” There are no rules here,we’re just trying to start our new grass roots movement and control our own destiny.” – Jon Gonzales
After 43 years in the trenches as a working hairdresser/salon owner I feel I have earned the right to speak out and voice my concerns and opinions about the plight of hairdressers, salon owners and our profession as a whole. Although I am expressing my own views, I know many of my colleagues share these same views.
Below are just some of the challenges and obstacles that salon owners face in building and growing their businesses:
- Staff turnover
- Rising business costs
- Combating staff pirating (recruiting hairdressers from other salons)
- Lack of an apprenticeship employee training program
- Lack of unity among salon owners
- Booth rental issues
- Inability to find quality help
- Price and commission war
- Combating salon negativity and gossip
- Finding quality education and information
As salon owners we can no longer fight these obstacles and challenges in isolation,we have no voice to protect our business interests. We as professionals must unite and form a united front in order to make our salons and our profession a profession we can all be proud of. We must address the above deep rooted obstacles and challenges that salon owners face daily if we are to raise our standard of living, and take our business to a higher level. We must do it now, especially in today’s tough and uncertain economy.
I know many of these concerns are shared by thousands of hairdressers, salon owners and open minded educators I have had the privilege of meeting personally at my seminars and presentations at trade shows throughout the United States and Canada.
We as a profession have no health care benefits,pensions, vacation pay,and benefits packages like other professions. I ask the question Why?
Unlike the large product companies, manufacturers and special interest groups who have manpower, money and resources to promote their products and viewpoint, the working hairdresser and salon owner has very little time, or resources to fully express their views and their educational and business needs. I formed Hairdresser Career Development Systems free of any special interest groups to voice your concerns.
I am sure many of the special interest groups may not agree with this article and will profess everything is well in keeping the status quo. But isn’t it time that those of us who work daily in the trenches of our salons have an opportunity to voice our concerns and take control of our own destiny?
As a fellow salon owner/hairdresser you can be assured that I will continue to seek out quality education and information you can trust and count on. As President of Hairdresser Career Development Systems I am committed to excellence in education.
Please join me in my efforts to form our new Salon Owners Alliance Network that will be launched on our one week Salon Owners Summit Cruise. I am donating my time and money in an effort to help salon owners unite and voice your concerns and opinions. I need your support. This is your conference,I am simply going to be a moderator. Click here for more information, or call Trina at 1-562-435-5993. Prices will be going up soon,act now with a refundable deposit,don,t be left out.
Together we can and will make this industry respond to our educational and business needs. Act now.
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