Life in the Salon: A Gift & A CurseI want to let you know that I get it. When phones are constantly ringing, and various things are occurring at one time you can feel tugged in every direction. It is easy to get overwhelmed when running a busy hair salon. While being a boss will always be a gift, you can get distracted, making your business seem like a curse. However, with a little discipline in your bag of business tools, you can easily conquer the distractions. Keep reading to find out the six ways you can minimize the outside noise and stay focused when running your busy salon.
6 Ways to Get Focused and Stay Focused
1. Analyze your daily schedule and block out your most productive hoursTime is everything. So what are you doing with yours and do you realize how much of it you are wasting? An important factor in running a business is time management. To do that you should break down your week’s productivity. Determine which days you accomplished the most for your business. Then focus on those individual days. Map out that day from start to finish using each hour as your marker and ask yourself these questions:
- When did you wake up?
- How long did it take you to get started on the first thing on your to-do list?
- Did you stop to look at your social media page and get distracted?
- When did you stop checking items off of your to-do list?
- How much did you get done that day?
- When did your staff arrive? Did that prohibit you from getting your work done (administrative tasks etc.)?
- When did you close shop? Did you stop working when your salon closed?
2. Set Boundaries During the WorkdaySometimes when you own your own business, it seems like friends and family think you have an open schedule. Their perception of your freedom regarding scheduling can result in leisure behavior. This is not okay. You need to set boundaries to eliminate distractions. Let your friends and family know your most productive hours and your salon hours and ask them to respect it. In the same way that they cannot answer personal phone calls at their corporate 9 am to 5 pm, you cannot do that either. If you work at a home salon, you may need to invest in a home office along with communication signs. These tools will provide time away, creating set office hours blocking out interruptions that will take you off of your game.
3. Take a BreakBreaks may seem counterintuitive when trying to focus on getting everything in your salon sorted out. However, studies have shown that the most productive workers are the ones that take sufficient breaks. A great way to put the break method into practice is to go by the rule of 52 and 17. The 52/17 rule mostly uses the same methodology behind a productive workout. The same way you alter your morning run using a series of sprints and jogs is the same way you should structure your workday. Treat every 52 minutes of your hour as a sprint. Work with a purpose on your assignment and then take a 17-minute break. The key is to break with intention as well. Do you start a huge chore or hop on the phone to pass your time because then you are liable to extend your break and not get back to your task. Instead, you can take that 17 minutes to check on your stylist, greet the shop's current clients, or do both and grab a snack. Besides, a social salon owner will prompt clients to come back. Studies show that those who socialize with the people they work with are happier in their work environment. These 17-minute breaks are not for social media. Yes. Read that again. Social media will suck up all of your 17 minutes and probably lead you to check your emails and cheat your break. It is essential that you step away from your work entirely so that you can charge up for next 52-minute work session. Realize that no one can hustle through 100% of the day. It is not humanly possible.
4. Build a Network of Salon Owners, Managers, and Lead StylistsAgain, this method of staying focused may seem counterintuitive, and I would never encourage you to compare your business to someone else’s. Nevertheless meeting up with other salon owners or managers can help you to stay focused on the overall vision for your salon. Network with other people who are doing the same thing you are doing, or who have already accomplished what you are looking to do with your salon. You can reach out to salon owners who do not cater to your clientele if that makes you feel more secure with reaching out to them. Nevertheless, fellowship with them biweekly by going out to grab the coffee during a workday. Being out with them can help to motivate you and being in the coffee shop environment an hour or so before you are about to will trick your brain into wanting to work. You will end up convincing yourself that you can finish the tasks you have been putting off while you are waiting because there is nothing else to do in that environment. While networking be sure to, not only soak in advice but share your wins and setbacks you had that week, as well. Doing this will not only show that you are interested in a relationship that is reciprocal, but it can also prompt your network to share with you. So many original ideas have come from conversation and collaboration. The answer to the dilemma you have been trying to solve all month can lie in your coffee break!
5. Invest In Online Scheduling ToolsAutomation is king. This day and age scheduling is a huge help, and it can take your mind off of things like bills and profit. Because you can use them to ensure that you are taking care of all of the overhead bills on time while scheduling clients for your stylists simultaneously. I am suggesting that you use separate tools for your bills and your appointments because there are some great scheduling tools out there and the majority of the time you can speak with your service providers about setting up automatic bill pay.
Three perks of online salon scheduling include:
- Online Salon Scheduling is Available 24/7
- Automatic Appointment Reminders