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5 Ways to Be More Professional

5 Ways to Be More Professional

The beauty industry is full of qualified individuals with a diverse skill set, but that doesn’t mean that every single person within it is a professional in their supposed area of expertise. What makes a professional stand out from an average worker in the beauty industry? While there are certainly many factors that can influence this perception — both personal and social — this article will give you a few tips to enhance professionalism on all levels, whether for yourself or others.

So what are the ways you can be more professional? Let’s find out. 

  • Dress For Success
  • Speak Assertively
  • Network, Network, Network
  • Be On Time
  • Organize Everything

Dress for success

Have you ever heard the expression: “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? Well, that holds especially true for those in the beauty business. Whether you’re a nail tech or a cosmetologist, your fashion choices have a direct impact on the opinions and decisions of your client base. 

Determine what kind of aesthetic you’re aiming for, and plan your ensembles accordingly based on those criteria. For instance, if you operate your own hair salon and you’re known for executing daring, vibrant, and bold color palettes, why not dress to represent that? 

Conversely, if you run a minimalist, science-based microdermabrasion clinic, you’ll probably want your outfits to reflect that refined and elegant simplicity. 

At the end of the day, it’s important to wear what you feel most comfortable in, but a little bit of extra effort can go a long way to convincing your patrons that your beauty business is the best of the best.

Speak Assertively

Assertive speech, whether communicating with employees or clients, consists of a combination of respect for the other person and for yourself. It’s worth leading with the fact, though, that “assertive” does not mean “aggressive.” If you don’t make a concerted effort to express your needs, desires, and limitations, no one else will, and that ends badly any way you slice it. 

If a coworker says something that offends you, it’s okay to tell them, so long as you do it respectfully and with conviction — not with an attitude. It can be difficult to learn to use your voice, but the moment you do, so many doors will open for you that you won’t even know which one to pick.

Network, Network, Network

Networking sounds like a casual buzzword associated with phrases like “synergy” or “hyperlocal,” but there is an actual advantage to pursuing professional connections. 

For beauty professionals in particular, who you know in the industry makes a big difference, and if you know them as a colleague or friend, you can bet they’ll pass on their referrals and best clients. What better way to build a business than on the backbone of a genuine, mutually beneficial relationship? 

So go to that aesthetician’s luncheon or that microblader’s happy hour — you never know who you might run into.

Be On Time

Punctuality is not just about being in a given place at a given time; it’s about accomplishing your tasks and responsibilities when you commit to them being done. If you can’t follow through on a deadline or an obligation, it’s better to be honest about it than turn in an unfinished and/or low-quality performance. 

For beauty professionals, especially those operating their own salon, punctuality is key to obtaining respect and preserving your own integrity. If you’re the boss of a business but you can’t meet the requirements of the regular business hours, you better change them before someone goes complaining and starting rumors by the water cooler.

Organize Everything

An organized workplace is an efficient and effective workplace, regardless of what you do. Devise an organizational system that works for you, your thinking processes, and your lifestyle (i.e. the amount of time you can commit to file sorting, alphabetization, etc.). 

If you feel flustered by the idea of color-coordinating nail polishes or numerically arranging hair color labels, there’s undoubtedly another system that can work just as well. That’s the beauty of personal organization: it’s meant to suit your personal and professional needs. 

Common methods of organization include: spatial (everything has its place), chronological (by time), topical (by subject and content material), and visual (by color, appearance, or form). 

Conclusion

Professionalism is comprised of a number of skills and abilities that can take a lifetime to fully grasp, but if you work at it a little bit every day, you’ll be amazed by how much more competent and confident you can feel.

To learn more about developing professional skills and becoming the best beauty boss you can be, contact Signature Salon Studios today.

A Step-by-Step Process to Start Your Own Salon Business

A Step-by-Step Process to Start Your Own Salon Business

4 Essential Steps to Start Your Own Salon Business

Having your own salon business may seem a beneficial prospect but that’s just what it stays: a prospect until you have a definite plan to make it work! Any project is incomplete without there being a proper plan for it. You need to have a firm ground to be steadfast. Let’s have a look at some of the essential steps to start your own salon business.

Step 1: Formulate Your Strategy

Before you worry about the logistics, equipment, personnel or even the skill-set, you need to have a proper strategy for your business! The vision for growth is always a plus in this case. You must make an estimation for the expected profits as well the provisional losses of your business. Expecting your business to be hundred percent profit-making is an impractical idea. You need to be aware that despite your best efforts sometimes, there may be losses. Figure out a plan to avoid the expected losses. For instance, your salon may do really good business during the wedding season. However, at other times, when no weddings seem to be happening in your area then there may be cut-backs.

Step 2: Keep Track of Your Money

Before you make money from it, you have to invest money into your business. There is just no way you can start out without a capital. Make sure there is proper check and balance. If you can’t do it yourself, hire an accountant. Maintain your bank statement. All this will give you a clear picture of your earnings from the business.

Step 3: Focus on Training and Professionalism

The staff you hire is in most cases only as good as you are. As an expert beautician, you will have the capacity to handle just about anything. However, your staff may not feel the same way. Equip your staff with training and practice so they can perform at your level. It will help in customer satisfaction which should be a top priority of yours.

Step 4: Stay Up to Standards

A great personal care salon is only popular if it has something outstanding to offer. Your salon has to be up to standards in terms of your equipment, furniture, air conditioning and other similar facilities to accommodate some of the elite clients. In fact, if you treat all your clients as elites then they will start paying up in the same way as well. Make sure your salon doesn’t lack any comfort and its interior design is aesthetically pleasing enough to make your clients’ experience worth-while. To achieve this level of comfort, it is better to have a salon studio rented then setting it up from scratch. It will save your time and money both. Beauty salons are of great value both in terms of their money-making potential and its terms of their stability. Who doesn’t need a little grooming every now and then? Everyone does! You will never run short of clientele once you have firmly planted your feet in this industry. Signature Salon Studios can prove to be an excellent partner for you! Rent our studios for your start-up salon in any of the best 5 Valley locations, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, Ahwatukee/Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, and Mesa. The amazing interior of our studios is bound to leave a great impression on your clients. Get in touch with us today!