Now, I’m not going to say that traditional commission salons are bad. There are some pretty awesome ones out there. I’ve had the privilege of working at a few of them. But in my nearly 18 years of working behind the chair, working as an independent stylist is by far the better way to go! Work when you want and how you want. Market to the clients you want to see in your chair. Have total control of the money you earn and future earning potential. Sound pretty amazing? Well, you’re not likely to have that kind of work and lifestyle if you’re working to build someone else’s dream. It’s time to build your own dream!
First, let me share some of my personal experience along with some common views on working for a well known salon or as a commissioned employee. There is a sense of security working as an employee. The salon is responsible for all the marketing and attracting customers to their stylists. Some salons also offer a base pay if commission is not met. These are great things if you’re in a salon that actually invests in marketing. But at the end of the day, YOU are responsible for getting the client to come back. IT’S CALLED PRE BOOKING PEOPLE! And it’s guaranteed income. I’ll talk about that another day. When I left the salon where I was employed to go out on my own, I offered some really deep discounts to my clients so there would be no reason for them to go to someone else. I’d say I discounted my clients for a solid 7 months, and I still made $30k MORE that year! I’m not saying this to brag, but you need to know that the income potential is HUGE!
Second, think about this…if you are at a commission salon, you probably are getting 45-50% of your services (maybe). If you went out on your own, kept your prices the same, and only half of your clients followed you (which probably wouldn’t happen because you’re awesome and they love you) your income would be the same! Same money for less work! So imagine if ALL of your clients followed
Are you starting to get butterflies? I know many stylists that don’t have a full book yet, and they’re still making more money than they did as a commissioned stylist and can’t believe they have enough money to shop for new clothes, go out to dinner more often and still have what they need to pay their bills. This is all without any extra marketing efforts. Now what would happen if you put a little extra work into that? I’m starting to see the wheels turning in your head 😉