Does your business need an antacid, a laxative or perhaps a colonic? As strange as this may sound, think about it. As salon owners we sometimes get so busy working we are unaware of what is really going on right in front of us. We are like a race horse going down the track with blinders on.
For the first 8 years of my salon, I did everything alone, including dragging home dirty towels every night as I didn’t have a washer or dryer at the time. I did all the cleaning, all the grooming, all the marketing, the accounting, the scheduling, etc. Whew, it makes me tired just thinking about it! As I got busier and the demand grew, I started hiring people. But it seems the more money I made, the more money went right out. In the front door and out the back so to speak. So it didn’t matter how busy I got, I was right where I started. Between payroll and payroll taxes (ouch), I was on a treadmill going nowhere. Our government in this country is not small business friendly, no matter how you look at it. Like a lot of salon owners I have talked to and small business owners in general, it is hard to find honest people with integrity or character. I always think the best of people, but at what cost? Putting others ahead of yourself causes you to lose yourself, your reason for being in business to begin with. And I think sometimes people confuse being nice with being stupid. Go figure.
As many of you know, City Kitty was the first cat grooming salon in the nation dedicated entirely to cats. I knew there was a need and I wanted to fill it. I felt good about what I was doing, and realized the wealth of information in my head I could pass down to clients to improve the quality of their cat’s lives. I recently decided to not have employees anymore. Like a lot of the salon owners that have been in business for years, many of us are going back to working alone. I’ve had the same experiences as some of you. Stealing, backstabbing, gossiping, and the list goes on. The stress was not worth any amount of money that I brought in. I was fearful of working alone again. How can I meet my financial obligations on my own? But I am doing it. I have more money and am doing less cats! The salon is quiet, peaceful, my equipment and supplies are not being stolen, I am taking good care of all my tools, I can schedule when I want and take off when I want. And I get all the tips!
It has been wonderful to work all stages of the grooming process to refine what I once started. And the cats get more personal attention. I have let go of the worry of people having to wait to get in. It’s not my concern. So what I thought was the worst thing that has happened to me was actually the best thing. My shop had a colonic. The energy is good and I am optimistic about the future. Don’t be afraid to clear your path. It is only when you do that good things start to happen!