing Your Revenue. She recently released her first published book, Straight Outta Beauty School - 10 Things You Need to Know and Do After You Graduate.
Tiffani resides in Dallas, Texas where she continues to inspire beauty pros young and old by offering them the tools they need to grow personally and professionally.
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