I wanted to report back where I'm at in my Journeys looking for a brand new Salon to work at.
I've prided myself in the desire to be really cautious, listening to my "inner voice" when picking the right place to work..(turns out there's some Trolls out there under that big Nail Bridge...and I had nooo idea, LOL!!!) (yikes!)
Here's what's happened so far:
#1). I have an Interview this Friday for a high-volume natural nail Place that's unfortunately, 30 miles from my House. But, they're super-busy and need help! I've been in touch with them on and off for a month so it seems it's pretty much a "go", I just need to show up.
#2). The second Interview I have is next Tuesday, and listen to THIS: They're adding a whole Nail Department to the back of the Salon that they're in. It's located in a GREAT, affluent Area, and they're looking for someone to help them design the Area as well as help with Marketing Strategies; they want to hire a whole Team with me as Director (potentially) to train everyone. Their focus is on natural and gel nails (which thankfully I can do already, I took to them like water in School).
Thing is on #2, is that I would HAVE to moonlight at another Salon, because they don't have a nail clientele...yet. Although after building in the Nail Area and hiring a Team, they intend to Groupon/Living Social etc., plus local community marketing.
#3). The third, I was supposed to go meet another Potential Boss this next Tuesday as well BUT I turned her down and here's why:
-She advertised Commission but insisted I start paying "progressive booth rent" where she would raise the rent at intervals throughout the year as the business got busier and said the raise would be up to her discretion as needed ongoing and whenever she felt the need to raise it! O.o
-She didn't "understand" that I wanted to go out of Town this weekend and told me she wasn't happy, that she wanted to interview me immediately (and got really, and I mean really, snotty on the phone).
-She wanted me to do acrylics, I do gels.
-She complained that her only Nail Tech at the time is pregnant, and said she had talked to her stylists at the Salon to see if they knew any Techs, and some of the stylists said yes...but then she said "well, you know, they haven't heard back from them, you know HARD it is to get ahold of Nail Techs" (UGH!!)
-She "bished" on the phone that I was really putting her out for wanting to go out of town.
So, I politely told #3 no thanks, but good luck in her future Endeavors.
So, guys, what do you think? Obviously I'm in the beginning Stages of my Journey.
Even tho' the commute will kill me, #1 to me seems a solid safe Bet whilst I work on #2 to see if that Owner's heart and business "mind" are in the right place (they both have hinted I have the Jobs).
And since non-compete laws aren't enforceable in Cali (I checked into the bylaws), looks like I am good, I can work at both places (besides, they're over 20 miles apart, LOL)...
I'm going to continue to share my Journey here as it unfolds...
I opened a salon 26 miles from my house, so I completely understand the drive. Depending on traffic, I could be there in about 35 minutes, while the drive home always took longer, but I never regretted it once. It was a great location and we had fabulous clients.
Lucky for me, my new salon is literally 5 minutes from home and I don't miss the drive, but as I said, it was a great location and we did really well there.
If salon #1 is as busy as they say it is, I say give it a go, what have you got to lose? Sounds like you can start right away and that way you can find out if it's a fit for you or not. Since the #2 salon hasn't even built the new nail department yet and they have no clientelle for that, it sounds like it will be a while before they are up and running. Which to me, means you have time to find out if you like salon #1 and go from there. If it's not a fit, well, that may make the decision for you.
Good luck Erin!!
> Hi Erin,
> I opened a salon 26 miles from my house, so I completely understand the drive.
> Depending on traffic, I could be there in about 35 minutes, while the drive
> home always took longer, but I never regretted it once. It was a great location
> and we had fabulous clients.
> Lucky for me, my new salon is literally 5 minutes from home and I don't miss
> the drive, but as I said, it was a great location and we did really well there.
> If salon #1 is as busy as they say it is, I say give it a go, what have you
> got to lose? Sounds like you can start right away and that way you can find
> out if it's a fit for you or not. Since the #2 salon hasn't even built the
> new nail department yet and they have no clientelle for that, it sounds like
> it will be a while before they are up and running. Which to me, means you
> have time to find out if you like salon #1 and go from there. If it's not
> a fit, well, that may make the decision for you.
> Good luck Erin!!
Thanks, that's what I was thinking...that I could basically start at #1 for a few months while helping with Business Strategy for #2 on the side (all whilst earning a living which is imperative in SUCH an expensive Town). And #1 is right on the Beach too, I'm looking forward to the mid and late Summer sunsets.
I'll keep you all updated as it goes of course!
Just curious....is salon #1 in the South Bay? If you'd rather not say, no worries. I was just wondering since that is where my other salon was.
Yes it is.
