Being the Owner of an Employee-Based Salon or Spa

June 25, 2018 | By Neil Ducoff | No Comments

Why would someone get so excited about starting a salon/spa business knowing that the failure rate is high, staff walkouts are commonplace, and the stress level can often be unbearable?

The following insights begin to answer the question why someone chooses to become a salon/spa owner:

  • There’s something about the entrepreneurial spirit that is fearless.
  • There’s something about having a powerful vision for your business that it becomes a part of you.
  • There’s something about creating and growing your own team and creating a culture that embodies your vision, beliefs and standards.
  • There’s something about creating career growth opportunities for others.
  • There’s something about being in control of your own destiny.

After the doors open, the reality of what an owner truly bought into comes to light.

  • There will be good times and bad.
  • Leading creative people can be both exhilarating and exhausting.
  • Creating profit and positive cash flow is easier to talk about than achieve.
  • There’s a fine line between growing talent and growing your competition.
  • Recruitment and employee turnover can be brutally tough.

Devolving from “build it and they will come” to “build them and they will leave.”... Read More

Why would someone get so excited about starting a salon/spa business knowing that the failure rate is high, staff walkouts are commonplace, and the stress level can often be unbearable? The following insights begin to answer the question why someone chooses to become a salon/spa owner: There’s something about the entrepreneurial spirit that is fearless. There’s something about having a powerful vision for your business that it becomes a part…
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Categories: Leadership

Salon & Spa Critical Numbers: It’s About Incremental Gains

June 18, 2018 | By Neil Ducoff | No Comments

As many of you know, just over one year ago, I was hit by a van while riding my bike. I was injured pretty badly. Thankfully, I’m fine now.

Early this year, I started training for the 150-mile MS Cape Cod Getaway Ride that I missed last year. This will be my ninth time doing this ride. Since 2008, I’ve raised over $55,000 for MS.

My cycling coach constantly reminded me not to obsess over where my fitness was before the accident, but to focus on incremental improvement gains.

For my cycling and fitness comeback, all I could do was work on getting better and stronger. It wasn’t until a week ago that I actually compared my level of fitness today to pre-accident.

I’m happy to report that I am back to pre-accident fitness. I just focused on incremental gains and made my comeback.

I’m sharing my comeback story because many salon/spa owners get so stuck in their current critical numbers to the point where growth opportunities are missed.

At Strategies, we understand that there are unique differences in the critical numbers between salons, spas, massage, medspa, nails, lash extensions and other related companies.... Read More

As many of you know, just over one year ago, I was hit by a van while riding my bike. I was injured pretty badly. Thankfully, I’m fine now. Early this year, I started training for the 150-mile MS Cape Cod Getaway Ride that I missed last year. This will be my ninth time doing this ride. Since 2008, I’ve raised over $55,000 for MS. My cycling coach constantly reminded…
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Categories: Financial Literacy

The Super Duo: Salon & Spa Systems and Culture

June 11, 2018 | By Neil Ducoff | 5 Comments

A salon/spa owner is sharing how her team works together to achieve the company’s monthly service and retail goal. One puzzled owner responds, “How do you get them to do that?

The scenario is always the same when owners share how their team is always on time for huddle, consistently achieves high prebook rates, follows customer scripts and other essential salon/spa systems.

Owners will always ask, “How do you get them to do that?”

The same is true when a salon/spa owner implements a significant change with little drama or pushback. There will always be owners that respond, “My employees would never do that. I’d have a walkout.”

What’s the difference between a salon/spa that operates like a well-oiled machine and is able to implement major change and those that struggle?... Read More

A salon/spa owner is sharing how her team works together to achieve the company’s monthly service and retail goal. One puzzled owner responds, “How do you get them to do that?” The scenario is always the same when owners share how their team is always on time for huddle, consistently achieves high prebook rates, follows customer scripts and other essential salon/spa systems. Owners will always ask, “How do you get…
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Categories: Leadership

How to Get Out From Behind the Chair or Treatment Room

June 4, 2018 | By Neil Ducoff | 1 Comment

For salon/spa owners that spend all, or most, of their time behind the chair or in the treatment room, it’s a simple case of leadership compromise.

By leadership compromise, I’m referring to the time an owner is working on clients while their business is begging for attention.

The issue gets more complicated when the owner’s service sales represent a significant percentage of the company’s total revenue.

  • In such cases, the owner’s revenues are essential for not only funding operations — but for the owner’s personal income as well.

Another issue is the internal conflict many owner’s experience when they’re more passionate about their creative and technical work and less about the demands of the business.

Why deal with financial reports, performance reviews, systems design and other business responsibilities when they can feed their passion for their work — and generate revenue?... Read More

For salon/spa owners that spend all, or most, of their time behind the chair or in the treatment room, it’s a simple case of leadership compromise. By leadership compromise, I’m referring to the time an owner is working on clients while their business is begging for attention. The issue gets more complicated when the owner’s service sales represent a significant percentage of the company’s total revenue. In such cases, the…
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Categories: Leadership

The Wacky World of Salon/Spa Employee Pay Expectations

May 28, 2018 | By Neil Ducoff | 3 Comments

I used the word “wacky” in the title because when it comes to employees and pay, things can definitely get pretty wacky.

Here are some givens about employee pay expectations:

  • There is a high emotional component to what an individual gets paid.
  • There are employees that feel they should be paid significantly more, even though their performance and behavior say otherwise.
  • There are employees that want to be paid more, but are unwilling to do more — or want to do less.
  • There are employees that feel underpaid that never address the issue with owners/leadership, become resentful and devolve into a “problem employee.”
  • There are employees that consistently deliver their best efforts, strive to advance themselves, and have earned the right to have conversation about their pay.
  • Employees that view work as a “job” and do enough to get by, will rarely achieve their pay expectations.
  • Employees that view work as a “career” and apply the necessary determination and commitment to advance themselves, are most likely to achieve their pay expectations.

As all salon/spa owners know, managing employees is an ongoing and challenging responsibility. Work needs to be done, bills need to be paid, problems need to be addressed and employees need/want to be acknowledged.... Read More

I used the word “wacky” in the title because when it comes to employees and pay, things can definitely get pretty wacky. Here are some givens about employee pay expectations: There is a high emotional component to what an individual gets paid. There are employees that feel they should be paid significantly more, even though their performance and behavior say otherwise. There are employees that want to be paid more,…
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