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How do I know if a salon is right for me?

December 28, 2010

Dear Shari,

I am just out of school and I'm starting to look for work. I don't really know if I'm ready to go out on my own as a booth renter. How do I know if a salon is right for me?

Sincerely, Searching for a Home

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Dear Searching:

As a salon owner and educator, I speak with a lot of techs who had a hard time when they first got out of school and joined the work force.

From an educator’s perspective, the most common problem is that the nail tech right out of school is not prepared or does not have the skills to jump right into a busy salon. I suggest you find a mentor who is willing to work with you on quality and speed.

From a salon owner’s perspective, I provide my staff with salon support and recognize that a tech right out of school is not ready, and I make an investment in her by continuing her education.

Make an employment wish list of things that are important to you. Your list may look something like this:

1. Day hours (so you can work when your children are in school)

2. Busy salon (so you are sure you can build clientele)

3. Location (you don’t want to work too far away from your children’s school)

4. Mentor (someone who will work with you)

5. Salon-supplied product (to keep business costs down)

6. Salon should offer natural nail care, pedicures, acrylic, fiberglass, and gels

7. Must have good sanitation

Find a salon that fits your wish list and don’t ignore your gut feeling when you’re there. If you’re not comfortable with the surroundings, there may be a reason.

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