Are You Really Built for The Hair Business & Entrepreneurship?
Brit Tea Turner
Are You Ready to Be A Business Owner?
Honestly, who wouldn’t want to be in the hair business, with all the amazing benefits it offers? Well, I’m sure many people would, however, it’s not for the faint of heart! Thanks to social media, many people only see the glamour’s side of being in the hair business. They see the beautiful models, the high prices and the thousands of ‘likes’ they get per uploaded photo. Many think it looks easy and that they too can own hair business. Well, I am here to tell you not to believe the hype! There is a lot that goes on behind the scene of running a hair business or any business for that matter. Continue reading, and I’ll discuss everyday struggles and whom this business is not for, below!
Common Struggles You May Experience
As you know, within recent years the business has been on the rise! Of course, its always been booming but it's not a hot commodity, and there are many people on board. The business went from millions of people relying on local hair stores for all their hair needs to clicking a button over the Internet and getting all your needs in one spot. That was huge because honestly, hair stores are limited. But that’s not all, don’tforget the hairstylist! There are so many levels to the hair business that all of them may seem saturated, but it's not. Regardless of what avenue you may be thinking about, remember you must stand out! There is no way someone could be successful in the hair industry who isn’t doing something that will set their self apart from the rest. Do you think you have what it takes to stand out in such a large industry? If so, how would you do it then? These are some questions you will need to ask yourself if this is what you want to do. Standing out is a common struggle for many people because they have to see what their competitors are doing not to do that and create something better. But often some people end up doing the same thing which causes them to be just like the rest and wonder why the business isn’t booming. You must make it your priority to work hard at your craft and be creative so people will know about your business. Many times business fail because they feel like it wasn’t meant for them when in fact they didn’t go about the company the proper way.
Let me be the first to tell you, when you have a hair business, each week isn’t going to be busy or even every month. Are you able to handle the times where busy isn’t booming? Often, people only stick around when times are good and then quit when things get rough or slow. Honestly, is all apart of the journey. Have you ever heard the saying “ trust the process?” Well, it's probably one of the greatest quotes around. What it means is that the struggle period has excellent benefits if you stick it out. During your slow seasons, it gives you a chance to reevaluate where you’re at in your business. You’ll be able to learn the importance of savings and to not give up. If nobody in the hair business had a slow season, then more people would have a seat at the table! But instead, many people quit because they believe their business isn’t working out or that they think it isn’t for them. Sometimes, the worse parts of your journey are the last step before greatness happens so never forget that.
“Patience is a virtue” is a phrase we know all too well. It means not to get upset or angry while you’re waiting for something. I can’t tell you how many stories I have seen where someone wants to start a hair business and they do everything they need to do but get upset because it's taking too long. Or if your opening up a hair salon, and the owner of the building you’re renting from has terrible communication and is slow. Are you just going to waste your energy on getting mad or will you only roll with the punches? You see, patience isn’t something that should just be used frequently in life but also in a business career. Plus when it comes to the hair industry, it's continually evolving, and that’s something you must learn to handle. When there’s a new trend on the rise, understand that you will need the patience to learn it, to teach others and many more. So I’m sad to say that if you don’t have patience, then this business may not be right for you. Only the strong survive this race and lacking patience is a big common struggle that many face.
Who It’s Not For
I mean, if you have no vision for a hair business then what is your purpose then? As I mentioned earlier, many people view the glamorous side of the hair business through social media and think its easy. I have seen people buy bulk hair extensions and start selling it and get confused when people begin asking questions about the hair or why they don’t have a real website, etc. All of that is because the person doesn’t have a vision. Not having a vision means you don’t have a purpose, therefore, don’t know where you’re going. Having a plan is the hair business 101! Above anything else, know what you want to do with your hair business. Where do you see it going, what do you want to happen, etc. These are some of the questions you have to ask yourself. Remember if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.
First of all, one has to be crazy even to want to start a business, of any kind. Because of course, society is set up to make you think you have to work for someone else. But know, you are fully capable of starting a hair business. However, you must be fearless. If you’re someone who is fearful and scared of everything, then running a hair business is not for you. You must be able to go against the grain and do what you believe is the right thing. Once someone is fearful its nearly impossible to go against anything. Fearful people often second guess everything and listen to what others say about them or what they have going on. Those characteristics just don’t fit the description of someone who is built for the hair business. Because the hair business is continually changing, that alone is enough to scare someone away who may be fearful. Being fearless means, you aren’t afraid of change. Whether its good or bad move, you have an open mind about it and accept whatever comes. Working in the hair business means there will be many people you come across and meet, places and events you will have to attend and much more, and you can’t be scared of any of that. Things won’t always work out your way, or in the timeframe, you had in mind, along with other occurrences, and one must be strong to fight through it all.
Let's get one thing straight; if you’re someone who thinks its okay to be in the hair business to only get some coins, then you have another thing coming. This mindset shows this is the wrong career if your foundation is of a ‘get-rich-quick-scheme.” Being in the hair business is a lot more than just doing hair or selling hair or whatever you choose to accomplish. Its also about making a connection with your clients and leaving an impact on their lives. Which means you’re someone who is leading with love and not greed. Sure, the hair business is one of the top lucrative companies out, but you won’t see any of it if your heart isn’t right. There could also be a chance that you do start out great, but it won’t last long. If your someone who isn’t willing to learn the business inside out, experiment and grow then this isn’t the business for you.
So, Are You Built for the Hair Business or Naw?
Well, based off of everything I mentioned, do you think you’re cut out for the hair business? At this point, if you’re scratching your head, then that’s a pretty good sign the hair industry isn’t for you. As I mentioned earlier the hair business is one of the most lucrative and greatest businesses; however, that doesn’t mean it's for everyone. It takes special people to put the hard grind into creating a great hair business. As I said, it’s not for the faint of heart. Sure many things may not go your way, but that doesn’t mean you failed or that you have to quit. It just means its time to rethink your situation and create a new pathway. There have been many success stories where salon owners had to jump from location to location until they found where they fit. But what would have happened if they would have given up after leaving the first location? They wouldn’t have learned about patience, risk, and reward. So I leave you with this; if you feel confident that you have what it takes to be a part of the hair business, then go after it and give it your all! Are you thinking about starting a career in the hair business but are having doubts? Well, share your feelings with me down in the comment section. You’ll be around people who will help and support your decision! I would love to hear from you!