Two of the busiest Salons I've found so far, are located in that Area; I'm sure you know their names.
There are others that are very busy in downtown L.A....but I'm afraid that's too large of a commute for me unfortunately.
I'd like to not say, exactly, where it is or what the name of the Salon is, out of respect for the Owner and staff of course. If I do get hired, which I'm hoping that I do, if the Owner allows me to "announce" on my Nails Website that I'm building where I work and here online, then yes, definitely, I'll say where it is proudly.
Wish me luck, the interview is tomorrow!
I'm so excited I doubt I'll sleep...I'm so proud they're even considering me at all fresh out of School!!
If you don't mind me asking, do you still own your old Salon, or did you sell to open a new ne where you live?
I wanted to delete what I had written here but saw that I couldn't.
Basically I had been venting about the way someone had handled me declining the offer to work with them, when I couldn't offer them or give them what they wanted....when maybe I shouldn't have.
But I think it's best to reflect, move on, and continue my Search.
If you send me your email address (or I can give you mine) we can communicate easier that way. A lot happened at my old salon that I would rather not put out there for the public to see.
And yes, I'm fairly sure I know where you will be working. There are 2 actually and I have a friend who worked at one of them, so I may be able to give you some insight if you'd like. If not, no worries.
You can reach me at [email protected]
That's my personal email.
I'm sure you will do great on your interview. Just be yourself and to tell you the truth, I prefer to hire "newbies" just out of school. The owner of the salon may feel the same way as I do. I'll explain more in my email! : )
I'll give you my email too, we can converse more easily there, you're right.
I'd love to hear your advice/feedback..I'll let you know later today how it went privately.
Sherrie, sending you an email now. I was offered a Job but I do have some questions and concerns.
Okay so...I was offered a Job with a very low commission rate so I think I'm going to continue to look around...I don't want to say where it was out of respect here, so the Hunt continues!!!
Good for you for running fast from #3. You sound so excited and I am even excited to hear about your journey. I remember you coming here asking for advice on job searching, and how here you are with interviews, job offers, and everything! Thank you for taking us on your journey with you!
I really can't give an opinion about #1 or #2. There are so many complex things that influence us to take one job over the other. Just rest assured that even if the choice does not work out, there are plenty of other places out there for you to explore. The world is your oyster.
> Good for you for running fast from #3. You sound so excited and I am even excited
> to hear about your journey. I remember you coming here asking for advice on
> job searching, and how here you are with interviews, job offers, and everything!
> Thank you for taking us on your journey with you!
> I really can't give an opinion about #1 or #2. There are so many complex things
> that influence us to take one job over the other. Just rest assured that even
> if the choice does not work out, there are plenty of other places out there
> for you to explore. The world is your oyster.
Thanks; I'll keep the Journey going. After I get set up officially I think I'll do a Blog, too, talking about my Journey into this wonderful Field.
OKay, so, to continue, I have the Interview at the Hair Salon tomorrow with the Owner that wants to build in a dedicated Spa Area/Grotto in her back patio/break area. She's looking for someone to consult with her, help her pick product lines etc. and to eventually help hire a Team when she's ready. I know the opportunity is HUGE and obvi I want to guide the Owner gently and with "love" that I want this to be her baby, her vision, but wow...what and experience just to see this done because this is my Dream..I want my own Shop hopefully w/in the next 5+ years time....
The way I look at that, is that I'd be good to go to work there a few weeks out from the build-in just to help her hire a team and we could get set up in the Area and get ready for a marketing/etc. I did talk to her that that was what I'd be comfortable with and she understood..I kinda need to moonlight someplace else that's established for awhile to make a base income so that I have something coming in.
Also, I just got a text from another Salon asking me to come in to interview so I'm 'texting back' (?) trying to see if something will work out.
And that's all I got for now.
Update: Interview tomorrow at a very nice and well-known establishment that's WAY closer!!!
Let's hope this goes well!
Good luck on whatever you decide. Reading your posts re-energizes my love for this business.
Always be kind....you get farther.
OKay guys...I am officially employed!!!
And my cut is 50%.
I start next Saturday....woot!!
(Doing happy dance with you) Go Erin, Go Erin!!
Always be kind....you get farther.
I'm going to start a Blog to keep this going and chart my progress.
Watch this Space!
Wow! I'm also excited for you! I praying much success for you and your career (and addiction
) in nails. Keep us up on your journey!
> Wow! I'm also excited for you! I praying much success for you and your career
> (and addiction
) in nails. Keep us up on your journey!
Thanks! I'm going to set up a Blog and keep it going, I'll update when it's up and running.
Congratulations! Can't wait to read about it