Heather and I have been working together on rebuilding my business for a year now. So, how much have I accomplished? First of all, I’ve made some very good friends along the way, both with co-workers and clients. They are truly my biggest supporters and referral sources and without them I would definitely be struggling more. I know this to be true, because through the change of salons, the ups and downs of business, they all have asked "What can I do to assist you?" The value of attracting your true ideal clients, which I must admit I am blessed to have found some women of tremendous integrity, is priceless. I cannot express how just doing nails is not enough.
As far as measurable accomplishments, some months were better than others. The weeks I did not step out of my box to improve myself, the results trickled down through my schedule, paycheck, and even my attitude. Constantly setting goals and following through pays off. If an idea didn't pan out like I wanted it to, Heather and I would either tweak it or scrap it altogether and come up with something new. How many times has Madonna reinvented herself? How many more iPods could Apple possibly come out with? The key is knowing where you've been before you go in another direction, and you need to know where you ultimately want to be when the journey is over.
I have thought a lot about that lately: the future. I am far enough into my career to know what I will accept and what I will not from this journey. Will I be a salon owner? Perhaps someday, but for now I want my independence and not the overhead. Will I be a teacher or mentor? Absolutely! I am on my way with those I have worked beside and also with those that are teaching me more about other aspects of this business. I am currently paving a path into the area of quality continuing education with my friends at Total Nail Solutions.
As I begin my second year of business in North Carolina, I am confident that the marketing tools and systems I have in place will assure my growth in the area. I am excited to get out there and market myself, and show everyone what I am so passionate about!
—Adrienne, nail tech